Former President Bill Clinton will be the keynote speaker at the Iowa Democratic Party’s annual fall fundraiser. The Jefferson-Jackson Day Dinner will be held Saturday, October 14th at Hy-Vee Hall in Des Moines.
Lieutenant Governor Sally Pederson, the chair of the Democratic Party in Iowa, says it’s an “honor” to have Clinton speak. “One of our goals for the Jefferson-Jackson Day Dinner is to energize the activists in our party to help us get out the vote on election day,” Pederson says. “I’m sure that his message will be one that will rally our Democratic base and get people out to win our campaigns November 7th.”
Bill Clinton’s appearance also accomplishes the goal of cementing ties in Iowa for his wife, New York Senator Hillary Clinton, without having her set foot in the state and signal the beginning of her campaign for the White House in the state that will hold the first test in 2008 presidential race.
Iowa Democratic Party chair Pederson sidesteps questions about Bill Clinton as a surrogate campaigner for his wife. “I think wherever President Clinton goes he carries the message that Democrats are anxious to hear articulated,” Pederson says. “He’s going to put the focus on electing Democrats in Iowa.”
Tickets to the event will be $100 each and go on sale September 12th. For more information, call the state party at 515-974-1693 or visit the party’s website — www.iowademocrats.org.
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