February 15th, 2010
10:56 AM ET
4 years ago

Bayh expected to announce retirement

Sen. Evan Bayh will not seek a third term, giving Republicans a prime pick-up opportunity in Indiana.
Sen. Evan Bayh will not seek a third term, giving Republicans a prime pick-up opportunity in Indiana.

Washington (CNN) – Sen. Evan Bayh is expected to announce Monday that he will not seek a third term in the Senate, a source close to the Indiana Democrat told CNN.

Bayh, a former governor, was first elected in 1998.

Later: Bayh expected to announce retirement from Senate


Filed under: 2010 • Evan Bayh • Indiana
soundoff (91 Responses)
  1. Brenda

    This means an EASY win for the Republican Coats in Indiana.

    The Republicans are going to take over the House and the Senate in the 2010 elections--and Bayh's retirement just made this a definite reality regarding the Senate!!!

    I find it interesting........There was an article in a Canadian paper about 5 months ago-–that said that Obama was going to destroy the Democratic Party. The writer of the article was right-–as we are now seeing this happening.

    Obama is WORSE than Jimmy Carter--and he will be known as the President that destroyed the Democratic Party for a LONG time. After the power/control grab by Obama, Reid, and Pelosi-it is going to be a LONG time before the majority of Independents--the largest voting block in our country-–trust voting for Democrats again.

    February 15, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  2. Walter

    While I'm always glad to see a Democrat retire, and am all for term limits, I wonder if Bayh and company would retire if the economy was doing well? I suspect they're leaving because they would actually have to make hard decisions rather than just sit around and enjoy spending my money.

    February 15, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  3. GaVoter

    Just so you'd know..., the majority of Georgians are proud to re-elect their Senators.

    February 15, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  4. james

    Bayh's not dumb. He sees the socialist trend in our government and knows he can't do anything to stop it from inside.

    February 15, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  5. David Thomas

    He has been a good senator and will be missed. It is a sad day when people of this caliber have had it with DC and Congress. Only the nation suffers when people like Senator Bayh retire and Senator McCain is in trouble.

    February 15, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  6. Hillbilly boy

    All I can think of is ;-) and a whole bunch of em!!!!

    February 15, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  7. WorkingClass

    It's about time we get some people in Washington that budget themselves like the rest of us. These yearly deficits and debt are shameful!

    February 15, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  8. Monster Zero

    Run blue dog run! These departures just confirm that your party has been hijacked by the "Progressive minority," keep it coming Dumbocrats, and please keep doing that thing that you do President Obama and in 2012, our Nation will find it's foothold under Conservative rule of thumb. I think everyone is now aware a Nation of consumers does not an economy make and you can't give away other peoples money when they are not making any to tax.

    February 15, 2010 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  9. terminator II

    Well Bayh!

    February 15, 2010 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  10. Steve (the real one)

    Interesting but not suprising to read HE WASN"T REAL DEMOCRAT! Really? What exactly is a REAL democrat? It appears its not just the GOP with a purity test!! That big tent, all inclusive and tolerant mantra is no where close to the truth! You dems keep pushing out moderate voices just as fast as the GOP! You keep telling us how much better you are than the GOP. NOT IN THIS LIFETIME AND NOT ON THIS PLANET! !!

    February 15, 2010 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  11. Dick Cheney For President In 2012

    The news about Evan Bayh comes the day after I read a story in the NEW YORK TIMES that said Barack Obama was making Jimmy Carter look good.

    The real indication of how severely Obama has been damaged will be if Hillary Clinton resigns from her position as the Secretary of State this year. This would mean that Obama has been weakened so severely that she would feel sufficiently confident to challenge him for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2012.

    Or she may resign early in order to minimize her association with a failed administration.

    February 15, 2010 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  12. Ethan

    Corporate "moderates" like Bayh are THE problem with Washington D.C.

    Bayh's wife - a corporate lobbyist shill for, you guessed it, Big Health Insurance (she is on the board of directors at one of the largest health insurance corporations, WellPoint, look it up) - is a perfect example of what's wrong with the typical Washington D.C. "power couple" relationship.

    We need a REAL DEMOCRAT in this election to go up against whichever corporate lobbyist the Republican Party decides to throw at us.

    February 15, 2010 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  13. The GOP

    Where are all the Dems on this,if this had been something to blast Bush again,we would have 400 comments.I guess they went back in the woodwork of the ignorant.

    February 15, 2010 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  14. Indiana

    Time to start preparing for his presidential run.

    February 15, 2010 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  15. Pepou

    Good we need new democrat blood. And a REAL democrat, not a Republican in Democrat clothing.

    February 15, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  16. Tim

    I'm an Indiana Republican who have voted for Bayh every time he was on a ticket. However, he wasn't going to get MY vote this November. He has become just another politician who knows how to "talk the talk", but doesn't have the guts to "walk the walk". If Bayh couldn't see the nonsense in the Senate healthcare bill he voted for, he doesn't deserve to represent the voices that have been crying out so clearly here in Indiana.

    February 15, 2010 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
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