Friday, June 10, 2005

Bayh Interview Posted at WisPolitics

Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh knows a little bit about winning in Republican territory - lessons that could help national Dems find better success in the '08 presidential race.

Bayh has won five straight statewide elections - first as Indiana secretary of state, then two terms as governor and now is in his second term as a U.S. senator from a red state who outperformed President Bush in '04.

"One of the big challenges for our party is to demonstrate to people that we have an agenda for economic prosperity and that we can be trusted with their money," Bayh tells WisPolitics.com. "I think that would reassure many citizens that we can be good stewards of our government. If we emphasize those things, I think we can succeed in any part of the country."

And as to the current governors of Wisconsin and Iowa, he agrees with their centrist leanings. ``Well, I don't know too many governors who are flaming ideologues. Being governor, at least from my experience, is a pretty practical undertaking.''

Will he run for president? Bayh won't set odds, but he admits he may be following in the footsteps of father Birch Bayh (presidential candidate in 1976) and make a run for the highest office in the land.

WisPolitics President Jeff Mayers interviewed Bayh on Thursday night via telephone from Washington, D.C.

See the interview: Evan Bayh - Building a Recipe for National Dem Success