January 3rd, 2008
09:48 PM ET
6 years ago

Setting the stage for Hillary Clinton

Workers set up the stage for the caucus night campaign rally for Hillary Clinton.

Workers set up the stage for the caucus night campaign rally for Hillary Clinton.

DES MOINES, Iowa – After hours of watching aides tweak the podium and pace the press area, the crowd has finally filed into the ballroom at the Hotel Ft. Des Moines. Dolly Parton's "9 to 5", a Clinton campaign soundtrack staple, filled the somewhat subdued room.

The ballroom is small and will pack fast. One assumes the temperature will rise from chilly comfortable to summer in Iowa.

Red, white and blue lights sit behind the curtains to give the old-fashioned space a patriotic glow. When Hillary Clinton emerges to speak to the crowd later this evening, she will do so in front of a large "Ready for Change, Ready to Lead Banner." There is a long tiered platform behind her posing the possibility that supporters and family members will stand behind her.

Reporters, producers and photographers are crammed on the riser trying to make nice, although there's already been a food spill and a hot light clipped a journalist as it tipped over. One imagines camaraderie will fade when the candidate takes the stage and the whole press corps surges forward to get the shot.

–CNN Senior Political Producer Sasha Johnson


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  1. Walt, Belton, TX

    j.Page,
    Quit blowing into the paper bag and get a grip. The Clintons only do things that will put money into their bank accounts. Haven't you read anything in the past 20 years?

    January 3, 2008 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  2. Thomas J.

    Those who are "going to the republican" if Obama wins, I say, PLEASE DO. We do not need people like you in the Democratic Party. I'M SURE THERE WERE SOME OF YOU IN IOWA, AND WE STILL WON! There are lots of run in the GOP for the likes of David Duke and you. Once Obama win the presidency, I'll buy a ticket to Saudi Arabia because even the Republican party wouldn't have a haven for your extremist ideology.

    America, love it or leave it. WE ARE LOVING IT, AND WE ARE CHANGING IT!!

    January 3, 2008 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  3. David M

    Obama, What a speech, please run for Prime Minister of Canada.

    David M

    Stoney Creek, Ontario

    January 3, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  4. Liz

    I will vote anybody but Hillary. I can't stand Hillary or Bill.
    I had enough dynasty under Clinton or Bush, although the Bush family is a normal one.

    It's high time for others to have a chance to serve our country.

    January 4, 2008 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  5. P Gabrish

    All the hype from the talking heads on TV and a net difference of 1 delegate between Hillary and Obama. Please remember that the 99% of Americans that don't live in Iowa have some say about who the nominee will be.

    January 4, 2008 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  6. Gil - California

    It is interesting to read everyone say if Obama wins they are voting GOP. Funny, I said the same thing but about a Clinton win.

    Dispite what she claimed in her speech tonigh she has ZERO respect for the military men and women. He was not fit to be my commander in chief even though, unfortunately, I had to serve under his presidency for 8 years. I am now retired from the military but as bad and unworthy as he was, she is worse. No more Clintons, ever.

    January 4, 2008 01:17 am at 1:17 am |
  7. Major Man, Petersburg, VA

    MIKE FROM TX: Michigan and Florida don't count for democrats. New York splits its delegates. Obama rallied with 24,000 in NYC and packed out the Apollo theater. Obama is making rapid gains in California. You know he has all of the southern states (except, maybe, Arkansas) Consider VA, DC, and MD his on Feb 12th.

    It's not too late for you to support Obama. The Texas primary is later in the spring.

    January 4, 2008 02:24 am at 2:24 am |
  8. frankrhone

    glad she lost. Hope she leaves politics in disgrace. Most of the country hates her anyway.

    January 4, 2008 02:43 am at 2:43 am |
  9. Rhonda, TX

    Walt try reading anything instead of getting all of your info from Rush.

    I won't ever vote republican again. they proved they can't be responsible with Bush and now by voting for huckbee in iowa they have show once again how wrong they are. If they followed thier party credo and stopped trying to be morality cops and world cops the republicans would have a decent party...well if they hired a decent accountant its possible anyway

    January 4, 2008 04:23 am at 4:23 am |
  10. pukie523

    Wakeup america we do not need to let an american made Icon talk show host, buy us a president, for real where would he be without Ophah. Take care of your talk show and vote like every other american, stay out of politics, unless you are going to run.

    January 4, 2008 05:47 am at 5:47 am |
  11. Will

    Hillary, and Hillary alone, can snatch defeat from the jaws of a stunning 2008 Democratic victory. She should recognize that there are far too many loyal, lifelong Democrats profoundly worried, in fact terrified, about what she would do to Democratic chances in November if she is at the top of the ticket.

    January 4, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  12. Chris, Middletown, CT

    I read the comments in support of Clinton in disbelief – there is NOBODY that I know of who supports Clinton...at all (I'm serious)

    I need to ask her supporters...

    she's a surgeons wife....you hire the qualified surgeon to work on you...not his wife

    She lived in Arkansas...not NY....bought a house in NY...only to run for office....

    She allowed Bill to constantly have other women during their marriage....as far back as when he was governor....yet you guys support her for "sticking with her man" – he's not hers....point of fact....he belongs to many

    Her message changes daily...
    Support for Iraq War....voted for it too (2007....against "Bushs War")
    Voted to fund Iraq War every time (2007...Republicans have wasted billions in Iraq)
    Supported Governor Spitser's program to license illegal aliens (2007....well....you must of misquoted her double speak)

    What will it take?? Apparently an unclear message promising 800 billion in unfunded entitlements is what the Democrats are looking for....??

    Be a traditional Democrat – John F Kennedy said "ask not what your country can do for you…ask what you can do for your country" –

    I see nothing but promises of a socialist state from the field of Democrats – universal healthcare….800 billion in entitlement spending….gimme gimme gimme….higher taxes (and they don't even blink when saying this) – support of the country choking unions….high pay and great benefits….(and the companies they work for are either folding or moving the jobs overseas) –

    Baffling group of entitlists – go back to traditional Democrats…ASK NOT WHAT YOUR COUNTRY CAN DO FOR YOU (for once)

    January 4, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  13. Anderson

    I do not agree Obama has all the southern states already, I think African Americans will surpise people that believe they are only going to vote for a candidate based on their race. There is nothing Obama is going to do to make improvements amongst poor communities, which is a problem within the African American community. Obama is a change based on his looks and that is not enough for the majority of people. The majority wants somebody that can actually make change not just repeat the word twenty times and not tell us what is meant by that. People that say they will vote or have already voted for obama mentioned that they did or will vote for him because he is fresh and new and a handsome couple. wow, yeah thats going to do wonders for global warming and health care.

    January 10, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
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