Bayh: Third Party Could Win White House

Soon-to-be-ex-senator sees a 'Ross Perot moment' in 2012

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 18, 2010 10:34 AM CST

(Newser) – Evan Bayh thinks the time is ripe for a third-party president. “There’s a high level of frustration with the two-party system out there,” Bayh told Charlie Rose, when asked about David Brooks’ theory that a third party candidate could at last be viable. “This is, in some ways, another—for lack of a better phrase—‘Ross Perot moment.'"

“You remember back then, the deficit was unsustainably high. The economy was struggling. People had a sense that Washington was just broken, and they looked for someone from completely outside the system,” he continued, then added, “Let me be clear. I support the president. I think he is making a major effort.” But the comments are sure to fuel speculation that Bayh is considering his own presidential run.

Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Ind., speaks at a news conference announcing he will not seek re-election in Indianapolis, Monday, Feb. 15, 2010.
Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Ind., speaks at a news conference announcing he will not seek re-election in Indianapolis, Monday, Feb. 15, 2010.   (AP Photo/AJ Mast)
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