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Mitch Daniels BFF With Dick Lugar's Primary Challenger?

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Daniels' office confirmed the two had spoken, with a spokeswoman telling Hotline on Call that the governor "told Mr. Mourdock it was his decision and he had the right to make it."

Mourdock and Lugar both are backing Daniels for President should he decide to run, potentially creating some awkward in-state campaign rallies.

"I believe he would be an outstanding president," Lugar told Newsmax in a recent interview.