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Old Friends Talk Up Clinton in Iowa

Clinton, reacting to a warm welcome in Iowa today. (AP).

By Shailagh Murray

JOHNSTON, Iowa - Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is bringing her friends along on the campaign trail, in a bid to soften her image with Iowa caucus goers while telegraphing to women that the former First Lady is just one of the gals.

The Clinton confidantes are being dispatched around Iowa by the busload to knock on doors of undecided Democrats. The campaign also has launched a new website,, with more testimonials from "constituents, friends and leaders whose lives Hillary has touched."

The senator has appeared newly invigorated over the past two days, after winning the endorsement by the editorial board of the Des Moines Register, one of the most coveted nods in Democratic presidential politics. To build momentum, Clinton launched a pre-Christmas campaign blitz yesterday that will take her from town to town by "Hill-A-Copter," while surrogates fan out in other directions, aiming to hit all 99 Iowa counties.

This morning's session, held in a barn on the outskirts of Des Moines, felt more like a birthday roast or retirement tribute than a campaign event.

"I've known Hillary Clinton for longer than I want to admit, about 20 years, and I just want to say a couple things about her, and maybe to her. I'm not sure I've ever had a chance to say how much I appreciate the privilege of working with her when I served in the Clinton Administration," said Bonnie Campbell, the former Iowa Attorney General.

Clinton stood nearby, looking serene. Campbell mentioned how the senator had called to offer support when her husband was sick. "I just value her friendship," Campbell said.

Jeff Volk, a Citigroup executive, described how Clinton's Senate office had helped evacuate his family from New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Later he discovered the two were neighbors in the New York suburbs, and they got to know each other. "Hillary is the most knowlegeable person I have met in my life," Volk said. "I can't think of anyone more prepared."

Shannon Mallozzi of Long Island, N.Y. met Clinton one day when Mallozzi asked for help in finding funds to research her daughter's rare illness. "I thought she was a bit remote. I didn't know who she was," Mallozzi said. "She sat with me and she was just phenomenal. That day it was two moms sitting in a car."

Mallozzi's voice was hoarse, and she explained she was a little under the weather. But when the Clinton campaign called her yesterday, "I basically said, what plane do I have to be on? Of course it turned out to be a bunch of planes, and a bus - but we got here."

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Hillary goes home and cries about how she is losing the election. Bill comes out waging his finger. He goes on Charlie Rose show and tries to instill fear in the American prople that voting for Obama is a risk. What a crappy family the Clintons is. Nowadays Bill has lost his sense. People see right through him. Do we want an ex-president who lied and got impeached tell us what type of risk we should take in selecting the next president?
These are some of the qualifications I am looking for in a president.
1. No failed attempts at healthcare reform. We want a president who is successful rather than a failure.
2. No illegal stock trade scandals. A person who invests $1000, and gets back $100,000 in pork barrel trading has essentially made many other investors poorer by $99,000.
3. We do not want a president, whose husband uses tax shelters in Caymen Islands. Their daughter also works for a firm that handles investments for wealthy people. For the Clintons it is a family operation to find loopholes in the tax system.
4. No close member of the president should run around the hallways of the white house chasing interns.
5. The president should not keep papers in the library all sealed up. For God's sake a library is a place where people can go and look for information. What is the point in spending tax payer money to create a presidential library and keep all information sealed. They could have put those Clintonian papers in self storage instead.

Well all points to just one fact. Hillary is not presidential material.

Posted by: Mark.Pickler | December 18, 2007 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Recently, Bill Clinton went on the Charlie Rose's late night show, to talk up his wife, and plant fear in the minds of voters about Sen. Obama.

The public -voters in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and in every state throughout the nation, should be reminded that, Bill Clinton is a convicted perjurer. Who would want to believe a convicted perjurer, like Bill Clinton? No jury would believe any word that comes out of his mouth, and the voters should not either. Also, note, that Bill Clinton's personal conducts in the White House brought disgrace to the Office of the President, like no other president before, or since him.

So, when Bill Clinton tells you, the voter, to vote for his wife, pause for a moment and remember the disgraceful things Bill Clinton did to the Office of the President. The person (Hillary Clinton) Bill Clinton recommends that you vote for, is someone who shares his personal traits and habits. Do we want to re-live those years of infamous Monica Lewinsky and other sexual scandal and sexual abuse of women, the bitter partisanship, and investigations of scandals, again?

Another important point to consider: Hillary Clinton still wants an opportunity to get even with the Republicans, whom (in her little mind), did her and her husband wrong. Hillary Clinton believes the fun part of politics is the dirty tricks and bitter partisanship -the slash and burn politics.

Think for a moment whether, you want her as your next president. I hope not, simply because, she is the least capable to bring us together as a people. In addition, the nation has very critical issues and challenges to waste precious time on the type of politics Hillary Clinton is most likely to bring.

Sen. Obama and Edwards would better serve our country, than Hillary

Ignatius Anyanwu, Folsom, California

Posted by: ICA2101 | December 18, 2007 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Humanize her? Good luck. She is the nicest person in the world while she think she needs something from you. If you don't have anything to give her, she won't give you a second thought. If you think you are electing another Bill Clinton, you would be mistaken. They are like polar opposites. He is a very nice man. He knew every one of staff by their name. She treated the staff like they were beneath her. What good are her campaign promises if she would dump them in hearbeat for a better deal.

Posted by: akmzrazor | December 18, 2007 8:19 AM | Report abuse

Hillary is finally trying to show her softer side to the Iowans. This is one case where Bill can not campaign for her. Bill is aware of Monica's soft sides. But he hasn't touched any of Hillary's soft sides for eons.

Posted by: Janet.McCormick | December 18, 2007 2:59 AM | Report abuse

correcting above line:

If interviewed, the daughters of beheaded Iraq dictator most likely would say all the good things about their father.

Posted by: wenmay2002 | December 18, 2007 12:25 AM | Report abuse

What objective insights we voters can gain by watching these people whose best interest is directly linked to Hillary's victory?

Forgive me to use extreme examples:

If interviewed, the daughters of beheaded Iraq dictator most likely would say all the good things about their daughter.

If interviewed, Bush's twin most likely would say their father is one of the best presidents, even though majority of the country doesn't agree.

So, Hillary please don't use softball propaganda to make the case. It won't work.

Now is the Christmas time why not donate those fund using to beautify your image to those who in need to show you are truly for the people.

Posted by: wenmay2002 | December 18, 2007 12:23 AM | Report abuse

The 1960s had the womens lib movement. Hillary is just an unsatisfied remnant of the 60s. At least the women of the 60s had the bra burning sessions to show that they want liberations. The women of today can not be bribed to think that they are still fighting some cause which they started in the 60s. Hillary showcasing her mom, her daughter and getting busloads of women to go and knock of doors is not going to have much effect on women to sway their opinion about women.There are already women in space, women in senate, women running talk shows, women billionaires. The fact that no woman has been in the white house has not diminished what women can achieve in any way. So Hillary's notion that all women are going to parade behind her and cast their votes for her is just a fantasy. Hillary has not swayed any of the women I know.
The harsh, cold image which Hillary was not developed over night. It is a result of her working on it for 60 years. She cannot fool people into thinking she has a softer side just because she paid a busload of people to go with her on her campaign trail. It will take another 60 years for her to work on her image issue.

Posted by: ChunkyMonkey1 | December 17, 2007 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Uhm, what campaign are you people blogging about here? Hillary is showing her personal side to counteract her main rival, Obama, whose only attribute is that, doggonit, people like him. If you can be believed based upon your comments, then you don't want a candidate who is nothing more than an empty headed I guess you're already Clinton supporters, right? Given that Obama's every policy position is a joke, you couldn't support him unless it were based upon a naive idea that he will succeed by being nice to everybody. Jeez, haven't we had enough of a likable guy who has no idea what he's talking about? I know I have. I'm voting for the qualified candidate - Clinton - whether she seems warm and fuzzy or not.

Posted by: akossnar | December 17, 2007 5:23 PM | Report abuse

I think it's great that Hillary Clinton is showing her personal side. We all know that she is tough and a serious leader. Showing her "soft" side lets people know that our leader is also a human being.

Posted by: konyka | December 17, 2007 5:09 PM | Report abuse

The article states:

"Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is bringing her friends along on the campaign trail, in a bid to soften her image with Iowa caucus goers ...."

The problem for Hillary is that her image is at least 20 years old with these Iowa caucus goers.

Hillary is going to be clobbered by the Jezebel Factor in Iowa, look for 7-11% LESS than predicted poll support for her.

Posted by: JaxMax | December 17, 2007 5:02 PM | Report abuse

"Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is bringing her friends along on the campaign trail, in a bid to soften her image with Iowa caucus goers while telegraphing to women that the former First Lady is just one of the gals."

First, ditto merganser's comments.

Second, it appears that, once again, the Clinton campaign is taking a page out of the Bush playbook. Instead of "who'd you rather have a beer with" its "Hillary is just one of the gals." Sorry, I don't want 'one of the gals' I want a President who has a vision for this country's future & the leadership abilities to convince others to work to achieve that vision. It wouldn't hurt if that person had a high charisma to facilitate the mending of relations with many of our global partners, which have suffered overmuch lately.

Posted by: bsimon | December 17, 2007 4:45 PM | Report abuse

So what does any of this have to do with being qualified for President? Grasping at straws here. To paraphrase the exams we both took in law school: Tell me what you would do as President and how your approach differs from the GOP and other Democratic nominees. Explain your answer in detail and provide supporting facts and cites.

Posted by: merganser | December 17, 2007 4:24 PM | Report abuse

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