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Bayh Hits Campaign Trail With Donnelly

Bayh says appearing with Donnelly is not about trying to rally the Democratic base around a conservative Democrat.

Donnelly and Bayh

Photo: Brandon Smith/IPBS

Former Senator and Governor Evan Bayh is campaigning for Joe Donnelly this week. Donnelly is facing Republican Richard Mourdock in Indiana's senate race.

Former Indiana governor and senator Evan Bayh is hitting the campaign trail with Senate candidate Joe Donnelly.

Donnelly and Bayh will tour the state in the next few days in what they’re calling a “main street tour” of Indiana. Bayh says appearing with Donnelly is not about trying to rally the Democratic base around a conservative Democrat.

“I think the Democratic base is squarely in Joe Donnelly’s camp and we need to build on that and reach out to independents and Republicans because not only is that the politically sensible thing to do, it’s the only way we’re going to make progress in Washington,” Bayh says.

Donnelly says aligning himself with the model of legislators like Bayh and outgoing Republican Senator Dick Lugar connects with voters.

“For me to try to make sure to keep people like Senator Bayh in mind, Senator Lugar in mind where you look and you go, ‘This is who we are as Hoosiers,’ it can’t help but be beneficial,” he says.

But national Republicans backing Donnelly’s opponent, Richard Mourdock, say Bayh and Donnelly share a record of supporting President Obama and his policies – a record they say Hoosier voters will reject.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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