From NBC's Mark Murray
One of the big stories after the midterms results are in, of course, will be all of the jockeying for the 2008 presidential race. And touting the Democrats' three congressional pickups in his state, Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh (D) -- who is seriously considering a presidential bid -- just issued a statement on the Democrats' takeover of the House that points to the message he might be making in the next couple of years.
"The lesson of this election is clear – we won by turning the Red states of the Heartland Blue," Bayh said. "Indiana, which has voted for the Republicans in 16 of the last 17 presidential elections, sent three new Democrats to Congress. This is not an accident. Out here in Indiana, we have developed a formula for winning under the most difficult of circumstances. We are fiscally responsible, tough on national security, share the values of middle class families, and value progress over partisanship. If the Democratic Party follows the lead of Indiana and the Heartland and is willing to reach out."