Democratic Ex-Sen. Evan Bayh Joins Fox News

Indiana moderate lends a “valuable point of view,” says news executive

Fox News has added a high-profile Democrat to its bench of contributors: Former U.S. Sen. Evan Bayh will offer commentary and analysis leading into the 2012 presidential election.

Bayh, the highest-profile Democratic politician now contributing to the network, helps bolster its claim to fair and balanced coverage despite a perceived conservative bias. Michael Clemente, senior vice president of news editorial for the network, said Bayh, a moderate from Indiana, would "lend a valuable point of view to the entire Fox News lineup.”

Bayh, who was also a two-term Indiana governor and was mentioned as a potential vice presidential pick in the 2008 election, said he was "pleased to offer analysis of public policy and politics to the millions of Americans who get their news from FOX.”

Bayh also served as Indiana's Secretary of State from 1986 to 1988. He is a senior advisor at asset management firm Apollo Global Management, and a partner at McGuireWoods LLC.