Hillary & Iowaimages.politico.com
Added 2794 days ago in Politics
politico.com — If she loses the caucus here Thursday, will her campaign wish it had listened to the advice it got last May to take a hike on the Hawkeye state?

Back then, Clinton's deputy campaign manager, Mike Henry, wrote a 1,500-word internal memo saying Iowa was not worth the effort.

"My recommendation is to pull completely out of Iowa and spend the money and Senator Clinton's time on other states," Henry wrote.

"If she walks away from Iowa she will devalue Iowa - our consistently weakest state."

Henry's advice was never accepted.

After the memo was leaked to the press, the Clinton campaign publicly repudiated the memo and said it would compete fiercely in Iowa, which it has.

But Iowa has long been a weak spot for Clinton.

First, her husband, Bill Clinton, did not run here in 1992, because Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin was running as a favorite son, and so Hillary had no organization to inherit.

Second, there was the woman thing.

"I was shocked when I learned Iowa and Mississippi have never elected a woman governor, senator or member of Congress," Hillary told Des Moines Register columnist David Yepsen in October.

"There has got to be something at work here."

Third, there was the war.

Iowa Democrats tend to be more liberal than Democrats as a whole and some have never forgiven Hillary Clinton for voting for the Iraq war and refusing to say it was a mistake or to apologize for it.

Posted by Jane60
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Should Hillary Clinton have skipped Iowa?
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Posted 2794 days ago
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The political risk is huge and potentially not worth, Hillary is putting herself on the line, she could have played it like Giuliani.
Posted 2794 days ago
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Hitlery should take a hike on breathing.This witch is bad news.Ugly as hell too.
Posted 2794 days ago
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She's gotten a lot of mileage out this caucus and done well in comparison to other front runners.
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