January 3rd, 2008
11:00 PM ET
14 years ago

For Clinton in Iowa - The party is over

CNN's Mike Roselli captured the mood at camp Clinton Thursday night.

DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN) - Long after the local and national TV outlets had turned away from her headquarters, Hillary Clinton was still going.

She worked the stage full of supporters that had assembled behind her. She hugged and shook hands with prominent backers such as Madeleine Albright and Terry McAuliffe and stopped to talk with Iowa surrogates who had become constants on her travels across the state. One woman decked out in full AFSCME regalia commanded the senator's attention until they were practically alone on the stage.

Sen. Clinton descended from the stage and worked the remaining fans pressed against the bunting clad ropeline, posing for pictures and signing autographs. She outlasted President Clinton, not one ever to leave a ropeline early.

Once the candidate had exited the ballroom, the campaign soundtrack looped for the umpteenth time as supporters milled about picking up signs, swilling beer, and posing for pictures at the podium where their candidate had just spoken.

–CNN Senior Political Producer Sasha Johnson

Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Iowa
soundoff (265 Responses)
  1. Ben Deaton

    JON, YOU SAID THE TRUTH ABOUT "THE FAT LADY" Here's hoping she sings better than telling the truth. Have you checked out those legs lately?

    January 3, 2008 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  2. Steve Graves

    I am an Iowan. I participated in the democratic caucus tonight. I observed something that is never brought up in the news. The first polling was Obama 50, Clinton 36, Edwards 32, Richardson 8, Biden 4, dodd 1,kucinich 1, undecided 1....... When all was done it was Obama 58, Clinton 36, Edwards 39

    What I noticed is that none even considered Clinton when their candidate was deemed non viable ( not enough supporters to win 1 delegate to the state convention).

    Also a comment that Iowa is as white as the north pole does not mean much. I have lived here all my life and the vast majority of Iowans are just plain color blind to race. We judge people for how they are not their race or other label.

    January 3, 2008 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  3. JD

    Thank goodness! It gives me hope that the American people are able to see through a phony, ambitious person that is more interested in acquiring power than doing what will serve our country best. How can we possibly trust someone who changes position so readily, all with the obvious goal of being elected to the most powerful position in the world? I have faith tonight that the American people are smart enough to look seriously at the other candidates like Obama, who seem to be genuinely interested in serving the common good, instead of the Washington status quo of serving the powerful interests.

    January 3, 2008 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  4. Scott

    Wow Hillary isn't fake? I seem to remember her giving a speech in the south and out of no where having a southern twain in her voice. I think she said something like, "I don't feel no ways tired". Jeese, she's making a fool of herself out there with her hand to her ear and her ear to the wind she'll say anything just to appeal to voters. I'm not an Obama fan but I'm surely not a Hillary fan and no offense, but I don't think Americans put much stock into what Canadians think or Hillary. I think Americans are tired of having leaders with the last names of Clinton and Bush and welcome any change at all if it's a positive one. Since I've been alive it's been either a Bush or a Clinton, we've been dusting Iraq time and time again like some old fling and going into trillions of debt while nation building overseas. It's time for some kind of change.

    January 3, 2008 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  5. John

    Wow, I'm really excited about what a Canadian thinks about U.S. politics. Also, I love that you think you speak for your entire nation. As for Hillary being honest? Give me a break. Many of us remember Hillary after 9/11 on TV sneering during Bush's address to Congress. In a rare period in history where all of America was united together and transcending party lines (even Ted Kennedy!) she could not help but be her nasty partisan self. What we do NOT need is more partisan ship and Bill Clinton appointed as Supreme Court Justice or Sec. of State. We need a uniter in this nation, someone who will look past all of this divisive nonsense of the last few years. Until we can convince Lou Dobbs to run, we may have to settle for one of these imperfect candidates we have so far been offered, but with all my heart I hope it isn't Hillary.

    January 4, 2008 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  6. Richard

    Iowa is in no way represents the diversie citizenship and complexity of our great Nation. Those who tout the results are only fooling themselves. They are like drivers on a long road trip who drive a few blocks and say that is how the entire trip will be. Wake up people! We've got a long way to go and nobody has won yet. Amen to Jon..

    January 4, 2008 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  7. ana rosales

    John Edwards is the only candidate that can defeat the republican machinery. Obama is simply an opportunist. If he were to win the democratic nomination he will run the chances of the democrats winning the white house.

    January 4, 2008 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  8. Liz

    I think Hillary knew that this was going to happen so she had to plant questions in Iowa.

    January 4, 2008 12:03 am at 12:03 am |

    I cast my first vote for Harry Truman so I have been around for a while. Since then my votes have been 95% for Democrats.
    Even though I was born and raised in Alabama I have always been a liberal who supported Martin Luther King and detested Bull Conner, George Wallace, and other white supremacist's.
    The terrible mess that George Bush has created cannot be corrected by a well meaning amature with some great slogans. Our next president has to be a professional who can work with the best minds in the country to get us back on track.
    I support Hilary Clinton not only because she is brilliant but she has the smartest politician that has come along in fifty years to help her.

    January 4, 2008 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  10. Thomas J.

    Thank you, Maple leaflet, but the U.S. is far from asking Canadians to tell us who to vote for. We are not playing hockey or building snowman here.

    January 4, 2008 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  11. Melody Smith

    Hillary is the real deal! She has the experience and a proven track record to get things done! We can't let Obama who has no experience run against the right we will lose. We need Hillary because she has proven she can take a stand and STAND!!!! against the dirty attacks the republicans will launch....

    January 4, 2008 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  12. Jimmy Frank Carter

    Hillary will win nomination but the point is still the same do we like Bill to be back in White house the big answer no.If hillary was running on her own she will have my vote but as long as she embraces Bill my vote will go to Republican

    January 4, 2008 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  13. PeacePassion

    This country is speaking loud and clear. WE WANT CHANGE!!!! Hillary was over shadowed by Bill, as Huckabee was with Chuck and his wife.

    January 4, 2008 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  14. Luke, CA

    It does not matter whether it is Obama or Hillary. What mattes is change in the white house for better. I hope that change will be a democrat in 2008.

    January 4, 2008 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  15. Mzee Wa-Mzee

    It's about time people saw what Obama is made of. This guy can bring big changes in America. He is electrifying. He is a true son of America. Let the tsunami wave roll America. Change can happen.

    January 4, 2008 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  16. connie floyd, crockett,texas

    Your right Jon, Obama has not been annointed in Iowa tonight. The fight is on now,. Now he better be ready for incoming, not like he's ever been thru before.
    I am a proud Hillary Clinton supporter.

    January 4, 2008 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  17. Texas

    Sorry, I can't get excited about Iowa and there method of voting. They are not representive of the country. Why would we want to put another guy in the White House with no experience. We have already done that and look where thr country is tonight.

    January 4, 2008 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  18. Jerome Prophet

    Iowa doesn't mean much. It earns some media spin for the next week, but it doesn't represent American voters. I like Obama, and voted for him for U.S. Senate. I stood among the crowd in sub freezing temperatures while he announced his bid for the Presidency.

    I have an Obama bumper sticker proudly plastered to the bumper of my SUV.

    He seems like a fine man, and would make an excellent President.

    Having said all that I also have very positive feelings about Hillary Clinton. She's exceptionally bright, and would bring with her a lot of talented people into an Administration which would shift focus on a domestic agenda.

    She's a bit too conservative for me when it comes to Iraq, as we'd probably stay for a long time under her administration, but perhaps she's much more the realist than I am. Maybe no one elected the next President can immediately get us out of the Iraq quagmire, and Hillary is just too honest to pretend otherwise.

    So as soon as I get my Hillary bumper sticker it too will find a place, next to her opponent's bumper sticer on the back of my SUV.

    There's no need to make heros, or villians out of either candidate.

    I'm just hoping one of them wins in the long run, and brings the other in as Vice President too. Now that would be a dream. Two very bright, hard working individuals working to help average Americans. What a change from the horrible President and Vice President we have today.

    One last note: If Hilary is to win, she must be willing to risk. So far she has played it very tight, but I expect that the kid gloves are about to come off – and Obama will feel the heat.

    January 4, 2008 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  19. alex texas

    Hillary????? Honest???? how can you put those two words into the same paragraph and not die laughing. She is the most dishonest of them all. No way she can be an efficient leader because she is running on bashing Republicans and I think that Democrats as well as Republicans we are tired of being divided by political figures like Hillary.
    An Obama/Edwards ticket would be unbeatable!!

    January 4, 2008 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  20. Karen, NYC

    What a mess.... maybe Hillary can pick up the peices.. I mean her rally signs.... give the gal something to do while she wipe those tears away...

    January 4, 2008 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  21. Jenn. Decatur, GA

    Do people in Iowa even have TV? I think they may need some psychiatric evaluations. Are they even part of the US? Are they even true Americans? Why would anyone not pick Mrs. Clinton. We have Hillary and Bill. Two for one deal. Are you people blind! Are you deaf? We get two presidents. Hillary I am behind you 150%! You get out there and kick someXXX! We all know behind every man is always a good woman. We always have to fix everything a man screws up. Not that men are stupid. They just always need direction. Who but a woman can fix this mess that Bush has screwed up? Hillary, get a good nights sleep, you are gonna need it! Clinton 08'!

    January 4, 2008 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  22. Gem

    Clinton staff said before it will be tough for her to win IA and wanted to focus on another state but she wants to campaign and keep up in IA. Third is good. It's not over til it's over.

    I'm confuse with their democratic caucus. You can be persuaded to switch if the person you voted gets less than 15% of the vote. If it's a straightforward vote Edwards wins and Clinton gets 2nd place.

    January 4, 2008 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  23. Michael

    Write it down....if New Hampshire makes the same bone-headed mistake that Iowa has made tonight...and helps springboard Obama to winning the Democratic ticket....you can sure as hell bet that a Republican will be in the White House again. Obama for President...sounds good...just like "making a mistake for the third straight Presidential election".

    January 4, 2008 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  24. Danny G. Boca Raton, FL

    I listen to all candidates speeches and I believe that Sen. Obama believes his destiny is the white house, he has the momentum and the hopes of a lot of supporters. I believe that Sen. Edwards will become even more nasty than he ever was and I believe that Sen. Clinton showed absolute class in her speech when she thank both senators for a great campaign. these are good people that have sacrificed a lot. if Sen. Obama is to win I hope all of you clinton-haters can at least respect her for her work ethic and her class and her sacrifices for this country. I choose to believe the fight is not over, this is just the beginning. I congratulate Sen. Obama and whish him well, but my support is still with Sen. Clinton.

    January 4, 2008 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  25. John

    Hopefully, Iowa will not control the final result of the Democrat primaries. There are so many voters in the US who have not made their preferences known.

    January 4, 2008 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
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