INDIANAPOLIS — Evan Bayh went to the City-County Building Friday to vote for Hillary Clinton in the Indiana primary.
The former senator and two-term governor of Indiana said he participated in early voting to show how easy it is.
“People can get out and vote early even over the next two weekends—Saturdays and Sundays the voting place will be open,” he said. “So you don’t have to stand in a long line on Election Day.”
Bayh said he voted for Clinton because she has the most experience and toughness to address the nation’s problems.
“The momentum has gone back and forth at this point. I think the momentum is pretty clearly with Secretary Clinton,” said Bayh.
Although Bayh said the momentum lies with Clinton, he said the other candidate in the Democratic race for president, Bernie Sanders, deserves credit for creating enthusiasm and for bringing certain issues to the limelight.
He said Sanders has tapped into a vein of unhappiness, along with Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and Ted Cruz.
“This is an angry time for the electorate,” said Bayh. “And people have a right to be angry when we look at Washington, but the challenge here is to take that anger and frustration and to channel it into something productive.”
After working with Clinton on the Armed Services Committee, Bayh said Clinton is the best person to handle the current polarizing climate and reach out to the other side to make progress.
“I actually traveled with her to Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and met with the presidents of those countries,” said Bayh. “I saw the respect that they had. They knew that she was a serious, tough person. That’s what we need in a commander and chief.”
Max Bomber is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.