December 18th, 2007
05:50 AM ET
14 years ago

Clinton gets emotional

The Clinton campaign is aiming to show a softer side of the New York senator.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Democrat Hillary Clinton got visibly emotional at an Iowa campaign event Monday morning designed to showcase a softer side of the New York senator.

Flanked by childhood friends and constituents who each offered testimonials on the Democratic presidential candidate, a glassy-eyed Clinton spoke noticeably softer than most past appearances on the stump.

"It is very exciting for me to have so many of my friends from my entire life who have come out here, to talk with Iowans, to answer questions, to give you some insight and information about our relationships, about what I've been trying to do my entire life, and particularly as an adult," Clinton said at a campaign event in Johnston, Iowa Monday.

"What I try to do every day is figure out how to help somebody,” she said later in the event. “You can try to help somebody every single day, and I’ve tried to do that as a public servant, as an activist, and now as a senator."

The event coincides with a new campaign Web site - www.TheHillaryIKnow.com - that includes videos for several friends, colleagues, and constituents of Clinton's speaking on her behalf.

The event and Web site are all part of an effort to convey a softer image of Clinton, as polls continue to indicate Democratic primary voters view her as less likeable and more like a "typical politician" than her chief rival, Barack Obama.

A spokesperson told CNN the site will help round out what caucus-goers don’t know about Clinton. “You want voters to have the fullest portrait of your candidate possible when Election Day comes around and that’s what you’re seeing us doing right now.”

The surrogates from the Web site will be fanning out across Iowa and telling their stories over the next three days on Clinton's "Every Caucus Counts Tour."

Earlier: Clinton campaigns with mother, daughter

- CNN's Alexander Mooney and Alexander Marquardt


Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Iowa
soundoff (477 Responses)
  1. Jei, Manila Philippines

    I am not even an American but I couldn't agree more that Sen. Clinton has been seen more as a "politician" than a "public servant" these past few caucuses/meetings. I work in the outsourcing business and it really worries me that when "she" gets to be the Democratic Presidential candidate and she wins, that she might start taking back offshore business back to the US. I really hope she looks at things on a more economic perspective, more savings for US companies means more business expansions back there home for you guys! I'm sure she has her reasons but it is just not that clear for us you work in this business back here in the Philippines, or other major "outsourcing" countries out there.

    December 17, 2007 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  2. Julie, RIchland, WA

    Hillary is a great leader. She is intelligent and strong and has awesome leadership skills. She will make a great president and is a great role model for young women. Go Hillary!!!

    Julie

    December 17, 2007 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  3. Rosie, NYC, NY

    Great!!
    Now... the queen wants to cry her way into the White House. Let's all vote for Poor Hilary whose crying ability and experience qualifies her for the Presidency of the United States of America!!

    December 17, 2007 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  4. Carol, MD

    Cue Streisand: "People. People who need people..." Some of this speculation is unfair. Every candidate feels a little farklempt now and then. It's a long haul for most of them.

    December 17, 2007 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  5. Jei, Manila Philippines

    I am not even an American but I couldn't agree more that Sen. Clinton has been seen more as a "politician" than a "public servant" these past few caucuses/meetings. I work in the outsourcing business and it really worries me that when "she" gets to be the Democratic Presidential candidate and she wins, that she might start taking back offshore business back to the US. I really hope she looks at things on a more economic perspective, more savings for US companies means more business expansions back there home for you guys! I'm sure she has her reasons but it is just not that clear for us who work in this business back here in the Philippines, or other major "outsourcing" countries out there.

    December 17, 2007 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  6. Rob Houston, TX

    These first 8 posts show how misinformed and judgmental Americans are. They know little other than what they hear on talk radio or read in the news media – most of which is not accurate and a lot of which is not true.

    ....insert worthless drivel....

    You reveal your stupidity with every word you post.
    Posted By Jon, Pittsburgh, PA : December 17, 2007 3:32 pm

    You sir, pay too much attention to the media and their pandering to get Hellary the Democratic nomination. The only feelings this heartless robot has is what her political consultant tells her. She is fake. These "scientific polls" that put her in the lead time and time again sicken me. How can 1000 voters represent A NATION? IT CAN'T!

    WAKE UP AMERICA! DON'T LISTEN TO THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA LIKE THE TWO PARTIES WANT YOU TO! MAKE YOUR OWN INFORMED DECISIONS. Stop this partisan political policies and start voting based on actual beliefs, not what is popular at the time of the press release.

    December 17, 2007 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  7. William, South Amboy, NJ

    This morning on CNN, Kiran Chetry asked Hilary Clinton "What makes you get teary?" in reference to Obama getting teary-eyed during a recent campaign stop.

    So are we supposed to believe this is just a coincidence from someone who is so calculated?? If so the American people are as dumb as I feared.

    December 17, 2007 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  8. Marti, Plano, TX

    Typical sexist junk. None of the men running for president have to show their softer side.

    December 17, 2007 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  9. Major Man, Petersburg, VA

    Sen. Clinton is 60 years old...it's ridiculous that her mother and friends are having to "prove" how warm, nice, and tender-hearted she is.

    A sixty year old woman should never have to explain her softer side. If she had one, it would show.

    December 17, 2007 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  10. Banko

    You can foul the people, but you can not foul the people all the time.
    The Clintons will do anything to snatch power again.

    December 17, 2007 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  11. Gail, Novato, CA

    I'm really impressed with the coordinated assault on Hillary. I've concluded it is a combination of Obama supporters and Republicans who are scared to death that their candidate will have to face Hillary. The Obama campaign is in full throated attack on Hillary so Barack can take the high road while his internet team takes the low road. Shame on you.

    December 17, 2007 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  12. Leo, Mesa Arizona

    I am certainly no Hillary hater and I really don't like seeing these 'extreme' posts against her. All they do is make those who love her, love her even more. If you wish to get negative toward Hillary then show some evidence. Talk policies, issues, etc. On the other hand, those Obama haters really need to take a look at Hillary's opponent. He's no dummy. Obama and his wife are Harvard grads and very dedicated and intelligent. He's a very good speaker too. At least investigate his record before making a rash decision. Go to barackobama website and read about this man and the life he has built. Obama is truly a good man, and what this would do to all people who scream 'racism' or 'prejudice'! This is an incredible opportunity to put our differences aside and give this devoted and knowlegeable man a chance to run for president. GO OBAMA!!! Thank you.

    December 17, 2007 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  13. Anthony Mason, Bronx, NY

    Sweet heather! This woman's so fake is makes me want to cringe. Go home Hillary! and leave our gracious Empire State alone. Go back to Arkansas, or chicago.

    December 17, 2007 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  14. Claude calgary tx

    Come on people, Hillary must think the electorate is a bunch of fools! Whats the the difference between a Shark and Hillary out of water? nothing both will FLIP FLOP, and if you get to close they will BITE you!!!! I am voting for the wolf in sheep clothing. I am for Obama and his Obama girls!!!!

    December 17, 2007 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  15. Erika Columbus, Ohio

    Authenticity....that's what the American people have been asking for in a president for the last 8 years. This is truly disappointing that HRC is LOSING her character in order to GAIN respect and votes. Although I respected the Clinton's in the 1990's, It is time to turn the page to a new chapter in American politics and ideologies. Frankly, HRC needs to get off the coat tails of Bill, and tell the american people WHAT EXACTLY IS YOUR 35 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE?

    For many reason's the old establishment candidate is not working.

    Obama through this entire process has not forgotting his values or character, and that is something the American People can appreciate more than anything else.

    December 17, 2007 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  16. Scott, Fairport, NY

    Oh boy...what will she try next?

    December 17, 2007 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  17. Sean, Portland, OR

    Man, Billary will do absolutely anything to manipulate people. At least when Bill did it he was a good enough liar to make it look real. God help us Dems if she wins the nomination.

    December 17, 2007 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  18. Mike, Montreal, Quebec

    It seems that you will not be voting for Hillary as President any more but "Bill". He has now stepped up and is on the offensive. In 1992 Hillary was baking cookies. In 2008 Bill should be shovelling the driveway.
    It is clear that if Hill gets to the White House it is Bill who will be master of the house.

    December 17, 2007 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  19. Carrie, New York, NY

    She shouldn't have to work this hard to convince people she's personable. If she thinks that people are going to fall for a stunt like this she's crazy.

    It's times like these where I wish the writers strike would end so Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert can show this on Comedy Central because that's where it belongs.

    December 17, 2007 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    I don't care if you're sad, get out there, suck it up and deal with it!!!

    YOU'RE NOT GETTING PITY FROM ME B/C YOU'RE A FREAKIN FEMALE RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT!!! AND YES ... HILLARY IS YOUR TYPICAL U.S. POLITICIAN!!! CAN'T TRUST ANY OF THEM!!!

    December 17, 2007 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  21. Gracey Knowle, Dallas, Texas

    Does anyone know a good way to get vomit off a computer keyboard? I just couldn't help myself when I read this piece.

    December 17, 2007 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  22. Kimmy

    Wow... to all those Hillary lovers... you are insane to think that she would be our next president, if she did become our next president we know the world is coming to a an end... and very soon. She 's so ridiculous and polarizing. When she is passionate about something it just comes out as anger or bitterness, or as we saw... fake tears. Nice one Hillary no one bought it!!!

    GO ROMNEY!

    December 17, 2007 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  23. Larry

    Hillary is a joke. The dems are in for a spanking come election time if this is the best they have to nominate. Let me rephrase that, – if Hillary is the nominee, and not a candidate like Biden, then the dems are in for a slaughter.

    P.S. Whats with the people posting who actually "talk" to Hillary? Do you think she actually reads this, and will write you back?

    December 17, 2007 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  24. Jeannie Niles, Palm Desert, California

    I find Hillary an amazing woman. She can be tough when needs to be but also shows the warm caring person she really is. It's unfortunate that if she is tough she's an "iron maiden". If a man shows toughness......he has courage. Again, the double standard is still around.

    December 17, 2007 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  25. ahoving

    Stop Hillary, Spare Chelsea

    December 17, 2007 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
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