Statement from Charles Bookwalter on Rep. Jim Baird’s announcement that he is running for re-election in the 4th Congressional District


THORNTOWN, Indiana | Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2023: 

I welcome Rep. Jim Baird’s announcement that he is running for re-election.

While Jim Baird and I are both lifelong Hoosiers, combat veterans, and business owners, the contrast between us could not be more clear.

While Jim Baird has voted to spend $113 billion of American taxpayers’ money on the war in Ukraine, I would have opposed all aid to Ukraine from the beginning.

While Jim Baird voted to lift the debt ceiling, giving President Joe Biden an unlimited credit card until the end of his term, I would have voted NO.

While Jim Baird voted with the Democrats to maintain high levels of federal spending for another 45 days, I would have held the line with other conservatives and voted NO.

While Jim Baird voted against reinstating pilots fired for refusing to get the COVID-19 vaccine, I would have voted YES to give these pilots back their jobs.

While Jim Baird voted NO on a bill to cut funding to CISA, the main U.S. government agency involved in mass online censorship of American citizens, I would have voted YES.

While Jim Baird co-sponsored a bill to track the vaccine status of every American, I would have opposed this vigorously and voted NO.

While Jim Baird was the primary sponsor of a bill to encourage carbon sequestration, which will involve the taking of private property through eminent domain, I am actively opposing these projects in counties in the 4th Congressional District.

The 2024 Republican primary election will be the first one in six years in which Republican voters in the 4th Congressional District have a choice of candidates, given that challengers were removed from the ballot in 2020 and 2022 by the Indiana Election Commission.

I look forward to a spirited contest and invite Rep. Jim Baird to join me at three debates held in different towns and cities in the district between now and the primary election, so that Republican voters can make an educated choice between two candidates on May 7. 

Bookwalter for Congress
PO Box 43
Thorntown, IN 46071
ph (765) 670-1221
Margaret Menge, campaign manager: ph (812) 369-4325