- The Washington Times - Monday, April 27, 2015

Hillary Rodham Clinton gave a shoutout to some of the Iowans she met on her presidential campaign’s first swing through the early-voting state, as she hammered home her campaign theme in an op-ed Monday in the Des Moines Register.

Mrs. Clinton recalled meeting Bryce Smith of Adel, Iowa, whose student debt made it hard from him to expand his bowling alley business, Brendan Comito of Des Moines who can’t find enough skilled worker for his family business and single mom Bethany Moore, a single mom of of Olin who juggles a job, school and raising her kids but worries about college debt.

She used the Iowans as examples of some of the “four big fights” that are the centerpiece of her campaign.

“We can do a lot — if we do it together. We can build an economy for tomorrow, not yesterday, where being middle class means something again. We can strengthen families and communities, because when families get ahead, our country gets ahead, too. We can fix our dysfunctional political system and get unaccountable money out of it once and for all, even if that takes a constitutional amendment. And we can protect our country from the threats that we see around the world and ones that are still over the horizon,” Mrs. Clinton wrote.

Her appeared on the newspaper’s opinion page didn’t provide new policy proposals or stake out new positions but it kept Mrs. Clinton in front of the voters, reminding them that she was in the Hawkeye State two weeks ago.

It also reinforced her message that the campaign isn’t about her but about everyday Americans and their struggles and aspirations.

The former first lady, senator and secretary of state also reminded voters that she’s a grandmother, something she often references in a campaign to help show that she’s regular person too.

“When I talk with fellow grandparents, I can see it in their eyes. We share the joy in seeing our little ones start to thrive — but also a sense of responsibility to do everything we can to leave them a world with more opportunity. I want all our kids to have the same chance at success as my own granddaughter. And that’s what I’m going to fight for as president, every single day,” wrote Mrs. Clinton.

“I will carry the stories and wisdom of the Iowans I met with me throughout the campaign and hopefully onto the White House. You are the reason I got into this race and I will work my heart out to earn your votes,” she said. “I’ll be back soon. Thanks for having me, Iowa.”


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