Senator Evan Bayh (IN)
Sen. Bayh was elected Secretary of State of Indiana at the age of 30, Governor at 32 and Senator when he was 42. He may well be elected Vice President at 52. Bayh's rise in a relatively Republican state is impressive, yet not that surprising when you consider that his father Birch Bayh was a US Senator (1963-81) and a presidential candidate in 1976. Sen. Bayh is very popular in Indiana which may be in part due to his fiscal conservatism and his vocal support of capital punishment. He thought about running for President in 2008 but then decided against it.
- Popular in his home state, could possibly swing it
- Has extensive experience both as Governor and as Senator
- May not go over well with liberals and progressives
Suitability for the eventual nominee (rating from 1 (least likely) to 10 (most likely))
8 - he seems closely alligned with the Clintons, has the perfect resume and he's young enough to take over after a Hillary presidency. One caveat: might be a little too much political dynasty for one ticket
3 - would be a double red state ticket, also (yes, this is superficial) too much of a "pretty-boy" ticket
3 - an Illinois/Indiana ticket? Doubtful.
4 - regional balance, could take over after a Richardson presidency