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Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Sen Bayh at the Georgia JJ Dinner

The reviews are starting to come in on Sen Bayh's keynote address at the Georgia State JJ Dinner...

Evan Bayh gave the Keynote Address. Wow! Very impressive. First he spoke highly of Max Cleland, telling how days after "that disgusting and horrible" election battle with Saxby Chamblis, Max asked for permission to come speak with Bayh. Bayh wanted to tell him how sorry he felt for him. Cleland wanted to talk about how Bayh could prevent that from happening to him and any other Democrat in the future.

Bayh discussed running against the GOP by confronting them on national security, the budget and values. He feels we can win by attacking them on these. He sold me, and is my top primary contender right now. He spoke about how Georgia and Indiana are very similar and how he won by a higher percentage in 2004 than Bush did. I think he is nailing it.

From the Macon Telegraph:
U.S. Sen. Evan Bayh, who is weighing a run for the White House, told Georgia Democrats on Monday night that the party needs to focus on national security and family values if they want to beat Republicans in November.

Bayh said the GOP has been "a heckuva lot better at national security politics than national security policies."

Bayh, a two-term senator and governor from Indiana, sought to portray himself as the kind of conservative Democrat who could win in a red state such as Georgia.

"There is no doubt in my mind that we can carry a state like Georgia," Bayh said in an interview with the Associated Press.

Andre at Georgia Politics Unfiltered said:
Finally came the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner, where Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN) was the keynote speaker. There are several articles in the papers about his speech, last night, and I can honestly say that Sen. Bayh sounded like a man running for President and he impressed me. He gave about a 30 to 45-minute speech without using any notes or a teleprompter. Now I know when we're talking about being President, the ability to give a speech "off the cuff" is meaningless, but I'm going to keep an eye on Sen. Bayh because I could see him with a spot on the national Democratic ticket.


  • At March 17, 2006 3:11 PM, Blogger Brad Levinson said…

    The difference, really, is seeing Bayh in person. And I think there's a certain advantage to that -- it keeps you under the radar in the primary, but when it comes to conencting with people in Iowa and New Hampshire, it puts you way ahead.

  • At March 17, 2006 3:46 PM, Blogger Rob said…

    And that's why Sen Bayh doesn't visit IA and NH for a day, but rather spends a weekend there.

  • At March 20, 2006 12:33 PM, Blogger gttim said…

    Thanks for the link. While I did like Bayh's speech I was very disapointed with his response to Feingold's censure resolution. He advocated changing the law so that Bush would not be breaking it. I think holding up the law, the Constitution, and our right to privacy is far more important than changing the law so that Bush can continue with his attack on our civil liberties. He kind of lost me there. Other than that, I liked his speech and many of his ideas.

  • At March 20, 2006 12:57 PM, Blogger Rob said…

    GTTIM: I understand your frustration... but as Sen Durbin said:

    “I can’t rule anything out until the investigation is complete. I don’t want to prejudge it... But if this president or any president violates the law, he has to be held accountable.”

    The fact of the matter is that there is considerable debate about the legality of the President's actions. There are lawsuits pending before the Federal courts and it will undoubtably end up before the Supreme Court. Let the legal system run it's course THEN we can decide what to do next.

  • At March 21, 2006 11:03 AM, Blogger gttim said…

    The fact of the matter is that there is considerable debate about the legality of the President's actions.

    There is little debate. He got wire taps and did not get a warrant within 72 hours as the laws states. He admitted this. He broke the law. Every Senator and Congressman should be up in arms- certainly those from the opposition party.


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