December 31st, 2007
08:00 AM ET
6 years ago

Prominent Clinton supporter criticizes Iowa

Strickland campaigned with Clinton in Iowa over the weekend.

Strickland campaigned with Clinton in Iowa over the weekend.

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (CNN) – Just days before the Iowa caucuses, a prominent Hillary Clinton supporter criticized the state’s privileged role in the presidential nominating process, forcing her campaign to declare that she did not agree with the assessment.

Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland was quoted in Sunday’s edition of The Columbus Dispatch as saying that it “makes no sense” to grant Iowa the right to hold the first contest of the 2008 race for the White House.

"I'd like to see both parties say, 'We're going to bring this to an end,'" Strickland told the newspaper.

Competing campaigns seized on the article and emailed it around to reporters to highlight Strickland’s comments late Sunday night. The Clinton campaign moved quickly, and issued a statement shortly after midnight distancing the New York senator from the governor’s remarks.

“Senator Clinton has worked her heart out campaigning in Iowa because she knows it plays a unique and special role in the nominating process and that process must be protected,” read the statement. “As she has said many times she is glad Iowans are entrusted with this responsibility because they take it so seriously. On this issue Hillary and Gov. Strickland strongly disagree.”

Strickland’s comments came on the same day that WHO TV reporter Dave Price reported that Clinton’s Midwest co-chair Jerry Crawford told him that she would “not be here caucus night.”

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– CNN Iowa Producer Chris Welch and Senior Political Correspondent Candy Crowley


Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Iowa • Race to '08
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  1. Ito, Yokosuka Japan

    Mr. Strickland, a.k.a. HRC, doesn't like the present format because it doesn't help her (yes he is the mouthpiece of HRC).

    If it did help her, do you think she would be complaining about it. The Clinton motto is, "If you can't win with the rules that are in place, then change the rules."

    All these people saying things on behalf of Clinton are her mouthpiece. They are part of her campaign. She should not be allowed to have them running around saying what they want and then she detaches herself from the comments.

    Though Mr. Strickland is correct. The timing of his comments are suspect...and that's the problem for Mrs. Clinton. There are all these comments floating around where the timing is amazing and then she plays like she has no knowledge or anything to do with them. Yet she infamous for how much she controls everything.

    So is she in control or out of control? Which one is it? Just another example of her conveniently staying out of the fray publically, but being all so closely related to it behind the scenes. Is she our modern day Wizard of Oz or what?

    May God inspire the hearts of Iowans and those in NH to give her the BOOT!

    January 1, 2008 04:49 am at 4:49 am |
  2. Brendan

    This shows how the process is
    1. To long
    2. Hillary and her supporters are ostensibly smart but cannot resist to put foot in mouth whether
    a. Gov in Ohio WHINING
    b. Daughter to Nine Year Old I GUESS BEING NUANCED
    c. Husband to electorate who THINKS HE IS THE ONE RUNNING
    d. Hillary WHO I AM STILL WAITING FOR A STRAIGHT ANSWER ON THE FOLLOWING.
    1. archives and releasing information
    2. drivers licenses
    3. for the war, against the war or what
    4. is she a socialist
    More questions than answers ....More nuanced than a rubix cube
    No we do not need another enigma in the White House
    We need a proven Leader McCAIN Go for it...YOU DESERVED IT THE FIRST TIME

    January 1, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  3. Andrew

    Big John – UnConstitutional?

    I agree, the current primary/caucus scenario is idiotic. But unconstitutional? Uh ... no. Political parties can choose their nominees however they please. But, hey, feel free to point out what part of the Constitution you think prohibits the present system.

    January 1, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  4. Mandy Shields

    Go home, Hillary! We don't want you in Iowa, NH, SC or anywhere else.

    Democrats need to win the WH in 08, but not with you in there!!

    January 1, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  5. Desiree, Queens, New York

    Does it really matter what happens in Iowa? In 1992 a then Gov Clinton only got 2.8 percent in Iowa and Tom Harkin got 76% with 12% uncommitted, on the republican side President George Bush was unopposed. It's still early and it's still an open race where any one can win on either side.

    January 1, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  6. JC

    As long as I have been alive and long before that, our presidential nomination process has started with the Iowa primaries.

    Now all of the sudden, it is not good enough for Hillary Rodham?

    January 1, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  7. F.J. Palmer

    Tuesday, January 08, 2008

    ALL ALONG THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL,THRU THE VILLAGES AND BY THE DEMS I HAVE HEARD THE ECHOS OF THE AL-MARKTY PENN, TOUTING HER MAJESTY'S WARES, BUT ALAS THE ALMARKTY HAS FALLEN FROM GRACE BY LOSING A RACE,THUS INCURRING HER MAJESTY'S ILL-WILL. NOW AFTER THE WEEPING AND GNASHING OF TEETH, AN EDICT IS ISSUED. IT IS "OUT WITH THE PENN, I'AM BRINGING IN THE CLOWNS,JAMIE AND PAULIE WILL DISH OUT THE YARNS." signed Zarc
    Labels: SHE'S CALLING IN THE CLOWNS.

    January 8, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  8. jack murphy

    That's just great that Mrs. Clinton thinks Iowan's take their position so seriously about being the first to decide. Like the rest of the USA doesn't care? Why doesn't the US Congress vote to let all the states have a chance to decide this first and second. Have a lottery system or something to determine which state will be first and second etc.

    I agree with Gov. Strickland of Ohio. Iowa and NH determining who will run for President of the USA all the time is a JOKE!!

    Jack Murphy

    January 10, 2008 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  9. Karen from Minnesota

    Obama folks, why are you all so angry?

    February 7, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  10. chelsea

    Osama Bama will lose every state from here out. He's ridiculas! Clinton has it on him easy!!

    February 7, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
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