December 8th, 2007
10:28 AM ET
8 years ago

Special guest at Hillary Clinton event in Iowa

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.

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Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Iowa • Race to '08
soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. Louie Drifuss IOWA

    It so nice to finally see a true compassionate leader on the campaign trail. Clinton is an outstanding classy First Lady, woman and leader...

    December 8, 2007 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  2. Iowan woman 4 CLINTON


    "Madame President of the United States…it's an extraordinary thought. We truly are in a momentous time, where a woman's potential has no limitations," "Hillary Clinton has already proven to a generation of women that there are no limits for success. She is driven by her passion for public service and her belief in the enormous potential of our country. Smart, capable and strong in her convictions, Hillary has transcended the dictates of what is thought to be possible for our time.
    "Hillary is a powerful voice for change as we find our country at an important crossroads. Under her leadership, our country will regain its respect within the global community. She will prioritize issues of global climate change, universal healthcare and rebuilding a strong economy. After 8 long years, the public will once again have faith in their government.
    "Another former first lady, Eleanor Roosevelt once wrote, 'In government, in business, and in the professions there may be a day when women will be looked upon as persons. We are, however, far from that day as yet.' More than 50 years later 'that day' is now upon us…and Hillary Clinton is ready to shatter through that glass ceiling for all women."



    December 8, 2007 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  3. Richard Tabuteau, Atlanta, GA

    Why is this important? You can do better than this, CNN.

    December 8, 2007 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  4. Alice, Seattle, WA

    Hmmmm...wonder what Dorothy really thinks of Bubba? Something strange ab0ut that clan.

    December 8, 2007 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  5. Jessica M., El Paso, TX

    I think this is a cute story. Shows a different side to her.

    December 8, 2007 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  6. John, NY

    I have admired Hillary since the start of her campaign but with all the self inflicted mistakes that are coming one after the other, I don't think I can still support her now. This latest move of hers is not very presidential especially at the time when her campaign is flagging and on the verge of imploding. This makes her even weaker and truly desperate in her quest for the presidency. For the past weeks, surrogates has come to her rescue... Wes Clark, Mark Penn, and now Dorothy, to reinforce her campaign and credibility..... This makes her look BRATTY and and petty. If she cannot fight this battle on her own, how can she fight the battle in the general elections?

    December 8, 2007 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  7. Patrice Ceeley, Conway, NH

    About Hillary: If you are considering her anyway, but are torn between her and someone else, vote for her BECAUSE she is a woman. Ladies it is OUR time, if we miss this chance, it may take a decade or two before we have another serious woman contender who can be elected President. It will forever boost the belief in ALL young girls and women to think: Yes I REALLY can be President too!

    December 8, 2007 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  8. stacey bettendorf, iowa

    Hillary is the smartest, most capable, level-headed, and best prepared person running for president. She has run a smart, positive campaign the same way she will run a smart, forward thinking administration. The fact that she is a women, is for me, merely the icing on the cake.


    December 8, 2007 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  9. joe leesville, la

    What does it say about Hillary's judgment that she married a person with questionable personal characteristics. Every time Bill was given the opportunity to cheat or lie about cheating, he took full advantage. That speaks loudly to Hillary's ability to make sound judgments. What type of self-esteem belongs to a person who stays with a constantly cheating man. Seems to be someone whose emotions play a bigger role than logic. Just what america needs, an over-emotional person who can't recognize and display good judgement.

    December 8, 2007 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  10. Lo, Pittsburgh, PA

    I admire Oprah, but I think it means more having your 88 year old Mother and your Daughter by your side. After all this isn't about entertainment. It is about choosing the candidate for President.

    December 8, 2007 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  11. pam Eugene OR

    If you are willing to vote for Hillary only because she is a woman you are an idiot. I want a woman too but not this flawed woman. Look at her flip flopping ideas and lack of original ideas. She talks out of both sides of her mouth.
    No more Bush-Clinton-Bush-Clinton. We need someone different! Not the same old crap and dirty political machines.

    December 8, 2007 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  12. Maria, Houston

    Bringing your mother and daughter is a sign of compassion? Than Mitt Romney with his five sons is the most compassionate politician out there...

    Please,ladies, stop pushing "the gender" button. Hillary Clinton is a calculating ruthless lier and opportunist. Who needs that kind of role model?

    December 8, 2007 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  13. Amy, WA

    I personally appreciated the posts on this blog.

    Hillary's mother coming with her as a 'buddy' in a campaign event was very touchy. It shows how hard it is for us women to obtain every single success in our lives and how important are mothers (or their memories for some of us who lost them) to keep us going.

    It may look like "Mom, I need your help", but to me it was significant. I support Hillary and I trust she can overcome all barriers this patriarchal society raise to women.

    December 8, 2007 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  14. Wendy

    We all have a mother who loves us and always supports us. It is much more to show the world that you love your mother than love a talk-show host.

    In fact bringing out Oprah emphases the weak point of Obama since he only talks–does not even have courage to vote in either State Senate or US Senate. Oprah is the same way, a talk Queen. Now we have a Talk Queen endorses a Talk King! No wonder. I hope people who attend the rallies in IA, NH, SC, and NV will see the commonality of the two!!

    December 8, 2007 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  15. scotty

    So are we voting for Oprah??
    Shame on you Oprah for making this a circus and confusing people......when anyone else does what she is doing they call it pandering- shame on you Obama

    December 8, 2007 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  16. cicilia,nashua,nh

    I would think Bill Clinton need to be ashamed of himself come out to campaign for Hillary. He has alot of Baggage that he is bringing back in this campaign. He should sit home and wait for Hillary to be elected then advice her where he can. He is not supposed to be out there. I hope he is not runnig into woman for the next cycle. Shame on you Bill and Hill....

    December 8, 2007 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  17. CJ - Iowa

    Well, it looks like some of the canidates didn't make it back to D.C. for an important vote – guess they won't be getting my vote either. To all canidates: Please remember that the job you hold is only TEMPORARY and the voters need to remember that one too as they go into the polling booths!

    December 8, 2007 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  18. Michele, Westport CT

    I resent the "Shame On You, Oprah" folks and I'll be d*** if I will vote for Hillary if she wins the nomination.
    Obama's mother is dead!! I will bet that a lot of African American women will resent Hillary and her tactics and they will show her their backsides in the election if she should win the election.
    I won't vote for Giuliani or Romney; but I would vote for Huckabee and I hope he kicks Hillary's butt if he runs against her.
    The person who writes "Shame On Oprah" for supporting Obama is truly clueless in this matter.

    December 8, 2007 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  19. mark, nc

    "I admire Oprah, but I think it means more having your 88 year old Mother and your Daughter by your side. After all this isn't about entertainment. It is about choosing the candidate for President.

    Posted By Lo, Pittsburgh, PA : December 8, 2007 12:00 pm "

    Obama's mother died in her 50's. His daughters are under 10. How is he supposed to match that? Oprah is only bringing the crowd out, he has to close the deal.

    December 8, 2007 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  20. Bernice,Norwalk, CT

    I resent the "Shame on Oprah" comments made by Hillary supporters and I wouldn't vote for her no matter who is on the Republican side. I won't vote for Giuliani or Romney; however, I would vote for Mike Huckabee if he wins the nomination and Hillary should happen to win the nomination. Anybody but Hillary for this African American woman. I will never vote for Hillary.
    Let's see now; shame on Oprah for supporting her choice for president of the USA; boy, that takes a lot of nerve. Oprah has a right to support Obama just as you Hillary supporters have a right to support Hillary just because she is a woman.

    December 8, 2007 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  21. Uma, mpls, MN

    How lovely to see three generation women; Iowa make sure you can differentiate the support of racist show business woman-Oprah and Hilary coming with her daughter and mother.


    December 8, 2007 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  22. Mike, Richmond VA

    My belief is that if you are a sitting politician, running for a higher office, you should willingly forfeit your seat in your current government position in order to run your campaign. How many of us can take unlimited time away from our current jobs, with full pay and benefits, to interview for a new job. I don't think that my boss would be terribly pleased with that.

    As far as the Mother, child, candidate paradigm goes, its just another method of triangulating the voting blocks through demographic manipulation.

    December 8, 2007 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  23. Tommy, Chicago IL

    CJ. The Energy vote that you are talking about took place earlier in the week and didn't reach the amount of votes needed to hold another vote on saturday. So all the presidential candidates didn't miss a vote on Sat. Its on the political ticker. So I guess that means you will be voting for somebody. Don't just read the headlines.

    December 9, 2007 03:22 am at 3:22 am |
  24. Chris, Middletown, CT

    Do you just find it easier to vote for Hillary because of her gender....and choose to completely forget her lack of position on any subject...does that make it easier for you?? Does the promised 800 Billion in entitlement spending make you want to yell "its better than spending it on the war" – then you forgot she voted for the war...and funded it...everytime??

    Is gender a good reason to elect someone that polarizes the country??

    Her supporters baffle easily misled you are...try reading alittle about Saul Alinsky (Hillarys teacher and the architect behind her entitlement ways – then realize he was a Marxist(socialist)

    December 9, 2007 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  25. chris

    Shame on you Hillary. Shame on you.

    December 9, 2007 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
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