One will soon leave the U.S. Senate, while the other soon hopes to enter it.
Senator Evan Bayh and Congressman Brad Ellsworth stood side-by-side today, campaigning across Indiana, and making a stop in Fort Wayne.
In a few months Bayh will step down as a U.S. Senator, a position he's held for 10-years. He says Ellsworth is perfect man to fill his shoes. But Ellsworth will first have to battle former senator Dan Coats in the General Election.
Today Ellsworth focused on job creation, tax cuts and business growth. He also touted himself as a lifelong Hoosier, and criticized his opponent's residency.
"I’ve spent 25-years in law enforcement and 4-years in Congress working for Hoosiers…” says Ellsworth.
Last Month Coats told FOX Fort Wayne "my opponent refuses to talk about, one, being a Congressman, number two spending anytime in Washington."
Ellsworth fired back by saying "(he) has not lived in this state for, I believe, 12-years; not paid taxes, not held a residence. He had to rent an apartment in Indianapolis to run for this office."
Both Coats and Ellsworth have spent thousands of dollars on TV ads. Today Ellsworth attacked Coats' ads calling them false and misleading.
"He did not call out the truth…saying that I voted to close GuantanamoBay is not the truth” says Ellsworth.
Over the next month Ellsworth and Coats will give their campaign a final push,
while Bayh will reflect on the past decade in office.
"That role of helping people I’ll miss but I’m not going to miss the fussing and fighting in Congress” says Bayh.
Bayh says he isn't sure of what he'll do next and likely won't focus on his future until the election is over.
"Once I’m not on the public payroll anymore, then I can start focusing on what I’m going to do next” Bayh says.