April 12th, 2008
11:25 AM ET
15 years ago

Clinton backer: Superdelegates need to consider 'bitter' remark


Watch Sen. Bayh talk with reporters Saturday.

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (CNN) -– Sen. Evan Bayh, Hillary Clinton’s top backer in the May 6 primary state of Indiana, argued Saturday that superdelegates need to evaluate Barack Obama’s “bitter” remarks when deciding who to back for the Democratic nomination.

“I think it’s a real potential political problem and it’s something for superdelegates and voters to think about,” said Bayh, who was made available to reporters by the Clinton campaign to speak about the controversy.

“The far right wing has a very good track record of using things like this relentlessly against our candidates, whether its Al Gore or John Kerry,” Bayh said, “I’m afraid this is the kind of fodder they might use to harm him.”

The popular Indiana senator said Republicans were able to tarnish Kerry’s war record and turn Gore into a “serial fibber,” and predicted they will “use this to damage Barack, the Democratic party, and ultimately frustrate the change that we need in this country.”

Asked if there was some truth to Obama’s remarks, made at a San Francisco fundraiser last Sunday, Bayh acknowledged there is “frustration and some justifiable anger” in America because of economic hard times.

But Bayh disagreed with Obama’s depiction of economically downtrodden Pennsylvanians, a characterization Clinton called “elitist and out of touch" in her own remarks earlier in the day.

“I think you’re on dangerous ground when you morph that into suggesting that people’s cultural values, whether its religion or hunting and fishing or concerns about trade, are premised solely upon those of kind of anxieties and don’t have a legitimate foundation independent of them,” Bayh said.

- CNN Political Producer Peter Hamby

soundoff (122 Responses)
  1. Slowpoke

    I am astonished by Clinton's campaign right now. Absolutely astonished.

    It would be one thing if it was offensive, but it was not. They keep on talking about how bad the comment was, so people will believe it was without actually judging for themselves.

    April 12, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  2. Zack

    Obama should be out. no one should insult people in penn.

    April 12, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  3. Susan MO

    I agree. We first thought about Obama, but the more we listened to him, we think he is too critical and negative, which is not good for a president. We are now strongely for Hillary Clinton. Obama seriously concerns us.

    Hillary 08

    April 12, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  4. Zack

    why does CNN have sensorchip? please tear it down. we do not need your moderation.

    April 12, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  5. Cynthia

    If Al Gore was labeled as a serial fibber – what will they label Senator Clinton? Now that is really something to ask the Superdelegate about!

    April 12, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  6. Paul

    Yes, the Super Delegates better think twice. What Obama said will cost him the election. John McCain will use this against Obama.

    April 12, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  7. Sam

    The Clinton campaign and supporters are certainly grasping for straws. Elitists have $100 million dollars like the Clintons. They Clintons don't understand what it means to have no job opportunities and be bitter due to NAFTA.

    April 12, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  8. l. hawks

    Another revealing blunder by a candidate not ready for prime time.

    April 12, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  9. Rob

    Desperation at its best. Just go away already, geez.

    April 12, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  10. Ian

    Agreed. Let's focus on change.

    Ron Paul '08

    April 12, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  11. Hillary-Monster-LIAR

    Time for LIAR and her pathetic backers to buzz off. She can't win mathematically and the supers are moving towards OBAMA! America doesn't like bold faced "misspeakers".

    April 12, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  12. Consider it all, Bitter Yes, yes I am.

    Delegates should consider everything, the Columbian fiasco, the Sniper fire, All of the Clintons vast history of misspeaks, missteps and scandals. America is tired of this constant attack deflection misrepresenting the actual meaning of a message, event and person.

    April 12, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  13. Jackson

    In kindergarten, you learn to point the finger at someone else to avoid getting caught when you have done something wrong. Americans are smart enough to know when we are being deceived. Super delegates should pay attention to the spin Hillary gives to her lies, while dividing the country over Barack's comments.

    April 12, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  14. michael

    We are bitter. He told the truth.

    April 12, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  15. Adriana

    I agree with what Sen.Bayh says,both Obama and Hillary better watch out with what they say,cause it will come back to hurt them.Mccain will use all this information on whoever is the democratic nominie.

    April 12, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  16. shaun

    Are you kidding me? If this isn't reaching for gold in an empty mine than I don't know what is. This women seriously needs to drop out of the race.
    watch..barack will only gain more support with his rebutal speech..hahahahaha

    April 12, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  17. Southsider, Chicago, IL

    Yes, Superdelegates, please REEVALUATE your votes for why Obama would say something that is the TRUTH and evaluate why instead, you would vote for somebody (Hillary) who is a LIE.

    Besides Obama, these people and this election is sickening.

    April 12, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  18. What??

    Vote for Hillary the liar over Obama the truth teller??American people, beware. They are trying their best to play us for fools. We can't see the truth for a lie. His statement makes no sense.

    April 12, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  19. Kathy from Canada

    If the meeting in San Fransisco was closed to the press then how was Obama speech recorded then? ...mmmmm...??? You think it was a Clintonian secretly taping it???? I say HECK YEAH.....this is the only way she thinks she is going to win....by her continous cheap shots!!!!!!!!!

    April 12, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  20. Kirk in New York

    Yes...I see the relevance to evaluating whether or not something Barack Obama said may have been controversial...as opposed to the outright lie, check that lieS of his candidate. Yes, that's certainly hard to distinguish which is detrimental: lying to the public or discussing hard issues. Hmmmmm....let's see.....which is worse?

    April 12, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  21. Derek

    Uh, Hillary...Obama's comment was relatively benign, although it could have been phrased better. Your repeated claims about being under sniper fire...well, that's a little more than mis-speaking, isn't it?

    My vote is for Obama.

    April 12, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  22. Tammie

    MY, my, how nasty people are on these blogs!! Goes to prove this country needs change.
    Hillary is the main cause of all this bitterness. Let's hope she changes soon at least for the good of the country.

    April 12, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
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