[UPDATE]Hillary: I am a modern progressive
by areyouready, Wed Aug 15, 2007 at 05:29:18 PM EDT
I scooped a couple of light-hearted news on Hillary.
Hillary at Iowa state fair, she looked fantastic in that photo...
So Clinton flipped pork patties. She gawked at a life-sized cow replica made of butter ("Oh my gosh," she said, looking through the glass encasement at the dairy wonder). She stopped at a food stand and ordered an ice-cream on a stick dipped in chocolate and rolled in nuts. "You're officially at the state fair; you've got something on a stick," a man behind her in line said.
But women by and large flocked to see Clinton, who was mobbed for the entire visit. There were even some moments of near spontaneity, by Clinton's standards. While she was turning pork over a sweltering grill, she joked about being able to handle the heat. Her assistant, Huma Abedin, snapped up a "special double ringer mop" at a hardware stand (special price: $20). Clinton marveled at an apple-slicing machine that then produced her a candied apple dish. At the Iowa pork producers stand, she donned a specially made apron with her name and "the other white meat" emblazoned on it. Her top Iowa strategist, veteran political operative Teresa Vilmain, practically glowed as she ate a hamburger, then a pork chop, watching her candidate become the fair's main attraction.
Jeanne Rutz, an 80-year-old caucusgoer, said she was proud to stand in the sweltering heat to meet the woman who would become the first female president. "Is there anyone else?" Rutz, who remembers her parents voting for Franklin Delano Roosevelt, said
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/con tent/article/2007/08/15/AR2007081501647. html
Candidates of both parties have flocked to the fair this week as they courted voters in this leadoff caucus state. Iowa is Clinton's weakest state _ she either is tied with rivals John Edwards and Barack Obama or trails in polls _ and she spent nearly three hours under sweltering summer heat touring and shaking hands.
The former first lady munched on a Wonder Bar _ vanilla ice cream covered with chocolate and nuts and perched, like most fair food, on a stick. At the Applehus stand, she sampled a bowl of caramel apples; at a novelty shop, she was given a SpongeBob doll by the obviously starstruck proprietor.
"I like Hillary. I'd vote for her," William Luman said.
Inside the huge Varied Industry Building, she visited quiltmakers and stopped by the booth of the Iowa Democratic Party, where her campaign sign was just above Obama's.
At the dairy building, she nodded solemnly at the life-sized butter cow, one of the fair's best known attractions. Vilsack pointed out the butter sculpture of Harry Potter next to the cow and noted that he'd finished all seven Harry Potter books.
Now more polls.
CBS released a new poll among likely democratic primary voters.
No surprise here, 'experience' thing is killing Obama's chance. But what caught my eyes is that people who believe he's experienced enough to be president has actually fallen sharply over the course.
Moreover, if our poll is right, doubts have grown about Obama's experience--only 41% of Democrats think he has the experience needed to be president (Clinton gets an 80% positive response). And among all voters, 51% said they do not think Obama has the necessary experience--last January, only 31% expressed such doubts.
But perhaps most strikingly, 80 percent of Democrats say Mrs. Clinton has "the right kind of experience to be a good president," while 41 percent say that of Mr. Obama. Of all voters, 59 percent say she has such experience, twice as many as believe Mr. Obama has it.
This may have helped Mrs. Clinton pass a threshold of electability. Now, 76 percent of Democrats and 62 percent of voters over all say she could win the presidency if she wins her party's nomination. In addressing why she could not win, 37 percent of voters over all said because she is a woman, 13 percent said people dislike her and 12 percent said they did not like Bill Clinton or want a second Clinton presidency.
It is less clear that Mr. Obama has passed that threshold, with 54 percent of Democrats and 46 percent of voters over all saying he could win the presidency. As to why he could not, 37 percent said he was inexperienced and 18 percent said because he is black.
GOP polling firm Strategic Vision also released a Florida primary poll.
Some moderate improvement for Hillary since June in this state.
After some heated bickering, it's time to relax, folks. Have some fun no matter who you support. Good night!
During a stop earlier in the day in Dubuque, Clinton defined herself in sharply populist terms. She became the latest of the presidential candidates to align themselves with the trust-busting days of President Theodore Roosevelt in the early 1900s. "America was a country filled with haves and have-nots with not too many people in between," Clinton said. "In response to those excesses, a progressive movement was formed and they understood that the welfare of each of us is dependent fundamentally on the welfare of all of us.""I consider myself a thoroughly optimistic and modern progressive, and we need a new progressive vision for America," said Clinton. "I believe we can grow our economy in the face of global competition and do it in a way that benefits all Americans." ... Peggy Gaul, of Walnut, was wearing a bright orange National Rural Letter Carriers Association T-shirt, and said she was in Council Bluffs to hear Clinton talk about issues that affect her directly. "I am middle class, I am concerned about the middle class, and how she feels about working people and giving them a fair shake," Gaul said. "The working environment for the last few years has been not very supportive of labor, and I would like to see that change."