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. mark wilkes barre pa

    Thank you Iowains,

    January 4, 2008 05:58 am at 5:58 am |
  2. Lisa

    Hope Hillary doesn't get nasty in her campaigning. America is sick of the attacking. Wouldn't it be nice if people could actually feel good about their choices, rather than believing everyone else is a liar or scam artist? Lets play fair – run on your plan for America and not by trying to trip your competitors and be the last one standing.

    January 4, 2008 05:59 am at 5:59 am |
  3. Dan (Columbia, MD)

    It's not over 'till the fat lady sings.... and Hillary's warming up!


    Face it, Hillary, America wants change and you represent the Old Guard.

    And no matter how hard you try you will NEVER be your husband.

    January 4, 2008 06:07 am at 6:07 am |
  4. DAVE

    A couple of these people making comments can't even spell, "HILLARY". i AM CERTAINLY HAPPY TO KNOW THAT MOST EVERYONE HAS IT FIGURED ABOUT RIGHT!

    January 4, 2008 06:09 am at 6:09 am |
  5. OutsiderWatching

    Accoridng to Hilary, she is going to say at her inauguration, that she will put all the effort to find an alternate energy, and this would send shivers in the oil producing countires. She predicts when the world hears her commitment at her inauguration about ending American dependence on foreign fuel, oil-pumping countries will lower prices to stifle America's incentive to develop alternative energy. Hello!!!!
    Pricing of oil in the world market is not that simple. There are many many reasons for the high oil price today, and the oil price cannot be brought down so easily, or so fast as predicted by the so called "experienced politician".
    Do you want to elect such a naive person as the president of such a great country. Or does she expect all the Americans to be so naive to beleive her? If she doesnt understand the simple economics about the oil prices of today, she should not be anywhere near the presidency of the greatest economy in the world.

    January 4, 2008 06:19 am at 6:19 am |
  6. Kuba

    Hilary is unelectable. She has identified herself over time as a politician. The nation needs a leader.

    January 4, 2008 06:26 am at 6:26 am |
  7. sabree, anchorage alaska

    God Bless America.Most Americans don't give a rabbit foot what color or gender you are. what we care about is that you do your job to the upmost .take care of business. I want say by any means necessary because someone may take it the wrong way. I will vote for Mr. Obama because i beleive he will bring many changes to our great country . i beleive people in other countries would listen to him .that will not be a problem.I beleive that he is just what this country needs. I pray that God Choose this man for the next president of the United State.

    January 4, 2008 06:28 am at 6:28 am |
  8. Voter

    Obama wins in Iowa. Wow.

    Jose: Bush Jr had no real experience before becoming President. He was governor in Texas for a couple of years and I think owned a baseball team.

    Obama campaigns on a platform of hope. HOPE. What the heck is that all about? He's taken a given, obviously ALL presidential candidates are trying to bring hope for change and a turnaround, and made it his ONLY selling point.

    Hope. We're going to end up sitting around singing Kumbayah and waiting for Obama to take action. In the meantime, he's going to flounder around until he realizes that he can't just "Oprah" the nation's troubles away, and end up making pretty speeches about hope and change that never comes, in the HOPE that if he ignores the problem he's not capable of fixing, it'll go away.

    Come ON people. This man has no substance. His every action is in direct contrast to the things he says he'll do. A campaign of HOPE and CHANGE wouldn't have been run in the same smear-style of old Washington. If he really truly wanted to help America, there would have been no ultimatum about it being "now or never". He's got nothing except dazzle and charm, and personally, I would prefer a hard and even unlikable president who knows what needs to be done and has the balls to do it than an empty piece of fluff with a big smile.

    I love this country, man. I really do. But sometimes its people can be so dumb that all I can do is hurt.

    January 4, 2008 06:44 am at 6:44 am |
  9. Jim in Orlando, FL

    Good Bye and Good Riddance Hillary. All the above kool-aid drinkers who keep up the mantra that "only Hillary can provide the necessary leadership" are just left-over lemmings still enamored with the worthless Bill.

    January 4, 2008 06:47 am at 6:47 am |
  10. Nando

    THATS A WRAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! PACK it up and Head to the next Beating!!!!!!!after NH she will be a punchline , The Clintons are DONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 4, 2008 06:54 am at 6:54 am |
  11. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    R.I.P. Here lies an Old School political harpie.

    January 4, 2008 06:55 am at 6:55 am |
  12. jake

    When it comes to experience,Hillary supporters shoulg trim their retorics because Bill Richardson has the most experience. Americans want change and some new ideas that only an OBAMA/EDWARDS ticket can provide. We are tired of the presidency alternating between the Bush and Clinton monarchies. They do not own this country. Hillary just trow in the towel.

    January 4, 2008 07:26 am at 7:26 am |
  13. Vance

    The comment set out by Lori of New Jersey, is demonstrative of why the Iowa Caucus is actually a very good method for selection of the nominees.

    Here in Iowa, we actually have the chance to scrutinize, up close and personal, each of the candidates. Face to face. One on one. We can tell what is in their mind. We have the opportunity to find out who is sincere....an impossible task if you attempt to judge from 30 to 120 second highly-produced ads.

    I certainly do not take issue to Lori's choice of Hillary.. Hillary is an excellent choice (as are the other candidates...all in all, it is a great slate of candidates this year).

    But, please do not be so arrogant to think that Iowan's are not intelligent people because of the choice of the caucus process to determine convention delegates (and contributions to our Democratic platform, perhaps even more important, but maybe you were not fully aware of the process here).

    And, above all, please think twice before you state that we are not intelligent because we do not live in an "expensive" state like New Jersey, California or New York........ Perhaps people who are steeped in such arrogance may not be the best electors of the next president?

    Lori wrote:

    Come on – Why does Iowa always start off the primaries? What makes that state a leader in the decision making for who the whole country should vote for? I don't get it? Give me a break, Iowa is a nothing state with people who don't have much – intelligent people would not live there. They would live in more expensive states like New Jersey! Or New York, or California! Obviously they are not very intelligent since they didn't vote for Hillary and voted for the Muslim guy instead!

    January 4, 2008 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
  14. HILLARY 2008



    January 4, 2008 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
  15. HILLARY 2008

    The country is laughing at IOWANS! Obama is LAZY! did not show up to vote in the senate often in his short time there, missed 130 votes out of 153! bashes ALL the other 72 senators who voted for the war based on the intelligence they were provided by OUR PRESIDENT, but he will not answer any reporter on how we would voted at the time. But his record after fact shows he supports the war, voted twice in 2006 against bringing America's troops back home. He votes for war appropriations giving our money to Halliburton and Blackwater. His latest bit of posturing S 433 allows the Bush Administration to suspend any troop withdrawal!!!!Which if not suspended, still keeps the troops in Iraq for a long time to come? Obama when faced with tough choices always gave in to pressure from the Bush administration or corporate lobbyists. Such as Obama voted for Bush's energy bill, sending more than $13 billion in subsidies and tax breaks to oil, coal, and nuclear companies. Obama voted with Republicans to allow credit card companies to raise interest rates over 30 percent, increasing hardship for families. Obama voted for one of Bush's top priorities – expanding Nafta to South America – even as President Bush obstructed all the top Democratic priorities. Obama voted with Bush to make it harder for ordinary people to hold big corporations accountable when they do things like sell toxic toys, poisonous pet food, or just plain rip you off. Obama was the Senate's biggest Democratic advocate of subsidies for liquid coal, even though liquid coal produces twice the global warming pollution of the crude oil it's meant to replace (Obama "backed off" this position after being pummeled by environmentalists for several months, but still voted for increased subsidies, albeit with conditions)Obama, a Hamiltonian believer in free trade and supporters of globalization has lent his support to the "Hamilton Project formed by corporate-neoliberal Citigroup chair Robert Rubin and other 'Wall Street Democrats' to counter populist rebellion against corporate tendencies within the Democratic Party. Obama provided assistance to pro-war candidates (such as Joe Lieberman). Obama voted for "business-friendly 'tort reform' bill that rolls back working peoples' ability to obtain reasonable redress and compensation...from corporations!!! Obama considers single payer universal health care too socialist and has stated that he prefers voluntary solutions. He has no substance. He has provided no solution to any problem until Hillary, Edwards or even Mitt Romey publically expresses theirs, then he copies, He’s been constantly negative with everyone.

    January 4, 2008 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  16. Jan - Clinton Divorce Soon

    Bill will probably divorce Hillary once he realizes she will not be President.

    There so yesterday.

    January 4, 2008 07:39 am at 7:39 am |
  17. Andy, New York, New York

    1. The vote for Obama is really a vote AGAINST Hillary! People talk a lot about Bush fatigue, after being in office for almost eight years; but they also think a lot about Clinton fatigue, after years in Arkansas, followed by the White House and then back to Washington via the Senate seat Hillary holds in New York.

    2. Hillary also has done herself great harm when she chose to reside in New York, rather than return to Arkansas, after leaving the White House. Dubbed a carpetbagger, she constantly defended her decision as being only interested in serving the wonderful people of New York and not having any ulterior motive for higher political office. Then less than one year after her second win, and less than one week after Barack Obama announced his candidacy, she abruptly changed her mind! This is what made New Yorkers realize she USED US, and this is exactly what she would do if she goes further in this race. This is all about her and Bill, and not about America.

    3. Obama's ethnicity or even Muslim sounding name mean nothing to people who are determined to see change in Washington. Though I'm a Bush backer in the Iraq war and the war on terror, I'm not sure Bush knows how to work with the Democratic controlled US Congress. Gridlock, therefore, is what we have. Obama, despite his race, actually represents the hope Americans have for change, but can he translate that hope into reality? If he can, he will need other Americans to follow Iowans and help vault him to the White House.

    January 4, 2008 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  18. Les

    Hillary will be the nominee for the Democratic Party. Reagan, Bush Sr & Bill Clinton did not win in Iowa, they became Presidents. When was the last time a democratic candidate won in Iowa Primary and become President?

    Iowa is the ONLY state of the Union, voters can cast their vote TWICE during primary election, that's the reason Obama won in Iowa. SECOND TIER voters.

    It is laughable Obama supporters has the notion Iowa is the deciding factor who'll be the nominee for the democratic party. Independent voters and some republicans between the age of 17-29 made Obama win in their state. Other state of the union like Florida, do NOT allow independent voters to cast their vote during primary election.

    To Obama supporters, celebrate this day as much as you can, WE lifelong democrats will CHOOSE who is BEST to represent OUR party, NOT independent voters. It's not going to be Obama, its HILLARY CLINTON who'll represent OUR party for nomination.

    January 4, 2008 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  19. BK, Williamsburg, VA

    Andy, New York, New York

    You hit the nail on the head! I could not agree with you more on EVERY point.
    The Clintons always had a plan and the NY Senate seat was a rung in that ladder. The constituents of NY should feel used by these two. Afterall, it is ALL ABOUT THE CLINTONS, not us lowly people...we're the pawns in their power play. As for Obama, his win does represent a vote against Hillary. In fact, one could say 2/3s of the Iowa caucuses voted AGAINST her!! Furthermore, Obama won in a state with such a low percentage of minorites, it makes you wonder what is possible in the states that have a more favorable demographic in his favor.

    January 4, 2008 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  20. AJ; Montpelier, VT

    What a dismal day for American politics. George W. Bush the second has won the Iowa Democratic Caucus. Obama is all Hubrus over substance. Another empty suit running for the nations top office. And the most startling thing is, he has so many folks in his thrall. If things keep going his way, for the first time in my life, I will most certainly stay home (or vote republican.) The politics of hope? Yes, I hope all right, I hope he gets hit by a bus......

    January 4, 2008 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  21. Linda

    I am a democratic, but if Hillary does not get the nomination, I will vote republican in the election this coming fall.

    January 4, 2008 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  22. Steve

    Thank God George Bush 2.0 is headed toward political obscurity. I really don't care who wins, but I am just worried that she is going to pull some Bushian tactics in NH and SC. Get ready for the racist rumors to start! Oh wait...they already did a while ago...

    Hillary, thanks for the Iraq War, the Patriot Act, No Child Left Behind, your efforts for a war with Iran, consistent spinelessness in standing up against the republicans, and, of course, your warm and endearing personality...but good riddance.

    January 4, 2008 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  23. william walsh columbus ohio

    its not hard to have excitement about your choice in winning a caucus,the reallity is its just that, there is much that can change in the next few months, obama will do well i think,hillery will be ok, edwards will be alright, its just the first of many debates and votes,however, i think the platforms inwhich whoever is going ahead needs to be looked at and if theres change in there status and such, i do feel that the undermining or bashing of your fellow canidates is childish and foolish, that being said, one can only hope that the republican party will see its demise in this comming election,a preacher in the white house? or an old war veteran? i dont think so, one is a war monger like bush the other repeating scripture in the state of the union address? please,we definatley need change,you can pat yourself on the back if your an american (born here raised here) for even making it threw the past 7 yrs, what a stretch, my point being,whoever conceeds of the needed changes that are apparent to all real americans needs to have real backing and advice from quaified people, surley obama does not have the clout of a johnson but with the majority behind him from the people of america then i think anything is quite possible, hillery on the other hand does have connections in the house and congress but she has been in the old school way of thinking for a very long time, if she would use that in a positive way and without regard to make changes then i think she would do fine,a little scary but ok, but i think the real issue from what i can see is whoever is the winner in the end needs to be aware that america will not tolerate another 4 or 7 yrs of a misguided admiistration, i think if in fact one is voted in and changes there course afterwards they should be impeached and proceed to another that has the american peoples interset in mind, that could and would keep a canadate on trac with the devolpment of this country, do not forget, that you and i and every american has the power to go forward or fall back, give this country a president that trys to make the right changes in this defunct prehistoric goverment and no matter who he or she is they would have the nation as a whole to rescue and back them to the death, thats how much we love our country, so i say to you, you pick them if they dont do what they say then we can get rid of them until one does as one should,to better this place,

    January 4, 2008 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  24. dale

    This is to all Canadians and global citizens everywhere – Barack Obama may not be your choice for America – and your opinion really does not matter to the American People – We need a leader who has not been bought and sold by the establishment. Bill Clinton was an excellent president – if he could run again – we would vote for him... But his wife, daughter, sister-in-law or anyone else that wants to use his name to run for President is a USER... Not presidential or a leader.

    January 4, 2008 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  25. WIlly

    Senator Clinton represents the old liberal party nobody wants around anymore. They offer no new positions just President Bush bashing and he’s not running anymore.

    January 4, 2008 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
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