One of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary’s Clinton’s top advisors says it would be wise for Clinton to bypass competing in Iowa’s Caucuses, but the senator tells Radio Iowa she’s not skipping the Caucuses.
The aide’s memo suggests Clinton cannot win in Iowa and she’d be better off spending her time and money campaigning in other states. During a telephone interview with Radio Iowa, Clinton said she’s not backing out of Iowa. "I’m unequivocally committed to competing in Iowa," Clinton said. "I’ll be there this coming weekend. I’ll be back many times. We’re putting together a large staff. In fact, we’ve more than doubled our field staff in the last month alone and we’ve got 10 offices across the state."
Clinton said she hasn’t seen the memo. "I was first informed of it when apparently the press got a copy of something which reflects the thoughts of one member of our staff who was thinking out loud, apparently," Clinton told Radio Iowa. "It’s not the opinion of the campaign. It’s not my opinion."
A Des Moines Register Iowa Poll released Sunday showed Clinton the third-place choice of the 400 Iowa Democrats the newspaper surveyed, behind former North Carolina Senator John Edwards and Illinois Senator Barack Obama. "I’ve been in first place and second place and third place," Clinton said, laughing. "For me, it isn’t about polling. It’s about competing in the Iowa Caucuses and being part of this extraordinary campaign that I feel is going to make history."
Clinton said she wants to have a "good debate" inside her campaign, and suggested this memo was part of that debate. "At the end of the day, I’m going to call the shots in my campaign," Clinton said. "From the very beginning I said I was going to compete in Iowa and I am and I intend to do so."
As for what she’s going to say to the man who wrote the now-infamous memo, Clinton laughed when Radio Iowa asked about that. "I’ll keep that between me and him," she said.
Clinton’s husband and most other Democratic presidential candidates skipped competing in Iowa’s 1992 Caucuses because home-state Senator Tom Harkin was running for president that year. The presidential nominating calendar in 2008 is tight, with Florida planning to hold its primary on January 29th and 22 other states planning to hold primaries on February 5th.
Read more about Clinton’s conversation with Radio Iowa over at The Blog.