Interview: Bayh takes himself out of running in governor’s race

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INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 12, 2014) – You won't see Evan Bayh in the mix for governor.

Bayh, former Indiana governor and U.S. senator, considered a run after getting encouragement from supporters. He said he gave the idea “serious consideration” but ultimately decided against running in 2016.

"I did give it serious consideration, because I loved being our state’s governor and I think we got a lot of things done for the people of Indiana," Bayh told FOX59's Dan Spehler in a one-on-one interview on Friday. "I ended up concluding that, as much as I’d love to do it, it didn’t make sense from a governing perspective... unfortunately the political climate has just changed."

So what will Bayh do next?

"I intend to be available to offer advice," he said. "If my friend Mrs. Clinton decides to run for President, I think a lot of her and her husband, I’d be very active in helping them."

Bayh served as Indiana's governor from 1989 through 1997.

Here’s a statement he posted via Facebook:

Serving as Governor of Indiana has been the greatest honor of my life. Working with many wonderful people from both political parties, our administration fostered economic growth, fiscal stability, and educational, environmental and social progress.

Over the years I’ve been asked whether I would seek the Governorship again. The inquiries and encouragement have accelerated in recent months regarding a possible candidacy in 2016. After serious consideration, I have decided that I will not be a candidate for Governor in 2016. I hope that my decision will enable others to step forward and offer their ideas for making Indiana an even better place to live, work and raise a family.

I remain committed to helping Hoosiers and the state I love. There are many ways to help people and serve the public, and I look forward to pursuing them in the days and years to come. Susan, Beau, and Nick join me in expressing our profound gratitude to the many Hoosiers who have blessed us with their friendship and support.