February 5th, 2010
05:54 PM ET
10 years ago

Coats: North Carolina's 'a better place' than Indiana

A new DSCC video targets Republican Dan Coats.

A new DSCC video targets Republican Dan Coats.

Washington (CNN) - Democrats have been hounding former Sen. Dan Coats since he announced this week he will challenge Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Indiana, in this year's midterm election.

Coats served as U.S. ambassador to Germany in his post-Senate life, but he also worked as a lobbyist representing Wall Street banks, health insurance providers and pharmaceutical companies. Democrats also pointed out that Coats is actually registered to vote in Virginia, not the Hoosier state.

Now, hoping to paint Coats as even more out of touch with the people he hopes to represent, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is pushing a video in which Coats suggests he'd rather live in North Carolina than Indiana.

"If you don't tell the good people of Indiana, Marcia and I decided that there might be a better place where some of these older bones can absorb, so we have joined her parents in North Carolina," Coats says in the video, which was recorded during a speech he delivered to North Carolina delegates at the most recent Republican National Convention in St. Paul.

Coats and his wife bought a $1.8 million home in Wilmington, North Carolina in 2006, according to documents provided by the DSCC.

"We have a home down there that we use as a second home but hope it will be our first home," he tells the crowd. "And then I'll be able to register and vote for your two senators and congressmen and be a North Carolinian."

An aide to Coats did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the remarks.

UPDATE: Coats and his wife are now "likely" going to sell their second home in North Carolina, according to a spokesman.

"Few people could have predicted the fiscal train wreck that Evan Bayh and his liberal allies have created for Indiana and the nation when Dan and Marsha Coats bought a second home to spend more time near her aging parents in North Carolina," said Coats' Indiana-based spokesman Kevin Kellems.

"Now that Dan has no plans to retire, he and Mrs. Coats will likely be selling their second home.  Like many Hoosiers, Dan Coats believes we need to take bold and immediate steps to get our nation back on track before it’s too late, and he is willing and ready to do his part."

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soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. Kyle Muncie, Indiana

    Carpet Bagger!

    February 5, 2010 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  2. Death Assurance Companies

    Corn dust eats the brain,hahaha

    February 5, 2010 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  3. GI Joe

    Another Implant. Keep him there - he ain't welcome in NC.

    February 5, 2010 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  4. Hey, GOP, ---- Burn in hell; by Phuq Ewe

    Coats is a typical anti-middle class android put in place by Satan to kill hard working Americans.

    February 5, 2010 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  5. malia

    Give it up DNC! Your ol' tricks won't work this time...lol

    February 5, 2010 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  6. Donkey Party

    Want transparancy? All Republicans want is power, and they are shamelessly transparent in their bloodlust for power. Too bad their Right-winger following is too stupid to understand what duped pawns they are.

    February 5, 2010 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  7. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    Coats is a lot like our SW Florida rep to congress (Mack) who lives in California with Sonny Bono's second wife. Representing people in absentia is not a good idea.

    February 5, 2010 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  8. D.

    The USA is only a free country to Democrats like Hillary Clinton who can move freely to NY and is no free for inter-state moving for Republicans?
    Com'on DNC, enough with this: let the best man (or woman) win !!!!

    February 5, 2010 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  9. Donkey Party

    As a NC resident and owner of property near Wilmington, I can tell you that $500,000 gets you an awesome place in Wilmington, 1 million would get you a spread that rivals Palm Beach. I'm trying to wrap my imagination around what kind of elitist private compound 1.8 million buys there. If the house is less than 10,000 square feet, I'll never make another comment on CNN again.

    February 5, 2010 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  10. Donkey Party

    Sorry, misspelled "transparency" in my previous post. You need spidery little asian fingers to use a Blackberry properly.

    February 5, 2010 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  11. from the middle

    Don't slam the man for telling the truth! North Carolina is a 10000% better place to live than Indiana! Indiana is an armpit!

    February 5, 2010 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  12. JonDie

    The GOP is so out of new ideas that recycling some failed pol from the 80s is all they have.

    February 5, 2010 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  13. Sue

    If this is all that the Democrats have against Coats--it is a pretty pathetic attack.

    Also, there are some GREAT articles in the Washington Times, Real Clear Politics, and Rasmussen---discussing how bad the Democrats are going to get clobbered in the 2010 elections.

    Only 10 more months---and the power/control is taken away from Obama, Reid, Pelosi, and all of the rest of the liberal Democrats.

    REAL hope and change is coming--with the elections of November, 2010.

    February 5, 2010 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  14. mk, Indiana

    This "good" person from the State of Indiana wants to know how a RETIRED politician can afford a home worth 1.8 millions dollars? WTH is wrong with our Country when we value or public SERVANTS by giving them way too much money and way too much power. Coats can stay retired and Bayh can go too. I will be looking for a person who values our State and our people, cause we are TOO GOOD for the likes of them.

    February 5, 2010 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  15. Pragmatic

    Another carpetbagger who can't even vote in the district/state he's running in? Remember NYS 23? How did that work out for the republicans?

    February 5, 2010 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  16. Orange Curtain, CA

    I don't like either one of them. Bayh is almost as spineless as Joe Lieberman.

    February 5, 2010 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  17. Obama and his cabinet equate to crooks!

    No one is more out of touch with the people then the democrats.

    February 5, 2010 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  18. Hugo

    Anywhere is better than Indiana, unless you are a corn weevil that is!

    February 5, 2010 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  19. cmoore

    Maybe he likes the coast, morons.

    February 5, 2010 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  20. Kate in SW Fla

    I lived in Indiana for about 10 years and I can tell you that Indianapolis is a great city, but the rest of the state sucks. It is full of rightwing, religious fanatic bigots who are very racist and downright hateful. I could not wait ti get out of there, and would NEVER go back. The only good thing to come from there is corn.

    February 5, 2010 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  21. Jon from Madison

    Here comes the Dems with their little sound bites. Start focusing on fixing our nation's problems, like you promised, not slinging mud.

    February 5, 2010 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  22. Franky, Land of Lincoln

    He was a lobbyist? I don't know, I don't like that. And some people may agree as well.

    February 5, 2010 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  23. Jim

    "Government for the People" is not part of Coats' vocabulary. In his world it should be Government for the corporations and the wealthy.

    February 5, 2010 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |