1:11 PM, Mar 24, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
U.S. Sen. Dan Coats has decided not to run for reelection.
“It has a lot to do with age,” he said in a phone conversation today. “If I served again and won I would be four months shy of 80 at the end of the term.”
“You reach a time,” he said, “ when you have to acknowledge that it is time to step aside. And when you realize you have a responsibility to turn things over to the next generation. We have a deep bench and there probably hasn’t been a better time to do this.”
Coats, a former U.S. House member and aide to then-Rep. Dan Quayle, retired from the Senate in 1999 and spent the next decade-plus working as a lobbyist and serving as the United State ambassador to Germany. In 2010, he surprised the state’s political establishment by announcing he would seek a return to the Senate. At the time, he was expected to face incumbent Democratic Sen. Evan Bayh in the November election.
5:20 PM, Feb 1, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Senator Dan Coats delivered these remarks on the floor of the Senate in opposition to Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense:
I have reviewed the 130 pages of answers submitted by Senator Hagel in response to policy questions presented by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
4:26 PM, Dec 20, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
In an interview with an Indianapolis radio station, Senator Dan Coats blasted Chuck Hagel, President Barack Obama's rumored choice to be the next secretary of defense.
"I don’t know how you can nominate someone and make them Secretary of Defense who has had so much disrespect for the military," Coats told radio host Tom Rose. "And said so many public things in opposition to the military, what it stands for, the values that it holds. Chuck has alienated an awful lot of people."
7:35 PM, May 12, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
It's not hard to see why Dan Coats was able to survive the anti-establishment wave this year. Sure, it helped that the former Indiana senator and U.S. ambassador to Germany had two GOP primary opponents who split the anti-establishment vote, enabling him to grab the nomination with about 40 percent of the total vote.
1:54 PM, Apr 19, 2010 • By DANIEL HALPER
The latest numbers in the Indiana Senate race from Rasmussen:
Following his vote for the national health care plan, Democratic Congressman Brad Ellsworth's support remains stuck in the low 30s, while two of his Republican opponents now earn 50% or more of the vote in Indiana’s U.S. Senate race.
Hoosier values.2:49 PM, Apr 15, 2010 • By MARY KATHARINE HAM
It's nothing too earth-shattering. Coats, dressed in a casual checked shirt, calls himself a "conservative" leader who likes tax cuts, babies, and the 2nd Amendment.
"I never thought I'd run for office again, but with the direction President Obama is taking the country, Marsha and I decided we had to stand up."
11:47 PM, Feb 2, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
Politico's Josh Kraushaar reports:
Former Indiana Sen. Dan Coats plans to announce Wednesday that he will challenge Democratic Sen. Evan Bayh in November, a senior Republican official told POLITICO.
Coats held the seat Bayh currently occupies for 10 years before retiring in 1998. Since leaving Congress, he has worked as a lobbyist and served as U.S. ambassador to Germany during the George W. Bush administration.
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