DES MOINES—On the Obama campaign bus, heading towards Keokuk, on the Illinois border on the southeast part of the state. It’s the July 4 holiday and Iowa, the state with the first presidential vote is full of candidates. This is the 13th Obama trip to Iowa since he declared for president in February.
The Bill and Hill Iowa roadshow is competing against a roadtrip Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill) is making with his wife and family.
Monday night recap: At the Iowa State Fairgrounds Clinton rally. Former President Bill Clinton (in mustard shirt) makes his Iowa campaign debut with Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) (in watermelon top). Clinton never stumped in the Iowa caucus in 1992 because Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Ia.) was running for president and had a lock on the state. A few weeks ago a Clinton campaign memo leaked suggesting she skip this state. The memo was quickly disavowed when it surfaced.
The Clinton and Obama campaigns chartered buses for their traveling press corps. That’s unusual because most of the time the reporters hop around on their own.Third tier rivals Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Ct.) and Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.) are also in Iowa over the holiday with no apparent entourages in tow.
Sen. Clinton has to balance leveraging her popular husband without diluting her own
“brand.” “I’m awfully glad to have my husband here,” she said at the fairgrounds.She lit into the clemency President Bush granted former Vice President Chief of Staff Lewis “Scooter” Libby in harsher words than the statement she had issued: “What we saw today was elevating cronyism over the rule of law.
Bill Clinton’s job was to introduce Clinton and then sit, look up adoringly, sip water and not overshadow his wife. He was diplomatic. “As a Democrat, I love this election because you don’t have to be against anybody,” he said, mentioning the names of almost all the Democratic rivals. But he liked Hillary best.
"I would be here tonight if she asked me if we weren’t married," Clinton said.