Chopping to it in Iowa
DES MOINES -- The boys are on their buses. Hillary's got a helicopter.
The Clinton campaign today announced the "Every County Counts Tour - Working For Change, Working For You," a five-day, 99-county campaign blitz through Iowa, with Hillary on a "Hill-A-Copter." Clinton's main competitors in Iowa, Sen. Barack Obama and former Sen. John Edwards, also are blanketing the state with appearances in the pre-Christmas campaign stretch, albeit through more traditional tour buses.
The Clinton chopper takes flight Sunday in Council Bluffs. During the tour, according to a Clinton news release, the former First Lady and her surrogates, including Bill Clinton, "will mobilize and organize supporters across Iowa, while reaching out to undecided caucus-goers," with Clinton herself hitting 16 counties.
As students of campaign lore know well, it was Lyndon Baines Johnson who made the campaign helicopter famous. He acquired "the Flying Windmill" for his controversial 1948 Texas Senate campaign. It was an exotic machine that drew a crowd and got Johnson from place to place quickly -- while he fought the race of his life, to save his political career.
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