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."
He promises to reduce spending, and in somewhat clumsy phrasing, "repeal health care." Health care is, of course, shorthand for Obamacare that everyone likely understands, but it could be read as a desire to get rid of actual health care, not Obama's health care reform, as he means it. A "repeal and replace" message is more precise and more positive.
Did Democratic Senator Evan Bayh, who insists he favors more bipartisanship in Washington, schedule the announcement of his retirement to give his party a distinctly partisan advantage in picking a candidate to run for his seat? It sure looks like he did exactly that.
Indeed, Democratic strategists and party officials in Indiana were full of praise for Bayh for delivering his announcement less than 24 hours before the filing deadline for candidates. This means party leaders--32 of them--will pick a candidate (by June 30), and a primary will be averted.
I, too, was surprised by Sen. Evan Bayh's decision not to run for a third term. In an institution where members have a habit of hanging on until they leave the chamber feet-first--casting votes while attached to IVs, being wheeled in and out for quorum calls--it is always noteworthy when a relatively young senator voluntarily steps down. (At 54, Bayh is two years older than his father, Sen. Birch Bayh, was when the elder Bayh was defeated for re-election by Dan Quayle in 1980.)
Reports were this morning that former Sen. Dan Coats was definitely in for a run against Sen. Evan Bayh in Indiana after fellow Hoosier Rep. Mike Pence said 'no' to the idea, perhaps with his eye on a 2012 presidential run.
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.
A new Rasmussen poll on the 2010 Indiana Senate race shows Republican congressman Mike Pence leading Democratic senator Evan Bayh 47 percent to 44 percent. Pence is the only Republican leading Bayh in the poll (though Bayh doesn't get more than 45 percent against any potential GOP challenger).