“I endorsed Hillary because I want Evan Bayh to be the vice president on that ticket,” Bauer said.
He said he did so after Bayh, who recently signed on as national co-chairman of Clinton’s campaign, personally called him to encourage his support for the former first lady. Asked whether the former Indiana governor told him that such endorsements would help him become Clinton’s running mate, Bauer said: “Um, I can’t say he said that exactly, but I know that’s the case.”
“I think he said she’s going to win, and he is very close to her and they work very well together and they hope to work very well together in the future,” Bauer said.
Indiana Democrats seems to be pretty confident Clinton will choose Bayh as her running mate. Assuming she has made any confidential assurances to him in consideration for his support, it wouldn't surprise me if she had made similar assurances to others. Beyond that, Bayh doesn't seem like a good fit for her if she is playing the electoral arithmetic game. Clinton would not carry Indiana just because Bayh is on the ticket as Bauer speculates. As we saw with John Kerry's selection of John Edwards as his 2004 running mate, Edwards didn't help Kerry in the least bit in winning any red states despite being a southerner, and he is a far better public speaker than the bland Bayh. The fact is Clinton is ballot box poison in the red states. Rex Early's quip to Schneider hit the nail on the head. “I’d love it,” he said, adding with a laugh: “Please don’t throw me in that briar patch, brother fox.”