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Bayh offers ‘practical approach’ on Fox News

Evan Bayh condemned political extremism in Congress during a campaign stop Thursday in Fort Wayne on behalf of Rep. Joe Donnelly, D-2nd, the Democratic candidate for a U.S. Senate seat.

“Nothing gets done” on Capitol Hill if members of both political parties won’t work together, said Bayh, a former Democratic senator and governor.

If he’s opposed to extremism, Political Notebook wondered, how does Bayh justify working as a contributor for Fox News, the TV network that aligns with conservative Republicans?

“I offer my opinion on that network,” Bayh replied. “They’ve never told me (what) to say. And so what I offer is what I hope is a practical approach, a commonsense approach, and that will resonate with their audience or not. The viewers will decide.

“I don’t go on shows and agree with what other people have to say,” he said. “I go on and offer my own opinion about what the right thing to do for America is. And you know what? I’d do the same thing if I was on MSNBC or any other cable network.”

MSNBC is to liberals what Fox News is to conservatives.

On a recent “Panel Plus” on Fox News, Bayh and three other panelists – conservatives Karl Rove and Bill Kristol and Democratic strategist Joe Trippi – discussed whether GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney had boosted his campaign by choosing Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., as his vice presidential running mate.

Bayh said Ryan “is helpful to Romney but not transforming.” He also said Ryan “brings a happier face to conservatism rather than just sort of a root-canal type of conservatism.”

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