February 15th, 2010
10:56 AM ET
8 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. alex lyrics

    out with the old and in with the new blood

    February 15, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  2. D.U.T.C.H.

    This retirement is a shocker to me.

    February 15, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  3. Laurie in Spokane

    McCain SHOULD lose after putting Palin on the ticket with him in 2008. That showed such a complete and utter lack of judgment that it's hard to figure out how one could trust him to do anything!

    February 15, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  4. andy

    Good another Party of NO gone-NO jobs NO economic improvement NO plan NO hope NO truth NO accountability NO CHANGE Long Live the GOP come Nov we will rule " YES WE CAN GOP"

    February 15, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  5. The lonely Libertarian of Liverpool NY

    They are quitting left and right (no Pun intended). More Congressional Members better follow their lead because come fall the voters will retire them all, no matter what party they belong to.
    Vote Congress out, “you are fired” if they are in. Vote them out this fall no matter what party they belong to, and in the next election and every election going forward until they become the servants of the people once more.

    February 15, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  6. jake747

    No way! Evan Bayh is probably the best politician in this country. A good moderate-to-conservative Democrat who has dominated every race he's ran in Indiana. The initial poll last week against Dan Coates had him up by 20 points. If the primary system wasn't so messed up and dominated by party ideologues, Evan Bayh could be President. He'll be missed. Hopefully this won't be the last we see of him.

    And, unfortunately, this probably means another Senate seat gain for the Republicans. Evan Bayh was unique in conservative Indiana. There's no way another Democrat can fill his shoes and win this seat.

    February 15, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  7. maria

    Yep,as these Democrates retire, resign, change parties, it's because they have the same agenda as the Republican make sure the president doesn't accomplish anything.
    Sorry , sorry , sorry fate for this country when the Republican take office again.

    February 15, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  8. Chris

    This is possibly the shortest article I have even seen on CNN.

    February 15, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  9. Jackalope

    Maybe they'll elect a real Democrat this time instead of a Lieberman wannabe.

    February 15, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  10. Gilliard

    Good riddance. Take the other 99 with you. Let's start with a clean slate minus the corruption.

    February 15, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  11. Jimmy James

    I think he has plans to run for President in the future. He doesn't want to be labeled as part of the Democratic party that is running up this massive debt and wants to distance himself from the left wing that is bullying people in the DNC. He knows come November that Democrats will be thrown out and Republicans will regain control. Reid has to be doing the facepalm with this news knowing he has no chance at being re elected.

    February 15, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  12. Right Leaning Independent

    I think that incumbents from both parties have seen the writing on the wall! Vote all Incumbents out America and send a real message to Washington! It is time for a real change!!!

    February 15, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  13. MsDp

    Oh well, this guy is really a republican and his resignation is no lost to the dems.

    February 15, 2010 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  14. Fair is Fair

    Chalk up another GOP win. 2010 is going to make 1994 look tame in comparison.

    On another note... Maestro, please queue up "He Wasn't a Real Democrat Anyway" for the Obamatards, will you please?

    February 15, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  15. Clay

    This is all well and good, but I'd sure like to know why CNN chooses to report relatively insignifigant trivia like this while failing to report on, and apparently purposely ignoring, the protests rallies of African-American farmers that have apparently been going on for months. I highly suggest that you people who call yourselves journalists get your collective acts together, because you're really starting to tick me off.


    February 15, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  16. Grog in Ohio

    Another Blue Dog bites the dust. Good riddance. Maybe Indiana will elect a real Democrat?

    February 15, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  17. Zach K

    That's Sad. Evan's a great senator, and Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid are not energizing our party. Thanks Nancy and Harry. We lost three good senators, and god knows how many house of representatives for the upcoming election. I was looking forward to better leadership, but it is obvious that they only care for their own reelections. I know Nancy will win her district, but as a Democrat, I really hope Harry loses.

    February 15, 2010 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  18. Jamie

    Here is the next Dem Presidential Candidate

    February 15, 2010 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  19. andy

    Good move,why get whipped,quit now and avoid the November rush.The Dems are 1 and done.The party of NO.NO jobs NO improvement NO plan NO truth NO hope NO change.Suck it up guys,you have followed the leader and he and you will fall,the real party of NO.When you go home in November keep mumbling Bush did it,you idiots may feel better.Good bye morons.

    February 15, 2010 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  20. Dimslie

    It's too bad. His dad was a left-wing nut and, I guess that's why he became a Democrat but, the guy has common sense and that always put him out of the mainstream of his party. Now, though he has the common sense that will be required in 2010, he would have to run again under the banner of the crazies. Good time to retire.

    February 15, 2010 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  21. Eric, Ann Arbor, Michigan

    Too bad Obama has ruined it for all other dems and moderate/liberal Republicans.

    Bayh seemed to be a pretty nice guy, fairly moderate in dem terms, and was a potential Presidential candidate several times.

    It's going to be a huge take-back of the House (and possibly the Senate) in November 2010 because of the inexperience, "community organizer" whose "change" not enough American's want (ie socialism).

    February 15, 2010 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  22. Jeremie

    Team Obama is purging the moderate democrats from Congress in hopes to replace them with more 'Neo-Commies' like himself.

    Everyone needs to support the Tea-Party if you value freedom.

    February 15, 2010 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  23. bennie new york

    Wow, is his bid for reelection going that bad? Oh well, at least all the Democrats have to run scared, not just the liberal ones.

    February 15, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  24. Dick Cheney For President In 2012

    The situation for the Democrats in 2010 must be much worse than previously thought if Evan Bayh has decided not to run again.

    February 15, 2010 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  25. Aunt Bea and Opie

    Guess" Wellpoint healthcare",based in Indy, filled his bag of money to kill the reform bill.They probably will give him a lobby job as well.Another corporate fascist scumbag says thanks for the memories and a bag full of cash.

    February 15, 2010 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
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