Bayh Visits New Hampshire

Although I find Evan Bayh (D-IN) a bit conservative, I’ve been a strong supporter of his, and have been in strong support of a Presidential run in 2008. Although I’m a Barbara Boxer advocate, I believe Senator Bayh is the key to a Democratic victory in 2008. Take a look at this article from the Indianapolis Star:

Bayh brings energy plan to N.H. voters
Senator says lack of plan to wean nation off foreign oil was one of Bush’s mistakes.

By Maureen Groppe
Star Washington Bureau
July 12, 2005

MERRIMACK, N.H. — Sen. Evan Bayh wrapped up a two-day visit to New Hampshire on Monday by touring a plant that exports solar panel technology, giving him a chance to talk about two of his favorite themes: energy independence and trade.

“What we’re doing here is, I hope, a glimpse into the future of our economy, of energy independence, of being more competitive in terms of global trade,” Bayh said after watching employees work on a high-pressure furnace that will be sold to the Chinese to melt silicone to make solar panels.

Bayh, D-Ind., has been emphasizing energy independence and trade globalization not only in New Hampshire — home of the first-in-the-nation presidential primary — but also in speeches he has been giving across the country this year as he explores whether to seek the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination in 2008.

Bayh frequently tells audiences that one mistake President Bush made after Sept. 11, 2001, was not calling for a declaration of energy independence, a remark that pleased some of the Democrats who came out to meet Bayh in Keene on Sunday.

But Bayh finessed an answer when he was asked why the Senate hasn’t increased fuel efficiency standards for vehicles as one step toward reducing the U.S. demand for foreign oil.

In 2002, Bayh was one of 19 Democrats who sided with the majority of Republicans in killing higher standards, which Bayh said could hurt Indiana’s auto industry.

Bayh didn’t explain to the New Hampshire Democrats that he had opposed the approach favored by environmentalists and most Democrats.

“There have been a couple of votes in the Senate on that,” Bayh said. “Unfortunately, neither approach was successful.”

Environmental activists who met privately with Bayh on Monday liked his message that new forms of energy are needed to make the country less reliant on coal. Emissions from coal-fired power plants in Indiana and other Midwestern states have been causing acid rain in New Hampshire.

“He was very well versed on environmental and renewable energy issues. I don’t think he said anything that people didn’t like,” said Kurt Ehrenberg, regional representative for the New Hampshire Sierra Club, who organized the meeting with about 15 activists.

In speeches to most groups, Bayh emphasizes that he’s a Democrat who has won five elections in a state that has voted Republican for president in 16 of the past 17 elections.

In his meeting with the environmentalists, Bayh laid out a map of Indiana, showing all the parts of the state where he received a majority of votes last year and the far fewer areas that voted for Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry.

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