February 23rd, 2010
12:02 PM ET
13 years ago

Baron Hill mulling Indiana Senate bid

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/02/23/art.baronhill.0222.gi.jpg caption="Indiana Rep. Baron Hill is mulling a possible campaign to replace Sen. Evan Bayh in the Senate."](CNN) - Indiana Democratic Rep. Baron Hill told CNN Tuesday he's talking to Democratic state officials about a possible campaign to replace outgoing Sen. Evan Bayh.

Hill acknowledged his House colleague Brad Ellsworth, who announced last week he was running for Bayh's seat, has some support, but said he has received encouragement as well.

"A lot of people are undecided on the state committee. Some are favoring me. Some are favoring Brad," Hill told CNN.

The conservative Blue Dog Democrat was in Afghanistan when Bayh made his surprise announcement last week that he would retire in November. Hill indicated a decision on his own political plans will come in the next few days.

"I think I have to make it sooner rather than later. I think I need to make it this week," Hill said.

The Indiana Democratic Party's Central Committee will select the party's senate candidate, since no candidate filed the needed signatures to qualify for the primary ballot. The committee must wait until after the May 4 primary to select their candidate.

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soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. gt

    dont be fooled there is not such a thing as a blue dog democrat,,, a lap dog democrat maybe ,,, they always sell out to nit wit nancy and her left wing pyscos ....

    February 23, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  2. Hows that nonunion made Toyota workin for ya?

    No more blue dogs.

    February 23, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  3. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Forget about it Mr. Hill. We don't want anymore Blue Dogs in the caucus.

    February 23, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  4. Another pretty boy running...?

    Now that pretty boy Edwards is out .....Nothing is about the people.
    Poitics is a buy and sell...whoever has the most money wins....

    February 23, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  5. Deb n Texas

    Yeah, and who's going to bombard their base – those idiots.

    February 23, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  6. Former Republican, now an Independent

    I would love to see more moderates in the Senate to help offset the extreme facism that has taken over my former party. The Blue Dog Democrats most closely represent that slightly right of center position in today's political parties.

    February 23, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  7. ran

    To the great people of IN no more blue dogs either vote for a true Democrat or Independent if you are serious about wanting your Government to work for the people and not for special interest groups.

    Do not reward the fear/hate/obstructionist Republicans or blue dogs for they are the reason we are having problems passing any meaninful legislation.

    February 23, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  8. chris l

    Indiana definitley voting GOP. Actually the majority of states will be voting for the GOP and against the American Al Queda Liberal Obozo Party.

    February 23, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |