Indiana Democrats select Evan Bayh as nominee for U.S. Senate race

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Evan Bayh

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– The Indiana Democratic Party chose former governor and senator Evan Bayh as their new candidate for the U.S. Senate race Friday.

Bayh will replace Baron Hill, who is dropping out of the race. Bayh and Republican Rep. Todd Young will be vying for Sen. Dan Coats’ seat. Coats decided to not run for reelection.

National Democrats pushed for Bayh to enter the race, seeing him as having a better chance to defeat GOP candidate U.S. Rep. Todd Young as Democrats seek to gain the four or five seats they need to win Senate control.

Bayh issued this statement after the announcement:

“Susan and I met with business owners, entrepreneurs, neighbors and friends all across Indiana before tonight’s important step. We listened to their hopes, fears and solutions for the future. They’re concerned about keeping our communities safe, our businesses growing and making sure opportunities like college are affordable for our children. They also expect bipartisanship and compromise to get things done instead of ideology and obstruction. The challenges we face need to be tackled with Indiana common sense and a commitment to putting progress ahead of politics. I’m ready to get to work on winning this campaign, but more importantly, getting to work for Hoosiers.”

Indiana Democratic Party Chairman John Zody released this statement:

“Evan Bayh is a great example of what happens when you elect someone with Hoosier Common Sense to public office. From cutting taxes and creating the 21st Century Scholars Program as our state’s Governor to combating unfair trade practices that threatened Hoosier jobs when he was in the U.S. Senate, Evan has always put Indiana first.

“We wish we could say the same about Congressman Todd Young, who instead of crossing the aisle to figure out how Washington could work for Indiana, voted to shut down the government. He has supported deep cuts to Social Security and has voted to protect tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas. Hoosiers want their elected officials to have a commitment to bipartisanship and a willingness to get things done for Indiana again. That’s what Evan is all about and why we look forward to sending him to the Senate again this fall, where he and Joe Donnelly will proudly represent Hoosiers.”