April 12th, 2008
11:25 AM ET
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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. mal

    Hillary Clinton give me a break. Is this the same Hillary who turn up her nose at the state of mississippi? Is this the same Hillary who didnt think certain states were important enough when the campaign began to build an organization to communicate to the voters of those states? Is this the same Hillary who turned her back on the people of Arkansa to move to New York to plot her way back to the White House from a higher media profile state? Elitist, you are the epitome of the word. I will also add opportunist and disingenuous to describe you.

    Telling lies (Bosnia) and doing anything (crying) to get back to the white house even destroying the democratic party for your personal power ambitions. Get a grip.

    April 12, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  2. John Conley

    The article says hinting and fishing not hunting and fishing?

    Interesting hinting at hunting and fishing for fishing?

    April 12, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  3. Dorothy

    Ido agree with Hillary Super deligates should consider the BITTER remare. They shoul consider rather we as poor workers have the right to be BITTER because of our goverment over the past 15 years sending our companies over seas. Over trade agreement sign into law which eleminate jobs. Tell the super deligate Many poor and Blue collar workers are MAD AS HELL AND WE ARE NOT TAKING IT ANY MORE.

    April 12, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  4. The Truth

    If the republicans managed to turn John Kerry and Al Gore into jokes....I really hate to see what will happen to Obama.

    Superdelegates will have to consider this big time.

    Go Hillary 08

    April 12, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  5. Larry

    They also need to consider everything negative Hillary and Bill brings to the table.

    April 12, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  6. Dallas

    Whatever. This woman is crazy. I'm bitter as hell and don't want to take it anymore. I'm bitter because the government sits by whiel I am paying almost 4 dollars a gallon for gas and everything is getting more expensive. Hillary, go away. I think you're out of touch with us. You voted for war which has drowned our economy at home.

    You are a liar and I will never vote for you.

    P.S. I am a white woman who brings hom less than 30 grand a year.

    April 12, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  7. @americans

    I am appalled that the Clinton campaign is now using scare tactics and fear to woo superdelegates...


    April 12, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  8. Abraham-Adedeji

    It's time for the 230,000 American people who lost thier jobs since January to Hillary und McCain, how happy they are to loose thier jobs...?

    April 12, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  9. Dave

    If he's sincerely worried about a candidate being labeled a serious fibber, he needs to look no further than the candidate he supports.

    April 12, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  10. Allen from Visalia

    Hey Evan, do you think the Republicans will overlook a history of lies and scandal if Billary should get the nomination?

    April 12, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  11. Jack, Michigan

    Find a real issue. Bickering about this sort of thing just hurts the democratic party.

    April 12, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  12. Alex from NY

    Evan Bayh just wants to be Hillary Clinton's VP.

    April 12, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  13. stephane

    every body knows what he (Obama) said is true. this politic games makes me feel puke.

    April 12, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  14. DT

    See!!!! By any means necessary! That is ridiculous!

    April 12, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  15. Newman

    There's nothing to think about, Bayh. There's nothing controversial, Barack was totally accurate about what he said. Who let you in, Bayh? Clinton spin machine is hard at work today.

    April 12, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  16. Swing Voter

    Dear Sen. Evan Bayh, GET A LIFE!!

    April 12, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  17. libby

    That's right Senator Bayh!!!

    Go Hillary '08!!!

    April 12, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  18. BGIV in NC

    Let it go – is this the best thing Hillary has to hold on to? Give me a break. If anyone is bitter, its her.

    April 12, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  19. dbacchus

    Clintomaniacs are truly desperate... 😉

    April 12, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  20. Linda-Texas

    Nice try Bayh!

    April 12, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  21. jerseybae

    here's what I think. Obama had it right the first time.
    Obama for President!

    April 12, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  22. tiredofallthis

    Wait a second. A Clinton supporter is worried about the Republicans using this statement to make Obama look something like a "serial fibber?" If that's the case, I shudder to think what they could do with the mound of ammunition Clinton would provide.

    April 12, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  23. Ephy

    Senator Bayh's comment are typically childish, and do not make any sense at all.
    Sen Bayh!
    How old are you?

    April 12, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  24. prakash chand

    They should consider Rev Wrights and the bitter comment,and give the nomination to Hillary .

    April 12, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  25. Sharomi

    I strongly agree with you.

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