January 3rd, 2008
11:00 PM ET
7 years ago

For Clinton in Iowa - The party is over

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CNN's Mike Roselli captured the mood at camp Clinton Thursday night.

DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN) – Long after the local and national TV outlets had turned away from her headquarters, Hillary Clinton was still going.

She worked the stage full of supporters that had assembled behind her. She hugged and shook hands with prominent backers such as Madeleine Albright and Terry McAuliffe and stopped to talk with Iowa surrogates who had become constants on her travels across the state. One woman decked out in full AFSCME regalia commanded the senator's attention until they were practically alone on the stage.

Sen. Clinton descended from the stage and worked the remaining fans pressed against the bunting clad ropeline, posing for pictures and signing autographs. She outlasted President Clinton, not one ever to leave a ropeline early.

Once the candidate had exited the ballroom, the campaign soundtrack looped for the umpteenth time as supporters milled about picking up signs, swilling beer, and posing for pictures at the podium where their candidate had just spoken.

–CNN Senior Political Producer Sasha Johnson


Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Iowa
soundoff (265 Responses)
  1. Hillary For Real Change

    Obama talks big, like Bush does, I don't trust him with all his over inflated promises and big, unproven talk, he is just like phony Bush in that respect, don't be fooled by his lawyer tactics and inexperience.

    Hillary is the real hope for change in America, because she has proven herself as being capable of making actual change happen. Hillary Clinton has done it where as Obama is just talking about it like every other last politician does that has proven nothing but that he has some ideas.

    Bill Clinton represented America in the darkest times and turned completely around the recession and mess Bush Sr. left us when Bush was ousted after his first failed 4 years. Hillary has exactly what it takes to make that same kind of change Bill did that we sorely need right now after the way Bush Jr., like his father, has decimated the US economy. With Hillary in the White House and Bill advising her, America will surely prosper once again, you cannot beat this one, two punch. Bill Clinton was an incredible President that saved America from literal financial ruin after what Bush Sr. did to us, Hillary will do the same, no question about it.

    What you get with Hillary is a bankable security that REAL change will happen, a proven track record, the experience to create actual, tangible change for a stronger and more prosperous America.

    What you get with Obama is alot of uncertain, unproven empty promises and loud TALK, that is all he has proven so far, that he is all talk. Barack Obama was AWOL from all his votes in the Senate! what does that tell you about this man? All talk and AWOL when it matters most, we already HAVE a President like that NOW that we are trying desperately to be rid of, we don't need another one!

    Hillary is the sure bet, where Obama is a huge gamble at a time when we are deep in the hole, a gamble America seriously cannot afford to lose. Common sense needs to dictate this election, we already made the mistake of ignoring common sense with Bush. America cannot make that same mistake again with Obama. Vote for Obama and carelessly gamble on America's currently bleak future, vote for Hillary and vote the sure bet to secure a guaranteed brighter future for America that you can count on, don't be foolish with this vote, America did that with Bush and we see where it has gotten us.

    January 4, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  2. Randy

    I just want to say I totally agree with the very wise poster from Canada Jacob, Brockville, Ontario, you are absolutely right Jacob! well said.

    Also, I agree with Lori in New Jersey that red state hokey Iowa does not decide the candidate. Iowa and any portrayal of their extreme importance as a decider or authority here is all media hype. Learn how the media works, they like getting everyone all in a frenzy over their stories and reports, that is what they do, they do not care who it hurts or how bad they lie, they just want ratings and profits like one big 24 hour TV commercial. Iowa is a nice cozy little farm state of very boring rural Americans with no real culture. What amuses me about states like Iowa is they are the type of states that vote for a President based on whether or not they can "sit down and have a beer with them" great, just who we need to be listening to. We have exactly, all, of the other states to hear from yet, forget Iowa, the real race has not yet begun.

    January 4, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  3. Randy

    I just want to say I totally agree with the very wise poster from Canada Jacob, Brockville, Ontario, you are absolutely right Jacob! well said.

    Also, I agree with Lori in New Jersey that red state Iowa does not decide the candidate. Iowa and any portrayal of their extreme importance as a decider or authority here is all media hype. What amuses me about states like Iowa is they are the type that vote for a President based on whether or not they can "sit down and have a beer with them" great, just who we need to be listening to. We have exactly, all, of the other states to hear from yet, forget Iowa, the real race has not yet begun.

    January 4, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  4. Randy

    I totally agree with the very wise poster from Canada Jacob, Brockville, Ontario, you are absolutely right Jacob! well said.

    January 4, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  5. rick michigan

    notice how much extra coverage cnn gives the obama campain over clinton ever listen to jack cafferty run his mouth he about kiss obamas === feet? sure seem to me that a respectable new person would let the american public make up there own mind we dont need some old geezer trying to make up our minds for us do we if so keep listening to him hell tell you how to vote and who for

    January 5, 2008 03:20 am at 3:20 am |
  6. mark wilkes barre pa

    Randy,,,, ARE YOU KIDDING,,,, your calling jacob a wise poster from canada,,, and the entire state of Iowa boring with no real culture ????. The cliche of a man you could sit down and have a beer with was used in reference to Bill clinton during his years often by much bigger political states with using your comment " real culture " the Iowa caucus will pale in comparison to other caucuses in the near future I agree,,, but all caucuses are designed to point voters in a specific direction, to lead the Gullable so to speak. For all the caucuses in recent times , there has only been one president elected based on caucus results,, and as cultured as you and those who think like you believe they are, You never used it to damage the one person you might have been able to make" gullable" stick to,,, Look it up Randy you will be shocked at who this president is ,,, You owe the entire state of Iowa an apoligy

    January 5, 2008 06:58 am at 6:58 am |
  7. Duncan, Richmond, VA

    "Hillary is the real hope for change in America"

    I find these comments so sad that I almost weep for our country.. so ignorant of the state of our country, the path we are on and people not being able to see that those like Clinton are part of the problem, not the solution.

    January 5, 2008 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  8. Jen Cedar Falls, IA

    Hillary Clinton would continue the division in our USA that was born during Bill Clinton's years. The Repubs started it after being disgusted by Bill's grotesque use of the Oval Office and the Democrats have been driving the hate train against the Republicans since Bush narrowly beat Gore in 2000.

    Let's get out of this trap of hate and get a uniter, a neutral (not good ole Washingtonites) but appropriately intelligent President that can help us:

    SOFTEN OUR ANGER AT EACH OTHER!

    Mitt Romney for the Republicans or Obama for the Democrats.

    THE HATE HAS GOT TO END! And it can't possibly end with the Clinton's in the White House! No way, No how!

    January 5, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  9. Dorothy

    I am a senior citizen and after reading (but not believing) all the retoric about the candidates I have decided most definitely to vote for Hillary Clinton. AMEN

    January 5, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  10. g-dog

    Dorothy, so you have read ALL of the rhetoric about ALL of the candidates and not believed ANY OF IT, so that led you to decide to MOST DEFINITELY vote for Hillary Clinton? Perhaps this clarity of thought is why Hillary is looking to older and less educated women for much of her support.

    The Obama/Clinton ticket will beat the McCain/Romney (or Romney/McCain) ticket in November. It will be closer than anticipated, even with the antiBush sentiment in the country, in part because of racism and sexism. Of course, perhaps this election will be somehow stolen. (Hey, it could still happen.)

    Hillary will never accept a vice presidential slot, you say? When Obama wins the nomination, Hillary will be permanently out of the running for the presidency unless she does. If she doesn't, who would back her for another run? It would be like Kerry when he tried to run again this time - laughable, deluded. As vice president, Hillary stays in the spotlight, plus sometimes people around Hillary die. If she doesn't accept it, how long before she ditches Bill the profligate in favor of her lovely personal assistant Huma Abedin?

    January 5, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  11. Dorothy

    g-dog, I want to thank you for pointing out that I am older and less educated than my younger women. I have been around much longer than I would like to mention but I do have all my senses. We need a big change and you can't get any bigger than a female in the White House. She said it all when she made the remark that " A Clinton had to clean up after a Bush in the past and a Clinton will clean up after this Bush" . Let me also say I do have a good education but I don't have to lower myself to a word match with anyone. I am still voting for Hillary!!!!!!!

    January 5, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  12. JCTLOVE

    ONE 1 % OF DIFFERENCE IN IOWA IS NOTHING,
    MANY COLLEGE STUDENTS MEMBERS OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY
    WENT TO VOTE FOTR BARACK OMABA,
    IN ORDER TO CREATE A "CHANGE" OF THE COURSE OF THE ELECTIONS?
    THAT WILL NOT HAPPEN IN NEW HAMPSHIRE,YOU WILL SEE ON TUESDAY!

    BESIDES THE MAYORITY OF COMENTS POSTED AGAINST HILLARY CLINTON IN CNN AND FOX ARE DONE BY MEMBERS OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY .

    January 6, 2008 05:58 am at 5:58 am |
  13. Loulou

    Obama is the the man behind the man and the woman.
    he is a better speaker than Hilary, young full of hope for everyone.
    hilary is passe for god sake.
    obam also embrace his blackness by marying a black woman..
    he is not those black men eery time they make it big like clarence thomas, Tiger woods, and others marying Whites to forget where they from..
    obama is a man of character.. he is a true Brother.. i love him very much.
    he should be the Presidnet of Unite States of America..
    those racist in new hamshire who fear voting for him are just Freaking biggot from old school.
    Hilary she is a nut crak who burst in tears in front of millions so she can get wha she wants.. typical women nut case.. she is a nut case..
    she thinks becoming a president of such big country she is going to cry and
    burst in tears when the going get tough ..she should get the hell out of there.. go nitting..something.. to Bill

    loulou

    January 9, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  14. G. Cole

    LouLou we can see that you need a man to lead you, but thats not how you should vote. Name something that Obama has done for this country other than marry a black woman and make a speech. Okay, Hillary Clinton Married a white man, and she and her husband together did things for your black community that Obama could not even think of. She helped to create the SCHIP insurance prorgam. Thats State Health Insurance that your kids or grandkids are using. They cut the welfare rolls in half via training programs to get these poor women off of the welfare rolls. They sent states money to put 100,000 new cops on the streets in your dangerous communities. Created the most jobs for blacks in the history of your exsistance. And dont talk about the work they have done to stop AIDS, a disease that overwhelmingly plagues your comminity, so before you get on your pro black hi horse, you should try and remember what a white couple has done for your family. Vote Billary.

    January 15, 2008 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  15. Kloe

    I agree with G. Cole!! Obama has done NOTHING!! The comments in this stream appear to be from people that have not done their homework.

    January 28, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
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