The Washington Times - March 18, 2009, 12:36PM

Indiana’s Democratic Sen. Evan Bayh announced the creation of a 15-member working group of centrist Democrats on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Wednesday.

“There about 15 of us in the United States Senate, moderate Democrats, for lack of a better description have been gathering and we finally decided to make an announcement,” Bayh said, “We are coalescing in a group to try and focus on making the changes the American people need but to make sure they are done in a practical way that will actually work. We are not ideologues, we are pragmatics. We are not strident partisans we care about our country more than our party.”

Bayh has been one of the Democratic party’s most outspoken members against President Obama’s spending, penning recent op-ed in the Wall Street Journal to outline his opposition to the $410 billion omnibus bill the Obama signed.


Bayh named several members, but said there were a handful who were not ready to go public yet about their affiliation with the group.  “There are about twelve of us on the press release and then there are three or four others who we are putting into the witness protection program,” Bayh joked.

The group does not yet have a formal name but Bayh said they could be called the “practical caucus.”

He plans to hold a press conference Wednesday afternoon to offer more details about the group.

Update: Senator Bayh’s office has now released a complete group of names. This is from his press release:

“In addition to Senators Bayh, Carper and Lincoln, others joining the group are Senators Mark Udall and Michael Bennet of Colorado, Mark Begich of Alaska, Kay Hagan of North Carolina, Herb Kohl of Wisconsin, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, Joe Lieberman of Connecticut, Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Ben Nelson of Nebraska, Bill Nelson of Florida, Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, and Mark Warner of Virginia.”