December 20th, 2007
10:00 AM ET
15 years ago

Iowa Sec. of State endorses Clinton

DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN) - Sen. Hillary Clinton picked up the endorsement of Iowa Secretary of State Michael Mauro Wednesday, during a campaign stop in Des Moines on her “Every County Counts” tour.

Mauro said there’s a good field of candidates but told the cheering crowd at the South Side Senior Center that “it’s about who can come in on day one and make this work. Sen. Clinton can come in on day one and make this work.”

Clinton said Mauro’s introduction was very valuable and thanked him for his advice and suggestions. She sits atop a new CNN/Opinion Research poll in Iowa with 30 percent, followed by Sen. Barack Obama at 28 percent and former Sen. John Edwards at 26 percent. The margin of error is plus or minus four percentage points.

- CNN Political Producer Alexander Marquardt

Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Iowa
soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. anon New York, NY

    Barack Obama has the support of Iowa's attorney general and treasurer.

    Obama is also backed by former state party chair Gordon Fischer, who said that Obama is more winnable in the general election.

    Recent polls back up Mr. Fischer's reasoning. Sen. Obama polls better in the general election in both Iowa, but nationwide as well.

    December 20, 2007 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  2. Brian, Syracuse NY

    Hillary doesn't "sit atop" a poll if her lead is well within the margin of error.

    If you need someone to analyze your statistics and write objective reports, CNN, I'm available...

    December 20, 2007 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  3. Jason, CA

    Clinton is in the lead of all three latest Iowa polls.

    December 20, 2007 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  4. Ron, TX

    What does "ready on day one" mean exactly? How is someone not ready on day one? Will they be ready by day three?

    I mean, sure, she might be ready to lead on day one, I think all of the candidates have a certain amount of leadership ability...

    But ready to do WHAT on day one? Start more fights with Republicans? Throw her health care plan in the trash? Continue her war-hawkish foreign policy of "aggressive" diplomacy? Ready to not give a timetable for leaving Iraq? Ready to not talk to foreign leaders directly? Ready to unleash more scandals on America? "Ready on day one" is a joke. Tell us what you're ready to DO instead of slandering your opponents...

    December 20, 2007 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  5. Renee St.Louis

    Now this does it they MAurois going to swing it for Hillary. I hate the Clintons they will lie and cheat with such ease.

    December 20, 2007 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  6. Yolanda, SC

    fired up and ready to go!
    fired up and ready to lead!

    she is on a roll again..keep it up Senator Clinton for all of us. we can't wait for you to make history in this great country that values equality and break the gender barrier and become the first women to be the leader of the free world.


    December 20, 2007 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  7. George,Atlanta,GA

    I am a hillary supporter. When I hear of endorsements, I tend to go and google the person endorsing and you know, some endorsements are just so minor for cnn to put it up. I have read other candidates major endorsements that I don't see here on CNN. I am wondering if this will hurt hillary by being so much unfair to other candidates.

    December 20, 2007 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  8. hmmm...OKLAHOMA

    I find it interesting that many Clinton supporters suffer from memory loss when it comes to their "backed horse" in this race:

    a. Former President Bill Clinton is the only president in the history of this country to actually be impeached while in office.

    b. The only significant plan Mrs. Hillary Clinton has pushed for, Universal Heathcare, failed miserably in the 90's (oh, and that she hasn't learned from that mistake because Bill came out and said it was his fault the plan failed).

    c. She plants questioners in the audience and has pre-rehearsed answers to the questions (seriously, if you watch the planted question asked of her by the college student, she begins to answer with "this question is asked of me all over the nation, namely by college students and children")

    If her husband is a proven liar and she's chosen to "stick with him," why would she be any different? Please don't be naive, vote for something other than the establishment.

    ps. I am neither republican or democrat, I am an independant. I will vote Obama in the primaries because I believe he is honest, but who in the general election? That remains to be seen.

    December 20, 2007 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  9. AJ, IL

    The Iowa Sec. of State is not endorsing Hillary, he is endorsing Bill Clinton. Hillary Clinton has neither the contacts nor experience to operate as president on day one. Bill Clinton is the one who has the contacts and experience to operate on day one. Hopefully, Bill Clinton stays in good health by Nov 2008 or else we could be looking at another four years of Republican presidency incompetency if Mitt or Rudy get in the White House.

    December 20, 2007 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  10. Mark, Washinfton, MD

    It must be tough for Obama and Edwards because they are competing against the establishment candidate-Hillary Clinton. It will be a miracle if either Obama or Edwards defeats Hillary. Changing status quo is never easy. People are used to familiar names.

    It is only the people of Iowa who will decide, but with all these endorsements and the magic of Bill Clinton in play I can only hope and pray that the caucus goers embrace change and vote for Obama or Edwards. It would be a great day for the Party and the country.

    December 20, 2007 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  11. Ginny, Byron, CA

    Terrific!! Good news for Hillary just keeps rolling in! She's earned it by her years of dedicated service, and years of taking it on the chin by the Republican Attack Machine (and now Obama's supporters). She kept her cool, forged ahead, kept her eye on the ball, and ignored the naysayers. We are lucky to have her.
    "Madame President" I love the sound of that. Go Hillary!!

    December 20, 2007 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  12. Willy, Chesapeake, VA

    Mrs. Bill Clinton wants you to refer to her as Hillary so you can warm up to her and hide the fact she’s a Senator from New York that has no proven record. Senator Clinton is the candidate not Hillary from the Bill Clinton era. Remember that!

    December 20, 2007 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  13. Beth & Jeff Chicago, IL - HILLARY IN 2008


    She's the only one who can "roll up her sleeves and clean up the mess" left by the GOP — NOT dreamer boy!!

    Or vote Biden or Richardson b/c heaven help our country if the newbie gets elected – who isn't even wise enough to realize what he DOESN'T KNOW yet; let alone play pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey in the Oval Office –> He clearly could have waited until 2012 or 2016. He's only 47, but he's such a baby that he's demanding to be King now 🙁 Sadly the great Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Senator Obama is certainly NOT!! AND Oprah should stick with her own life and hawking her Book Club (which she can't even get right all the time either).

    Senator Obama wants to raise the minimum age to receive maximum Social Security benefits! How much longer will our parents and elders have to wait to retire? And how much longer will we have to wait for our turn?

    NO MORE having to explain to our children – why it's (NOT) OKAY for the President Of Our Nation to do drugs!!! It's time to take back our country and make America proud again.



    December 21, 2007 10:27 am at 10:27 am |


    December 21, 2007 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |