December 26th, 2007
06:30 PM ET
10 years ago

Clinton begins final push in Iowa with Bill and Chelsea

Clinton is back on the trail in Iowa.

MT. PLEASANT, Iowa (CNN) – With eight days left until the Iowa caucuses, Hillary Clinton is reminding people it's "time to pick a president." Heck, it's even included in the title of her last big swing through Iowa.

Kicking off the "Big Challenges, Real Solutions–Time to Pick a President" tour, Clinton told an audience she needs their help, adding that Iowans have an "awesome responsibility" to caucus on January 3.

"The entire country and even the world will be watching," Clinton said. "I want you to ask yourself 'who will be the best president?' Who, if something happened that none of us can predict now, would be there able to respond and act on behalf of our country immediately?"

Clinton urged people to show their support at the first-in-the-nation caucuses, saying they have a duty to be there "for people who can't be there."

"You're there for every Iowan serving our country in Iraq or Afghanistan or elsewhere in the world who can't get home to go caucus. You're there for everybody who has to work at night."

"This responsibility is one that connects you to literally thousands and even millions of people that you'll never know," Clinton continued.

"They won't know you, but you'll be there for them. You'll be there making the decision that will begin us moving toward the most important election that we've had in a very long time."

Clinton then told the crowd that if they choose her as the Democratic nominee, she'll "wage a winning campaign" against a Republican counterpart.

She was introduced at the event by her husband, former president Bill Clinton, and was also accompanied by daughter Chelsea. It's the first time all three Clintons have campaigned on the same stage in Iowa this election season.

-CNN Iowa Producer Chris Welch

Filed under: Bill Clinton • Hillary Clinton • Iowa
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  1. Jim

    CNN is really rolling out all of the pro-Clinton ticker spots in this final push huh? I did not see one spot on Obama and only one spot on Edwards.
    • Huckabee goes hunting
    • Paul up with new ad in New Hampshire
    • Clinton begins final push in Iowa with Bill and Chelsea
    • Clinton out with 'Stakes' ad
    • Clinton closes gap with Bush as nation's 'Most Admired Man'
    • McCain launches new ad in South Carolina
    • Edwards debuts new Granite State ad
    • Clinton campaign highlights former Obama supporter
    • Conservative group ups anti-Huckabee ad buy
    • Iowa or New Hampshire?

    You don't mean to tell me that they've done nothing newsworthy CNN?

    December 26, 2007 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  2. S Alexander

    YOU GO GIRL!!!!!!!!

    December 26, 2007 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  3. Bruce Taylor,Sacramento,CA

    As The New York Times stated today,Senator Clinton's proclaimed experience as a First Lady was derived from osmosis rather than decision-making. The Clintons' political method should be antiquated but seems to be perpetuated by quite a few members of the Democratic Party who seem to relish the idea of a return to the good old days of the Nineties.Why go back when we can go forward? Why the obsession with an administration that was a failure on many fronts,i.e.,healthcare,Somalia,bin Laden,intelligence,truth-telling,etc. The segue of the first Clinton administration into the failures of the Bush administration was a smooth transition indeed.Senator Clinton actually abetted the current administration in its headlong rush to conflict in Iraq.I am a Democrat myself but I refuse to be part of the parade of lemmings that promulgates the Clinton candidacy and campaign as it denigrates opposition and fashions truths to fit its needs.Why not profess the future of the party,the spring if you will,in Obama rather than the augured autumn of Senator Clinton? Does the Democratic Party really long for change or simply a change of party? I wonder if the Party even has a soul to search if it insists on repeating itself not unlike its opposition.

    December 26, 2007 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  4. John Halverson

    How many slogans does a candidate need? does this show her lack of conviction? or a lack of focus or just that none of them work?

    December 27, 2007 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  5. Bill Henry Iowa

    Ready to act like Bill? i can't remember what he did when we were first attacked at the World Trade Center (bomb in parking garage linked to al queda) or how about the USS Cole? etc. remind me Hillary of the great response. I beat most people have forgotten not memorable.

    December 27, 2007 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  6. Jose Card - Independent

    You will understand the deal between Hillary and Bill much better after reading

    "Hillary's Hidden Hand", Newsweek, January 7, 2008, p. 62-63.

    by Sally Bedell Smith, a Clinton biographer.

    December 27, 2007 12:46 am at 12:46 am |
  7. G


    December 27, 2007 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
  8. Sam, Cleveland OH

    Check the facts:

    December 27, 2007 04:46 am at 4:46 am |
  9. mark wilkes barre pa

    If your basing your vote on who would respond and act on an event that happened quickly, on behalf of our country. It would not be the queen of study groups and pollsters

    December 27, 2007 06:16 am at 6:16 am |
  10. alan St Louis MO

    I agree with her

    adding that Iowans have an "awesome responsibility" to caucus on January 3.

    OBAMA 2009

    "The entire country and even the world will be watching," Clinton said. "I want you to ask yourself 'who will be the best president?"

    Obama 2009 life time serving in elected government postion vs hillary 6 years.

    Clinton urged people to show their support at the first-in-the-nation caucuses, saying they have a duty to be there "for people who can't be there

    Obama a man for the people vs Clinton for the china and corpates warmongers. Most of Obama money is from voters, Most of Clinton money from china and corpates. Obama recieved the most money from military service men and women for his campaign. China and corpates are loving the IRAQ WAR which makes up most of Clinton money.

    "This responsibility is one that connects you to literally thousands and even millions of people that you'll never know

    YEP OBAMA 2009

    Clinton then told the crowd that if they choose her as the Democratic nominee, she'll "wage a winning campaign" against a Republican counterpart
    This one crazzy, what weed or drug are you taking?? You can not get votes from republicans they hate you. Independants hate you. WOW that almost 70% of the popluar vote not going for you. You have too much baggage of corruption. And being a divider like Bush. You hubby divided the democrats into its self destruction in the 1994 election. Obama can get all the votes from independants and a lot of republicans votes and all his democrat votes in the general election.

    She was introduced at the event by her husband, former president Bill Clinton

    The real intelect staff of Bill the once that made all the policies like writing his econmy policy. ARE all supporting Obama

    Time to Pick a President" tour

    OBAMA for 2009
    stop the status quo
    stop the Bush Clinton dynsty imperial rule that is not democracy
    Yes for NEW FRESH AIR, NEW fresh leadership IN washington DC
    And YES to someone who has more then 6 years in elected office for god sake.

    December 27, 2007 06:56 am at 6:56 am |
  11. Hariette Davenport Iowa

    Clinton is the strong candidate who is willing and able to take on tough issues unlike obama who either doesnt show up to vote and critizes others who were present or he side steps the imporatnt tough issues by voting Present. In 1999, Barack Obama was faced with a difficult vote in the Illinois legislature — to support a bill that would let some juveniles be tried as adults, a position that risked drawing fire from African-Americans, or to oppose it, possibly undermining his image as a tough-on-crime moderate.

    In the end, Mr. Obama chose neither to vote for nor against the bill. He voted “present,” effectively sidestepping the issue, an option he invoked nearly 130 times as a state senator.

    Sometimes the “present’ votes were in line with instructions from Democratic leaders or because he objected to provisions in bills that he might otherwise support. At other times, Mr. Obama voted present on questions that had overwhelming bipartisan support. In at least a few cases, the issue was politically sensitive.

    The record has become an issue on the presidential campaign trail, as Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York, his chief rival for the Democratic nomination, has seized on the present votes he cast on a series of anti-abortion bills to portray Mr. Obama as a “talker” rather than a “doer.”Although a present vote is not unusual in Illinois, Mr. Obama’s use of it is being raised as he tries to distinguish himself as a leader who will take on the tough issues, An examination of Illinois records shows at least 36 times when Mr. Obama was either the only state senator to vote present or was part of a group of six or fewer to vote that way. Among those, Mr. Obama did not vote yes or no on a bill that would allow certain victims of sexual crimes to petition judges to seal court records relating to their cases. He also voted present on a bill to impose stricter standards for evidence a judge is permitted to consider in imposing a criminal sentence. On the sex crime bill, Mr. Obama cast the lone present vote in a 58-to-0 vote. State Representative Jim Durkin, a Republican who was a co-sponsor of the bill, said it was intended to bring state law in line with a United States Supreme Court decision that nullified a practice of introducing new evidence to a judge in the sentencing phase of the trial, after a jury conviction on other charges. The bill sailed through both chambers. Out of 174 votes cast in the House and Senate, two were against and two were present, including Mr. Obama’s.
    “I don’t understand why you would oppose it,” Mr. Durkin said. “But I am more confused by a present vote.” Mr. Obama was also the sole present vote on a bill that easily passed the Senate that would require teaching respect for others in schools. He also voted present on a measure to prohibit sex-related shops from opening near schools or places of worship. It passed the Senate.Questions about Senator Obama's shocking dearth of international experience: doubts over Barack Obama's foreign policy credentials were expressed, after it emerged he had made only one brief official visit to London – and none elsewhere in Western Europe or Latin America. Obama failed to convene a single policy meeting of the Senate European subcommittee, of which he is chairman."These facts are a sobering counterpoint to a Boston Globe editorial that endorsed Obama for having "an intuitive sense of the wider world with all its perils and opportunities." Intuition may be a laudable quality among psychics and palm readers, but for a professional American diplomat it has no relevance to serious discussion of foreign policy. In fact, Obama's supposed "intuitive sense" is no different from George W. Bush's "instincts" and "gut feeling" describing his own foreign policy decision-making. We have been down this road before.

    December 27, 2007 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  12. Shirley SC

    The Politico - Obama's "rookie mistakes:" Sen. Barack Obama's "gift with language - his powerful speaking style and the graceful prose and compelling story of his best-selling memoir - has been an engine of his dramatic, high-velocity rise in presidential politics." But the Democratic senator from Illinois "has also shown a tendency toward seemingly minor contradictions and rhetorical slips that serve as reminders that he is still a newcomer to national politics." we originally found ourselves a bit miffed that Sen. Obama has improved his fortunes so much. After all, as far as we can determine, the junior Senator from Illinois has distinguished himself for only two things: Uttering mind-numbing platitudes that would make the average politician blush and speaking ill-advisedly on matters of foreign policy.This, for example, was the guy who claimed he would blithely chat up Iran with no preconditions, right after he bombed Pakistan into the Stone Age. Well, that sounds pretty reasonable, doesn’t it? Tell us more about your deep-seated political wisdom, Sen. Obama.
    A foul-up again by the Obama campaign in South Carolina causing bad publicity in the home stretch. ministers have come forward and said they did not endorse Obama, despite their inclusion on his list of endorsements that the campaign had put out, .It could be that on a list of over 100 endorsements. Associated Press

    December 27, 2007 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  13. Proud to be an American in a Purple State

    We live in arguably one of the most liberal states in the union AND one of the most redneck!!

    Watching the news last night, I asked my husband if he thought Senator Obama could win in our state. He replied, "None of the guys I work with are going to vote for him... because he is black - But none are voting for Hillary either... because she's a woman." Therein lies the mentality of the average male voter in America 😦

    I have to point out that in the field he works in there may be 1 woman – both black or white – for every 50 men, and only 1 black guy for every 100 white guys - there are actually more Hispanics... but they wouldn't vote for Richardson either 😦 Say what you will – but racism AND sexism is still very prevalent in our nation.

    On the other hand I question whether these ~men~ even vote in the National elections?? They sure as heck make a point of getting down to the Halls to cast their ballot on their union issues... BUT I suspect they're really rather apathetic when it comes to actually voting in mainstream politics!! Hence, I would venture an educated guess that while they are not necessarily planning to VOTE FOR a particular candidate –> does not mean that they will make it a priority to "go out of their way" to VOTE AGAINST one either... They will just stay home and hang out at the tavern instead!! Trust me on this.

    Just because a person is a "registered voter", does not automatically mean that that person is one who regularly makes a habit of voting = Just because they claim that they would NEVER vote for a woman or a black guy, doesn't mean that they will be bothered to run out and vote against them either!! It seems to me that the candidate who actually has the greatest number of "supporters who are statistically and historically KNOWN TO VOTE" will be the best hope of winning back the White House.

    Does America honestly have time to "get to know an unknown and untested candidate at this point"?! What skeletons may yet fall out of his closet? Even if the antiHillary drummers beat their chests and rattle their toy sabers and threaten to mount an all out crusade –> would not AMERICA be strong enough to counter the attack?? Let's face it – it's highly unlikely that an African American -let alone ANY Democrat- would carry any of the Southern states. TN failed to elect Harold Ford, Jr in 2006 even though he was by far & away the best candidate (unless you were a white GOP male!!) AND CA failed to elect LA Mayor Bradley twice – despite the fact that he was leading the GOP contender by 10% points!!! Just because a candidate is black does NOT mean that all African Americans will automatically vote for him, just as it is silly to believe that ALL women will vote for Hillary - but right now she has the greater support of both Democratic women AND older voters = AND STATISTICS HAVE SHOWN OVER AND OVER AGAIN THAT THESE ARE THE ONES WHO GET AND OUT VOTE...

    I would be more than willing to roll up my sleeves and help Hillary win the White House in my state. My husband (who is very popular amongst one of the biggest unions in America) would be more than willing to help convince his Union Brothers Strong that "IT'S OK TO STAND UP AND BE A MAN -> AND VOTE FOR A WOMAN" = for the sake of their Mothers and their Daughters, for the sake of their Sisters and their Nieces, for the sake of their Grandmothers... and most of all for the sake of the FUTURE OF AMERICA.


    And if Ron Paul runs as an Independent he will further split the GOP... Regardless = The door is open, the time is right, we must forge ahead, and come out victorious.


    December 27, 2007 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  14. Tom, New York, NY

    Awesome....she has my vote...she will be the leader that this country needs at this point in history.

    December 27, 2007 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  15. Davey


    News Dec 26, 2007, 16:17 GMT
    A new Iowa poll seems to show the New York senator Hillary Clinton with a new double-digit lead over her nearest rival among likely Democratic caucus-goers.

    GOP dark horse Doctor Ron Paul now has 10 percent in the latest poll, up from 4 percent last week.

    Clinton and Obama were neck-and-neck in last week’s American Research Group poll. But in the new survey, conducted December 20-23, she leads the Illinois senator by 15 percentage points, 34 to 19 percent.

    Obama is now in a statistical tie for second place with former North Carolina senator John Edwards, who has 20 percent of the vote.

    This week, the leaders with male voters polled are Clinton and Edwards, with 28 and 27 percent support among Democratic men. Obama has 16 percent support, and Joe Biden has 11 percent.

    December 27, 2007 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  16. J. McKinney SW MO

    Hariette of Davenport, IA says everything I want to say, and says it better. We need someone who is ready to lead, and not afraid to make a decision. Obama may shape up to be presidential material in 8 years, but he sure isn't ready now. Most of the marvelous character traits given him in these message boards are in the imagination of talented writers, who are good with descriptive and complimentary wording.
    We need Hillary to get us out of this mess. Go, Hillary!!!

    December 27, 2007 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  17. pam Eugene OR

    Hillary will never be able to lead America. She does not want to unite us. She just wants to punish the Republicans and all who did not support her. We will have 4 more years of conflict and hatred. Please people the Clinton's had their turn. Look what they gave us. We were an international joke.Let's vote for real change and getting things done together.
    Any One But Clinton 08

    December 27, 2007 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  18. AJ, IL

    Hariette of Davenport Iowa...your response is irrelevant to the blog title. You spent more effort is trying to elaborately condemn Barack Obama versus detailing why you support Hillary Clinton. You need to look at Hillary's so-called "experience" and the decisions/judgements she has made. There are reasons why Bill and Chelsea have failed to be a campaign events, all at one time. The former first family is trying to create a lie for the American public (especially Iowans) that Clintons represent the typical average loving American family. Bill and Hillary Clinton live in different states and rarely have shared a bed in the last 10 years.

    Could you imagine Hillary appearing on the campaign trail alone during the last 7 days of the Iowa caucauses? Imagine Hillary and Bill divorced by in 1999 or 2000. Hillary knows that she can't win the election alone she needs Bill Clinton. His name, his intellect and his personality is what has thrust Hillary ahead. Most of the Democratic support she enjoys is a direct residue of pro-Bill Clinton support he still enjoys today. The only thing Hillary's candidancy means is that a woman (like Hillary) can't get their without a man. Sorry it is true. Many more self-made woman politicians are more deserving of a run at the presidency than Hillary. To name a few: Elizabeth Dole and Condelezza Rice.

    December 27, 2007 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  19. Jamie, Houston, TX

    Thank You Hariette. You said everything.

    Barack simply isn't ready. Once the media hype wears off, voters are left with nothing but hopes and dreams.

    Hillary is ready and able to begin on Day One. Her 8 years in the White House weren't spent baking cookies and hosting parties. People are trying to discount that now, but it's that very reason that Republicans are so intimidated by her. Because she was such a strong force in Bill's presidency. She traveled the world meeting with foreign leaders (and not to trade decorating tips or host tea parties). She put forth a strong agenda and tried to get health care for this country.

    Hillary has the vision and experience necessary to solve the problems in this country. We can't have another President getting on-the-job training.

    Hillary '08

    December 27, 2007 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  20. dmw, roeland park,ks

    Hillary is the one to lead us back into prosperity.
    She is a known leader in the world.
    She has been chosen for the 6th time as the most admired woman in America.
    She has a record we all know about and does not hide it as Obama has tried to do with his State Senate record.
    She is a realist and pragmatic. She works hard and is a doer.
    She does not look at the world through rose colored glasses as Obama seems to do. If you ask her a question, she answers it based on her experience and knowledge of the subject, not as Obama does, which is in generalities lacking specifics.
    Hillary has fought for years for the American people. She does have experience and it does matter, although the likes of Chris Matthews, the NYT, FOX News, Gloria Borger, and the media continually tries to play it off as not real or important.
    She is the one.

    December 27, 2007 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  21. Mark Hamilton Iowa

    AJ, IL.... THANKS FOR GIVIGING US THE LAUGH OF THE DAY! CONDI qualified to be President? Elizabeth Dole? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA... Thanks for that one... another perfect example of an obama supporter, refusing to read or research anything, bought and sold by the media, if your white, you can forget obama support, check out his Trinity Church website, or maybe take a look at his wifes business dealings, I challenge you to google" Obama truth", see how Michele obama caused many many minorities to loose jobs recently, her dealing with Chicago Hospt, etc etc etc...These are the same type of voters that elected and re-elected Bush, uninformed, biased and weak. The media is only now starting to pick up on his stands on issues and flip flopping, missing votes, running around playing with oprah. Excellent post Harriett! Well said in deed....

    December 27, 2007 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  22. Blue Dog Coalition

    AJ, IL writes: "Many more self-made woman politicians are more deserving of a run at the presidency than Hillary. To name a few: Elizabeth Dole and Condolezza Rice."

    If you do a bit of research you will find that Elizabeth Dole ALREADY ran for President in 1999/2000.

    TRY Googling for more info – before posting

    And it's always such a wonder that there are still those who assume that a WOMAN needs a man to do anything = Women are twice as strong as men and every bit as equal.

    BTW it could be said that Elizabeth Dole got elected to the Senate on her husband's name recognition too.

    "In 2002 Dole moved back to North Carolina to seek election to the U.S. Senate. The seat was made available by the retirement of Jesse Helms (R). Despite having not lived regularly in the state in almost 30 years, she easily won the Republican primary. She defeated her Democratic opponent Erskine Bowles, a former chief of staff to former President Bill Clinton.

    Her election to the Senate marked the second time a spouse of a former Senator was elected to the Senate"

    "Elizabeth Dole ran for the Republican nomination in the US presidential election of 2000, but pulled out of the race in October 1999 before any of the primaries,

    In July 2000, shortly before the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia, Bush campaign sources said Mrs. Dole was on the short list to be named the vice-presidential nominee...(along w/Lynne Cheney!). Many pundits believed that Dole was the frontrunner for the Vice Presidential nomination. Bush then surprised most pundits by selecting former U.S. Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney, who was actually in charge of leading Bush's search for a vice presidential nominee!"

    😦 BUT ALAS IT'S STILL AN OUTDATED MAN'S WORLD OF FALSE HOPE AND EMPTY PROMISES = WE can only wonder how would the world have been changed IF Elizabeth Dole would have been Vice President of the United States of America (rather than Dick Cheney??)

    December 27, 2007 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  23. Tom Dedham, Mass

    Two back to back "stories on Hillarity", but funny how there is no mention of the New York times piece that basically rebuts her experience as a so called "co-president" with Bill (and even he has denied that was the case, but it depends on what crowd he is talking in front of).

    Romney get's an anti-endorsement and it is page one, story one on CNN, so why is this NOT even posted?

    All the "news that is fit to omit" if it doesn't put the queen in a good light?

    Or how about this pearl of wisdom from this weekend:

    Hillary Clinton predicted Saturday that just electing her President will cut the price of oil.

    When the world hears her commitment at her inauguration about ending American dependence on foreign fuel, Clinton says, oil-pumping countries will lower prices to stifle America’s incentive to develop alternative energy.

    “I predict to you, the oil-producing countries will drop the price of oil,” Clinton said, speaking at the Manchester YWCA. “They will once again assume, once the cost pressure is off, Americans and our political process will recede.”

    This so called genius is also clairvoyant now, that would explain the previous $1000 investment turning into a $100,000 overnight, but "she" new nothing.

    EXPERTS say that the possibilty of a first time and one time investor making that much WITHOUT insider trading knowledge is impossible.

    Planted people and questions at debates.

    Surrogates making racist remarks about her main opponent, while she goes out on a fake "kinder and gentler tour" with her Mommy and previously off limits daughter (she was faltering in the polls and Chelsea, now a mere prop was needed).

    Baby bonds, check the polls, nah changed my mind it was never an idea anyway.

    Licenses for illegals, good idea and I understand why he is doing it, the NEXT debate "are you for licenses for illegals" and she is allowed to simply state "no" and nobody blinks.

    I am a genius and clairvoyant, and I was for the war when it was poll tested and when it went down in the polls, I blamed the dumbest President in our history for tricking me.

    Yes, there are actual AUDIO and VIDEO clips of me taking credit for my vote when Saddam fell, but I was um, um, you know, "taken out of context by the vast right wing conspiracy".

    This genius and clairvoyant had no idea that her husband was running around on her with 3 or 4 etc, etc other women?

    "I suppose I could have stayed home and baked cookies and had teas", was a great way to malign stay at home Mom's who have the TOUGHEST job in the world.

    "I was named after Sir Edmund Hillary, who at the time of her birth was a "world renowned beekeeper" and had not tackled Everest as of yet.

    These are just a few of "my favorite things".

    You sheep can't be serious?

    December 27, 2007 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  24. Scott - El Paso, TX

    To AJ from IL.
    I only read most posts here in order for a good laugh. Most people here are so blinded by political affiliation that they won't look at all of the candidate.

    Your post was very insightful and I totally agree with what you have to say. I consider my self a true independent and have voted for both republicans and democrats depending on the qualities I see in the candidate.

    I really struggle with the experience claims of both Hillary and Obama. The only democrat I see with actual experience is Bill Richardson and he seems more content on just being Vice President.

    December 27, 2007 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  25. Steve

    We don't need another Clinton. Slick Willie was bad enough.

    December 29, 2007 07:26 am at 7:26 am |