He is primed to take over for Indiana Senator Evan Bayh.
Congressman Brad Ellsworth made a stop on the campaign trail in South Bend Saturday.
Bayh’s seat became open recently when the Senator chose not to seek re-election in 2010.
Ellsworth spoke at the U.A.W. Local 5 Hall in South Bend to a room full of supporters. Several other democrats seeking office were in attendance.
Healthcare continued to be a hot topic. Ellsworth says he is proud he voted for reform although he knows the bill isn't perfect.
“It is going to bring down costs and save one point three trillion dollars over the next twenty years. Those are good numbers. So I'm very pleased,” he remarked.
Meanwhile Republicans say it will cost jobs and money down the line.
“It's a job killer. It’s a balanced on the back of double income working Hoosiers, balanced on your back and my back, and on your viewers’ back. That's who is paying this bill,” explained Congressional candidate and current State Representative Jackie Walorski.
Meanwhile five candidates are vying for the Senate Republican seat.
Ellsworth won't be confirmed for the Democratic Senate seat until after the primary.