April 7th, 2008
03:50 PM ET
13 years ago

Clinton airs first ad in Indiana

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/04/07/art.clintonbayh.cnn.jpg caption="Sen. Evan Bayh, a prominent Clinton surrogate, in her new Indiana ad."] (CNN) - Hillary Clinton's campaign is featuring one of Indiana's most popular politicians in its first statewide ad in the state. The spot hits the airwaves Tuesday.

In 'Steel,' Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh says:

"America faces challenging times. We need a leader who'll fight for good jobs, change trade deals like NAFTA, cut taxes for middle class families. Someone who's ready to be commander in chief from day one.

"That leader? Hillary Clinton. I've known Hillary for 20 years. She's got a spine of steel. She'll fight for our jobs, our troops, and the America we love. Strong. Seasoned. She'll always stand up for us."

Primary voters in the state head to the polls May 6.

Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Indiana
soundoff (179 Responses)
  1. zina

    It's a respectable ad. At least she isn't attacking Barack as usual.

    Thanks, Sen. Clinton.

    Obama '08

    April 7, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  2. JT

    Isn't NAFTA synomous with HILLARY?

    Is the ad really saying, 'America faces challenging times. We need a leader who'll fight for good jobs, change trade deals like HILLARY'?

    April 7, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  3. JM

    I agree she has a spine of steel. It take a spine of steel to stand up and laugh at the lies you tell Americans, to put out adds that scare single parents and the elderly, and refuse to take responsibility for your lack of honesty and ethics. Hillary Clinton steel spine or not is not someone that I want to see in the White House.

    April 7, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  4. billy

    Bayh should seek help at Notre Dame for his lies about Clinton and NAFTA. Bayh you are subjecting yourself to the gutter ball that the Clintons are playing. You are showing no shame and the electorate will not forget it. These types of politics are coming to an end. The siding with a story teller (LIER) like the Clintons is going to ruin many politcal careers, I have this feeling.
    The American voters are tired of the big money (Hollywood) movie people and all who will think they can sham their way to victory with stories about "ROCKY" and fictitious characters such as this.

    Bayh is no different than Carville....Rendell....and others who play this loyalty to the Clintons before God and Country.......SHAME ON YOU!!!!!!!!!

    April 7, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  5. Greg

    Think this clown is a little nervous?

    Might want to start thinking about jumping ship at this point, else he risks his poltical future going the way of Hillary's recent gutter-ball performance.

    April 7, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  6. Thomas in Florida

    I agree with the poster above. Why is CNN reporting Hillary's first add in a state as news?

    Should you give Obama equal coverage?

    I realize that you guys want this thing protracted...but come on.

    Maybe you guys are the Clinton News Network.

    April 7, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  7. Sean Deason

    "She's got a spine of steel." Now we have the answer to the question that's been asked numerous times during this campaign. We now know exactly what's gotten up Hillary's butt!

    April 7, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  8. Ralph

    Hey, when you can only afford one ad, you might as well get it out there early.

    April 7, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  9. Its 3 am..where's Bill?

    Why bother w/ Indiana...April 22 and its all over baby!

    April 7, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  10. Terry

    Clinton's record on family issues is definitely better than Obama. Democrats need fundraising, they call her, she always helps. She is around for a long time, so there's some dirt here and there for people to claim she is bad. My question to those who say Clinton lies: which politician doesn't lie? It's in their job description!

    Just because Obama does things that get people, that doesn't make him a better person in charge. People just jump on Clinton for anything she does. Even when she released her tax return early, Obama supporters complained it was released too early. Releasing it late, they complain it is late. Obama claimed he didn't know about his pastor's GD America speech, then he made a speech about anger and hatred within 72 hours. I don't see his own supporters jumping on him about his denial. If their campaign is about honesty and openness, any lie he made should weigh more. At least Clinton didn't make the same claim. It is just those who are stupid to think politicians are clean! The cleaner the politician appears, you should be even more careful. This is not American Idol, you don't get to change your vote a week after.

    April 7, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  11. gnomepark

    #1....I'm tired of hearing what will be done on Day #1

    #2 Being from Indiana, Bayh...or at least his daddy Birch, wasn't really a "brilliant" statesman and not much should be made of what Junior has to say.

    #3 I'd like to hear what Sen. Richard Lugar (R) has to say about Obama, since he has worked with him on may bills.

    April 7, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  12. Me

    As an individual who has been blessed by this country and its people I can say without hesitation that I have no problem paying more taxes as a "rich" man if it means that it makes America stronger and life better for those who have not had all the opportunities as I have. I am a supporter for Obama however; if by some crazy miracle Hill gets the nomination then she has my vote. At least Obama and Hillary have policies that will help America and not dig its grave or suck the blood out of the average American family (if there is much left to take).

    April 7, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  13. Joseph

    I cannot belive Obama has not decisively taken this contest. Indiana should be Obama's but Clinton is leading in polls and is favored to win. If Clinton wins Indiana, comes close in North Carolina, Obama may be on shaky ground. I hate to say this, but if CLinton loses. McCain will win the election and Clinton can be positioned for 2012. There is no way she is going to actively support Obama and the Democrats after Dean's refusal to deal with Michigan and FLorida.
    Obama will lose the general election. Obama's career will be finished. His "Change" argument will be reelected and expect Hillary to run on substance again in 2012.

    April 7, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  14. KCBob

    A Spine of steel and a mouth full of lies.

    April 7, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  15. rod

    Obama uses the " ghost of a great name " [ Lucan ] MLK and RK to retrace one's steps in philosophy. Also uses immortal names still to come perhaps Rev. Wright, Bush, McCain, Clinton. Obama supporters vows to hear " Obama " from everyone's tongue, lips and mouth in America. Obama is the only person who can solve America's crisis!

    April 7, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  16. Skipper

    All votes counted, Clinton is only behind by .06%. She is ahead in the Electoral College 219 to 202. She'll take PA easily.

    Don't go blaming her for staying in the race when it's so close. If the DNC didn't want the race to last so long, they ought to have a rule against primaries after March.

    Obama was not at the State of the Black Union in New Orleans. Obama was not at the MLK Memorial in Memphis this past weekend. Is Obama taking the black vote for granted? Is Obama trying to distance himself from blacks in order to woo the white vote?

    Hillary earned 109 million over 7 years and donated 40% to charity. Obama only donated 2% of his income to charity and most of that was to his racist church.

    OK.. Obamabots... let me have it.

    HILLARY '08.

    April 7, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  17. The truth

    Will Americans throw Sen. Evan under the bus too!

    April 7, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  18. Steve


    April 7, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  19. Zach, Bean Town

    Too Funny! She had him say that she's gonna fix NAFTA? Do they think the American majority is that stupid to forget that her main man Penn has just been caught meeting about the free trade agreement and not in the supportive way to her so called "beliefs". He's still working for her, doing her bidding and telling her lies all over the place. Get rid of these people, Pennsylvania. I hope they are giving you as many headaches as they're giving me.

    April 7, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  20. DWC

    Ok....it must be true. 2 nights in a row (this time) my comments have just disappeared, then if I try again, it says I already commented. There is no doubt this is pro-Obama/anti Clinton land! You guys should be ashamed for your blatant bias!

    April 7, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  21. OregonVoter

    "Steel"? How about silly putty.

    April 7, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  22. Brad

    When will Senator Obama start speaking the truth. Not for the war, ( wasn't even able to vote for it anyway ) $350,000.00 windfall on his house that he bought from someone who is on trail, ( stupid in his part , yeah! ) , also picks up extra property next door for a steal , ( stupid again ) . Poor record in the Sen. in IL. ( lack of exper. ) Poor record in the U.S. Senate ( lack of exper.) Racist church for 20 yrs. ( lied ) he was there and he knows it. Ungrateful wife of her country ( let her find another, Africa). Hillary was not pushing for NAFTA and you Obama idiots know that . She was there and so where others who said she was trying to change many aspects of this bill. When someone from the Canadian Gov. writes that he was in a meeting with a Obama Rep. and this NAFTA issue is a wink,wink that is a lot more damaging than Hillary spokesman going behind her back and doing something she didn't approve of . Lets see the paper trail on Hillary. If anything it should be a wash, I'm sure Obama didn't approve or did he. Good call Sen. Bayh you are one of many Sen. and super-delegates who are voting for realality and not just smoke and mirrors.

    April 7, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  23. Doug, Florida

    Now that's original. Clinton go away

    OBAMA 08

    April 7, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  24. Judy Smith

    Mr. Bayh is part of that old Washington buddy group that goes way back to his father Birch. Its just more of the same old I'll scratch your back if you scratch mine. I am very disappointed at CNN's coverage and bending over backwards for Hilary. And why aren't any of you talking about McCain and his strange silence aqnd LACK OF SUPPORT for the GI Bill legislation and help for the Iraq war vets? He made a speech today to a VFW group and NEVER MENTIONED IT.

    April 7, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  25. TO: Wayne

    That's fine; can we just count the votes? Why can we finish this so that we can move on to the national election with a legitimate candidate? What are you afraid, that Hillary is so powerful she will overturn the election? You people are ridiculous.

    Why instead of whining you call your Senators and Congress person and request comprehensive 21th century election reform... Let’s make sense of our elections.

    April 7, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
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