January 11th, 2010
09:54 AM ET
5 years ago

Take 5? Sodrel to run against Hill

Washington (CNN) - Former Rep. Mike Sodrel of Indiana is making another bid for his old seat, which could set up a fifth faceoff against Rep. Baron Hill, the Democrat who controls the seat.

Sodrel officially announced his 2010 bid in a message to supporters early Monday.

"The Obama administration and Pelosi's Congress are doing all the wrong things. They have spent the last year on health care legislation. We need to get the economy back on track," he wrote.

Sodrel and Hill first ran against each other in 2002, with Hill, the two-term incumbent at the time, narrowly winning. Sodrel ousted Hill in 2004 by a razor-thin margin, but Hill narrowly won the 2006 rematch. Hill beat Sodrel by 20 points in 2008.

Two other Republicans are also campaigning to take on Hill.

Indiana's 9th congressional district covers much of southern Indiana. John McCain won the district by less than 1 percent in the last presidential election.

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soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. Silence Dogoode

    Isn't it time to review the Indiana state Constitution and create term limits?

    January 11, 2010 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  2. Silence Dogoode

    Go Sodrel...it's the economy stupids (Obama and Pelosi)

    January 11, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  3. El Kababa

    Corporate income is the one and only issue for Conservative leaders. Increasing corporate income is not going to fix America's health care problems. Conservatives also do not give a crap about small businesses, mom and pop shops, or employess who earn less than $250,000 annually.

    If Conservatism had its way, America would be the worlds richest third world country.

    January 11, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  4. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    I think Sodrell is in for a shock. Incumbents are going to have a hard time getting re-elected.

    January 11, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  5. T'SAH from Virginia

    "...They have spent the last year on health care legislation. We need to get the economy back on track..."

    How can you get the economy back on track without HEALTH CARE??????? I know better than that!!!

    The economy is recovering and it was always explained that it would take time – RepubliCAN'Ts have "short term memory".

    For the past eight years when BUSHwack and CHENgang were in office, the economy was going FULL SPEED downhill!!! What did you do during that time to STOP IT???? Nothing, because you don't know HOW or WHAT to do – JUST say NO to everything President Obama is trying to do!!! Jeez!!

    January 11, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  6. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Republicans always repeat what's wrong but they never give solutions, how can anyone support a Republican without knowing what's the plan. Would you tell a child something is wrong without explaining the right way and expect different results. The answer is no and that's exactly what Republicans have to offer, nothing.

    January 11, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  7. Sniffit

    "They have spent the last year on health care legislation. We need to get the economy back on track"

    Perhaps if the GOP's strategery wasn't to delay and obstruct at all costs, resorting to a massive fabricated misinformation campaign and rampant demogoguery, health care reform would have been handled in a far more efficient manner. Accurate information would have been disseminated (not "death panels" idiocy or McCarthyism) and the voting public and Congress could have had an educated debate. Instead, we had tea bagging and Naziism analogies. Keep in mind, Obama cracked the whip and kept telling Congress to meet deadlines on it, which is what he should do...otherwise the whole gaggle of political monkeys over there in the Capitol BuIlding would do nothing but fling turds at each other and absolutely nothing would get done, ever. But what was the GOP's response? "Slow down, we need more time to uneducate and scare the public and create a mess of the legislative process because you're talking about changing the status quo, and that really makes us angry."

    January 11, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  8. shuman

    Wow Blago a reality show star? Really wow?

    January 11, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  9. Death Panel Sarah

    Mike Sodrel says
    "The Obama administration and Pelosi's Congress are doing all the wrong things. They have spent the last year on health care legislation. We need to get the economy back on track," he wrote.

    I guess reptili'con's can only focus on one thing at a time...Democrats can multi-task, which is why President Obama 'focused' on the economy, healthcare, foreign relations, and many other problems simultaneously!!!
    I guess Sodrel will lose again, as it appears the citizens of Indiana are getting smarter.

    January 11, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  10. chill

    It's the media that has spent the last year almost exclusively on health care. We've also had the stimulus, financial reform, energy, jobs bills, etc. going through the House under Pelosi. Not to mention the Appropriations bills. You'd think a guy trying for the seat for the 5th time would be paying more attention.

    January 11, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  11. Ryan from Bloomington

    Hill will be without the onslaught of Indiana University students who turned out to vote for Obama though, who were instructed at the polls to vote party line Dem, so Sodrel has a much better chance than suggested in the 2008 election.

    January 11, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  12. DALE

    Okay, everybody else is wrong. We get the Republican montra. Now tell us what you woud do differently and please do not give us the same old story we have heard for the previous eight years. Just one thing would be nice and maybe you'll find an ear.

    January 11, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  13. st louis jake

    hey republicans – health care is part of the economic problem.

    30-50% of the cost of goods manufactured in the u.s. and services rendered ni the u.s. is due to the cost of current and legacy health care.

    fixing healthcare will help take that burden off of small/medium businesses whic account for two out of every three jobs.

    the president and congress are doing exactly what they were elected to do.

    January 11, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  14. Stennett Wynter

    Senator Reed made a logical observation I do not see why the Republican party is getting exited about Mr Reed's comment. The Republicians should be helping the president to get his program through congress instead of objecting to every thing the president is attempting to do.(I am a black male)

    January 11, 2010 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  15. Kyle, Virginia

    Sodrel is a fool and has nothing to offer Indiana nor the US congress

    January 11, 2010 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  16. Matt

    Sounds like the Hatfields and McCoys are running against each other.

    January 11, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  17. alphonso

    hill will win 52 to 48

    January 11, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  18. Brice

    "The Obama administration and Pelosi's Congress are doing all the wrong things. They have spent the last year on health care legislation. We need to get the economy back on track," he wrote.

    Stop being silly.. we are already gotten the economy back on track since March after passed with thankful to two republicans who voted.
    Sordel got a message from McCain that's explain. Sordel didn't have a reason to take a seat. Look like, republicans are nervous everyday.

    January 11, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  19. David in Indiana

    I would like to meet any elected official that actually reads any given bill, cover to cover. There are so many cross-referenced statutes and items added (pork) to each bill that it's debateable why someone voted for/against each bill.

    What would the Founding Fathers think?

    I have met Hill/Sodrel. Neither one of them made a good impression. But, one man cannot change things alone.

    January 11, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |