November 2nd, 2007
08:20 AM ET
11 years ago

Iowa watch: Can Clinton be stopped in the Hawkeye State?

Watch Bill Schneider's report about Sen. Clinton and the Iowa Democratic caucases.

DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN) - Sen. Hillary Clinton's rivals sense a little blood in the water after Tuesday night's debate, and they're ready to move in for the kill.

If her rivals want to stop Clinton, they've got to do it in Iowa, where the Democratic presidential race is a dead heat.

David Yepsen of the Des Moines Register thinks her performance in the debate this week hurt her - and not not primarily because of she is the frontrunner.

"I think what gets her in trouble is waffling, is equivocating, is not being clear." Yepsen said.

- CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider

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  1. AJ, Chicago IL

    Even though its always assuring for some candidates to be leading in polls, polls are statistically meaningless. At best they can gauge public sentiment in a very small area, but not be used to represent a state's population voting preference. Hillary's position as the inevitable Democratic presidential nominee is incorrect. If are into polls then do the following, take all the different recent polls and calculate Hillary's "front-runner" lead and you will see that statistically she is in a three-way tie (her, Obama and Edwards). Her peformance in Tuesday night's debate definitely hurt her appeal. Hard-core Hillary supporters won't be swayed but Independent voters will pick up on the elements of her poor debate performance, things like honesty, truthfulness, specificity, and openness. Democrats need a candidate who doesn't have a lot of political baggage like Hillary and Edwards.

    It is interesting to watch the Democrats Presidential nomination race this year. It is historic to have a Mexican-American, African-American, and woman as strong potential candidates. But who has done the most complaining of victim status, Hillary Clinton! Whine, whine, whine about the men ganging up on me! WOW! If she is complaing about the men in her own party, can you imagine her being the Democratic presidential nominee going up against a Republican who is going to pull out every nasty thing he can to pin on her? Like Obama said at the debate, Republicans feel very comfortable running against Hillary because its a fight that they are used to since the 1990s.

    November 2, 2007 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  2. Anonymous, Williamsburg, VA

    Yeah, think about this people: Bush-Clinton-Clinton-Bush-Bush-Clinton. Think the current state of negativism in Washington is a coincidence. Deny Hillary the vote...change the atmosphere in DC. Go Obama!!

    November 3, 2007 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  3. A. Thomas, New York, NY

    To those nay sayers to Hillary, here is another bad news for you, showing that Hillary is electable.

    Hillary will beat Giulian in the next election. All she needs to become the next president to win one more state than John Kerry. A recent Quinnipiac poll found that Hillary is leading Rudy in 3 swing states that John Kerry lost ot Bush: Pennsylvania (48%-42%), Ohio (46%-40%), Florida (46%-43%).
    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."

    Quinnipiac also notes that Hillary is the only Dem to beat Rudy in all three states.

    To be in denial is bad for your mental health. LOL

    November 3, 2007 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  4. Karen,ny

    Sara..that is not true at all. Bill Richardson didn't say anything against her in fact if I remember right, I think he praised her because she was smiling at him.

    November 3, 2007 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  5. texfem Dallas, TX

    A. Thomas, you put up a good posting, but there you go playing the gender-card again..

    Barack was the only non-white person (except for Bill Richardson, but he's not as obvious) on the stage. I don't hear Barack or many other people go on about how he is facing an all-white monster.

    BTW- a woman ran for President in 2004, and Hillary Clinton completely ignored her candidacy.

    November 3, 2007 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  6. CNB, Washington State


    ("Hillary is ready to lead").

    Not to simply bash a particular candidate but this is something that I just cannot understand. Anyone, Hillary supporter or not, please show me ANYTHING that supports that statement. WHAT HAS SHE LEAD?!? What great accomplishment can you point to that supports that statement? Being a former first lady and being a politically active person does not make you a leader, I have seen nothing from Hillary that shows she has an ounce of leadership skills within her, yet her supporters run around like she lead us through the great depression or a world war. She isn't that great people. Remember, just because a candidate shares your similar viewpoints doesn't mean they have what it takes to lead congress to get anything done about those issues.

    November 5, 2007 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
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