Former U.S. Sen. Evan Bayh will stump for Democratic Senate candidate Joe Donnelly in five cities this week, including Fort Wayne.
They are scheduled to be in Fort Wayne on Thursday morning at a site that has not been announced. The two also will be in Indianapolis, Terre Haute, Plymouth and Whiting on Wednesday and Thursday for what Donnelly's campaign is calling a "Main Street Tour."
Donnelly, who represents Indiana's 2nd District in the U.S. House, is running against Republican state Treasurer Richard Mourdock for the Senate seat occupied since 1977 by Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind. Mourdock defeated Lugar in the GOP primary election.
Bayh was a Democratic senator from 1999 through 2010. He was governor from 1989 through 1996.
“I am honored to be joined on this tour by Senator Evan Bayh, whose example of bipartisan, common-sense leadership is something I hope to bring to the U.S. Senate,” Donnelly said in a statement.
He said he and Bayh would discuss "creating jobs, lowering the (federal) debt, and balancing the budget."
Bayh also is scheduled to appear at a fundraiser for Donnelly in Munster on Thursday.
Brose McVey, deputy campaign manager for Mourdock, said in an email, "We hope these joint appearances give Rep. Donnelly and (Bayh) a chance to highlight their common support for TARP, Obamacare, the stimulus package and rest of the Obama-Reid agenda, positions at odds with the views and interests of most Hoosiers."