Hillary 's Expectations In Iowa
Hillary Clinton, speaking in Iowa today, took a question for the first time from M.E. Sprengelmeyer, who for the past nine months has been covering the presidential race from Des Moines for the Rocky Mountain News.
We wanted Clinton to think back to those days during the campaign when her staff reportedly was suggesting that she skip Iowa altogether, saving her money and precious time for states that will be part of the national mega-contest on Super-Duper Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2007.
Since she has invested substantially in Iowa and still trails Sen. Barack Obama in the most recent polls, did she have any second thoughts about rejecting their advice?
Her answer is below:
No," she told us. "You know, I guess I’ve been in enough campaigns over a lot of years to know that there is no predictability and there certainly is no inevitability. You have to get out and work for every single vote. That’s what I’ve always done. I don’t know any other way to do it."
"That’s what I’m doing in Iowa. You know we’re going to start on Sunday a 99-county blitz. We’re going to have as many people as we can covering this state, making the case for my candidacy, making the argument as to why I’d be the best president and why I would be the best Democrat to beat the Republicans....."
"We’re bringing thousands and thousands of new people into this caucus, people who have never, ever caucused before. They never even registered to vote before. And I feel like it’s really grass-roots democracy at its very best, so I’m having a great time doing it."
"I always knew it would be hard. There’s no surprise about that. I don’t live in a neighboring state. I haven’t been here for years. I didn’t campaign here, because Bill never participated because of Sen. Harkin. So I always knew it would be hard. There’s nothing surprising about that to me. But just because it’s hard doesn’t mean you don’t do it. And I’m happy I’m doing it.”
She sounds pretty confident to me. I think Iowa is especially difficult to poll, as the New York Times explained the other day in The Eccentricities of Iowa.
It's just so hard to tell from all the contradictory news reports -- which is one of the reasons I'm excited about going to Iowa for the caucuses.
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