Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Bayh announces Senate run in Hill's open seat

Posted By on Wed, Jul 13, 2016 at 10:44 AM

click to enlarge Evan Bayh, right, will run for open U.S Senate seat. - LESLEY WEIDENBENER, THESTATEHOUSEFILE.COM
  • Lesley Weidenbener,
  • Evan Bayh, right, will run for open U.S Senate seat.

Former U.S. Senator Evan Bayh announced this morning that he will run to represent Indiana in the U.S. Senate. Bayh will face Republican Todd Young in a battle to replace Senate Dan Coats, who will not seek reelection in 2016.

Democrat Baron Hill surprisingly dropped out of the Senate race on Monday.

Here's Bayh's full statement:

“With the challenges facing Indiana and our country, I can no longer sit on the sidelines and watch as partisan bickering grinds Washington to a halt. Hoosier families deserve more and I’ve decided to run to take their cause to the U.S. Senate.

“It’s time for Indiana common sense – the principle that guided my work as Governor, when we crossed the aisle to cut taxes, reform welfare and create a scholarship program to help Hoosier families afford college. It’s how we supported our veterans and worked with business leaders to help create jobs, all while balancing the budget and building a surplus to protect taxpayers. It’s why I support a Constitutional amendment to balance the budget, fought in the Senate to cut red tape for small businesses and took on China to combat their unfair trade practices that take away our jobs. It wasn’t easy and there were immense frustrations but it's not enough to just hope things get better.

“One of the reasons I decided to retire was to spend more time with my twin boys and my wife. I am proud of that decision and cherish the time I’ve had with them. Now, I see their future – and all of Indiana’s future – put at risk by a broken political system. I’ll work every day to put progress ahead of partisanship and to earn the support of Hoosiers so that we can get back to getting things done for Indiana.”

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