DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN) - Sen. Hillary Clinton's mother, Dorothy Rodham, was the surprise guest at a "Take Your Buddy to Caucus," event in Des Moines Friday night.
Sen. Clinton told the crowd of about 500 that she brought her mom as her buddy. She also noted that the last time her mother was in Iowa was 53 years ago.
Someone in the crowd yelled, "welcome back."
Mrs. Rodham sat down without making any comments.
The Senator encouraged the crowd to "buddy up" and bring an extra person to caucus.
Sen. Clinton also noted that the event site, East High School in Des Moines was where she started her presidential campaign.
The Clinton campaign announced that both Dorothy Rodham, and Clinton's daughter, Chelsea, would join the New York senator on the campaign trail in Iowa on Saturday.
Click here to see CNN's new political portal: CNNPolitics.com
-CNN Producer Matt Hoye