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Hillary Thanks 'Everyday Iowans' for Their 'Great Ideas'

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By    |   Monday, 27 Apr 2015 12:00 PM

Hillary Clinton capped off the opening chapter of her low-key, folksy 2016 presidential campaign in Iowa with a similarly low-key, folksy op-ed in which she praised the "great ideas" she heard from Iowans during her listening tour.

"When I came to Iowa, I wanted to do something a little different. No big speeches or rallies. Just talking directly with everyday Iowans. Because this campaign isn't going to be about me, it's going to be about Iowans and people across our country who are ready for a better future," wrote the Democratic Party front-runner in the Des Moines Register.

Clinton's decision to pass on large crowds and media-heavy events was a part of a strategy engineered to avoid a repeat of the 2008 primaries when she finished third behind then-Sen. Barack Obama, reported The Wall Street Journal.

On her three-day tour, Clinton traveled in a van and rarely engaged with the press, choosing to meet voters to "listen" to their ideas.

"And everywhere I went, I met Iowans with great ideas for how we can get there," said the former secretary of state, who added the she "will carry the stories and wisdom of the Iowans I met with me throughout the campaign" and into the White House.

She concluded the op-ed promising that she will "be back soon."

In addition to focusing on small meetings, the Clinton campaign is concentrating on building an organization from the ground up.

"Organizing is the heart and soul of this campaign. As we speak, things are ramping up in all 50 states and the territories. Face-to-face conversations with your friends and neighbors are how we will win. So we're doubling down on old-school organizing," said Marlon Marshall, Clinton's director of state campaigns, in a video released last week.

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The "Ramp Up Grassroots Organizing Program" will place one paid campaign staffer in all 50 states to train volunteers through the end of May, according to The Dallas Morning News.

However, the Clinton team is finding it more difficult to shield their candidate from news outside of the campaign bubble.

In addition to having to tackle questions about Clinton Foundation donations and her own trustworthiness, Clinton is under pressure to fill in the gaps on issues that are important to Democratic primary voters, such as free trade.

While she was able to remain under the radar in Iowa, it was more difficult in New Hampshire as the Democrats' intraparty fight over trade entered the conversation.

When asked about her position on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a 12-nation trade deal being promoted by the Obama administration, Clinton answered vaguely that "any trade deal has to produce jobs and raise wages and increase prosperity and protect our security," according to The Washington Post.

As the Post reported, her response "placed her in an uncomfortable spot between the pro-business and pro-labor wings of the party. The trade issue is being closely watched by liberals who would prefer a more adamantly left-leaning candidate to carry the Democratic banner."

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Hillary Clinton capped off the opening chapter of her low-key, folksy 2016 presidential campaign in Iowa with a similarly low-key, folksy op-ed in which she praised the "great ideas" she heard from Iowans during her listening tour.
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