Evan Bayh Not Running for President
Evan Bayh is joining the increasingly long line of touted Democratic candidates who have bowed out of the 2008 race for the White House.
Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh will not seek the Democratic nomination for president in 2008, FOX News has learned.
Bayh made the decision depsite having made several visits to test states like Iowa and New Hampshire, and raising millions of dollars toward a possible White House run.
FOX News has learned that Bayh raised more than $10 million, making him competitive with other top possible Democratic presidential candidates like New York Senator Hillary Clinton and former North Carolina Senator John Edwards. However, future fundraising considerations may have been a factor as it is believed that Clinton will get a large share of financial support from party backers in 2007.
Personality issues may have been a concern as well as some insiders told FOX News that Bayh showed very little “fire in the belly” as a presidential prospect. Some of his supporters have acknowledged that his relaxed demeanor and calm tone lacked presidential charisma, even though Bayh has been re-elected by large margins in a red state over the past 20 years.
Fundraising is definitely a factor but I suspect the “fire in the belly” aspect played the biggest role. Running for president is a grueling endeavor. You’ve got to want it badly to endure that.
With Bayh and former Virginia Governor Mark Warner officially out of the race, the Democratic field is narrowing down pretty quickly–and without the most prominent moderates. Bill Richardson and Tom Vilsack would appear to be vying for the mantle of “moderate alternative to Hillary.”