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MidwestTransplant Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 09:40 PM
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Bayh Bailing On '08?, Intense Speculation That Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Ind., Won't Make A Presidential Bid
Edited on Fri Dec-15-06 09:41 PM by MidwestTransplant
(CBS) There has been intense speculation among Democrats Friday night that Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh will not seek his party's nomination for president in 2008, CBS News has learned. Bayhs office has not yet responded to requests for comment.


http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/12/15/politics/main...

I have very good info that he is not running too.
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Kagemusha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 09:42 PM
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1. I mentioned this to a friend and his response was..
"intense speculation???"

Touche.
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David Dunham Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 09:44 PM
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2. This is odd because Bayh's PAC has already raised over $10 million.
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MidwestTransplant Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 09:52 PM
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3. Based on what I heard I am 95% confident the story is true
Weird, I agree.
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NNadir Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 09:52 PM
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4. Well it's going to be hard to stop the Kucinich juggernaut.
:rofl:

Just kidding.
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Placebo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 10:03 PM
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7. ...
:rofl:
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Lone_Star_Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 09:56 PM
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5. Why the change of heart?
This is a curious thing, indeed.
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Ken Burch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-16-06 01:13 AM
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10. There was a poll that just came out showing Barr would get creamed by either Rudy or McCain
Since the main arguement for nominating a DLC'er is "he's electable", this was a fairly big stumbling block.
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arcos Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-16-06 05:27 AM
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15. Barr is a former GOP Rep from GA...
Edited on Sat Dec-16-06 06:14 AM by arcos
He would certainly get creamed by either Giuliani or McCain in the primaries, especially since he just bolted the GOP and became a Libertarian.
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Placebo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 10:00 PM
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6. He could potentially make a smart VP choice...
Edited on Fri Dec-15-06 10:02 PM by Placebo
for whoever our nominee ends up being. He is so popular in Indiana, he would at the very least put the (solidly red state) in play, and at best he could deliver it to the Dems in '08.

Just sayin'.
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LiberalFighter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-16-06 12:19 AM
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8. It won't be enough for Bayh to win Indiana for Presidential race
He and the party would need to take out the current Governor so he can't appoint his replacement.

AND that replacement

Then there is the question of when the new VP would have to tender his resignation as Senator in the state of Indiana. Could he wait until the new Governor takes office or would he have to resign shortly after the election has been certified?

Indiana's Constitution has the 2nd Monday in January as the start of the Governor's term.
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LiberalFighter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-16-06 12:21 AM
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9. The current Governor absolutely must be taken out
He is on a rampage to privatize everything he can get his hands on in this state.
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Ignacio Upton Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-16-06 01:48 AM
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11. Maybe Hillary is trying to scare other DLCers away
Although Biden and Vilsack have more of an ego.
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kerrygoddess Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-16-06 01:51 AM
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12. He's out
Bayh Out of 08 Race
December 15th, 2006 @ 11:47 pm

{SNIP}
Bayhs decision was made public tonight in a statement released to The Indianapolis Star:

As you know I have been exploring helping the people of my state and our country in a different capacity, he wrote. After talking with family and friends over the past several days, I have decided that this is not the year for me to run for President and I will not be a candidate for the presidency in 2008.

MORE & LINKS - http://blog.thedemocraticdaily.com/?p=4963
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Infinite Hope Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-16-06 02:13 AM
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13. Good.
I'm not anti-Bayh, but in my opinion he didn't add anything unique to the race. Unless they add something unique to the debate, I'd rather stick with a corps of core candidates who represent those unique views.
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PDittie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-16-06 04:35 AM
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14. Buh Bayh
Now there are but two DLC-ers left: Vilsack and Hillary.

Wonder how that's gonna break. (sarcasm emoticon unnecessary)
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Eugene Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-16-06 05:40 AM
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16. AP: Bayh rules out White House bid in 2008
Posted on Sat, Dec. 16, 2006

Bayh rules out White House bid in 2008
Associated Press

WASHINGTON - Democratic Sen. Evan Bayh of Indiana will not seek the presidency in 2008,
saying he believes the odds of a successful run were too great to overcome.

"At the end of the day, I concluded that due to circumstances beyond our control the odds
were longer than I felt I could responsibly pursue," Bayh told the Indianapolis Star.
"This path - and these long odds - would have required me to be essentially absent from the
Senate for the next year instead of working to help the people of my state and the nation."

The announcement comes just three weeks after Bayh, in an appearance on a Sunday talk
show, announced that he would take a first step toward a 2008 presidential campaign,
forming an exploratory committee. His decision narrows a field dominated by Whites House
hopefuls, Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York and Barack Obama of Illinois.

Just last weekend, Bayh traveled to New Hampshire, the early presidential primary state,
but his appearance was barely noticed as Obama delivered two speeches to sold-out crowds
and drew hordes of media.

-snip-

Full article: http://www.fortwayne.com/mld/newssentinel/16255753.htm
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andykef Donating Member (93 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-16-06 07:59 AM
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17. Shame
This is a shame as I thought that Bayh would be a great addition to the race and potentially take votes away from Rodham-Clinton and therefore making it less likely she could buy the nomination.
That is both Warner and Bayh now out of the race; have they been bought off or have they some secrets they don't want to share??
Disappointed in Bayh this is the second time he has ducked out and as a result I would not like to see him on the ticket, he is not showing strong leadership skills needed.
However that said things may change in the next few months as the field becomes more apparent. This strengthens Obama but I still don't think he is ready for the top spot.

GORE 2008
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Delphinus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-16-06 09:47 AM
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18. See this thread here:
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