February 19th, 2010
12:46 PM ET

John Mellencamp has no comment on Facebook Senate push

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John Mellencamp has yet to respond to requests that he leave his "Small Town" for Washington.

Though 1,700 people have joined a Facebook group called "Draft John Mellencamp for Senate," the hitmaking Hoosier's representative told CNN that he had no comment on the movement.

The Facebook supporters are responding to the announcement by Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Indiana) that the two-term senator and former Indiana governor won't seek re-election this fall.

Aside from hits such as "Jack and Diane," "Cherry Bomb" and "Jackie Brown," Mellencamp is known for helping to create Farm Aid. His politics appear to lean to the left; in the '80s he was a vocal critic of Ronald Reagan and participated in the 2004 Vote for Change tour, arranged by MoveOn.org.

soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Mike, Zionsville, Indiana

    If we're going for a celebraty candidate, then I would like to nominate Jeff Gordon. He's an outstanding speaker, and even better looking than Evan Bayh.

    February 22, 2010 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  2. becky - Las Vegas

    While I love his music, I think Mellencamp would be a little out of place in Congress as Jimmy Carter was in the White House. Like Jimmy, John would be running as an anti-establishment candidate only to wind up BEING the establishment if elected. Don't quit your night job, John. You can do far more outside Washington rather than in.

    February 21, 2010 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Oni

    The point behind congress and the senate has pretty much gone far beyond what people thought it was or could be. Jesse Ventura, Al Franklin, Arnold (the Gov-a-nator) Schwarzenegger, look at what these People have done. so i guess what i'm saying is why not? Not like you can use his past against him, hello rock star! Can't bribe him really, Guess you could threaten his life but that would be the extreme. new blood, new ideas.... and wouldn't it just make the new worth watching? but then again he doesn't want to to, do you john? Not like we need heroes anymore, or people with integrity. But if he doesn't Run, i wonder if he would be more than happy to look for some who would?

    February 21, 2010 at 3:55 am | Report abuse |
  4. Al Artanis

    I would bet my mortgage that John Mellencamp doesn't even balance his own checkbook. This douchebag (who I love as a musician) needs to stick to writing music.

    February 20, 2010 at 1:13 am | Report abuse |
  5. PJ

    I'll vote for him if he promises to punch Joe Wilson in the face...repeatedly...

    February 19, 2010 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  6. AndyB

    Given how great Al Franken has been in the Senate, I'd welcome the injection of more non-career politicians. We need to start voting in people who actually want to solve problems and represent their communities as opposed to people trying to land/keep their high paying positions of power.

    February 19, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Debra R

    You got to be kidding....John does not have the temprement....stick to the music John!!!!

    February 19, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Dan

    Why not? We are all tired of the traditional politicians. Even Evan Bayh is tired of the same old same old boy network. Mellencamp would be a refreshing charge. Can't be any worse than some of these knuckleheads sitting there in Washington collecting a paycheck and doing nothing but stonewalling any progress.

    February 19, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |

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