September 24th, 2007
02:09 PM ET
15 years ago

Bayh endorses Clinton, calls her 'smart and tough'

Watch Sen. Bayh endorse Clinton Monday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Indiana, announced he will officially endorse Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, for president at a press conference in Washington on Monday.

"I believe that the next president of the United States must be experienced and seasoned, must be smart, and must be tough," Bayh said. "And I believe that Hillary Clinton is all of these things and more."

Clinton praised Bayh for his work in the Senate, but fell short of saying that she would tap him to be her running mate if she wins the nomination. Bayh had considered running for president in 2008.

"It goes without saying that his record of public service is extraordinary," Clinton said when asked if she would pick Bayh to be her vice president. "I have the highest personal and professional regard for him."

Related: Union endorses Obama; Bayh endorses Clinton

–CNN Associate Producer Lauren Kornreich

Filed under: Hillary Clinton
soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. Tom - Dedham, Mass

    This gets two blogs?

    No wonder the Democrats on this site and the Democratic candidates are going after her, they are fed up.

    September 24, 2007 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  2. Tony G

    Who in the world is Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Indiana???? Never heard of him.

    September 24, 2007 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  3. JR, Virginia

    Hillary as Commander in Chief is almost as bad as Bill Clinton as C in C. Perish the thought of having her making decisions about the strength of our military. The democrats are notorious for weakening our military. Just take a look at the pre-Clinton years of our military capabilities, Army divisions, naval power, etc., and then look at the same numbers after his presidency.

    September 24, 2007 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  4. Kumar, Indianapolis, IN

    All of this coming from a guy that road the coattails of daddy to get where he is.

    He's just pining for the running-mate position.

    Nevermind the probability that his home state of Indiana is still too backwards to vote either of them in the whitehouse. (regardless of party)

    September 24, 2007 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  5. sonny c. v.p.,la.

    Yes J.R., I just hope that the next President of the United States can live up to the high standards of the current Commander in Chief–Bush/Cheney. Hell, they've got 5 defferments & 1(?) Air National Guard tour between them- & it shows!

    September 24, 2007 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  6. John Adkisson, Sacramento, California

    If Clinton gets the nomination, it will certainly be a "Clinton/Bayh" ticket. I can think of no other reason for an otherwise sensible (albeit lightweight) democrat to endorse the voice of the past other than that he has reason to believe he will get the nod. Warner of Virginia would have been a better choice, but he is too valuable running for Senate. Vilcack of Iowa has proven to be a hideous campaigner and spokesperson. hDemocrats have a once in a lifetime chance to nominate someone who represents change, but "job-hunters" like Bayh will always go with the early leader. It may not be a mistake in this case because (a) she may win; and (b) either Edwards or Obama will likely keep Bayh on the short list for VP even though he has endorsed Clinton.
    Nothing new here except the Clinton ticket is filled out long before she wins a vote.

    September 24, 2007 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  7. Marie Logie, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

    Right on! Thank you Sen. Bayh....Hillary Clinton is already a winner in so many aspects. I did not think I could ever feel stronger about the greatness in a president than I did for President Bill Clinton.....but...WOW.....Hillary is dynamite. I am a 65 year old woman, proud to be an American....and would be so proud to have Hillary Clinton become the next President of the United States....I cannot even imagine anyone else becoming President. What a role model Hillary Clinton is.

    September 24, 2007 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  8. Eric, NY

    Hillary Clinto will be a total disaster to our nation. We will go back 10-15 years and imagine Sen. Bayh wants to endorse her. Beware America..Think twice before you endorse Hillary.

    September 24, 2007 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  9. grace, NY
    Clinton campaign kills negative story

    The Clinton campaign has more sway with television networks than any rival. At the time Clinton launched her campaign, the networks’ hunger for interviews had her all over the morning and evening news broadcasts of every network — after her aides negotiated agreements limiting producers’ abilities to edit the interviews. This past weekend, she pulled off another rare feat — sitting for interviews with all the major Sunday talk shows. In most cases, the Sunday shows will reject guests who have appeared on competing shows.

    Clinton’s team is also unusually aggressive in moving to smother potentially damaging storylines, as last spring when Wolfson and other aides took aim at an unflattering book by writers Jeff Gerth and Don Van Natta Jr.
    Green was not a particular favorite of the Clinton campaign, however. He took the assignment from GQ not long after finishing an unflattering 13,000-word profile in the November 2006 Atlantic Monthly, which concluded that the junior Senator from New York is, more or less, a timid, calculating pol.

    “Today Clinton offers no big ideas, no crusading causes — by her own tacit admission, no evidence of bravery in the service of a larger ideal. Instead, her Senate record is an assemblage of many, many small gains. Her real accomplishment in the Senate has been to rehabilitate the image and political career of Hillary Rodham Clinton. Impressive though that has been in its particulars, it makes for a rather thin claim on the presidency. Senator Clinton has plenty to talk about, but she doesn’t have much to say,” he wrote.

    Now you know why its all Hillary all of the time

    September 24, 2007 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  10. pl. at the UN for a while.

    The new feudal arrangements many Americans are portraying these days really scores on the who-'s-who list. And there I had thought that the "black tie thing"–which I refuse to adhere to–was only a Manhattan affair.

    I still say GO WOMAN GO!

    September 24, 2007 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  11. therealist

    Second blog, same old liberal votes..

    Voted NO on prohibiting lawsuits against gun manufacturers. (Jul 2005)
    Voted NO on limiting medical liability lawsuits to $250,000. (May 2006)
    Voted YES on preserving habeus corpus for Guantanamo detainees. (Sep 2006)
    Voted NO on extending the PATRIOT Act's wiretap provision. (Dec 2005)
    Voted NO on declaring English as the official language of the US government. (Jun 2007)
    Voted YES on establishing a Guest Worker program. (May 2006)
    Voted YES on allowing illegal aliens to participate in Social Security. (May 2006)
    Voted YES on giving Guest Workers a path to citizenship. (May 2006)
    Voted NO on Social Security Lockbox & limiting national debt. (Apr 1999)
    Voted NO on repealing the Alternative Minimum Tax. (Mar 2007)
    Voted NO on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Feb 2006)
    Voted NO on eliminating the 'marriage penalty'. (Jul 2000)
    Voted YES on restoring $550M in funding for Amtrak for 2007. (Mar 2006)
    Voted YES on authorizing use of military force against Iraq. (Oct 2002)
    Rated 85% by the AFL-CIO, indicating a pro-union voting record. (Dec 2003)

    CNN's idea of a centrist democrat, someone they agree with on social issues..

    September 24, 2007 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  12. Scott, Cincinnati Ohio

    Jr in Virginia, I think your point regarding the week military under the democrates is way off base. A more progressive way to look at the topic would be; Under a democratic rule we would not invade and occupy countries that clearly don't want us there and pose no threat to our freedoms. I'm just glade that my vote will balance yours right out :).

    September 24, 2007 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  13. Ivan, Chicago, Illinois

    More for JR in Virginia. The military was downsized in concert with the republicans in congress, becau8se of the collapse of the Soviet Union.
    After declaring war on terror did Bush ask increase the size of the military to fight this war on terror? No he said to the American people go out and shop. By not increasing the size of the
    military Bush has limited our ability to succeed in Iraq, and it started with going into Iraq without enough troops to quall the start of any insurgency. So point your fingers at Bush for whatever happens in Iraq.

    September 24, 2007 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  14. Ron, TX

    Senator Bayh?! Wow! What a stellar endorsement! Who is he again? Anyone outside of Indiana have a clue? I predict the next headline for the CNN TICKER: Homeless man on corner of 42nd and Elm in Rhode Island endorses Hillary Clinton!

    September 24, 2007 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  15. Mike, Milwaukee, WI

    HUGE endorsement for Hillary...HUGE! I am now convinced that Bayh is going to be her running mate.

    September 24, 2007 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  16. Michael James -- Illinois

    She may be smart and tough, but she is a poor substitute for the most qualified candidate out there, i.e. Barack Obama.

    September 24, 2007 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  17. Andy, New York, New York

    This forum is vetted by communists! Thanks for the brief hospitality that is more a show of farce! You hypocrites! You want tepid bashings of your Democratic friends, but would retain all the harsh stuff against Republicans. CNN and New York Times: same bedfellows!

    September 24, 2007 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  18. Ed,Ellenville,New York

    Andy,If CNN was so biased I don't think they'd post your complaint.I pointed out their protection of catholics and it was stopped.Perhaps a republican hopeful doesn't like your candor.Democrats live to see you guys squirm,we wouldn't be deleting you.

    September 24, 2007 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  19. John NY

    It's not only a matter of being "smart and tough" relative to Ms Clinton. There are lots of smart, tough people out there. For elected officials, the key questions include: What are their REAL values and principles? Who are their handlers? From whom do they accept campaign money and what favors are expected from contributors? How truthful are they when it is uncomfortable to tell the truth? What is their real agenda? Those are the questions I ask about politicians, and about Mrs Clinton in particular.

    September 24, 2007 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  20. Sam, IA

    True, the military was cut 40% while Clinton was president, under an executive order he inherited from George Bush. Yes folks, do your homework, George 1 is the one who called for a 40% reduction in the military and the person he appointed as head of this commission? Come on, take a wild stab. OK I'll tell you and you can look it up, DICK Cheney

    September 25, 2007 04:52 am at 4:52 am |
  21. WDRussell, East Liverpool, Ohio

    Hey Scott, I am glad to see that there is somebody from Cincinnatti I can agree with. Yhe US spends as much on the military as the rest of the world combined. So Bill C. cut it to 95%, that is hardly cutting it to the bare bones. People should quit worshipping at the Church of the Holy Pentegon.

    September 25, 2007 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  22. Laura - Tulsa OK

    Here's a blog entry that shows politicians congratulating themselves. Just what we need. Meanwhile, Congress stil hasn't done much, other than raise minumum wage.

    September 25, 2007 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  23. Jo R, Buena Park, CA

    For those who feel that Clinton would be a disaster if she becomes president just relax sit back, thats what we said about her husband and for the first few months we thought he was but he turn things around and turn out OK and even came to win a second term and we would be where we are right now because Bush would be president if only the constitution allow it.

    September 25, 2007 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  24. Jo R, Buena Park, CA

    Sorry I meant to say

    For those who feel that Clinton would be a disaster if she becomes president just relax sit back, thats what we said about her husband and for the first few months we thought he was but he turn things around and turn out OK and even came to win a second term and we wouldn't be where we are right now because Bush wouldn't be president if only the constitution allow it.

    September 25, 2007 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |