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. Ernest T Spoon

    Why doesn't somebody ask some one who lives in a small town if he or she is bitter and cynical about elitist politicians like Hillary Clinton or Even Bayh saying "folks" who live in small towns aren't bitter and cynical.

    April 12, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    Um, and the Republicans won't make anything of Hillary's compulsive lying? Okay then...

    April 12, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |

    just shut up

    April 12, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  4. Ben

    This Sen aint going to be voted again for also turning his back on the truth!!..Another god believer with a twist..

    April 12, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  5. Dan

    People, please stop letting cable news think for you. Read, blog, research. The truth is out there.

    April 12, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  6. Proud American

    Why is Obama being attact by so many these days? Are McCain and Clinton so scared? Is not like they will win anyways. They all need to grow up!!!

    April 12, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  7. windbag

    Obama is a windbag and the democratic party and DNC are to blame for his rise.

    Hillary is the true candidate and the uniter but the DNC and the party are to blame for her demise.

    Fix it now or suffer the loss not only in Nov but also among the lifelong democrats who defect because the democratic party no longer reflects their ideals of freedom and the right to vote.

    April 12, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  8. Aus

    i bet Bill Clinton likes Obama.. and votes for Obama in Nov!

    Bill for Obama 2008!

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

    Yes, they have to consider it. What kind of person talk like that especially from a person running for a highest position in the country. Wake up people!

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

    This story is not going away. I believe Obama will soon drop out of the race.

    April 12, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  11. Bitter in NC

    The voting American public is smarter than their elected officials think.

    Here's hoping the superdelegates figure that out and vote for the candidate who's not afraid to tell the truth.

    April 12, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  12. missy, nashville, tn

    good bye obama, it is just a matter of time before you become a joke

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

    It is true Americans are bitter with what's going on in this country, like it or not. Clinton's camp will do what ever to get superdelegates. Clinton in particular is trying to take attention away from Bills speech and her miss statements about Bosnia. Sorry Billary, you lied to the public. Ur tricks wouldn't work.

    Independent voter

    April 12, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  14. Baffled American

    A vote for Hillary is a vote for the Republicans. NO difference what so ever!! Obama is the only candidate offering any type of change and GOD knows we need it.

    April 12, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  15. HH

    Nice spin.

    April 12, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  16. HRC

    Desperate times calls for desperate measures!! I need to do everything I can to win, even if it means distorting the truth.

    Hillary Clinton

    April 12, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  17. Coleman R. Brice, Asbury Park, NJ

    Yes we should consider this remark.. Not only does this man promote the audacity of hope, but also the audacity of truth. Its difficult to accept truth and reality from a politician, but maybe we should try a CHANGE!

    April 12, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  18. deji

    Really? They need to consider the 'bitter 'remark, but not her lying about Bosnia?

    April 12, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  19. Jack Delly

    Yes you are right but they will also be coming after Clinton for her lies and connection to foreign governements.

    April 12, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  20. Brett

    So true.

    April 12, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  21. orlando

    what was so wrong with the comment. Many Americans are bitter and upset with politicians. Maybe if they spent more time trying to solve problems instead of taking quotes out of context, this country would be in better shape. By the way; anyone who wants to be President of the United States; be they Clinton, Obama, Mccain, or Nader, is probably an elitist.

    April 12, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  22. Joseph

    Hillary's ship is sinking faster than the Titanic. How amazingly desparate these people are!

    April 12, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  23. Ann

    The point is not whether far right wing would use this or not against Obama in the general election. The point is that he believes so much in his fortune and his ability to manipulate Americans with his demagogic speeches, that he has no limits in what he says. Obama and his campaign continuously offended the other candidates, and now he offends the voters. This guy has no judgment at all.

    April 12, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  24. Bridget

    Hillary Clinton has a lot more to worry about in terms of getting fired at by Republicans. She doesn't stand a chance. She is unable to cool down simple yet important lies that she has told in this campaign. There's no way she'll be able to tamper down what the Republicans will throw at her. Obama on the other hand lets things slide off his back and is able to move forward and take Americans forward with him.

    April 12, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  25. DrFill

    Well now we know what the election should hinge upon.
    Thanks for your input!

    April 12, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
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