ABOARD THE HILLARY CLINTON PRESS BUS SOMEWHERE BETWEEN FT. MADISON AND MUSCATINE, Iowa (CNN) – Hillary Clinton entered the final Monday before the Iowa caucuses fighting the snow and playing to audiences mostly filled with voters still trying to make up their minds.
“We have to resolve that we pick a president who will be ready on day one to lead and as Democrats we have to resolve to pick someone who will win because we must take back the White House,” the New York senator told an audience in Keokuk, a town in southeastern Iowa.
“Since this is a season of resolutions where people think about the year that has just ended and the year to come there couldn’t be a more important resolution right here in Iowa to pick that president.”
Aides said Clinton will spend the remaining days before Thursday’s contest continuing to emphasize her experience and what they say is her ability to effect change.
“My two leading opponents are spending a lot of time right now kind of talking about each other. I’m going to keep talking about the people of Iowa and the people of America,” said Clinton, alluding to the recent testy back and forth between Barack Obama and John Edwards over several issues, including the influence of outside political groups spending money on Edwards’ behalf. The candidates have also sparred over who is better-equipped to take on special interests.
“I submit to you there isn’t anybody running who has taken on more special interests and gotten more done,” she said. “You don’t have to do it by yelling and screaming, save your energy, get the job done … instead of generating a lot of hate and rolling your hands and jumping up and down let’s just sit down and figure out how we’re gong to beat ‘em.”
“The only people who think this is screaming are Washington insiders who see someone coming to take their power away,” said an Edwards spokesman in response to Clinton’s comments.