November 26th, 2007
02:55 PM ET
15 years ago

Clinton adds Iowa support

Clinton received her 19th legislative endorsement in Iowa on Monday.

DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN) – With the top-tier Democratic presidential candidates running neck and neck in Iowa, every local endorsement counts. On Monday, the campaign of Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, added to her haul.

State Representative from District 45 Beth Wessel-Kroeschell said in a statement that she's supporting Clinton based on the "depth and breadth of Sen. Clinton's experience and her knowledge of domestic and international issues."

In July, Wessel-Kroeschell introduced New Mexico governor Bill Richardson at a presidential campaign event in Ames, but held off giving an official nod, saying only "We really do have a strong field of Democratic candidates running for president this year," according to the Iowa State Daily.

Clinton currently holds the lead in Hawkeye State legislative endorsements, at 19. Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, has nabbed 16, and Sen. Joe Biden, D-Delaware, has 14.

-CNN Iowa Producer Chris Welch

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Hillary Clinton • Iowa • Joe Biden
soundoff (62 Responses)
  1. nevadamuley Las Vegas, Nevada

    I encourage anyone who is paying over 300.00 a month for health care coverage with a HUGE annual deductable (like mine) to look at the Senator's health care plan.
    It is comprehensive, and will help the 'average' income household afford healthcare.
    It is NOT socialized medicine as some would have you believe!
    Please, look at the plan before you discount its viability.
    And on international issues, Hillary Clinton is the best of ALL the choices, Repubs or Dems.
    I know she will get us back on the path we so detoured from under these power crazy, neocons whose favorite pastime seemed to be trampling our Constution.
    Extreme right wing Repubs are leaving Congress like rats from a sinking ship.
    I'd love to see the great folks of IOWA shout out to the world that this nation is ready for a new march to greatness and that march will be led by President Elect Hillary Rodham Clinton!

    November 26, 2007 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  2. Stephen

    Hillary is so 1990s, we need someone for the current times. Go Obama!

    November 26, 2007 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  3. tired of corruption

    Where is the news that the latest polls show ALL republican candidates beating Hillary. When Clinton was ahead by a few percentage points it was splashed everywhere.

    Yes, and she also has Vilsack. You all remember, the guy whose campaign debts were paid off by the Clintons. The guy that was going to run so that he could claim Iowa for her and then he would drop out. makes you wonder what's behind this new endorsement.

    It's people like the Clintons that give politicians a bad name.

    November 26, 2007 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  4. Jim C,NY

    Daniel.... Wow, I'd love to see the link... Also, in case you missed it on Reuters, MSNBC, etc this morning. Hillary loses to the top 5 Republicans in a newly released poll. NO ONE WANTS MORE CLINONS/BUSHES..... We want to unify this country and move on to dealing with serious issues. If you want the best candidate she's not it, and if you want a winner she's not it. LOSE LOSE She should get used to hearing that.

    November 26, 2007 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  5. Seaman

    I thought she was confident she has the nomination in the bag.
    well it won't make any difference. Go Edward

    November 26, 2007 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  6. Chelsea A. Garen, Vista, California

    Great! Senator Hillary Clinton, keep working harder !
    You are the best, and qualified candidate who is ready to be command-in-chief !

    November 26, 2007 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  7. karen nj

    I have 2 questions – is she going to wear that much make up when she's president? - are the taxpayers' going to have to pay for 4 years worth of make up?

    November 26, 2007 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  8. Chris,boston,ma

    looks like it is Clinton world. It is good the media doesn't elect our leaders!
    Barack 08!

    November 26, 2007 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  9. Lance in Monrovia, CA

    Clinton competitive? Read this brand new Zogby's poll that has Clinton losing to every single GOP candidate, while Obama and Edwards both win against every GOP candidate. The trends have been spiralling down for Hillary since July and slowly upward for Obama in the same period.

    Ask yourself very carefully, who's electable? Also ask, why does the GOP focus so much on Hillary and maintain that she's the defacto candidate? Why are they all sending out mailers in early states complaining about Hillary?

    Because she's the only thing that unites the right and polarizes the left.

    Obama is the future of this nation. He has the right experience, judgement and character to make this country as great as it has been and will be again.

    Obama 08

    November 26, 2007 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  10. Heather, Honolulu, HI

    Obama is statistically tied with Clinton in those polls, too. It's not just good news for Clinton and Obama, it's good news for America.

    November 26, 2007 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  11. Seam, Philly, Pa

    To State Rep Beth Wessel-Kroeschell: What depth of experience are you referring to? Hillary doesn't have that much experience in political office. Being 1st lady is insignificant; otherwise, all prior 1st ladies are just as experienced to be President, and that's not the case.

    November 26, 2007 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  12. JD, des moines, ia

    "depth and breadth " of Sen Clinton's experience? But what has she done in a leadership capacity?
    Posted By Laura Tulsa OK : November 26, 2007 4:04 pm

    I can argue with you till our faces turn blue. But the people have spoken in polls that Hillary has the best leadership qualities of all dems candidates.

    In the recent Iowa poll and also in other state & national polls, Hillary beats Obama and other dems candidates in the following areas:

    a) best leadership qualities,
    b) most relevant experience,
    c) worked the hardest in the state campaign, and
    c) most electable in the next presidential election.

    November 26, 2007 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  13. Chris,boston,ma

    If we are talking of experience here, I think joe bidden has it and other long time candidates....
    Go Obama!

    November 26, 2007 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |

    I wish someone would explain to me what is meant by the "depth and breadth of her experience"

    November 26, 2007 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  15. connie floyd, crockett,texas

    this is great news. hopefully iowa will realize that hillary is who america needs this time in history. we need a fighter! she's a proven fighter, but also she has crossed party lines and won very good legislation that helped NY. i believe she'll do on a bigger scale in the white house. hillary you have my vote and the vote of everyone in my family.

    November 26, 2007 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  16. Aaron Smithsburg, Maryland

    If only we could rewrite history and make her more sexually appealing than Jennifer Flowers. Nothing says Arkansas skank like some of that grape smelling hairspray from the eighties and an endorsement from a bunch corn rustlers who have no opposition to incest cause "at least they ain't ruttin' with mexicans." Come on yeah-all its a hootnanny.

    November 26, 2007 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  17. Mason Myatt

    Not sure to what Laura in Tulsa is referring. Under President Clinton the budget was balanced and the debt paid down. In addition, folllowing the mid-term elections in 1994, Republicans controlled Congress and as I assume Laura from Tulsa knows, tax increases come from the House of Representatives not the WH and certainly not the First Lady.

    If Laura from Tulsa is referring to Hillary's Senate career, again as a Senator she cannot intoduce bills related to spending or the budget and her entire time in the Senate prior to last January the Republicans controlled the purse-strings by controlling the House. Beyond that the increases in governemnt spending since 2001 have been at the behest of Bush and his staffers.

    I do wonder just what grand experience Laura from Tulsa's candidate has. Rudy has no experience outside New York City-a place I bet Tulsans do not seek to emulate. Mitt does not even have control over what he believes or thinks. He cannot lead his own mind. Fred Thompson? Not even a good actor and he has absolutely no notable work to his credit in his 6 short years in public service. He simply strokes the right wing's desire to hear platitudes void of substance.

    Hilllary is smart. She cares about her constiotuency-her biggest inroads in winning a second term came from upstate New York Republicans so that does not suggest a radical agenda to anyone who does not already despise her. She has more experience than any other Democrat or Republican and she gained much of that experience while helping the president she shared the WH with during one of the brightest periods in recent American history whether we are talking about the economy or international relations. People like Laura from Tulsa hate competence in general as evidenced by their most recent votes for president and their continued support of his failed policies at home and abroad.

    Laura from Tulsa, when did you last actually study what is really going on rather than function as a parrot for the politics of fear and irrationality? Can you name a single piece of legislation sponsored by Hillary? Think of the real reasons you feel as you do for the record does not support what you say.

    November 26, 2007 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  18. Janice, Great Falls Montana

    Hillary should stick to her knitting.

    November 26, 2007 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  19. Markie Bee, Sacramento, Calif.

    Yeah, but she's reduced to tears with this poll from Zogby, who spoke to more than 9,000 likely voters. Apparently, Clinton would lose to the top FIVE Republican candidates. Huckabee beats her by FIVE POINTS!!! Huckabee!! That poll has a huge sample and the margin of error is 1 percent. That's the smallest margin of error I've ever seen in politics.


    November 26, 2007 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  20. Ryan, New Jersey

    Where's the depth and breadth? What is it? Someone, PLEASE, show me! I am so tired of this candidate's so-called "experience"!

    November 26, 2007 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  21. Wyatt Medford,Oregon

    Biden 14 endorsements, way to go Biden without as much media attention then Obama and Clinton always get, you were able to get all those endorsements. People can see the real deal with or without the media spotlight ( That gives me hope for a Iowa surprise).

    November 26, 2007 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  22. Dave, Cheverly, MD

    When the Primary is over and Hillary has lost. You CNN can certainly look her in the eye and say, “We did everything we could to get you a win Hillary.

    November 26, 2007 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |


    November 26, 2007 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  24. Anderson, des moines, ia

    The latest Gallup poll shows that Hillary is the only dems candidate electable in the next general election.

    The new Gallup Poll finds Sen. Hillary Clinton is the ONLY dems presidential candidate with an advantage over both former Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Sen. John McCain in head-to-head matchups for the 2008 general election for president. The poll of 897 registered voters nationwide was conducted Nov. 11-14, 2007.

    Note however, a new Zogby Interactive survey shows Sen. Hillary Clinton shows a different result. But, Zogby uses a controversial "interactive" methodology and is not based on traditional telephone polling. The interactive poll surveys individuals who take part in online polls. These online polls are useless as one candidate’s supporters can take part in the interactive poll to manipulate the poll results.

    November 26, 2007 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  25. Eyong Ebot,Gainesville,GA

    the trick is obama is attacking her on her strenghs,that is modern politics.So long as the experience issue fates away ,she will have no record to run on.

    November 27, 2007 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
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