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. Chris, Palm Bay, FL

    Steve from Lyons, CO,

    Get help…

    October 21, 2007 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  2. ZTL

    Quotable quotes from Senator Clinton


    October 21, 2007 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  3. A. Thomas, New York, NY

    A. Thomas,... You are all the rest are really voting for Bill Clinton, you long for the old days of 1993 of trials and special procecutors,... Rudy will take this country through hell and back before it's all over.

    Posted By Lee : October 21, 2007 1:22 am

    Guess you are a die-hard republican and giuliani supporter. My comments to you are:

    1) There was economic propspertity during the bill clinton administration. My stock portfolio value doubled or trippled in late 1990's, and then halfed during Bush yrs. The former Fef Reserve Chairman, Allan Greenspan, said Bill Clinton and Nixon are the only two economically smart presidents in last 30 yrs.

    In addition, most Democrats associate the Clinton years with peace and prosperity rather than stained dresses and disappearing furniture. Bill Clinton left office with a job-approval rating of 66%. Three-quarters of Democrats, and 53% of voters in general, would like him to play an active role in a future Clinton administration. Nearly nine in ten Democratic voters (88%) express a positive view of Hillary's candidacy; 38% express a very positive view.

    2)Hillary will beat Giuliani, if he gets nominated, easily in the next general election. Reasons:

    a) See my earlier post for reasons why Hillary's advantages over other presidential candidates, including giuliani.

    b) Hillary beat giuliani in polls during the 2000 senate race, although he withdrew later. In the new york state (where both reside) now, hillary also beat giuliani in head to head polls.

    c) Giuliani is yet to be under scrutiny, as hillary has been subject to. There are lots of bad stuff of giulini yet to surface, after his nomination if any. All we know so far is that people close to him dont like him: His ex-wife, his kids, his employees (firemen and policemen), etc. He lacks good personal character to be a president.

    d) Giuliani has no experience in federal and international politics. He is just a former city mayor, whose city was attacked by the 9/11 terrorists. He did nothing to stop the attack and has done nothing significance since.

    e) A new poll puts another crimp in the Hillary-is-unelectable argument, finding that she's beating Rudy Giuliani in head-to-head matchups in the top three swing states.
    The new Quinnipiac poll found that she's leading Rudy in Pennsylvania (48%-42%), Ohio (46%-40%), Florida (46%-43%). It should be noted, however, that the poll's margin of error is a little over 6% in all three states. Another key fact: In all three states, sizable majorities say they're not too likely or not at all likely to change their minds, leading Quinnipiac to conclude that her "support appears to be as deep as it is wide."

    I know it is sad news to you. The sooner you accept it, the happy you will be.

    October 21, 2007 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  4. Rocco, Wellington, FL

    I just read the comment Hillary is just like Bush. Maybe Bush could have been a good President had it not been for Cheney, Karl Rove, and The Neocon movement. Lets try to give Hillary a chance to put this counrty back together and not try to divide everything in a finite manner.

    October 21, 2007 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  5. Mike, Cleveland, OH

    Chris, Middletown, CT

    Hillary was never a student of Saul Alinsky. All she did was write a thesis about him.


    October 21, 2007 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  6. RKA, IL

    Well, it looks like Hillary was for being considered inevitable before she was against being considered inevitable. Kind of like she was for Iraq before being against Iraq. Or like she was against unconditional diplomacy with Iran before she was for it. Or like she was against taking nukes of the table with Iran before she was for it. Or like she was for baby bonds before she was against them.

    Regardless of what polls of an unengaged electorate say now, why do people think a polarizing figure so easily portrayed as a flip flopper is our strongest general election candidate? Being on every side of important national security issues really worked out well for John Kerry in '04, didn't it? Yes, guys...we loved BIll and we loved the 90's. The thing is that triangulation was cute back then...we didn't seem to have really big problems. The times are too serious for the poll-driven politics of the Clintons and we can't afford to sacrifice the Deocratic party for the Clintons. Remember 1994, folks...when the Clintons lost congress. Why do we want to unite the Republicans at a time when nominating anyone else would leave them divided?

    October 21, 2007 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  7. Colletta, Arlington, VA

    Power hungry leftist who wants to change the demographic and fundamental state of the union. She's destroy innovation, dictate how your children are raised, open the borders and change the demographic of this country to ensure conservative christians are disenfranchised everywhere. Oh, and she'll take away your right to bear arms as well. Welcome to the nanny state.

    October 21, 2007 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  8. Fred, Des Moines, Iowa

    "...Working as hard as I can everyday..."

    "Everyday" is an adjective. Please be more careful with grammar.

    October 21, 2007 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  9. Fred Henderson, Des Moines, IA

    She's not going to be the frontrunner for long as more people see this video:

    October 21, 2007 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  10. Democrat that owns guns

    Oh that's good Republicants...continue with the demonization... if the Clintons didn't "take away our precious guns" in their two terms (with having a dem controlled congress during the first term) than they never will. Stop trying to scare other voters. Fear and Smear ...the Republicant party.

    – Democrat that owns guns

    October 21, 2007 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  11. Steve Wittlake Blaine Washington

    Someone needs to poll the southern people for both Obama and Clinton. Then you will see how much of a looser both of them are. That is why Hillery chose to run for Senator from New York instead of Arkansas. Anyone who has lived in the South even for a brief time knows this to be fact.

    October 21, 2007 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  12. J. McKinney SW MO

    I'll be happy when all this election fuss is over, and Hillary can get started straightening this mess all out.
    GO, HILLARY!! You have my vote, and I am sure a lot of the sensible people's vote.

    October 21, 2007 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  13. Juanito, Washington, DC

    So now Hillary want the government to control our eating habits??? Is this woman serious? God help us all!


    October 21, 2007 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  14. Otis, Whitefish MT

    "real Presidents don't cackle"? What? I suppose real leaders say things like, "...So I've told people, that if you're interested in avoiding World War III, it seems like you ought to be interested in preventing them from having the knowledge necessary to make a nucUlar weapon; hehh, hehh, hehh." They (Iran)already have the knowledege. The US has the demonstrated capacity to inflict mass death and destruction. We should be much more concerned about the next US president's self restraint and ability to out-think our adversaries. As it stand, the collective intellectual power and basic human decency of both the neo-con candidates and their supporters is vastly inferior to Hillary and her supporters. Go ahead and continue to spew vitriolic slander. It only serves to support my case. GO HILLARY!

    October 21, 2007 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  15. Bill W, Coatesville, PA

    I've said time and time again hat I am firmly entrenched in the half of the population that will NEVER under ANY circumstances vote for Hillary Clinton.

    It just remains to be seen whether we have an honest election this time. After all, the Clintons are good friends of the Bushes.

    October 21, 2007 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  16. Matt Sutton

    Hey A.Thomas of New York, the margin for error in the Zogby poll was 1%. It wasn't your normal online poll, check it out:

    Released: October 20, 2007
    Survey Methodology [National Likely Voters] 10/11/07 thru 10/15/07

    Zogby International commissioned an online survey of [9976 likely voters].

    A sampling of Zogby International's online panel, which is representative of the adult population of the US, was invited to participate. Slight weights were added [region, party, age, race, religion, gender] to more accurately reflect the population. The margin of error is +/- 1.0 percentage points. Margins of error are higher in sub-groups.

    Zogby International’s sampling and weighting procedures also have been validated through its political polling: more than 95% of the firm’s polls have come within 1% of actual election-day outcomes.


    October 21, 2007 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  17. Colin742

    Posted By 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

    Bruno: Are you one of those morons who still believe Bush lies that Irak was involved in any way in 911. As I recall 100% of Democrats supported the US attack on Afghanistan where BinLaden was located. Unfortunatly, Bush let him get away while he sent troops to IRAK to increase price of oil'

    October 21, 2007 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  18. jfz, napa, ca

    Hillary Clinton says "that she looks at her campaign as if she were 'ten or twenty points behind.'" I give her behind a 5, at most!

    October 21, 2007 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  19. Maria, Houston

    A.Thomas in N.Y. and all in Hillaryland:


    There are Dems and Indies who ALSO won't vote for Hillary. Ever. And we won't be manipulated or made feel guilty to vote for her to support the party if she is nominated.

    If some Dems are addicted to Clintons, they need to be treated like addicts and hit the rock- bottom first. Don't count on us to come to your rescue in general elections.

    I vote my conscience, not "the party".

    October 21, 2007 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  20. Veronica Bloom, Jacksonville, FL

    she's gonna win!!! Clinton '08!

    October 21, 2007 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  21. Phil Chicago, Ill

    Campaign Finance scandals

    Socialist ideology and entitlement programs

    Special Interest money-taker

    Votes FOR Iraq War

    Votes FOR Iraq War funding

    Votes FOR giving Bush going after Iran (Kyl-Lieberman)

    Supports exporting US jobs (NAFTA)

    Expects endorsement from unions

    Amnesty for Illegal Aliens

    Hillary '08, Republican back in the White House '09.

    October 21, 2007 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  22. Frank Deluthe, IA

    China-Town for Hillary!!!

    New dish in her honory: Eat Sum Dung

    October 21, 2007 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  23. voyer from vernal utah

    I'm really concerned about the possibility another scandal in the White House could undermine the effectiveness of the next President, so if I may, I'd like to address an open question to Mrs Clinton:
    Hillary, since your husband seems to prefer oral sex (at least with younger women), do you feel, if elected, you will be able to keep him away from the interns by satisfying his manly needs in this respect?

    October 21, 2007 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  24. g california

    If she wins our county will go to hell

    October 21, 2007 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |

    We all ready are in hell! We are on the Eve of Destruction.

    October 21, 2007 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
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