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Evan Bayh on Principles & Values

Democratic Jr Senator (IN)


Voted with Democratic Party 86.8% of 319 votes.

Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN), was scored by the Washington Post on the percentage of votes on which a lawmaker agrees with the position taken by a majority of his or her party members. The scores do not include missed votes. Their summary:
Voted with Democratic Party 86.8% of 319 votes.
Overall, Democrats voted with their party 88.4% of the time, and Republicans voted with their party 81.7% of the time (votes Jan. 8 through Sept. 8, 2007).
Source: Washington Post, “US Congress Votes Database” Sep 8, 2007

All America PAC supports 13 candidates for US House & Senate

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  • Bill Nelson
  • Robert Byrd
  • Kent Conrad
  • Leonard Boswell
  • Robert Menendez
    Source: PAC website, www.AllAmericaPac.com Dec 1, 2006

    All America PAC supports 15 Indiana & governor candidates

    It will take effective leadership to restore strength, hope, responsibility, and unity to America. The All America PAC, with Evan Bayh as Honorary Chair, support the following candidates because they have what it takes to get the job done.Indiana: The Bellwether (candidates for local office in Indiana)

    In 2006, Hoosier Democrats are poised to regain control of the State House of Representatives, and to win three of the nation’s most-contested Congressional races. And since the polls in Indiana close first, the eyes of the nation will look to Indiana for its first clues about how election night will trend.

    Source: PAC website, www.AllAmericaPac.com Dec 1, 2006

    Bayh sends staffers to early primary states & “Camp Bayh”

    Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Indiana) is flooding Iowa with 25 campaign staffers to help Hawkeye State Democrats in the midterms, a move designed to help build good will with influential caucus-goers should he run for president in 2008. The Indiana Democrat is also sending 15 staffers to New Hampshire as well as three to Nevada and two to South Carolina. The Democratic National Committee is expected to ratify a proposal next week to have Nevada and South Carolina join Iowa and New Hampshire on the early part of the party’s presidential nominating calendar. Five staffers will remain in Indiana, where the Democratic senator trained these new campaign operatives at his campaign school “Camp Bayh.”

    Bayh is not the only potential presidential candidate placing people in important early states this fall. Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wisconsin) has established a similar campaign training program, while Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tennessee) has a paid staffer on the ground in Iowa.

    Source: 2008 speculation by Mark Preston, on CNN.com Jul 4, 2006

    Leading champion of moving Dems to the middle

    Evan Bayh is the Republican's top choice for a Democratic nominee. The former governor and now senator from Indiana, a big red state, son of a former liberal senator and presidential candidate, he is young, earnest, and a leading champion of the school o thought that says that Democrats must move to the middle, abandon harsh rhetoric, pursue a moderate agenda, work with Bush, etc.

    You know the drill: He's the conservative candidate. He has the centrist calling card: He has won in a very red state. He knows how to win in places Democrats don't. But you know the problem, too: Where is he going to find supporters in Iowa?

    There is no base for conservatives in the Democratic Party. If you don't believe me, ask yourself: Who was the last conservative to win the nomination? Okay, what about the last one to play a major role at a convention? Conservative Democrats stand a very good chance of winning the V.P. slot. Think Bentsen. Think Gore, a DLC'er back then, before he became a Howard Dean man.

    Source: The Case for Hillary Clinton, by Susan Estrich, p.167 Oct 17, 2005

    Liberal in conservative state; but less so than Birch Bayh

    The Senate looked a lot different then from how it looks today. In January 1967, eight states of the Old South still had two Democratic senators each, down from ten before the 1966 elections, but most of them were conservative segregationists. Today, it's the reverse. In the inter-mountain West, now solidly Republican, Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming each had one progressive Democratic senator. Indiana, a conservative state, had two liberal Democratic senators, one of who, Birch Bayh, is the father of current Senator Evan Bayh, a gifted leader who might be President someday, but who's not as liberal as his dad was. The only woman in the Senate was a Republican who smoked a pipe, Margaret Chase Smith of Maine. By 2004, there were 14 women senators, nine Democrats and five Republicans. Back then there were also a number of influential liberal Republicans, alas, a virtually extinct group today, including Edward Brooke of Massachusetts, the Senate's only African-American.
    Source: My Life, by Bill Clinton, p. 96-97 Jun 21, 2004

    Voted YES on confirming of Sonia Sotomayor to Supreme Court.

    Yesterday, the Senate Judiciary Committee kicked off the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Nominee, Judge Sonia Sotomayor. In her opening statement, Judge Sotomayor pledged a "fidelity to the law:"
    "In the past month, many Senators have asked me about my judicial philosophy. It is simple: fidelity to the law. The task of a judge is not to make the law--it is to apply the law. And it is clear, I believe, that my record in two courts reflects my rigorous commitment to interpreting the Constitution according to its terms; interpreting statutes according to their terms and Congress's intent; and hewing faithfully to precedents established by the Supreme Court and my Circuit Court. In each case I have heard, I have applied the law to the facts at hand."
    Reference: Supreme Court Nomination; Bill PN506 ; vote number 2009-S262 on Aug 6, 2009

    Voted NO on confirming Samuel Alito as Supreme Court Justice.

    Vote on the Nomination -- a YES vote would to confirm Samuel A. Alito, Jr., of New Jersey, to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.
    Reference: Alito Nomination; Bill PN 1059 ; vote number 2006-002 on Jan 31, 2006

    Voted NO on confirming John Roberts for Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

    Vote on the Nomination (Confirmation John G. Roberts, Jr., of Maryland, to be Chief Justice of the United States )
    Reference: Supreme Court Nomination of John Roberts; Bill PN 801 ; vote number 2005-245 on Sep 27, 2005

    Religious affiliation: Episcopalian.

    Bayh : religious affiliation:

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    The most common definition used in broad compilations of statistical data is somebody who claims to belong to or worship in a religion. This is the self-identification method of determining who is an adherent of what religion, and it is the method used in most national surveys and polls.

    Such factors as religious service attendance, belief, practice, familiarity with doctrine, belief in certain creeds, etc., may be important to sociologists, religious leaders, and others. But these are measures of religiosity and are usually not used academically to define a person’s membership in a particular religion. It is important to recognize there are various levels of adherence, or membership within religious traditions or religious bodies. There’s no single definition, and sources of adherent statistics do not always make it clear what definition they are using.

    Source: Adherents.com web site 00-ADH5 on Nov 7, 2000

    Supports Hyde Park Declaration of "Third Way" centrism.

    Bayh signed the manifesto, "A New Politics for a New America":

    As New Democrats, we believe in a Third Way that rejects the old left-right debate and affirms America’s basic bargain: opportunity for all, responsibility from all, and community of all.