October 21st, 2007
08:38 AM ET
11 years ago

Clinton: I'm no frontrunner in Iowa

Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, campaigned in Iowa Saturday.

DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN) - Democratic White House hopeful Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, said Saturday that she looks at her campaign as if she were "ten or twenty points behind."

Clinton–ahead in the latest national polls by as much as 30 points–made the comments to reporters when asked if she considers herself the frontrunner in Iowa, a state where she holds a much smaller lead.

"No," Clinton said. "I consider myself someone who's working as hard as I can everyday to earn the support of Iowans, and that's what I'm going to keep doing."

"I'm well aware that no one has voted. No one has caucused. We have a long way to go before that happens and I don't take anything for granted."

In the latest Des Moines Register poll among 399 likely Democratic caucusgoers Clinton was in the lead in the Hawkeye State with 29 points. Former Sen. John Edwards, D-North Carolina, sat at 23 points, and Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois followed closely with 22. The margin of error was plus or minus 4.9 percentage points.

-CNN Iowa Producer Chris Welch

soundoff (161 Responses)
  1. Huan Honolulu TX

    Hillary, are you related to Dick Cheney, like Obama is ? Isn't this more important than the sound of Cackling ? I don't think Obama can Cackle. So actually he should be listed as the Front Runner, since he is more importantly, related to
    Dick Cheney. And in the world of politics, it seems that is more important.

    October 20, 2007 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  2. James, Phoenix AZ


    You have been coasting for some time believing the national polls and gleefully watching the primaries get moved up (to benefit your name recognition nationally). Us conservatives WANT you to win the nomination!

    The lightly simmering stories about Hillary (Norman Hsu, Mr Jinnah, China-town Connection, etc) will remain low level stories until you're the official nominee. THEN we will share the facts with the nation, show the connections between the illegal chinese donations to Bill and now your campaign. You will be defending yourself throughout the campaign and the country will be forced to decide: Another 4 years of scandal under a different Clinton (return to Clinton fatigue) or a new face (likely a moderate conservative like Guiliani).

    It won't even be close! Landslide victory for another Republican White House.

    Noooo – you're not the "front runner". But we conservatives will be pulling for you!

    October 20, 2007 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  3. Wilon Tuscaloosa AB

    Hillary, have you ever thought about running as a Republican ?

    October 20, 2007 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  4. George Chicago IL

    I really think the Democrats should have a Cackling contest.

    October 20, 2007 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  5. Jebby Chicago IL

    Do the Democrats run CNN ?? Or is CNN and independant news reporting business ?

    October 20, 2007 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  6. Justin, Newark, New York

    "I consider myself someone who's working as hard as I can everyday to earn the support of Iowans, and that's what I'm going to keep doing." Last time I checked, Iowa was but one state in this country....that was a very ominous quote in my opinion. I believe that reveals the politics behind the politics. Last time I looked, we are not sheep. Let's prove it come election time next November.

    October 20, 2007 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  7. John, Richmond, VA

    Read this KELLY the 23 yr. old lez from NY:

    We do care, and we need you and those like you, that care about the loss of the American way of life. A partner to love freely is the best thing in life, so we understand. But, what kind of life will the future bring if we don't fight the issues that threaten the freedom & happiness of us all. Gay, straight, black, white, brown, all of us that have to work for a living are under constant economic attack from our own government and the ruling elite that control it. We need to all vote for the candidate who will strive to change government or die trying. Don't believe the candidate payed-for polls, do some political research, don't give up and for America's sake, don't vote for Hillary.

    October 20, 2007 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  8. Brunos Albequrke NM

    Hillay, how come the Democrats only blast Bush for the current Iraqi war situation. But none say what they would have done in response to 911.

    October 20, 2007 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  9. Steve, Lyons, CO

    "The Democrats made all kinds of promises when they got the majority in Congress, but they have not delivered one thing."

    Um, Carol baby, this is how it works: if you don't have a veto-proof majority, and if the opposition party votes straight with the president like the robotic children they are, then nothing gets done.

    Worry not. That won't be the problem after the '08 election. Dems will do as they please.

    Contemplate that.

    October 20, 2007 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  10. Matt Sutton, Medford, Oregon

    HALF Polled by Zogby say they would NEVER vote for...


    Zogby Poll: Half Say They Would Never Vote for Hillary Clinton for President

    Other top tier candidates in both parties win more acceptance; Richardson & Huckabee favored most

    While she is winning wide support in nationwide samples among Democrats in the race for their party’s presidential nomination, half of likely voters nationwide said they would never vote for New York Sen. Hillary Clinton, a new Zogby Interactive poll shows.

    The online survey of 9,718 likely voters nationwide showed that 50% said Clinton would never get their presidential vote. This is up from 46% who said they could never vote for Clinton in a Zogby International telephone survey conducted in early March. Older voters are most resistant to Clinton – 59% of those age 65 and older said they would never vote for the New York senator, but she is much more acceptable to younger voters: 42% of those age 18–29 said they would never vote for Clinton for President.



    October 20, 2007 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  11. Susan Gulfport MS

    Hillary, let Bill do the campaigning, he is much better at it.

    October 20, 2007 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  12. Steve, Lyons, CO

    "real Presidents don't Cackle."

    Real presidents aren't puppets of their criminal and treasonous vice presidents.

    Real presidents worry about the people, not the rich and entitled.

    Real presidents know how to speak without staring at notes.

    Real presidents start wars when they're attacked, and don't lie about intelligence so they can start a war for oil, implement a theocratic Iraqi constitution, then pretend that we're fighting for democracy.

    Real presidents don't turn off the Constitution they've sworn to protect and defend.

    Real presidents don't torture prisoners of war. Real presidents don't imprison people indefinitely without access to lawyers or legal process.

    Real presidents don't get punch in the eye by their vice president, then pretend they "choked on a pretzel and fell on a table."

    Real presidents don't desert the National Guard like cowards.

    Real presidents aren't potential jailbirds, saved by insider trading charges because Daddy is president.

    Real presidents don't create the biggest deficits in history.

    Real presidents don't veto health care for children when they're spending billions a week on a war started by lies and sustained by lies.

    Want me to go on? Cackle.

    October 20, 2007 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  13. Traci Robbins Jacksonville Fl

    The American people are clueless. Hiliary is a joke. She is out for herself. A vote for Hilary is a vote against America. Dems believe that the people can not take care of themselves. They thing that the goverment has to take care of the people. There is a lot wrong with this county but we have to start with personal accountability.

    October 20, 2007 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  14. Steve, Lyons, CO

    "Hillay, how come the Democrats only blast Bush for the current Iraqi war situation. But none say what they would have done in response to 911."

    How come none of you Republicans supporting our Worst. President. Ever. keep forgetting there shouldn't have BEEN a 9-11. Bush received a memo from the falsely-maligned CIA that was ENTITLED, for cripes sake, "Bin Laden Plans To Attack Inside U.S."

    Instead, the religiously-deluded fool we call president went on vacation for 30 days, returning only days before 9-11.

    You'd think someone would've shot the dork by now for something that stupid.

    October 20, 2007 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  15. Indigo New York NY

    "I am not the Front Runner". Real major point of your speech Hillary. Please inform us your important policies, or at least something we don't know. It is quite obvious, and we are quite aware that you are certainly not "The Front Runner". Please be more informative in your campaign information. Like are you related to Dick Cheney ?

    October 20, 2007 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  16. Robins Cleveland OH

    Oh, and yes, we sure enjoyed the first post. Please remember, Hillary, Real Presidents don't cackle.

    October 20, 2007 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  17. Uma, mpls, MN

    Posted By BaracktheVote, Des Moines, IA : October 20, 2007 8:10 pm

    You bring the context and post these quotes, don't post any quotes to attack some one; this is a just like a lying.

    you Hillary Haters...stop whining!

    October 20, 2007 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  18. jmaya, iowa

    Some of people who are in CNN just to hate Hillary. They don't have any issue except hating HIllary. Real people don't hate other people disagree about the issues. People who are sociaopath are human haters. It seems some of extreme right wings and left wings are competing in Hillary hating contest. Good luck, losers!


    October 20, 2007 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  19. Carol, Calif.

    Um, Steve, a**h**e, first of all do not call me "baby" and secondly, I assume you are a Hillary supporter based on the tone of your comment. You have the same attitude she has which is one of the many reasons people despise her. You seem a bit defensive – getting nervous, perhaps? Well, at least she'll get one vote.

    October 20, 2007 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  20. Justin, Newark, New York

    Hey, listen; let's say you want to get a new roof on your house. Do you hire someone who has been in charge of a roofing company for years? Or do you hire an apprentice who hasn't been in charge of anything thus far; but says they can do the same job for half the cost? Or, do you take a look at the new company, that just discovered a better way to roof your house and make it last twice as long, and will cost less because they will not destroy your housing structure in the process. Now look at the situation and ask yourself "what am I going to lose by trying something different?, If they were wrong, so be it. At least it was better than already knowing my house structure would be crippled in the process." Now take that, and apply it Next November.

    October 20, 2007 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  21. hillary, Atlanta, ga

    I hope she isn't.

    She labeled parts of the Iranian military terrorist (oh, but she won't attack them)

    She said troops in Iraq till 2013...please.

    She and Rudy G. are basically the same person. They are both social liberals and Pro-war.

    October 20, 2007 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  22. Josiah

    Yep she ain't nothing as far as I'm concerned! So that is the only thing I agree with her on!

    October 20, 2007 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  23. Dave, Cheverly, MD

    To Mountain Man, CO:

    You cannot change the past and I have no reason to misreport it. Here is one of the sources I used and the link to the poll numbers 2003.


    As I said one must ask WHOM are they polling to be this far off the results?

    SEPT – DEC 2003 IOWA Poll:

    Dean polls 38%
    Kerry 17%.
    Edwards 12%

    Kerry WINS IOWA 38%
    Dean Iowa 18%

    SEPT – DEC 2003 NEW HAMPSHIRE poll:

    Dean Poll 45%
    Kerry 20%.
    Edwards 2%

    Kerry WINS NH 39%
    Howard Dean 12%
    Edwards 32%

    October 20, 2007 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  24. john williams san diego, ca.

    does anyone really care what the voters or even the people in iowa or new hampshire want as president? these two states suck more press, television and carbon for travel than they are worth and after 3 months, we still have seventeen more months to have them proven wrong again.

    October 20, 2007 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  25. kevin martin

    Personally, I think Hillary is not qualified to be president.

    What has she led and commanded? A state? nope. A city? Nope. An army? nope. A large company? nope.

    as far as I can tell, she was first lady, and a rather mundane and vanilla senator from New York (where she moved for political expediency).

    I don't think she has the policy stripes nor the leadership to actually do the job

    go Rudy – he's led and fixed NYC – more leading than Hillary could ever claim

    October 20, 2007 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
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