Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Ind., announced Sunday that he is forming a presidential exploratory committee, which allows him to raise money and travel in support of a potential national candidacy in 2008.
On ABC's This Week, Bayh said the American people "need someone who can deal with the dysfunction here in this city so that our government begins to empower our people to fulfill their potential," adding: "If I can be that individual, so be it." He expects to make a decision on a run in early 2007.
As of Sept. 30, Bayh had $10.6-million in his Senate account, all of which can be transferred to a presidential bid.
Get tough on Putin, Graham and Biden say
Russia under President Vladimir Putin is a "one-man dictatorship" and he should do more to help the U.S. confront Iran's nuclear ambitions, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said Sunday.
Graham joined Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del., on Fox News Sunday in urging the Bush administration to stand up to Putin. Their views reflect U.S. concerns over democratic backsliding by the Kremlin and the increasingly assertive steps by energy-rich Russia to counter U.S. influence.
Graham cited President Bush's statement in 2001 that he got a sense of Putin's soul during the leaders' first meeting. "I think Bush misread his soul. I think this guy is taking Russia backward," Graham said.
Biden, incoming chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said he would consider "laying down markers about whether or not, as (Putin) continues to consolidate power within that economy and in that country ... he warrants continued membership" in the Group of Eight leading industrial nations.