— Senator Evan Bayh
New York Times.com
Cliff Jette for The New York Times
Full Name: Birch Evans Bayh III
Political Office: U.S. Senator from Indiana, elected 1998, reelected 2004; governor of Indiana, 1989-1997; Indiana secretary of state, 1986-1989
Business/Professional Experience: lawyer, private practice, 1983-1986; lawyer, Baker & Daniels (Indianapolis), 1997-1998
Date of Birth: Dec. 26, 1955
Place of Birth: Shirkieville, Ind.
Education: B.S., Indiana University, 1978; J.D., University of Virginia, 1981
Spouse: married Susan Breshears, 1985
Children: twin sons Beau and Nick, born 1995
Senator Evan Bayh has certainly benefited from the political career of his father, Birch Bayh. With the prominence of the Bayh name cultivated over the elder’s three terms in the United States Senate, Mr. Bayh won his first statewide election (for secretary of state) in Indiana at age 30. After two terms as governor of the state, his executive experience is the envy of his Senate colleagues, and he is frequently the subject of presidential and vice-presidential speculation.
In contrast to his father, Mr. Bayh has cut a moderate figure throughout his career. A former chairman of the centrist Democratic Leadership Council, he won praise from The Wall Street Journal for his fiscal conservatism as governor, and he has a mixed record on trade, growing more skeptical of free trade over the years. Though he says he personally opposes abortion, he has said he does not want to impose his religious beliefs on others. While he vetoed a waiting period in the statehouse, he drew the ire of feminist groups by voting twice for a ban on late-term procedures.
A member of the intelligence and armed services committees, Mr. Bayh was an early supporter of the Iraq invasion. However, by 2005, he was a harsh critic of the administration, calling for then-Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to step down after revelations of abuse at the Abu Ghraib prison and voting against Condoleezza Rice’s elevation from national security adviser to secretary of state.
Mr. Bayh was reportedly on Al Gore’s running-mate shortlist in 2000, and he announced the formation of an exploratory committee in 2008. Yet, within weeks, he backed out of the race, endorsing Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton in the Democratic primary. He was among the names most often mentioned to share a ticket with Senator Barack Obama before the announcement of Joe Biden as vice presidential candidate.
"The time has come for America to no longer be divided into red states and blue states, but instead stand united as fifty red, white, and blue states, with a common cause and a common destiny"
“The individuals who we have all seen and heard about, through the media and otherwise, who are suffering greatly are our fellow citizens.”
"The only way Democrats can govern in this country is by making common cause with moderates and independents"
“I'm a Republican. Let's go out into the world market and try to get a better deal for Americans.”
“And we must do more - much more - to heal our nation - to bridge the divide that separates so many. That is our genius as a nation. That is our obligation as a party.”
“Our country has been asleep at the switch on these things. The basic economics are that the supply of fossil fuels is limited and the demand is outstripping the supply. It's a recipe for continued crisis if we don't start changing our ways.”
“We've got a few voices out there who would be a little bit more on the fringe. Unfortunately, too often they define the entire party.”
"Hope is not a plan.”
"A leader is defined not only by his friends, but by his enemies as well. It's far better to take on risks and fight for things you believe in than to stand safely for nothing at all."
“We would not have the country that we have without people in the United States Military like those who are standing before us.”
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