Hillary Clinton should give Republicans nightmares after her impressive speech in Iowa at the Harkin Steak Fry. If this is what 2016 will look like, Republicans are going to be steamrolled by Hillary Clinton.
Clinton joked that the last time she was at the steak fry, a senator from Illinois was there. She wondered aloud whatever happened to him. She said that she and her husband on grandchild watch. Clinton referred to the “other thing.” Former Sec. Clinton added, “It is true that I am thinking about it, but that’s not why I am here today.” Clinton voiced her support for 2014 Iowa Democrats up and down the ticket.
Mrs. Clinton outlined what voters in Iowa have a chance to elect by supporting Democrats in November. Former Sec. Clinton sounded a very populist message while echoing President Obama’s if you work hard and play by the rules you deserve the same opportunity as anybody else line.
Clinton called out a handful of Republican senators who blocked the UN Treaty on Rights For The Disabled. Former Sen. Clinton shared stories about how retiring Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) got things done. Clinton talked about her bio, and how her mother overcame obstacles. Mrs. Clinton discussed her the lesson that her mother taught her that every human being has worth and dignity. Mrs. Clinton said, “One of the reasons this election is, so importation is because there is too little cooperation and too much conflict.”
Instead of distancing herself from President Obama, Hillary Clinton embraced some of the president’s accomplishments. She said, “Under President Obama’s leadership, our economy is on the road to recovery.” Clinton had a strong middle-class message. Hillary Clinton was talking about the 2014 election, but she was also previewing her 2016 message.
Hillary Clinton was impressive at the Harkin Steak Fry. If this is the candidate that Republicans will be facing in 2016, they should be very worried. Clinton looks like she will be a different candidate compared to 2008. She is developing a winning message that is backed by the Clinton legacy of economic success.
Mrs. Clinton spoke out in favor of raising the federal minimum wage. One suspects that the looming 2016 presence of Sen. Bernie Sanders is already pushing Clinton to move her message more to the left. Hillary Clinton sounds like a potential presidential candidate who can answer why she wants to be president and what her agenda will be.
Be very afraid, Republicans. Be very afraid.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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