From The Union Leader: Bayh portrays Bush as a bungler.
Bayh said candidates should pledge to ensuring affordable health care for children. They should fight for better access to higher education. They should stand up for priorities that aren't tax cuts for the wealthy, he said.From the Portsmouth Herald News: Indiana senator stumps for local Democrats.
Bayh said it is clear Republicans intend to hammer Democrats over security and taxes. He said Democrats need to counter the consistent and politically successful GOP message.
"They've been a lot better at national security politics then they have at national security," Bayh said of Republicans.
Bayh portrays himself as a moderate who can garner support from independents and unhappy Republicans; recently he crossed party lines to vote in support of an unsuccessful effort to amend the Constitution to ban flag burning.
State Sen. Lou D'Allesandro of Manchester said Bayh's centrist stance would help win states that have lately gone red.
Senators have not done well in Presidential elections, and Bayh also suffers from a lack of name recognition, D'Allesandro said.
Bayh is not among the first tier of potential Democratic candidates such as Sen. Hillary Clinton, former Vice Presidential nominee John Edwards, Sen. Joe Biden or former Virginia Gov. Mark Warner, D'Allesandro said.
"I think Bayh's right behind them, but he is behind them," he said.
Mike Jackman, a 19-year-old Keene State college student, got Bayh's autograph and a picture. He said afterward he doesn't know much about him, however.
Washington needs to change.
That was the message Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh delivered Sunday to more than 50 people at the home of Peter Dodge and Pat Moreinis in North Hampton.
"Washington is too partisan, and I hate to say it, but it's too corrupt," said Bayh, who was the guest speaker at the campaign event for state Senate candidate Martha Fuller Clark and Executive Council candidate Beverly Hollingworth.
Bayh highlighted some of the issues for the upcoming elections and told the crowd that everyone in the room had a chance to shape history.
"This is going to be a history-making election, and your participation can really make a difference," said Bayh, who was elected to his second Senate term in November 2004. He also served two terms as governor of Indiana from 1989 to 1997. He has not announced his candidacy for the presidency but is considered a potential candidate.