FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
With two weeks to go until the Iowa caucuses, the race couldn't be much tighter on the Democratic side.
A new Washington Post-ABC News poll suggests 33% of likely caucus goers support Barack Obama, 29% back Hillary Clinton and 20% are behind John Edwards. The margin of error is 4 points.
The poll also shows Obama gaining ground on Clinton on the question of which Democrat is most electable, which had been one of Clinton's early advantages. However, when it comes to which candidate has the best experience to be president, Clinton still has a significant lead.
In Iowa, it could also come down to which campaign does a better job of motivating voters to come out in the dead of winter and spend hours attending these caucuses. The poll found more of Obama's supporters say they're certain to participate than Clinton's.
But, Clinton's backers are the most committed to voting for her and the most enthusiastic. 70% of her supporters say they'll definitely caucus for her in two weeks, while John Edwards' and Obama's supporters are more likely to say they could change their minds.
Here’s my question to you: What does Hillary Clinton have to do in the last two weeks to win the Iowa caucuses?
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Interested to know which ones made it on air?
Stop reading from scripts and listening to Bill. Speak from the heart, unscripted and face the nation. People are looking for anyone who is genuine, truthful, concerned.
We all know what’s at stake here in this election. Hillary needs to show people that she can be a "likable president" and if Obama and she do not fix their little quarrel, she will fail to do that. We know she can get things done and we know she's determined, she just needs to show us "Hillary The Person" not "Hillary The Politician".
Let's not give her any ideas. And besides, isn't she the one with all the experience?
She needs to stop talking about the "fact" that she has the most experience to lead. Her only real experience is failed healthcare program and filling the valuable post of First Lady. She's never run a business and has minimal experience as a legislator (with no meaningful legislation to her name). Biden, Dodd, Richardson, and even Kucinich have more legislative and business experience than she does. This only alienates even more Americans because they all know she's lying.
I would tell her: you are the one seeking the nomination, not Bill. Leave him in New York to take care of your mom and Chelsea.
Jason from Atlanta writes:
Hillary must do what she's done ALL campaign season: stay strong, consistent and continue to insist she's the Democrat who can win in November. Oh, and keep her strongest weapon at her side, her husband. The Clinton political machine will be impossible to defeat next year.
Elaine from Bell Acres, Pennsylvania writes:
Convince Iowa voters that she'll stop shopping for pants suits at Wal-Mart when she becomes president.
Maybe Jack will read yours tomorrow.
she's doing o.k. in iowa, and has a great chance to become the first woman president. women have taken care of our world since the begining. she make a great leader, and our house in washington is in need of repair , time for a makeover. and a woman is best for that job.they notice the details,
What she should do is stop running on "i can be the republicans" and start running on merits. Jack, I have never seen an campaign like this one we have Republicans running on the bases I can be Hilary and Democrats running on I can be the Republicans. How about running on your standards and merits and may the best "QUALIFIED" man or woman win.
Promise to move to Mexico if she wins.
She has to start being more of a straight talker. If ask direct questions, have a direct response. She has been in trouble since asked "do you believe NY State should give illegals driver's licenses." Her answer was all over the road (probably like some would drive).
SHE NEEDS TO LET JOHN EDWARDS HAVE IT AND BE HIS VICE! THEN HER AND BILL CAN HELP JOHN BRING THINGS BACK ARROUND! AND IF NOT THAT AT LEAST HAVE HIM AS VICE!
She'd have to change who she is. She's trying to paint herself as warm and fuzzy, but that ain't who she is.
Provide her voters with winter jackets: I would guess.
Win or loose in Iowa, I wonder if Bill Clinton is charging Hillary's campaign his usual $150,000.00 per appearance. I bet the Clintons don't miss out on such a deal and someone gets the invoice.
HILLARY DO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE A FAVOR, DROP OUT. WEVE HAD ENOUGH IDIOTS RUNNING THE COUNTRY FOR TOO LONG NOW. THE MIDDLE CLASS IS DYING BECAUSE OF PEOPLE LIKE YOU AND BUSH.
I think it would help her if she would just answer questions without skirting around them. When she doesn't directly answer them, she comes across as disingenuous. I really don't like her for that. For those who think they can't trust her, that might be part of the reasons that they don't. One thing that has always kept me away from politics in the past is all the campaign promises that are never kept. So how can we really know who we're voting for? The answer is, we don't. They all say what they think we want to hear. Words are cheap. I like ACTION. Look at W....what a fraud!
Well, for one thing, she needs to tell the truth for a change!
I really don't know who is doing these "polls" in Iowa but I suspect they are Clinton operatives. the latest I heard was that although Hillary supposedly has a "loyal following", when it comes to her as a "second choice", which can be a huge factor in a caucus, she is nowhere close to either Obama OR Edwards.
sounds to me like the media is back to their old "Hillary is Inevitable" baloney once again. all I can say is IF Hillary is inevitable then it is ALSO inevitable that yet another Republican President will be taking up residency in the White House along with an increased number of Republican Senators and Congressmen. NOTHING brings out Republican voters like the Clintons
Stop reading from scripts, listening to bill; speak from the heart, unscripted and face the nation. People are looking for anyone who is genuine, truthful, concerned
Its funny, I am from Canada where we actually have alot of the same problems as the US. However, when we have an election our news services discuss the issues. How about discussing one of the hundreds of problems the US has and how the candidates would solve it. I dont know, maybe issue of the day segment and then tell us where each candidate stands !! Not bombard us with useless info on who is leading in the poll every second.
Thanks – Mark from Canada
Tell her husband to keep his mouth shut!
We all know whats at stake here in this election. Hillary needs to show people that she can be a "likable president" and if Obama and her do not fix they're little quarrel, she will fail to do that. We know she can get things done and we know she's determined, she just needs to show us "Hillary The Person" not "Hillary The Politician".
It's not too late to bow out graciously but then wait she is won't cause she has sold her soul to the devil and will do anything to become president. This is why she did not leave Billy Boy when he was doing what he did. I don't care what she does. Can't be any worse than what the Republican lot will be doing to try to win.
Hillary has to ANSWER THE QUESTIONS ! She continues to dodge the issues that are important and now her focus is trying to be warm and fuzzy, its a little late for that. Besides we dont need a warm and fuzzy president we need a strong individual who will go forward and straighten out this mess we are in.
Jack you can not teach an old dog new tricks. Hillary should have tried honesty and a husband that could keep his pants pulled up around the hired help years ago. Hillary no mater how hard she tries can not get away from her failed past or Bills. We have had HillBillary health care reform and it almost got Hillary indicted and no health care was ever reformed. Hillary is the same empty promise as she was when her husband was president.
Being from Iowa Clinton has very little chance of winning here for two reasons One the independants here are tied up between Obama and Edwards and they are chosen as second choice for all the 2nd teir canadates who wont get the 15 percent to count and two we are tired of the Bush/Clinton hold on the white house. I am 23 years old there has not been a time in my life that a Bush or a Clinton has not been in the white house, these dynasties need to end. Before Jeb Bush decides to run shudder......
CUT.......and RUN !!!
I believe she will win regardless of any change she may make in her stategy. Some say she doesn't answer questions directly, but have you ever heard Obama answer a question directly? Hillary or John Edwards are I believe the best choice we have for moderation in our government for the next 4-8 years.Most politicians don't answer questions but use the time to espouse their agenda. Most moderator questions I heard in the debates were missing the mark as to what we the public want to hear ,
She needs to drop out and maybe she will get some write in sympathy votes >.>
People say Hillary need to answer the questions.
I thought that most people would be smarter than that. Surely they don't think that Hillary is the only person running for president not answering all the questions being ask with the truth.
Democrats and Republicans miss using the truth from time to time. To get elected thay might say or not answer the question truthful. Just take a look what at the White House now everything but the truth.
The less Hillary speak now the less she can be accused of saying late when she become president.
Why would anyone want Hillary to win when she has given in to every corporate profit scheme while she has been a senator. She keeps banking on her experience - well, her experience has convinced me that she does not look out for the average American but special interests only.
I am so sorry but isn't this question clealry shows how biased you guys are? I had a huge respect for CNN but not when I see things like this. I am still undecided as to whom I will support. I am inclined to agree with the notion that CNN = Clinton News Network
The best chance to win is to take Bill out of the race. Did anybody say he knows how to run a campaign? In the last two weeks he made 3 major mistakes: first he was against the war right from the beginning, then he rolled the dice with Obama and she had no answer to this when asked by David Gregory about it. And now he invites papa Bush to go and see the world with him and tell everybody what a miserable job junior did, but everything will fine now because Hillary has taken over. The old man would be more nutty than Bill to do this, this not Tsunami, this is Family business!
She had better just sit back, be quiet and hope her supporters don't wake up and smell the coffee before the caucuses!
Have her husband maintain the pressure on CNN to keep her in the media spotlight.
Jack, everyone knows that women on the downlow run things. Hillary should tell everyone how she will personaly go and talk to all the leaders and even though in all nations women are 2nd to men, men is the weak party! and men know it and so do women. Bill should stay out of it cause he's part of the weak party. Proven fact! But I do feel we need Anderson Cooper to run he keeps it Honest!
I'm a Democrat but if Hillary wins the nomination I will vote for the Republican! I just can't sit through another 4 yrs of partisan bickering and fighting. She is also using racism and bigotry in her campaign to gain votes which is unforgivable to this African American male! If she wins I guess Dr. King truly only had a dream. I can only pray God blesses Obama with a win. We need a big change in this country and he has the experience and character to help us achieve it.
Let's not give her any ideas . . . and besides, isn't she the one with all the experience?
She needs to stop talking about the "fact" that she has the most experience to lead. Her only real experience is failed healthcare program and filling the valuable post of First Lady. She's never run a business and has minimal experience as a legislator (with no meaningful legislation to her name). Biden, Dodd, Richardson, and even Kucinich have more legislative and business experience than she does. This only alienates even more Americans because they all know she's lying. She should talk about what she specific programs she would implement from day 1 to try to win a few people over. Her current track will only lead to defeat.
I live in Montreal, Canada, and I realize we have no say in U.S. politics but you had better believe that what happens in your country has a huge effect on ours. We are brothers/sisters from the settling days of this continent and are forever tied together. Unfortunately we don't get to vote in your elections because I know a lot of us would like to. The one thing I am amazed by is how many people say things about Senator Clinton like "she doesn't tell the truth," or "she needs to answer the questions," but they never seem to give examples. I watch all the US news networks and read several newpapers each day. I can think of a couple of times that she was evasive on a question, just like all the other candidates, but for the most part she answers the questions quite well. I don't understand why she seems to be being put under a different microscope than the others by the U.S. media. Are people that hungry for juicy water-cooler talk that the only things to say about Senator Clinton about her personality and personal appearance?
Signed A Concerned Neighbour
I will tell her, you are the one seeking the nomination, not bill.
Leave him in new york to take care of your mom and chelsea.
Same thing she did in New York in 2000: the laborious grunt work that's at the heart of political success – knocking on doors and blitzing every iota of land that graces the Sun's rays. She finally realized that now with a few weeks to go, but it may be too late. If she had implemented this "Every County Counts" tour in early December, she would have had better chances for a victory in January.
Why are we allowing Hillary and the rest of the "experienced candidates" to turn this critical election into a popularity contest? Instead we should put some substance into this debate and get them to announce the people that will serve in their cabinets and other presidentially appointed positions. Why? This will at least demonstrate some thought about the solutions we need. Most Americans have no idea about the level of attention that our critical issues will require and the simple fact is that the President cannot get it done with out the right people – in the right positions. So, show us your leadership team. This way, we the people can decide if we are going to get another four years of under-qualified cronies on the Presidential team, or if our future candidates have the guts to demonstrate real political insight and can at demonstrate their ability to identify the right people, and build a strong enough team prior to the elections. Yea, this will shake up the beltway courtiers, they will need to commit to a Presidential candidate as well, but if each candidate is really gong to do something new, then we should know who is going to lead the way to do it. My guess, not one of them has the guts to take this bold step, not one... No guts, No vote.. come on Candidates, show us a new way... Got guts?
What if Hillary keeps acting the way that she has her entire life?
What if this helps her to win Iowa?
What if Obama does not have the experience needed to be one of the world's most powerful leaders?
What if HRC's experience–all over the political and business continuum–is necessary to create change?
What if we forget the fight for children's rights and health care of the 80s and 90s?
Who was the leader in this fight, who almost changed STRONG national policy way before it was cool?
What if the media destroys her–by denouncing the facts–just to create a horse race and increase ratings?
What if the Grand Clintonian conspiracy is simply a strong, passionate, and intelligent women who is 60 years old and has fought for change her whole life?
Why does she have to win in Iowa? Iowa does not represent the whole country. This whole primary process is totally out of whack! It's only purpose now is to provide fodder to the news media to go on rampages on issues that are emotional and thereby increase media ratings. The questions that your CNN associates asked in the supposedly "debates" were idiotic, as well as the U-Tube questions – not to mentioned that your debates focused upon the top tier candidates and ignored others – hardy fair or objective. Why weren't there questions to all on: How to end the Israel/Palistine conflict; How to pay for the Iraqi and Afganistan wars; What specifically are you going to change and implement on bringing our divided society together; What would be your choice(s) for Supreme Court nomines; – you get my drift -
Actually, a Rasmussen Poll released today shows Hillary up four in Iowa, 31 to 27.
Since I've never seen a politician give a straight answer to a straight question, no matter what their party affiliation may be, it's a little hard on Hillary to ask her to do that. However, I think the thing she needs to do most is get some sleep. Nobody can talk sense when they're dead on their feet.
Obama the most electable? The Rebublican attack ads would show a split screen, with Obama on one side and Osama Bin Laden on the other. I can't even imagine what the 'soundbite' would be.
Obama seems like a great guy, just not this time around.
Jack, maybe Hillary should stop putting out her attack dogs to do her dirty work and do the attacking herself. Bill says Obama would be a 'roll of the dice'. Shaheen says Obama was a drug pusher. Her top advisors claim that Obama has been running for President since grade school, and went to school at a madrassa. All the while, Clinton claims she never authorized these attacks, so it begs the question, Who's really in Charge at Camp Hillary??
She doesn't have to do anything but let her husband do the talking.
What Hillary and John Edwards both have to do is be brave enough to address issues regarding Obama instead of being afraid of the accusation of being labeled a racist. There is NO excuse anyone should get a "pass" on bad behavior, admitted or otherwise, because of their skin color, sex, religion, age, etc. (To give that pass is obvious discrimination). Edwards was brave enough to go after Hillary and take a chance of being seen as not a gentleman and she was strong enough to take it on. Hillary and Edwards have both faced the fire of political and personal scrutiny for years and so should Obama. If Obama wants to show he is a leader just like any other candidate (even though Oprah gives him the only free forum, to the neglect of American's right to hear ALL the candidates views on such a widely viewed venue), a candidate for all people who can take the "punches thrown" , then let him take them now before he goes against a Republican candidate who may certainly land a knock-out punch for ALL Democrats because no one in the Democratic party was a leader enough to step up and take the chance of REALLY treating everyone the same. Besides, if we are going to be hearing how Obama is being singled out because he is black now, it may be indicative of what we will hear anytime someone addresses ANY and ALL issues with him when he makes certain mistakes as President. This may not sound politically correct, but I don't believe in any form of discrimination including REVERSE discrimination. Time for honesty or loss. Step up or step out of the way.
If she cannot effectively shut her husband's trap, it is extremely obvious who will will be an unofficial third term president. If Americans want change, All Hillary has to offer as president are 2 things. 1) We will have a Democrat for president, and 2) it will be the first woman president. Other than that her policies, bearinig, countenance, and attitudes about an approach to running government are pretty much the same as Bush's. Be reasonable... always do it my way, or else. Now, where is that special interest check I need to cash.
She needs to do what all politicians do, make promises she can't and has no intention of keeping.
Maybe she should try being honest for a change. How about taking the time to explain where all this experience, she claims to have, is coming from. There are more holes in her rhetoric then the southern border.
I am not in Iowa but when it comes to my state to vote, I will write in "none of the above " and write in LOU DOBBS. As for con congress, I will not vote for any incumbent.
Stop being a phony you-know-what.
I enjoy watching the media scrathing their heads and not knowing how to handle HILLARY. the people know how good they were living when the CLINTONS were in the whitehouse. so we the people have a second chance at LIFE again. i think all of the FOLKS should MARCH to the polls to VOTE for the one that can take care of us in years to come. just remember it takes someone thats tough and has a good heart....this is a tip for msnbc. watch out for CHRISMATHEW he's going to have a hemorrhoid attack before 08. he knows that the rep. can't beat HILLARY. thats why he's playing for obama or edwards.......................thelma
Change her name to Bill......
I will tell you what Hillary needs not to do, stop telling us how great she is, and how she deserves to be president, and how we all know her record and what she stands for, my then, we will vote for her, otherwise everytime she opens her mouth to speak, Obama and Edwards get five new votes each.
She needs Bill to withdraw some money from the Caymans to buy her a less frightening laugh.
Her and Her "Hubby" need to learn to tell the truth, which in my opinion, neither is capable of.
Maybe if she jumped party lines and became a Republican.
Hillary has to abandon all of her positions, not just – I'll out Rambo George Bush, not just – I deserve to rule, queen me now, not just – I'm better able to defeat the Republicans, but all of her positions. She's still well behind Obama and Edwards even with her recent campaign "adjustments."
What an easy question... The thing Hillary most needs to do to win over the rest of us is: Stop being Hillary.
Clintons (Bill) has crawled into bed with the BUSHES. Does anyone remember the" Emirites control of the port in Texas". Brokered by Bill. All for oil .
There goes energypolicies, fuel saving cars, clean enviroment). People were outraged at that time because of national security.
As for Bill traveing around the world. Can we afford to this man running around the world. When he cannot be trusted in his own country. Sure unlease him to the women of the world.
We all Know of Clintons believe in world trade policies. What off jobs in this country?
Hillary needs to two thing s in the next two weeks: demonstrate that she is (first )a real person and not a focus-group automaton, and (second )she is her own pweson with ideas and thoughts and feelings that are truly hers, and not something she think we want, whoever "we" are.
Mike in PA
I often question many of these polls that are taken, but IF the numbers are accurate she is in Serious trouble. I don’t think she will be able to win the Iowa causes. You know she will say or do ANYTHING to become president. She needs take her fake smile and huge ego and drop out. We need change, not the same old tricks.
I don't care what Hillary has to do. The American people want change with a relatable and caring leader. Two things that Hillary clearly lacks.
Hillary won't be elected on her principles or accomplishments. She won't be elected because she has the experience or because she's the strongest candidate. If she gets elected it will be because she is a woman and there are too many women in this country who just want to elect a woman. I say this because if anyone with plain old common sence actually listened to her they would hear the lies and see the truth. Just look at the first comment on this page for proof.
Hillary Clinton's negatives are too high to win the Iowa cacuses. She can thank herself for that. Republicans don't like her, in part, because she throws around hyperpartisan rhetoric about, "turning up the heat on the Republicans." Democrats don't like her because she can't answer tough questions with straight answers. We need someone that can rebuild trust in our government, and cacusgoers in Iowa don't seem to believe that person is Hillary.
The best thing Hillary can do to win and help us all to win, is quit..
All Hillary has to do is show up. All your attempts at showing her as an attacker of Obama is a waste of time, Hillary is the real deal as a potential President, something the others lack. Give Edwards an outside shot!!
Jack do you want Clinton to win? Why you want us to give an advise to Clinton? I though she has a strong and organized machine behind her. As an Obama supporter, I say she has to do nothing.
Why am I not surprised the Clinton News Network is trying to give Hillary any advice they can on how to win Iowa? Notice there is no "how can obama win iowa" or "how can edwards win iowa" question being asked here. CNN's blatant support of Hillary from calling every debate for her when she did terrible to framing segments to make it seem as if Hillary is having a "comeback" and every Democratic segment being centered pretty much around her, is quite sickening.
Stop the repackaging, quit trying to have it both ways on the issues, have the courage of your convictions and tell the damn truth.
That goes for all the candidates. We are sick to death of weasels, phonies and liars. Stand up straight and be your real self.
For me she needs to stop using the generic term "experience" and tell me the specifics on what she brings to the table. I want numbers, I want to know what she's done, who's she's done it with, and what she intends to do in the future to make my business better. My business and her business is this country and I want her to make it the most profitable country in world, rather than just the opposite.
All of these candidates have "experience" of some sort, so that word is ambiguous and means nothing to me. I want to have a leaner, greener, but not meaner country. That is who I vote for, and that is what I want her to tell me she is going to do in the next two weeks.
Hillary represents change, but not enough change. She has great ideas; but not enough great ideas to overcome either Obama's novelty & vision or, (in the general election), the neo-con Republican attack machinery. America needs someone who is not a corporatist tool.
Cancun, QR, MX
Obama touts having former Clinton advisors. Hillary has the BEST of them ALL and needs to start pounding out the positives of his presidency and the fact that he will be asked for his opinions on many, many issues. I would rather have Bill Clinton as the "First Husband" than all the others as our president. At least he knows how to balance the budget and pay down our national debt that has grown so much under the Republican President, "Smirky" Bush.
maybe if she left the state it would make the citizens of iowa happy!
Hillary only needs a break from the news media. I have heard Hillary speak several times in person. She is charismatic, likeable, so very intelligent, and experienced. She gets standing ovations over and over. Also, she is petite, pretty and charming. Yet on the news she is portrayed in negative ways. Calling her laugh a cackle is just one example. More often than not she is used as the subject of mean jokes. Hillary is the perfect Presidential Candidate. Just cut her a break on the way you talk about her.
Jeanne of Wentzville, MO
The ones who kills me are the ones who say they will vote for republicans if Hillary gets the nominations.. Well, go right ahead. You are probaly a REPUBLICAN ANYWAY.. I SWITCHED MY VOTE FROM Obama to Hillary after the entire media started slamming her. My thoughts are very simple. Anyone who can take the kind of abuse from the media, Obama, Fox news, Cnn, John Edwards, Chris Matthews, Msnbc, Huffington post, Oh well should I continue? She can surely run this country.. Way to go Hill.. By the way, I am an african American Male who will be voting for Hill.. I'm on her web site at this moment sending more MONEY..WAY TO GO..
When Bill left his bodily fluids on Monica's dress and then lied about it on national television he sealed her fate as never being elected as president in America. How can she look after a nation if she isn't even aware of her own husbands hanky panky right under her own nose. Or was she aware and just ignored it? Just how much is one woman willing to give up to be in the spotlight as people laugh at her both in front of her face and behind her back. Hillary is a political junky looking for another fix and Bill is merely her enabler
I'm an African-American woman and an evangelical Christian and I believe Hillary should be the next President of the United States. But she is suffering from vision drift. People have lost a sense of her vision for our country. It is powerful and it is prophetic. But the message hasn't been getting through. Hillary needs to hold a town meeting. Get up close and personal, be transparent and paint the picture of the America and the world she envisions eight years from now. Then tell us how we're gonna get there.
Jack maybe she should try to shave her head! Then again maybe not. The real question is if she would release Bin Laden if caught? Please send help! Convince Lou to enter the race! Lou for president!
Continue your positive campaign to help America while you ignore the unfriendly, unfair, and unbalanced attacks by the mainstream media. You're winning this thing, lady. Just keep it up!
To have a shot at a win in Iowa, Mrs. Clinton simply needs to speak from the heart, state why she is the best choice, and avoid pointing out others' negatives.
Hillary should try to get an endorsement from daytime tv celebrities such as Regis and Kelly, Judge Judy, or Tyra Banks.
Firstly, Hillary cannot win and she will not win.
She cannot overcome the mean spirited nature of her campaign, Bill supporting the war, then changing his mind, her staunch support of a nonsense war in Iraq and the vote on Iran, the License issue, her planting questions and changing slogans and her behavior 2 weeks before the election. It comes across as phony, plotting, etc. Furthermore, the new Anti Candidate poll shows the true disdain Americans have her. Poll after poll shows Obama with a lead, despite the margin of error. Remember, Dean's young supporters came out in full force, voted and supported him. It was his scream that cost him. Dean's camp has moved to Obama, so there is no question that his folks will be out in full force. Hillary is bad for the Dems, worse for America.
Now, get this....Bill says that he and Bush Sr. would go around the world on Hillary's behalf, if she gets elected, as ambassadors of US goodwill, to erase W's destructive impact.
Wait! I thought the new slogan Hillary has (copying Obama) was "change." How can you propel change if your husband is friends with the current Republican President and you would use him in your administration? How can you round the democratic faithful with such idiocy? Hillary and Bill just don't get it and the Dems in key state won't get them.
She and her bid to be President will be the biggest joke, come Jan 08.
Hillary should stop letting us see the Hillary we don't know. With all this touchy feely advertising I'm starting to get sick. More importantly, I'd like to know how many more tapes were "accidentally" destroyed in the fire today. Seems a little too conveninent for my liking.
Let Hillary be Hillary. She does best one on one or town hall setting where people see her as a real person.
Hillary will win if she continues to manipulate the media's excessive influence over elections. Whether CNN wants to believe it or not, this is a race for the nomination and none of this has been decided yet. For many registered Democrats, she is the last person we'd want to see in the White House. Asking what Hillary has to do implies that there is no other choice, but to answer your question, she will need to do a lot.
First, she needs to show voters that she has new ideas, instead of giving the Edwards and Obama campaigns more material. At this point, the Clinton machine needs her to be careful with her words and try to capture more of the young vote and connect with voters. She's got the best fund raising organization out of all of the Democratic candidates, so if that doesn't win her the nomination, it's true that she is really that unappealing to voters.
reading the messages post I would like to say to all the news teams in this country DAMMMMMM GOOD JOB....... MISSED YOU ALL......NICE TO SEE YOU BACK. ....... BLESS YOU BLESS YOU BLESS YOU Keep talking all of you
The more people see Hillary and hear her positions, the more people will flock to her. She doesn't just talk about change, she makes it happen. In order to win this Hillary has to continue meeting and greeting as many Iowa and New Hampshire voters as humanly possible. Commonsense will tell them that Hillary is the right choice.
Hillary Clinton has (it appears) a solid base in Iowa. I listen to her speech in Johnston yesterday and there was a since of urgency and belief that the people of Iowa would have a chance to make a statement for her in the caucuses. She may have lost her inevitability, but certainly expectations of a Clinton Whitehouse seems to resonate with the voters there.
As she lays out her vision, her greatest challenge will be maintaining her clear agenda for the nation and reestablishing our international image that has been stained by the current Adminitration's us against the world attitude.
She sounds presidential!!!!!!!!!
Hillary Clinton may win in Iowa, but I don't think she will win the big prize! She is carrying too much "baggage", that is open to scrutiny! White House Travel Office debacle, Rose Law firm billing records, her bombing out on the healthcare care initiative while her husband was in office, wanting to appropriate 1 million dollars to build a "Woodstock Festival Museam", are just a few things that she will have to explain if she gets the democratic nod for 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue!!!
She will spend so much time explaining her past political life that she will not have time to tell the American people what she can get accomplished as President. My vote will not be in her column, but no Republican currently running for President interests me either!
Most Republicans and lots of Democrats are on the Hate Hillary Bandwagon. As Iowans have got to know her better, we've seen her support in the state hemorrhage. Hillary Clinton is too polarizing to win the Iowa caucuses, and way too polarizing to win the General election.
And honestly– I'm a Democrat. but if it came down to her and McCain, I think I'd have to go with John.
win? I don't want to hear that word associated with her.
She has been a Senator for how long? and even with her previous calling as first lady what has she done?
She hasn't chaired a single committee she has been on and she hasn't lead one battle for any noteworthy bill.
I think even Mrs Nixon even after Dick's impeachment would have had a stronger presence in the Senate if she had decided to run.
The people around her in the Senate don't like her and thats a big indicator she is not worthy.
Honestly if she can't lead in a democratic owned Senate how can she lead the Country.
And although i am not voting for him this time around if edwards was good enough for everyone to back him for vice president then he should be good enough for president.
Elect Duncan Hunter he is the only person running that has actually forced the building of Fence along our southern border and it reduced crime rates 80% in San Diego.
I think he is the most presidential and he won't let us down with the most important battle of the next 50 years.. Illegal Immigration.
20 million illegal aliens today every 5 years that number will double
do you want to be 80 years old and fighting a Civil War ?
because if we don't do something drastic now while we just still can
in 20 years we will be in one.
She is doing great... the deal will not be closed until inauguration day and we can actually say Madam President. This is History in the makin.
It’s an uphill battle because the country it’s truly divided in (½) half. I believe that it will take someone different to fix this mess and a woman might just be THAT. She is a fighter and relentless and I truly think she can fix some of our problems.
Lou From Miami
Her so called experience can't get her out of this defeat, she had once got a good 8 years taste of leadership, she should therefore give the chance to somebody who has a better goal to bring a positive change America needs, and that person is Obama.
she can continue meeting face to face with th voters and avoid the press who are bent on picking her to pieces...while at the same time giving Obama a free ride...she should talk about health care and the economy and let the voters come home to the one with the experience and maturity to be president of the united states.....
ANOUNCE THAT JACK CAFFERTY WOULD BE HER CHOICE FOR VICE-PRESIDENT. GUARENTEED TO GET MY VOTE FOR THAT CAMPAIGN
Hillary needs to begin acting like the first woman candidate and not the 2nd Clinton. Her retoric that she spews is old Washington stuff, there is nothing new. Unless she steps up with some hopeful news, no body's going to pay attention and we'll go with someone who at least seems hopeful (Obama). Edwards, enough about your poor upbringing, what are you going to do for us folks who are just getting by now?!?! Hillary and Obama are pounding you, stop acting like number 2!
Senator Clinton is fine. Isn't there anygbody out there who knows that Senator Biden is running for President?
Let Slick Willie do the dirty work which is something the slilver tongue devil does best!
These pollsters are trying to give us heart attacks. I am an admitted Obama partisan, and I go from day to day thinking he is ahead, he is behind, his message is working, the attacks on him are working. I remember the good old days when we waited for the election results - just one shock to the system - and not this daily torture of changing fortunes.
She needs to stop attacking Obama. He comes off as a really nice guy, making her look hopelessly desperate. The experience speech doesn't fly anymore. She's missing the mark that we want something totally different. Finally, she better rein in Bill. It appears they're on two different pages.
Hillary needs to sit back, let Obama beat her like a bad piece of meat. Enough of the Bushies and Clinton's. Change, Obama has the smarts to get the country turned around . He is such a breath of fresh air. Joan
Hillary should point out the budjet surpluses, healty economy, successful foreign policy, and world credibility of the Clinton years, and then juxtapose this history with the Bush years.
maybe hillary could use better judgement in who she has out there campaigning for her. does she think we all forgot how bill clinton disgraced the same office .
We got into Iraq fast enough!!!!!
Hillary must get real with the voters. Everybody can see through her new strategy 'softening' her image. Who cares if her mother thinks she is a great person? I'm sure Barbara Bush thinks good old G.W. is a great person, but that hasn't helped his presidency, now has it? She must return to the issues and the issues only if she wants to end up on top.
The Iowa Caucuses are not crucial to Hillary Clinton becoming the Democratic party's candidacy for president. President Bill Clinton has been saying this for weeks and he knows how to run for President. The media is so hungry for news about the election which they have to cover daily that they have made us feel as though Iowa is so important. What's important is "Super-Duper Tuesday." When is someone going to figure out how to remove Iowa from this distorted position as the first primary?
I think more and more people see Hillary as part of the problem not the solution to Washingtons "business as usual" ideology. 8 years of Clintons and 12 years of Bushs is enough allready ... time for some new blood and ideas .
Mrs. Clinton has been showing her warmer side for years.
She just uses new ways of showing it from time to time.
Hillary Clinton will be your next President ,Jack...you can say that i told you so in Nov 2008...love your Cafferty file...your just an old grouch..that's what i like thanks
Dear Sir, I reside in Canada, and do get some of my news from CNN, but I am at a loss to find that on CNN nothing happens in the rest of the world, in fact an earth quake in Alaska, which as I understand is part of the USA is covered more fully on BBC than CNN. After watching Wolf Blitzer this evening, I have come to the conclusion that CNN stands for Clinton News Network. He should resign and marry the woman if he is as infatuated as he appears.
The "old ladies" may be for Hillary but if they stop and think they sure must not want her for the position of "Commander in Chief"!!
Hillary needs to take two weeks off then quit.
Hillary needs to do what she has been doing since the beginning of this campaign... keep telling the people what they want to hear.. not the turth, how she feels or what she actually believes. Isn't this how we americans want our politicians to lie to us all the time to make us feel better?
The Dems won the last election by promising to end the war in Iraq. Score so far Bush 1 – Dems 0. Nancy Pelosi , hoping to get Bush's co-operation no doubt, said impeachment was off the table. If the Dems want to win, impeachment should be back on the table right now.
Last time I checked, both Clinton and Obama still had day jobs as senators. If either wants to be sure to win, they have to start saying the "I" word. Voters will stay away from polls in droves if they don't start hearing the word 'impeachment".
The only one who has said it so far is Kucinich, and he hasn't got a prayer.
The person who wants to be the next president has to bring up the "I" word – impeachment. Voters (and the world) want to hear that Bush/Cheney will not get away with what they have done to the country and the world. Just electing a new president will not not help the U.S. gain its former high esteem and respect in the world.
Trying to sell a new administration's policies while ignoring all the impeachable offenses pulled off by Bush/Cheney will be like trying to sell your house with a big pile of steaming doggy-do in the middle of the living room. Justice must not only be done, it must be seen to be done.
The excuses against impeachment must stop, the war, the election, blah, blah, blah. A Democratic presidential candidate with guts and a good chance of winning (Clinton, Obama) has to start the "I" word discussion. Can a president be impeached once out of office? I hope so, but I doubt it.
There are plenty of Republican voters who would like to see the impeachment process begin. Wouldn't it be fun to force the mostly dismal crop of Republican prez candidates to acknowledge that George W. Bush and the mess he has made does exist? A smart Republican candidate just might realize that if they want the White House they have to first clean it. Can't sell themselves to voters with that pile of doggy-do steaming away in the White House.
My bet is on Huckabee to be first to pick up the pooper-scooper.
Besides, it would give the Democratic representatives something to do besides continue to lose every battle to Bush.
Stay out of the mud.... and let the boys duke it out.
The only thing left for her to do is drop out! We do not need her brand of politics.
Hillary doesn't need to do anything Jack when you and your buddy Wolf Blitzer are trying to change the election. I just read the New York Times report on how your network is constantly calling Obama "Osama" how disgraceful!!! Why don't you two put on Clinton 08 T Shirts and stop this little facade of "unbiased journalism"
I wish people would stop worrying about her supposed lies. They are all going to spin their words but what it means in the end is what should matter. Also, the US is the only country that was particularly concerened about Bills indiscretion, let it go folks. I agree with many other people that asked about what detailed info they can give us about how they will end the war, pay down the debt, fix government extras, fix our image around the world and so on. By the way, if you are truly to dumb to come up with real answers I wish you wouldn't take up space. Bill, for instance was trying to say the era of refusals to talk is over and to ask Bush senior to do join is not a bad idea. Who said the only way is by bashing Bush junior? What ever happened to talking? We have some VERY serious problems that aren't getting a lot of attention yet but you can bet it will affect every person in the US, rich, poor, stuck in between we are in this together and it serves no purpose to bash people who are not reading this stuff any way. We as a country are in serious financial straights with the war costing more than even Kerry said it would, the housing markets, the China syndrome-have you been looking at labels? Jesus, shut up and be real. No one wants to hear the "women" jokes, and most of us haven't met Hillary so we really can't say whether she is real or not. I have to say I liked Obama but to go from there to asking a junior senator to take on all the problems we have including the ones Bush created I think is too much. Please, if your going to write for these blogs then write useful info (not just quit now). If you want your two minutes try to do stand up comedy instead.
The first thing Hillary should do is in the morning is look in front of a mirror, and practice getting rid of that “Window shade smile of hers,” up and down in a
Microsecond. Sincere? Come on!!!
Also, ask her to consider spending summers in upstate New York at Skaneateles lake where she summered with her with her very sincere buddy,” You have my word on it, I never...etc” when he addressed the Nation.
“I promise you, if elected to the Senate, I will promote business and vacations in Upstate New York.”
They both head for Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts since she was elected to represent N.Y. in the Senate.
As one wit has said,” Don’t tell me where you’re going; tell me where you have been.”
John McCain, tortured, refusing to come home early from prison at the Hanoi Hilton when given the opportunity and all he had to do ,was,(apologize for the war) but, just as he would not pander to the guards and get relief from torture.
He now speaks with courage without regard to the voting consequences on issues that are controversial.
Using a boxing analogy, he is pound for pound the best candidate for President of the U.S. if voters will vote on INTEGRITY, INTEGRITY, and INTEGRITY.
He does not weave and dodge and put his finger in the air to find out what the polls want to hear, but speaks with INTEGRITY, INTEGRITY, INTEGRITY.
The rest of the candidates, in both parties are all well intentioned but in the amateurs compared to John McCain, a leader for all of us concerned about our country.
Bill McLaughlin, Rochester, N.Y.
Hillary needs to be upfront with the American people. She needs to stop reading her lines and start speaking from the heart! She has the ability, but she must become personable.
Do we really want Hillary in the Whitehouse. From Bill's comments, He and Bush 41 are going to restore our credit around the world. Do we need the same old
tried, politics and same old people. I think we need a fresh start. Give the new guy a chance, we know what the Clinton's and Bush's have done. Not so good. If it dose'nt work out vote him out in four years.
So let's talk about who we want to fix the mess and defend us against terrorists on the Democratic side.
Given the choice between a sweet little guy from Illinois who just started his career and sounds a lot like Jimmy Carter who seems to have no idea about how to deal with the jerks in Washington, and who listens politely to his wife and seems even to fear her a little and has never pushed through a major bill or initiative during the course of his career...
...a woman who has given birth, survived numerous public scandals, including a wandering husband, ran her own campaign, succeeded in convincing cynical New Yorkers that she could get the job done and then GOT it done, rose up against entrenched sexism (remember, women got the right to vote AFTER blacks in this country!) to run for President, and continues to push and push and push for what she believes fearlessly....
Hey Barack, wanna talk about audacity? At this early stage in your career, and, as a man, with all the entitlements that come with being male, you have NO idea what it means.
I want Hilary to defend me against all these problems. I don't care about feeling good about myself or idealism, we can't afford those niceties given the huge problems and dangers our country faces now!!!
" Hillary has to ANSWER THE QUESTIONS ! She continues to dodge the issues that are important and now her focus is trying to be warm and fuzzy, its a little late for that. Besides we dont need a warm and fuzzy president we need a strong individual who will go forward and straighten out this mess we are in. "
Jack, I thought she already showed her strong side. Think before you type.
It appears that the only thing you need to do to win iowa for the republicans is be a born again Christian, it doesn't matter your stance on anything. But, just so long as the majority of the "non-denominationals" are told by their ministers who to vote for...the blind will obey.
Hilary can't rule this country. we all know that!!
At times we want to put her husband in charge, and at times we pretend that he would not interfere if she gets to the white house.
This kind of schizophrenia can only be seen in Anglo-saxon countries like America:
On the one hand we want change. and we know Hilary has too much bagage and compromises for any type of change. Yet we pretend she can change something in washington.
on the other hand we heard Madeleine Albright and others calling the Demoine Register for her. That alone is a bad sign that it is the same old clinton crew that is going back to work.
This country was wise enough to force people to quit office after 2 mandates. Guess what? Clinton is trying to get the 3rd and may be 4th mandate through the back door.
Americans have surrendered this country to The clintons and the Bushes.
It is high time we take it back and put it back on track.
Whatever she HAS to do, let's hope she DOESN'T do. She's not qualifed, neither intellectually nor morally, to be president. I know this did not stop her husband, but there is no reason why we have to make the same mistake for the THIRD time. And Jack, it's too bad you're not so concered about any of the candidates from that "other" party. So much for objectivity.
now since when did america want a king or queen for that matter?
some one show me hilary's experience as president!!!
or anything else for that matter.
she failed the bar exam in washington, never ever passed it.
she forced bill to give her the health care program study when he was president.
she succeeded in killing the project with special interest and the insurance companies.
so we went without the health care reform she was supposed to have fixed, got the money for it, and double dipped with insurance lobbyists payments to her.
Therefore her only experience was being clinton's wife.
I guess Laura must be preparing to jump into the race as president's wife.
She should change herself to someone totally different if she wanted to win in Iowa or the party's nomination. For some reason the media is pushing in her favor.
The best democratic candidate in this election is Joe Biden. The most electable one is John Edwards.
Who Cares? The media has her front and center. Whatever happened to us, the citizens who represent a democracy? Iowa is just one state in the union.
The answer is ... nothing.
On January 4th, people will wake up and discover that despite all the hype and all the polls, Obama's supporters just aren't motivated enough to caucus for him. It will be a win for Hilary, and it will not be as close as everyone had anticipated.
All it would take is some lousy weather on January 3rd to deter turnout, and Hilary could win Iowa and regain all the momentum she had lost as the previously pre-assumptive nominee. To think that the leader of the free world for the next four years could be decided by whether there's a snow storm in the state of Iowa in a 24-hour window ...
I am from New York I am proud to have Hillary Clinton as my Senator. Her experience and leadership, her willingness to go ahead with hard choice and her willingness to stand up for those who cant stand up for themselves. This is what Hillary Clinton brings to the table.
Obama made a great speach a few years ago at the DNC. OK great. so unlike are President he can speak. I guess that would be change but not the kind I want to bet my future on.
opps that should have read our not are
How to win period. I would love to see a woman as president, but a woman that is elected on her own record, elected because of what she is. Not with Bill Clinton at her side. It makes Hilary appear as weak when Bill comes out to defend her and just puts more credibility to what I have heard said that if you elect Hilary you will get Bill back. Let Bill go smoke some cigars!!
Dear Ronnie @ 5:13
Hillary jumping over to Republican side/
Sorry won't work Don't qualify
They are looking for a Uniter/ not a pork barrel specialist
Independants don't want her either
Independant from Iowa
just be herself
People, polls and pundits have unfairly exaggerated thyew importance of the IOWA caucuse results. Super Tuesday is all that matters. Why do all the pollsters behave as if 2008 cycle is like any other? It is NOT. Super Tueesday is different this time and organization and money will matter.
Hillary has BOTH on her side and she is doing well nationally so GO HILLARY 08!
Change her name to Obama, and put a gag on Billy!
she needs to get bill clinton out of the public eye and run on her own record.is he not the man who disgraced himself and the same office she is running for.or do they think the country has forgotten .i havent.
Hillary just needs to be herself and keep doing as she has been doing.
She is ahead and will win.
It's kinda funny to think about the fact that in basic, G W Bush and all the Rep party with all its scandals has been running the Campaign for Hillary for many years now, just with their bad behavior.
That's so kind of them.
Thanks Guys. :)
Promises, promises. All the candidates are making promises. Hillary should remind voters that it is Congress that makes the laws and she, by far and away, has the experiencee and expertise to get things done. How many people know that Hillary could have joined a big law firm but chose, on graduation, to work for children's rights? She has the people at heart.
Jack, She needs to quit listening to you whiny wolfie, and loud mouth lou. There is nothing wrong with the two parties, so you loud mouths should be trying to encourage the candidates to campaign on what they stand for , instead of trying to shape or make a race out of this.We don't need another party lets fix the ones we got!
Charlie M. N.Y.
the united states is not ready for a woman president. maybe in the future the time will be right. with all the world turmoil that is going on we need a leader who will lead the united states into the future.NOT a former president who shamed the political arena with his womanizing behind the oval desk in washington.
there has been no clear choices from any of the candidates on how they will handle many of the problems we face today.. what will they do about the war that we don,t belong in.
this is another presidents idea on how to handle the worlds problems when his
reasoning goes far beyond the war and goes back to when his daddy was in office and what happened at that time.
the 2,nd amem\ndment will be strongly looked at and considered . its one way to take back the government and give it back to the people. THE TIMING IS RIGHT FOR THIS TO HAPPEN
You have done it again. Get on one thing and ride it to death. Hillary did not sound mad to me nor did she cry........................How you would have loved that if she had lost her cool. She is the best thing since sliced bread.
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