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 - - 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. theprofessional

    She better be careful or she might start to rust.

    December 17, 2007 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  2. Margaret, SLC, UT

    I am shedding my own tears of Enormous Skepticism at Hillary's "softer side." Most of us suspect that she just wanted to compete with Mitt Romney's recent tear stained interview to show that she is just as compassionate as he is – both involve another great leap in believability.

    December 17, 2007 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  3. Stephanie Copeland, Pismo Beach, Ca.

    Oh, please a softer side?? Hillary Clinton is so manipulative. Who does she think she is fooling?

    December 17, 2007 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  4. hey allons,tn

    hey hillery clinton best candidate for president you all better take a look at the former president richard nixon started higher oil prices and china relations they gave him a panda bear what do you thank he gave china Ronald Reagan gave NAFTA and amnesty george h.bush put NAFTA on clinton desk to be sign in to law but old bill didn't make stupid trade with china we had eight years of good job farm fuel 55 cents a gallon then came g.w.bush has gave america away i'm bet on hillary clinton 08 look how they lyed on john kerry look who we got g.w.bush do-do

    December 17, 2007 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  5. CE, Kenosha, WI

    Softer side of Hillary? Her campaign is decending into bigotry and the worst kind of dirty tricks. Karl Rove must be proud. I was planning to vote for her just a few months ago and now have as much contempt for her as I do Bush!

    December 17, 2007 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  6. ps, Tampa, FL

    Hillary haters: your mind is as devil as the content of your post.
    Go Hillary!

    December 17, 2007 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  7. John B, Dallas, TX

    I think Friday is baby kissing day. Oh... and free hot dogs and balloons for the kiddies. She just might work out as a decent President. She's a true blue Democrat, so we know the programs that will be proposed. Of course, none of it will pass the votes needed. So maybe she will be ineffective, and then there will be another politician taking over in 4 years. No harm done, right? This reminds me of the "bad ole days" of Louisiana politics. So... who will run in 2012?

    December 17, 2007 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  8. Peekay, dallas ,TX

    Never once can you get a candid appearance from the hillary. Bill had mastery over that art. I wonder what it is that sticks upto gore,kerry and hillary. I mean, these people apparently deeply care for america, but yet they come across so rehearsed

    December 17, 2007 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  9. Cory, Pennsylvania

    Give me a break.

    December 17, 2007 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  10. jim shue

    I am so relieved to know that Hillary has tear ducts

    December 17, 2007 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  11. Bob, Brunswick, Georgia

    Tim Sez:

    "Ease off — those of us who grew up in the '60s know a good one when we see one."

    We've had enough of you and your baby boomer ilk. We had to clean up the mess your generation left behind.

    The sexual revolution was fun, eh? Left us with teenage pregnancy, rampant STD's and AIDS. And 'ol Bill, he still can't keep it zipped.

    And you had lots of fun with drugs back then. Left us with a Crack Epidemic and a zillion baby-boomers on prozac. Gee, thanks!

    Why don't you aging pot-heads step aside and let someone younger and more sober take the wheel.

    You've had your time with Bill Clinton and George W – both baby boomers. Wow, two really, really great Presidents, too. Not! And they didn't inhale or anything. Sore.

    Yea, I forgot, you 60's flower children lie like all get out.

    Time for a CHANGE, I say. Time for someone who tells the TRUTH.

    Trading GW lies for Hillary lies is no improvement.

    December 17, 2007 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  12. Ash, New Orleans, LA

    Among current candidates, Hilary Clinton seems to be relatively more polarizing than others. Thus it seems that it would be hard to attract independent voters in her case. This is one important reason which makes her undesirable, given today's Washington climat, every one is looking for a candidate who will unite, and heal. She was asked in last debate about her secracy surrounding her health case proposal (as a first lady). Once again she is not forth coming on issues, takes multiple positions. These are serious issues.

    She has to make up her mind is she candidate having most experience, or now a candidate for change or both!
    She should realize today's voter has lot more exposure to electronic media, TV, internet etc and cannot be taken for granted. One can quickly see who is genuine. She is willing to say what ever is currently desirable, i.e. serious conviction on issues seems to be missing. Clintons want 8 more years in the White House. They are yet to make a compelling case why all other fine candidates should be discarded. Biden, Dodd, Richardson have unmatched experience; Edward is progressive and truthful, and Obama is sincere, articulate, forward thinking, a candidate of dynamic change.

    December 17, 2007 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |

    Every Opera needs a little bit of Pathos to get the audience involved!

    Is Huma Abedin, her so called 'girlfriend', featured in the website? Was she there on stage?

    The writer's strike is just a great time for politicians, all of that talent available to them, and when they're not already busy and flush with cash, why not put them to work?

    December 17, 2007 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  14. Dan, TX

    By Susan Page, USA TODAY
    WASHINGTON — Democratic voters increasingly are focused on nominating the most electable presidential candidate, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds, and Illinois Sen. Barack Obama fares better than New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton against prospective Republican rivals.

    Anyone who says Clinton is more electable than Obama is uninformed, in denial, or is simply a liar.

    December 17, 2007 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  15. Jesse, Burnsville, MN

    If my fellow Democrats nominate Hillary, we deserve a President like Bush.

    Obama/Edwards or Edwards/Obama '08

    December 17, 2007 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  16. Robert Vitaletti, Denver, Colorado

    It was announced earlier in the day that Clinton would embark on an campaign to up her positives and show her "softer side." Later this very same day she is at an event where she becomes "visibly emotional." Could this have possibly been scripted? Please, there is no wonder why people have become cynical about politicians. Manipulating tender human emotions in this way to gain a political advantage is abhorrent and twisted. It may deserve an Oscar, but not the presidency. Shame on you Hillary.

    December 17, 2007 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  17. Joan Nicholson

    Stop criticizing Bill Clinton for speaking up for his wife. All the other candidate's spouses (Mrs. Edwards, Mrs. Obama) put in their two cents and they were not as kind as Bill Clinton was. And I don't think you could call what he said about Obama's readiness (or lack thereof) as an "attack!" Jack, your bias is showing. Calm down.

    December 17, 2007 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  18. not news

    How is this news?

    December 17, 2007 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  19. Erik, Bowie, MD

    Isn't it a bit transparent to have your campaign telegraph that an event is designed to show a "softer side" of your candidate and then have your candidate tear up at the event? What is this designed to showcase, that Hillary can cry on cue? Get that woman an Oscar! Yeah, and I'm still not voting for her. What a load of bull.

    December 17, 2007 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  20. Lia

    Ok. There are plenty reasons reasonable people dislike the Clintons. They absolutely sell-out every progressive cause they supposedly stand for and have never met an ill-gotten gain they didn't love. This latest stunt is additionally disgusting because the Clintons personally went after and destroyed the character of people brave enough to come forward against Slick Willie's sexual harrassment. To think that she's being attacked because she's a woman is ridiculous. She is where she is only because she's woman. There is no reason why she's the best candidate. It's only perception by people who take things at the superficial. And this add is for them. I'm hoping it won't work but it probably will given how I never thought voters would stoop so low to put these vipers back in the White House. I'm a democrat and I won't vote for HRC if she gets the nomination. GO ANYONE ELSE!

    December 17, 2007 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  21. Danielle Clarke Phila Pa

    Im saving this blog for everytime i want a good laugh ROFLMAO

    December 17, 2007 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  22. William Courtland, Waterford, Ontario

    I know that the party system is like the comforter that surrounds you when you wake up, but one can not get anything done while remaining in bed.

    The party system is not constitutional.

    Looking down you realize that the comforter is the flag of your country. Not a sense of pride, but a token of commercial interest meant to designate your ship for identification when visiting foreign ports of call when meeting the harbormaster.


    Why use that word when the changes will be based on causality as time provides, options as they have always been, and just a switch of the party label.

    The democratic governments of the world are currently afflicted with multiple personality disorder due to the party system.

    As the partied Governments can not fully function at the highest capacity the money markets now exist in debt; this while The Governments elected officials still gain employ and payment from the federal treasuries and the tax payer, yet the government is equally incompetent due to the party system as any individual ruled in the mind by a multiple personality disorder; they could not manage full function at a high demand work station and it is the same with the governing body.

    I declare those individuals found of the party system unfit for rule and further declare the world democratic government without confidence.

    Those who hold debt while the currency is also in debt hold a positive in mathematics. To prove confidence the stock market must be reigned to understand and control a stock keeping unit which is purchased for wholesale exchange or consumer sale, while that stock market is separated from a market system which handles the flow of capital investment.

    It seems those of the party’s should alter the American flags they bear, sure maybe keep the colors the same, and avoid the look of France’s or Italy’s; imagine electing representatives: the ass or the elephant and how they would treat an individual’s viewpoint.

    What animal did the federalists hold? The lion? Maybe a dragon? or just a nation united?

    December 17, 2007 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  23. Frank Lornitzo Bradford, Vermont 05033

    Does Hillary really believe in "capitalism with a human face"? Is she really going to dissociate from her old neo-liberal and neo-conservative buddies who promote such outrages as privatized water in Bolivia>? Did she ever comment on what she learned and how she differed from Melvin Laird Republican congressman and one time National Chairman of Republicans whom she worked for? In the Senate has she ever demanded rules for labor rights before approving NAFTA agreements? This is really important, not how many family members are sitting on her lap.
    We need to get into the spirit of I.F Stone and investigate real issues.

    December 18, 2007 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  24. Danielle Clarke Phila Pa

    Your all a bunch of Hillary haters those are real tears. I know because i gave them to her after laughing so hard from this blog choke choke choke this is so funny its making me cry

    December 18, 2007 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  25. Lilarose, So. Oregon

    Don't worry fellow Dems, the Republicans are going to be wiped off the face of Earth next November. McCain wants to be president but doesn't plan to end the war–plan on your grandkids getting blown up. Huckleberry is into wife submission and is homophobic, for starters. Let Huck keep talking and he won't be on top for long.

    December 18, 2007 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
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