February 15th, 2010
10:56 AM ET
5 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. Reggie

    Yet another casuality caused by Obama's poor service. He's hurting all the domocrats.

    February 15, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  2. Heff

    I'd like to see a comprehensive list, by party affiliation, of Demos and GOP Congress persons and Govs, that are not seeking re-election this year.

    February 15, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  3. Bubble of Sanity

    No reflection on Senator Bayh or anything, but the headline on the front page is misleading: "Top Democratic Senator to Retire." How do you get to be a "top senator" of either party? I'm sure he 's a fine person, but doesn't it cheapen the whole process when every senator that retires is a "top" senator?

    I've heard of him, of course, but he's not nearly as famous as his father was. What puts him at the "top" of his party? What has he done? Why was he called this?

    Will you use the same adjective if Scott Brown or Al Franken leaves? "Top Republican/Democratic senator to retire."

    Somehow, it just doesn't work.

    February 15, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  4. That is really too bad!

    As a Republican, I actually liked and respected Democrat Bayh as an honest and patriotic American.

    Can't blame him, though - why would an honest guy want to be affiliated with the dishonest Obama administration!

    Sorry to see you go, Senator Bayh. Al the best to you in the future!

    February 15, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  5. GI Joe

    I'm happy when ANY of them retire after two terms. We need term limits AND age limits.

    Anyone 65 or older should NOT be allowed to run for another 6 year term – they are too old to keep up with an ever-changing world.

    February 15, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  6. Terry from West Texas

    Now is not a good time to be in politics. At a time when a bunch of unprecedented problems are facing our nation and when the quality of life of ordinary Americans is about to be drastically reduced, it is best to be a private citizen. Voters will be increasing angry and frustrated at the government's inability to solve any problem, no matter how small. But, our government is gridlocked. We are held hostage by Conservative leaders who are perfectly willing to let ordinary Americans suffer if they can protect the fortunes of global corporations and the wealthy class. Any Republican Senator – from the most stupid to the least stupid – can hold up appointments and bills.

    Oh well. There's nothing to be done about it.

    February 15, 2010 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  7. Craig Bowes

    Sen. Evan Bayh has not represented the people of Indiana and how we see things. He has voted with his party on things like health care when he knew the majority of the people in Indiana did not approve of it. I think he knew it was time to get out or be voted out. I live in Indiana and have not been happy with Sen. Bayh for the past few years. He lost his Hoosier roots by moving and living in Washington. Craig Bowes Jamestown Indiana 46147

    February 15, 2010 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  8. valwayne

    You have to admire Sen Bayh. He was one of the few moderate democrats willing to work with Republicans in a truly Bipartisan way. Watching Obama, Pelosi, and Reid jerk the nation to the extreme left and voting for corruption like the Louisiana Purchase, Cornhusker Kickback, and $60 billion union payoff must have made him ill. He can see the trainwreck that Obama is setting up coming down the track!

    February 15, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  9. The Right

    Obama -your troops are jumping ship,they see the light,quit now and avoid the cost of a failed re election.3 years and Obama ,it will be you.

    February 15, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  10. notfooledbydistractions

    Don't let the door hit ya' on your way out. What exactly have you accomplished over your tenure?

    When the going gets tough, the lazy retire. I guess he figured he's milked this job for as much as he could personally get out of it

    February 15, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  11. Monkey wrench

    Funny how all these politicians (of both sides) that have been in the House and Senate for decades to oversee and orchestrate the demise of our Nation are now fleeing like rats from a sinking ship. I wonder what one would find if their personal wealth and business ventures were delved into, in a pauper out a king? Kind of makes you fell like now when they are needed to actually perform their jobs in an emergency, they bail out. Kind of like the CEO's of the failed banks, auto manufacturer's and mortgage insurance companies...Anxiously awaiting Harry, Nancy and Barney to follow suit!

    February 15, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  12. stevegee

    The only reason he's not seeking re-election is because there's no way he can win. The conservative movement in this country is growing every day - people are fed up with Obama and the Democrats and their obscene expansion of the Federal Government.

    Bye-bye Bayh! Hello freedom and liberty.

    February 15, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  13. Tom in Delaware

    This guy can read the handwriting on the wall...who wants to be part of an historic repudiation of a failed Presidency like the Obama administration.

    How's that Global Warming bunk workin' out for ya?

    February 15, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  14. Renee

    I sure hate to see this Senator go. He has done a great job for Indiana.

    February 15, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  15. fur shore

    Best news since Scott Brown's win in MA.

    Fail to the Chief !!!

    February 15, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  16. Dale

    They're all running now... They don't want to allow the AMerican people to give them the pink slips.

    Cowards.........Mr. Bayh,,, It would have been an honor to show you the door.

    February 15, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  17. hillcoguy

    Shheeesh! Looks like some the incumbents are adopting the duck and run tactic ahead of the coming mid term blood bath!

    February 15, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  18. charles beauchamp

    more rats deserting the sinkin ship!!!!

    February 15, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  19. Hoosier Dem

    This is terrible news for Indiana!

    February 15, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  20. Slider

    Bayh is proof that you can think someone intelligent depsite large disagreements in ideas. The difference was that you could find many things to agree with him about.

    Not so with the Dem leadership in the WH and Congress.

    Bayh is reading the tea leaves. He knows his party gained power over a war that it spread lies and innuendo about (S.AMDT.4862 & S.AMDT.4865), and now has no way to govern. The Dem leadership is lacking and their caucus is a rudderless, burning hulk. The American people wanted the Dems to change Washington; they didn't want Washington to change them.

    He knows the American people have had enough of Obama, Reid, and Pelosi.

    Good luck, Senator. You could still run as a common-sense Dem for 2012 as President. You DO have a chance at that.

    February 15, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  21. greenfish

    chicken-poop. if dems run for the hills the wingnuts will rule the roost and good-bye any enlightenment thinking.

    February 15, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  22. Conservatism equals illiterate ignorance

    Run Bayh Run, when the going gets tough the weak run and hide.

    February 15, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  23. Florida Joe

    Losing this Blue dog is not a loss for the Dems

    February 15, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  24. The GOP 'change you can believe in"

    The Republicans do not need or want bi partisan ship now,we will rule period.Suck it up your repub hating un educated morons.Keep whinning and crying and blaming it on Bush;but,come November good riddance.

    February 15, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  25. southerncousin

    Apparently we have a real liberal moderator at CNN today. None of my posts have been accepted. I keep asking why Pelosi hasn't made a report on the Charlie Rangel ethics investigation and CNN apparently does not want to deal with it. The would rather provide opportunities for the libertard community which inhabits these pages to knock Bush, Palin, McCain, Cheney and now Joe the Plumber rather than report on democratic malfeascence, corruption and chicanery. It is part of being a liberal I guess.

    February 15, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
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