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"I Could Have Had a Baby in the Time I've Been Campaigning"

A voter in Iowa gave Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton some advice on Tuesday: to tie her shoes.

Noticing the senator's unsecured footwear, a woman in the audience took the microphone and asked her to fix her shoes to avoid tripping and falling. Clinton laughed, then pointed out she had bought the moccasins at the Fort Dodge Museum Gift Shop (of course! Another nod to Iowa!). Then she answered the voter's substantive complaint, that elections have become too extended. Clinton said that if she could, she would shorten the process, noting that her husband had only just announced his candidacy at roughly this point in 1991.

"I could have had a baby in the time I've been campaigning," Clinton said.

The extended campaign continues for Clinton in Iowa, as she rolled along on her "middle class express" tour. She proposed a retirement savings program that would give workers a matching tax cut if they invest in an account designed to expand current 401(k) programs. Clinton ruled out privatizing Social Security, as she has in the past, and promised to strengthen the existing government program if elected president. But she said she would encourage taxpayers to save for their retirements through new, portable accounts that would ease savings efforts, particularly for women who enter and leave the workforce, small business owners, and the self-employed. Her campaign described it as one of her most important domestic policy initiatives to date.

After her speech, given in Webster City, Iowa, Clinton took questions from the audience. Her campaign had suspended question-and-answer time for a brief spell following tough questioning from an audience member on Iran on Sunday. On Tuesday, she fielded queries about exorbitant campaign costs, health insurance company regulations and Iraq.

As Clinton and her team canvass Iowa, her campaign has some Hollywood help as well. Director Rob Reiner--who's dipped into politics on the big screen before with "Primary Colors" and "The American President" --is featured in a campaign video urging volunteers to "give it a real knock" while going door-to-door on the Senator's behalf.

--Anne E. Kornblut

By Washington Post editors  |  October 9, 2007; 12:27 PM ET
 
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Great video by Rob Reiner. He was around alot with the volunteers for Dean and he kept things really fun.

Someone asked about a video of the "tough" Q&A with Hillary.

If you wanted it to be juicy, you're going to be very disappointed. The audience gave her TWO hardy rounds of applause as she was answering the young man. Go take a look on CNN.

Posted by: freespeak | October 9, 2007 8:42 PM | Report abuse

"But Joe Biden voices my most recent concern about HRC:
"The idea of giving the president an excuse to be able to go to war with Iran I found absolutely mindless," he said. "I was dumbfounded when Hillary voted for it"

Why does everyone keep framing it as a excuse to go to War when it is congress who has the power to dictate if the President can go to war when there is not an emergency? People keep forgetting that we are dealing with a hostile nation. In addition Iran is exacerbating out efforts in Iraq which will make it even more difficult for us to withdraw as soon possible unless measures are taken to sanction Iran and make it harder for them to support the violence in Iraq at our expense. It is unfortunate that the Bush administration is leading the policy but Senator Clinton vote(along with others) is addressing a very important issue in getting us out of war. To try to politicize it by turning into an idea of giving Bush the power doesn't address the issue of dealing with Iran and Iraq in a way that gets America out of Iraq and pushes Iran to the backburner.

Posted by: Cord1 | October 9, 2007 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Josh...the point is of course she knew she was going to run...since before Bill left the White House! The point is the woman is a liar...she refused to answer or said she had not decided or she just wanted to be a good senator, etc.,....however she has had two terms and has done nothing except behind the scenes planning this run and nothing else...being from Arkansas and knowing more than you about her character I can assure you she does not deserve the highest office in the land.

Posted by: POOKIESMOMMY | October 9, 2007 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Wow, avoiding Q & A's, huh? Doesn't she know to stack the deck with plants and screen everyone who comes to see her with loyalty oaths? Wait, that's the current president. And, uh, I have a feeling that she knew whether or not she was going to run before she announced. I'm pretty sure the timing of a candidacy announcement has zip nada to do with how well someone would respond to an emergency since they're, well, TOTALLY DIFFERENT things.

Posted by: Jenn2 | October 9, 2007 4:03 PM | Report abuse

For someone who did not know or would not answer the question for months and months before she actually did announce, this is a woman we want to be able to make sound and quick responses to an emergency such as 9/11?? I think not.....And avoiding Q/A because of a previous tough question at another campiagn stop should tell all of us that this woman is programed totally to only respond when and IF she wants to...like a wanna-be Queen....

Posted by: POOKIESMOMMY | October 9, 2007 3:31 PM | Report abuse

HILLARY COULD HAVE DONE MORE THAN HAVE A BABY WHILE SHE WAS CAMPAIGNING. SHE COULD HAVE OPENED UP AND TOLD THE TRUTH ABOUT THE WHITEWATER SCANDAL. SHE COULD HAVE TOLD THE TRUTH ABOUT A LOT OF THINGS. #AND NO ONE DRAGGED HER KICKING AND SCREAMING INTO THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE (AS BILL'S SURROGATE) IN THE FIRST PLACE. HILLARY, YOU'VE DONE ENOUGH DAMAGE ALREADY. GO HOME.

Posted by: grumpiestoldman | October 9, 2007 2:38 PM | Report abuse

mark_in_austin-
I found that economist article to be a bit light on analysis in favor of the usual 'Hillary is inevitable' theme. They trumpeted last week's WaPost/ABC poll, which has some flaws; they also portrayed the latest fundraising numbers as being indicative of a huge change in Clinton's favor, which also overstates the case. While she certainly is the front-runner, I am disappointed to see the Economist offering so little substance or real analysis.

Posted by: bsimon | October 9, 2007 2:31 PM | Report abuse

The "Economist" has a cover story on the Clintons.


See: http://www.economist.com/world/displaystory.cfm?story_id=9904609&CFID=26873919&CFTOKEN=36878697

The article bears some praise for Sen. Clinton.

This Brit view is less unfriendly than yesterday's WaPo guest op-ed, or the similar skepticism of my English son-in-law in Bath.

I think it is worth a look.

But Joe Biden voices my most recent concern about HRC:

"The idea of giving the president an excuse to be able to go to war with Iran I found absolutely mindless," he said. "I was dumbfounded when Hillary voted for it."

JB, quoted in the NYT, this morning.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | October 9, 2007 2:20 PM | Report abuse

"Her campaign had suspended question-and-answer time for a brief spell following tough questioning from an audience member on Iran on Sunday."

Does anyone have a video of that "tough"
Q & A ?

bsimon, If we count back to 1991, she might have raised a current junior in HS.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | October 9, 2007 2:15 PM | Report abuse

""I could have had a baby in the time I've been campaigning," Clinton said."


While true, it does not tell the whole story. Senator Clinton could have raised a child through the second grade in the time she's been campaigning.

Posted by: bsimon | October 9, 2007 2:10 PM | Report abuse

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