October 21st, 2007
08:38 AM ET
15 years ago

Clinton: I'm no frontrunner in Iowa

Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, campaigned in Iowa Saturday.

DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN) - Democratic White House hopeful Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, said Saturday that she looks at her campaign as if she were "ten or twenty points behind."

Clinton–ahead in the latest national polls by as much as 30 points–made the comments to reporters when asked if she considers herself the frontrunner in Iowa, a state where she holds a much smaller lead.

"No," Clinton said. "I consider myself someone who's working as hard as I can everyday to earn the support of Iowans, and that's what I'm going to keep doing."

"I'm well aware that no one has voted. No one has caucused. We have a long way to go before that happens and I don't take anything for granted."

In the latest Des Moines Register poll among 399 likely Democratic caucusgoers Clinton was in the lead in the Hawkeye State with 29 points. Former Sen. John Edwards, D-North Carolina, sat at 23 points, and Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois followed closely with 22. The margin of error was plus or minus 4.9 percentage points.

-CNN Iowa Producer Chris Welch

soundoff (161 Responses)
  1. Dave, Alpharetta, GA

    I am happily VOTING FOR HILLARY! She is smart, flexible, experienced, progressive and determined. Everything that Bush, nor her candidate counter-parts, is not.

    October 22, 2007 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  2. AJ, Chicago IL

    Although, I'm not a Hillary supporter the polls probably do reflect a current majority Clinton voters. I don't put any stock in the numbers, howeverI do in the sentiment generated by such polls. All these Hillary supporters talk about her experience, passion, knowledge, and temper to be President. First and foremost, Hillary has exposure to the US Presidency not experience. The only official policy she was involved in was leading Bill Clinton's national health care plan in which she failed miserably. How many of the pollsters are supporting Hillary because of Bill Clinton? Americans do your research! Hillary's time in the Senate and prior career experience does not lead me to believe she can be President. If she can't keep her own house in order (cheatin' Bill), I doubt she would have more success in the White House.

    October 22, 2007 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  3. Stephanie, Lancaster, SC

    I'm one of those African American women that the Clinton campaign seems so sure of. I don't know who they're talking to but I don't know anyone who supports Hillary Clinton. She needs to check her polling.

    October 22, 2007 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  4. Ken Dukes, River City, Iowa

    Google all the quotes by 'BaracktheVote, Des Moines, IA' you will find he made them all up except this one:

    "The unfettered free market has been the most radically disruptive force..."

    If you want to know what an 'unfettered free market' is like, ask your grandparents about the Great Depression.

    October 22, 2007 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  5. Brian, Austin TX

    Exactly it's still just as much an open race on the side of the democrats as it is the republicans. This notion that Hillary is the frontrunner because the "polls" say so is ridiculous. Obama is far more electable and could put those "conservative" liars in there place during any debate. I am supporting Obama go to http://www.barackobama.com to find out why. NO HILLARY AND NO REPUBLICANS IN 2008!!!

    OBAMA '08!

    October 22, 2007 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  6. Monte Brown

    Hillary Clinton will win in Iowa. Hillary will be the best president in the history of the United States. Denial will get us nowhere as a nation. Instead of aiding and abetting the right wingers with their hate we all need to support Hillary Clinton for the change we NEED. Hillary Clinton is the most qualified, the most experienced candidate and she's READY TO LEAD.

    October 22, 2007 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  7. Dennis, Anchorage, Alaska

    We're rooting for you Hillary! Good job for you. I'm excited about your hopeful presidency and sick of all your hopeless haters!

    October 22, 2007 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  8. r.e. lowe allons, tn

    thank god for hillery clinton because the american people has ben throw to the wolf under the g.w.bush republican administration my opinion i thank i'm aloud to say?

    October 22, 2007 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  9. Raj, Dallas, Texas

    Folks, the new zogby polls shows that 50% will never vote for hillary. In modern political times, never a candidate has won with such a negative number. Rudy guiliani or even Mike Huckabee has a good chance to beat hillary clinton. yes, you heard it right. Mike Huckabee is growing so fast. I am not a supporter of him but more and more I hear him talk, he seems to be making inroads into republican party.

    October 22, 2007 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  10. s. katz central nh

    Hillary is 20 or 30 points behind ..

    If Al Gore jumps in.

    October 23, 2007 02:03 am at 2:03 am |
  11. Honestly, Tx

    She's going to finish third in Iowa, of course she's not the frontrunner, she has no chance of getting the nomination. If she did, it would be President Huckabee or Thompson...

    October 24, 2007 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
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