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. Dave from PA

    Man I don't blame him. The Republicans have made the Senate a Zoo.

    February 15, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  2. Kyle, Indiana

    Congratulations Senator Bayh! In all of your years of public service, you failed miserably to measure up to the greatness of your father. Enjoy your millions from the drug companies in retirement. Thanks for nothing and good riddence!

    February 15, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  3. Too-bad

    Sad comment on state of politics!

    February 15, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  4. Perusing-though

    THIS ONE HURTS!

    I like Evan Bayh, but disappointed with his decision to drop out. All polls indicate Bayh will win handily in November-2010. Bayh has no Democratic rivals and his most competitive GOP opponent (Dan Coats) is struggling behind Bayh in the polls.

    But none of this is surprising. With belligerent far-right Republican obstructionist threatening GOP Moderates to keep their heads down, and while extreme far-left Democrats harass their Moderates, it is no surprise things continue not to get done in a Congress that is held hostage by extremist on both sides and lobbyist with deep pockets.

    February 15, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  5. Perusing-through

    I like Evan Bayh, but disappointed with his decision to drop out. All polls indicate Bayh will win handily in November-2010. Bayh has no Democratic rivals and his most competitive GOP opponent (Dan Coats) is struggling behind Bayh in the polls.

    But none of this is surprising. With belligerent far-right Republican obstructionist threatening GOP Moderates to keep their heads down, and while extreme far-left Democrats harass their Moderates, it is no surprise things continue not to get done in a Congress that is held hostage by extremist on both sides and lobbyist with deep pockets.

    February 15, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  6. Roger

    Even though I have disagreed with some of his positions, I have always had the respect for Senator Bayh. Upon his retirement we should all be thanking him for his service and wishing him good health and success in his retirement.

    February 15, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  7. Jane/Seattle

    In one's wildest imagination, it could easily appear as if this is just a set up. For what? The next Bi-Polar swing to The Right wing Fascist machine! President Obama is pretty successfully carrying out the agenda himself. Positioning themselves now for a return to power by twisting every issue for the ignore-ant ones who vote them into power would be the Republicans. Retirement looks pretty good now that America has been very effectively submerged into submission!

    How to fix what no one really intends to fix by their collective action? The New World Order is upon us with the Corporate/Government Fascist Rulers in charge. Yes, this is what I actually think is going on. The banks and Wall Street never stop their feeding frenzy off the hard earned incomes of the subjects! Peace

    February 15, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  8. Gary's Opinion

    The Dems don't have to quit their jobs...just quit raising taxes and quits deficit spending. We need to stop taking money from the hardest working Americans to give to the laziest Americans....No one should get money without working for it. We need jobs, not deficits, not taxes.

    February 15, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  9. Independent

    Who cares? Kick all of the DEMS and REPUBS out!!!! We need a third party or senators that work for the people and not lobbyists or polls!!! If the REPUBS and DEMS stay then we atleast need YOUNG NEW AND "REAL" IDEALISTIC FORWARD THINKING CONSERVATIVES AND LIBERALS FOR TRUE BALANCE!!

    February 15, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  10. Shermani

    The end is near for obama's "hope and Change". However, this is just the beginning for America to Hope for a Change on Tuesday November 2, 2010. Clearly America bit off more than they could chew with obama, and now want some real accountability back in DC, not a run away spending train. The Republicans have an honest shot at taking back the House and the Senate. Reid will lose in November, Nancy will win her election, (based on where she is from S.F., CA. – need I say more) but she will quickly resign from the congress when she learns that she will no longer be the speaker of the house, and that all of her government perks will now go away. November 2010 looks to be the light at the end of this very dark tunnel.

    February 15, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  11. Iowa Voter

    Now if we can get others to follow suit ,
    hopefully we can elect men/women who will vote as the people want them to.

    February 15, 2010 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  12. Jay

    With only 12 years in office I think he could have done one more term then retired. 18 years in the Congress should be the limit. The headline gave me hope that they were talking about Sen Harry Reid who the voters of Nevada will most likely fire this Nov. My next choice to retire would have been Sen Byrd who as first elected in 1958. Is 52 years not long enough to accomplish what you went for? Does he want to die in office? Its time for him to do right by the voters of West Virginia and retire.
    I do wonder if all these retirements are coming because they see a huge crash in the Congress in the next session. Reputations will be made and broken in that one.

    February 15, 2010 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  13. Steve (the real one)

    There is something seriously wrong when a guy of his caliber cannot stomach the goings on in DC anymore! He is a moderate Dem who has caught heat from both the far left and right! The far left blames the far right and the far right blame the far left.. This is a huge loss for you Dems! Both far wingers chase out the moderate voices! Truly a shame! I hope whomever gets this seat actually represent the PEOPLE and not any extreme agendas! We will see!

    February 15, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  14. QLee

    I hope that is not the case. I am from Indiana and a supporter of Senator Bayh. It frightens me to think of who might replace him. We now have the Lobbyist, Dan Coates, who has not lived in this state for years, coming back to run. Come on Bayh, stay in it!

    February 15, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  15. katiec

    Bayh was more of a republican than a Democrat and our party does not need politicians like that. Hopefully his replacement will be a politician who truly represents the American people.

    February 15, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  16. demwit

    Even the hard core demonrats are jumping from this sinking ship..

    February 15, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  17. Iowa Voter

    Hopefully our state we will remove that dullard Chuck Grassley.

    February 15, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  18. Bob

    Why is CNN putting this story so far down on this site.
    The fact that a main fixture of centrist democratic leadership, which has been pushed aside by the Move-On/Obama left/radical democratic leadership is being somewhat ignored and barely acknowledged by CNN, shows that CNN is really not wanting to give traction to the fact that only 30% of the Democratic Party is of the Progressive/Socialist bent. What a story of the shifting landscape of american politics is being underreported by a media more concerned with agenda that current happenings.

    February 15, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  19. Pittsburgh voter

    "belligerent far-right Republican obstructionist"

    Will someone please explain how the Republicans could obstruct anything? Allow me to spell it out for the Dems – M A J O R I T Y – you have one, and a large one at that! Stop blaming others for your failures!

    February 15, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  20. Take Back America

    As a lifelong Indiana resident this is great news. Bayh has become a puppet of the Democratic majority and abides by their wishes instead of what his constituents want. He's jumping ship because he knows he'd get his butt whipped in the next election. No tears here. Don't let the door hit you in the rear on your way out.

    February 15, 2010 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  21. Betty

    This only means that there is "one more nail in Obama's political casket", It is always so exciting to wake up on a Monday morning and turn the news on (Obama's favorite chanel–Fox and CNN) and to learn that another dem has had his belly filled with Obama doing his best to bring our great nation to a halt, I do not blame any dem for they have had to watch this egotisical black man act like he is GOD, now it is time for Obama to say "Gee all those caring republicans, Indepents and Tea Partiers tried to warn me", I just could not seem to get my head and big ears out of the sand. Now for the best part, this is a democrat that has this to say–we need a leader for our country, not a country destroyer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Betty

    February 15, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  22. Steve6167

    Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virgina needs more time to get the job done.

    February 15, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  23. Lilarose in Bandon, OR

    I don't blame him for retiring. He could continue for a long time since he isn't that old.

    I wouldn't want to spend my life in the mess that our federal governmetn is in and I am a Democrat.

    If you want to know why we are no longer the world's superpower, it is because of all the babies who are in Congress and haven't learned to play together.

    February 15, 2010 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  24. Apples

    To think this scrub was on Obama's short list for VP. The last thing we need in our political landscape is a bunch of quitters like Bayh, Palin and the list will surely continue to grow...

    February 15, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  25. MARK

    Dems are dropping like flies!

    February 15, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
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