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illinoisprogressive Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 10:10 PM
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For Clinton More Time and more advertising in Iowa

In the four weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas, Mrs. Clinton, whose campaign has been on the defensive lately because of her own missteps and increasingly aggressive attacks from her rivals, is moving to double or triple the amount of time she has spent here in recent months. Seldom will a day go by, aides said, when either she or former President Bill Clinton will not be on some patch of Iowa soil trying to solidify her support and win over an unusually high number of uncommitted voters.

Were going to begin using all the assets we have, said Tom Vilsack, a former governor of Iowa who serves as co-chairman of the Clinton campaign. We havent been bashful about asking for the moon here.

The intense attention is the latest indication of the Clinton campaigns worry about establishing dominance in Iowa the opening contest in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination to match the strength she has shown in national polls. Senator Barack Obama of Illinois and former Senator John Edwards of North Carolina have waged spirited campaigns here, taking advantage of what polls suggest is unease with Mrs. Clinton among many voters.

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And when Mrs. Clinton returns Monday to Iowa, aides said, she will begin concentrating on smaller audiences and intimate sessions with voters in outlying areas of the state. One stop on the itinerary, for example, is Tama, population 2,700.

At the beginning, she didnt understand the whole notion of relationship building, said Mr. Vilsack, the former Iowa governor, who often travels the state with Mrs. Clinton and introduces her to voters. She now gets it. She now understands the psyche of this process.

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/18/us/politics/18dems.ht...
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David Dunham Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 10:16 PM
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1. Hillary is playing to win.
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ClarkUSA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-18-07 10:10 AM
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8. She'd playing not to lose is more like it.
Bless those Iowans for being smarter than Mark Penn's focus groups are. It's time for more
untraceable push polls on Obama and Edwards by the master pollster/campaign manager/
exit poll fixer.
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rocktivity Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 10:22 PM
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2. Despite all her efforts, Iowa is still a dead heat
If she doesn't win there decisively, the others will realize that they have a chance and REALLY bring it on--and she knows it.

:headbang:
rocknation
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monmouth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-18-07 09:59 AM
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3. Would HRC be feeling a little insecure???
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ClarkUSA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-18-07 10:01 AM
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5. With her poll numbers dropping 7 points in Iowa in the past month? Na-a-a-ah, she's inevitable!!
Edited on Sun Nov-18-07 10:03 AM by ClarkUSA
And her poll numbers in NH dropping 6 points in the same period of time?

lol

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itsrobert Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-18-07 10:04 AM
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6. The more Democrats get to know her, the more they are turned off.
How true. This is a trend that won't be easily reversed.
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ClarkUSA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-18-07 10:15 AM
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9. At the same time, Obama and Edwards are picking up support in Iowa and NH.
You're right, the trend line won't be easily reversed, but I'm sure they'll try every nasty dirty trick
in the Republican playbook to make it happen. Watch for the more swiftboating attacks, Mark
Penn untraceable push polls, planted storylines with Drudge, planted questions at townhalls,
Bill attacking "the boys" complete with the whole patented Clintonian shuck and jive.
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itsrobert Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-18-07 10:00 AM
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4. She's regretting taking Iowa for granted
Iowans don't like it when candidates phone it in.
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ClarkUSA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-18-07 10:05 AM
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7. Darn, it'll be hard for her to plant questions on such short notice.
But I'm sure she'll succeed.

Staging fawning photo-ops with staffers pretending to be Iowa locals will be easier.
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Debi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-18-07 10:21 AM
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10. I wonder if 46 days out is enough time to 'build relationships'
with Iowans. :shrug:

I thought we were all 'having a conversation' and then we were 'ready for change and ready to lead', then last weekend we were all going to 'turn up the heat'.

Now we're 'asking for the moon'?

I'm confused.
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