REPORTERS OUTNUMBER VOTERS AS HILLARY CLINTON OPENS CAMPAIGN IN IOWA

dApril 15, 2015

The National Journal

Comment by Jim Campbell, Citizen Journalist, Oath Keeper and Hillary Destroyer.

“Only a being with a dysfunctional mind would not expect this. 

Come on, name a single accomplishment, and killing people like those left to die in Benghazi and Vince Foster doesn’t count.

fork-in-turkeyLike the turkey she is and always will be, she’s done, stick three or four forks in her. “

The National Journal

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Who painted the smile on “Ms. Chubby cheeks?”  Could she be a bigger fraud?

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Hillary Clinton hits economic themes in her first meetings with Iowans.
By Emily Schultheis

(Justin Sullivan / Getty Images)

April 14, 2015 MONTICELLO, Iowa—

Hillary Clinton may have been speaking to just 22 people here at her Iowa kickoff event, but the now-official 2016 candidate was looking far beyond the voters in the room when she outlined in the clearest terms yet the rationale for her campaign.

“A lot of people in the last few days have asked me, ‘Why do you want to do this?’ and ‘What motivates you?’” Clinton said at the event. “And I’ve thought a lot about it, and I guess the short answer is, I’ve been fighting for children and families my entire life. … I want to be the champion who goes to bat for Americans.”

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Clinton named four areas of focus for her campaign: building the economy up “tomorrow, not yesterday,” strengthening families and communities, fixing the country’s “dysfunctional political system”—including getting “unaccountable” money out of the system—and protecting Americans from external threats.

It was her first time in Iowa since visiting the state during the 2014 midterm elections—and her first as a candidate since January 2008 on the eve of the Iowa caucuses. And the small, by-invitation-only format reflected her team’s explicit focus on more-intimate meetings with voters as Clinton tries for a second time to win the Democratic nomination.

Gone are the soaring speeches and the big rally crowds, swapped out for roundtable discussions and meet-and-greets with local activists.

But the dozens of reporters both in the room and chasing after her van outside were a reminder of just how difficult it will be for one of the most recognizable public figures in the world to hold events that truly feel intimate.

On Tuesday, for example, Clinton was seated at a table with just seven other people for the discussion, with an audience of another 15. But those Iowans were far outnumbered by the dozens of reporters who were bunched together behind a thin yellow rope at the back of the room.

Indeed, despite some limits on the number of press credentials handed out by Clinton’s Iowa team—each outlet had one person in the room, and national television and photography was pooled—it still was a big group.

Bigger yet was the press crowd outside, where reporters who weren’t admitted to the event chased Clinton’s van when it first pulled up here, contributing to the feeling of a media circus surrounding the former secretary of State’s Iowa launch.

Disclaimer: This article was not written by Lorra B.

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