February 17th, 2010
10:10 AM ET
13 years ago

Kaine: Cheer up! We'll defend Bayh's seat

(CNN) - Two days after Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh shocked fellow Democrats with his decision not to run for reelection, Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine pledged that the party will field a top-flight candidate to defend the seat.

"We're going to have a marquee candidate in Indiana," Kaine told CNN's Kiran Chetry on American Morning on Wednesday. "There isn't any reason for Democrats to walk around with sad faces."

Kaine did not indicate who that candidate might be. The top two prospects appear to be Indiana Reps. Brad Ellsworth and Baron Hill.

Hill, who is out of the country this week, has remained silent on his plans. Ellsworth has indicated that he is actively considering a run and will make up his mind shortly.

"I don't want to hold it to exactly a week, but I wouldn't think that kind of stuff takes much longer than that, and I know that [Indiana Democrats] are going to want to find somebody to get busy running," Ellsworth told the Evansville Courier & Press on Tuesday.

A former sheriff, Ellsworth beat Republican Rep. John Hostettler in 2006. Hostettler held the seat for six terms. The district was nicknamed "the bloody eighth" because of its history of incumbents losing in bruising contests. But in 2008, Ellsworth won re-election easily with 65% of the vote.

"We'll miss Sen. Bayh but we'll go after the Indiana race and we're going to compete everywhere," Kaine also said on CNN.

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soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. Jeff

    Yeah, we'll find a candidate. We'll find a token candidate. The effort that will be put into finding a viable candidate will be the same lackluster effort that's been put into turning this country around since the democrats took the majority last year.
    It's only ashamed that not one democrat can find some guts and run this country with the same gall of the republicans from '01 – '08. All I can say is, thanks for putting yourselves out there, people.
    All you congressmen: I hope all you congressmen are proud of yourselves. Enjoy all that lobby money and favors and don't worry about the people without affordable insurance (protection, legalized extortion). Don't think about those same folks with chronically or terminally ill children whom the insurance companies have dropped.

    February 17, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  2. Rickster

    It has to be tough to be in Tim Kaine's shoes right now. He's the proverbial Dutch boy trying to plug the leaks in the dike......he doesn't have enough fingers to plug all the holes. And it's all because democrats hitched their wagon to one inexperienced radical fool. The lesson here is: do your homework. Anybody who looked at Obama's record knew he was an incompetent amateur.

    February 17, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  3. Who said the Mayans were wrong?

    The people of Indiana are owned lock,stock and barrol by Wellpoint Health Systems.You may as well buy your nascar style jumpsuit with their logo on it even if you dont work for them.

    February 17, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  4. Todd

    Stories of Democratic demise are premature, to say the least. Especially as the economy gets really moving and we see job growth going forward.

    Love the palin thingy - wah wah wah a cartoon character teased me wah wah wah.........

    New Jersey residents are already suffering a severe case of "what in the f did we do that for?" with christie. He proposed butting 500 million form public education, gutting the hospital and transportation systems today. He'll be as popular as hemmoroids by March.

    February 17, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  5. Bill123

    Please what has happen to Howqard Dean he was a much better Chairman to the DNC. The problem with the Dems that are correct but do not have the balls to get their agenda though COngress. Just think of all the crap the REpublicans would be jaming down our thoats now if they had control of Congress!

    February 17, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  6. madmatt

    Kaine is so inept he didn't even KNOW Bayh was quitting...keeping track of candidates is his ONLY job and he clearly can't handle it.

    February 17, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  7. Fair is Fair

    Cheer up, Conservatives!!

    Whomever the Obamatards run in Indiana, he or she is going to lose.

    February 17, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  8. Hugo

    A former sheriff, Ellsworth beat Republican Rep. John Hostettler in 2006. Hostettler held the seat for six terms. The district was nicknamed "the bloody eighth" because of its history of incumbents losing in bruising contests. But in 2008, Ellsworth won re-election easily with 65% of the vote_________________________________________________

    That was when everyone in Elkhart was busily making RV's for the rest of the consumer Nation to buy. They were buried in personal wealth and income that had yet begun to be re-distributed to the Government employees and entitled few through Obama's economic wizardry. Times are different now, they are all unemployed, they have all watched the Dems destroy their own party for being Centrists, they have seen how this Administration deals with terrorists and enemies of our Nation and now you think they're gonna vote another "Progressive" into office? Get a clue boo boo!

    February 17, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  9. Steph

    Well, this is about as big as the "BIG BREAKING NEWS" on Fox last night. Of course Kaine is going to say the DNC will defend Bayh's seat. And, of course Fox will call anything caribou barbie says as big breaking news. They wouldn't know breaking news if it bit them in the....

    February 17, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  10. southerncousin

    Sounds like something the Captain of the Titanic said just after he hit the iceburg. Also please stop saying this is the Democratic party, it is not, it is the liberal party. Democrats are now called moderate Republicans. The Democratic party has been hijacked by left wing nutjobs like Oboza, so most of us left.

    February 17, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  11. Dave

    Do you see the problem here? It is not a Democrat or republican problem, it is all of them:

    The DNC (and the RNC does the same) is looking to find a candidate to put in the seat.

    Shouldn't THE PEOPLE find that candidate. Stop taking marching orders from the 2 parties.

    Vote them ALL OUT! Every incumbant. Only vote in fiscally responsible people who have A TRACK RECORD (not a speech) of being about :

    Less taxes
    Less spending
    Less Government

    those 3 things are the ONLY things proven in the past 100+ years to create a strong free market economy.

    February 17, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  12. no need to know

    I voted Democratically for President Obama not knowing that the Democrats were going to act as they have and allow Republicans to show them up by Democrats not voting with their party President to help the people who voted them in office not to mention to lead the people that didn't vote them in. The Democrats are the saddest party ever. They are the best party for the people but the worst for getting things done. The Republicans would always make sure their Republican President has their full support whether it be right or wrong ie...Nixon wrong as hell, Ford wrong as hell, Regan Ridiculously wrong as hell, first Bush wrong as hell and the last Bush was off the charts wrong as hell which President Obama is slowly cleaning up! Democrats you were voted in to serve the people by supporting your party President.

    February 17, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  13. The lonely Libertarian of Liverpool NY

    It is the "People's seat", not a democrat or republican seat.
    I hope the people can find an smart and honest person who will be interested in representing the people before the special interests and the party.

    February 17, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
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