Coats eyes Republican majority in US Senate

Dan Coats
One of the things that Coats is doing to be noticed these days is something he calls "Waste of the Week." (WISH Photo, file)

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — Republican Sen. Dan Coats says a GOP takeover of the U.S. Senate in next month’s election could lead to greater cooperation with the White House.

The 71-year-old Coats says the outcome of the November election will influence his decision on whether to see a new term when his seat is up for election in 2016.

Coats tells The Journal Gazette that if Republicans also hold onto their House majority then Congress could present what he called “unified solutions” to President Barack Obama.

Coats won election to the Senate in 2010, 12 years after he ended his first stint in the Senate. He says he hasn’t decided whether to seek a new term in two years but that he has plenty of time to consider his options. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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