Where’s Hillary? Clinton Ditches The Media And Road Trips It To Iowa In A Van

Hillary Clinton road trip to Iowa

Everyone expected Hillary Clinton to hop on a plane and head to Iowa for the first event of her presidential campaign. Instead, Clinton and staff ditched the media, hopped in a van, and are road tripping it to Iowa.

CNN was tipped off after former Sec. Clinton was spotted in a Pennsylvania gas station:

Chris Learn, a 19-year-old student at Penn State Altoona, told CNN that he ran into Clinton at a Pilot gas station. He said she greeted him and asked him questions. He also said she was traveling with a group of people in a small caravan.

“I knew it was her immediately,” Learn said. “I just saw her and I was like, there’s no way that’s her!”

He added: “She didn’t really say why she was there, but I was guessing it was for presidential stuff.”

Clinton is riding in a van, which she has nicknamed “Scooby,” an aide said, because it reminds her of the Scooby Doo Mystery Machine from the classic television cartoon. Asked whether she was behind the wheel, an aide said Clinton is riding and the Secret Service is driving.

The Clinton campaign tweeted out, gasp, a picture of her meeting with ordinary folks:

The campaign strategy here is both simple and brilliant. The main Republican attack on Clinton is that she is a “creature of Washington” who is not in touch with regular people. The easiest way to neutralize the GOP attack is to have Mrs. Clinton not in Washington and meeting with ordinary folks.

The road trip is also a way for the Clinton campaign to reinforce their theme that their candidate wants to be a champion for the people. Clinton wants to run a people driven campaign, and a people driven campaign requires that the candidate get out there and interact with voters. There is also a message in this road trip for the media. Clinton 2016 isn’t going to be all about insulated campaign stops. This isn’t going to be the standard presidential campaign, and the media will have to adjust to what could be a very different way of campaigning.

Hillary Clinton’s campaign is off to a much more authentic start than 2008, and the idea of a road-tripping​ Hillary Clinton has an element of fun to it that Republicans will find nearly impossible to match.

31 Replies to “Where’s Hillary? Clinton Ditches The Media And Road Trips It To Iowa In A Van”

  1. Gramma Hillary wants to make a better world for her grandkids and wants to know what the real world wants and needs are. She has been an astute political activist since her 20s and mastered that , now to put it to work in the lives of the middle class. The world will rally behind this outstanding and strong woman..

  2. This will be an enjoyable couple of years, as we watch GOP candidates attempt to find their van and meet their people, armed and dangerous, with their guns. We’ve already seen the NRA ban guns at their big event, where they invited all their GOP candidates.

  3. Which is THE sign for Americans with more than half a working brain that their benefactors are terrified of another Democrat in the White House, and that another Democrat in the White House is GOOD for average Americans. Best bellwether for sane Americans – EVAH.

  4. Picture Ted Cruz trying that in a truck-stop. He’d probably get shot by some trucker who thought he was an illegal.

  5. If you had an Insane ReichWing Clown Car Posse drooling over you’re every move you would also keep things close to the vest. This election cycle is going to be a watershed moment for the misogynistic right wing, they will put on display every single hateful thing possible when it comes to women and not only expect that women will flock to the GOP in droves, but that when it does not happen then it will be of course a “Liberal Plot”. And you know the GOP all during this barrage of hate for women’s rights will claim that it is they and they alone along with god of course who just love them some girls and are “protecting women from liberals and themselves”…And the Goebbels channel will spew and the women on the right will eat it up.!

  6. Or picture Rand Paul, his highway ride tricked out with conservative symbols and a big portrait of Ayn Rand wrapped around the front, smiling that hideous gap-toothed grin. If I saw that in my rear-view, I’d drive into the ditch, just to get away.

  7. This is a great way for Hillary to start her campaign, but she needs to wean herself off of the big money Wall Street teet. The dems need a serious competitor to run against Hillary to keep her in check, and drive her further to the left. I prefer Bernie Sanders anyway.

  8. Im a happy camper. I love to watch the repubes squirm, and they are in full sqirm mode. Everything they throw at her has already been debunked months ago, by their own side. BTW, where has Issa slithered off to?

  9. She (or her campaign staff writers) should do a nightly HillaryBlog, highlighting the folks she meets every day and the concerns they have — and the policies she’s developing to meet those concerns.

  10. Hillary riding in a van? What a silly gimmick. For the past 18 years she has taken a chauffeured limousine to her private jet and then another chauffeured limousine to her event to preach climate change and how we all need to help prevent it.

  11. Well at least she is trying unlike that grifting ass Wasilla hillbilly who only pretended to ride a bus. But that’s the story of you baggers life, make believe

  12. Perfect! We would also hope that they have to dodge the pesky “wagon burners” (invisible Americans) along the way!!!

  13. Take That You Biased A$$ Bunch of Nothings..!!!!…You are messing…THIS TIME…with a Focused and Determined Lady…!!!!!..So Sick of the pseudo media pundits/journalists whether they be liberal/right wing/progressives are Whatever of that Ilk….You Do Not Run the Show…!!!!..But I will be sticking with This Website for any news on Hillary…You Guys Get It Right…Have dropped daily kos TOTALLY…a bunch of mindless dribble and crap…!!!…GO Hillary….!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. Did you know when HRC was in GradeSchool she was thrilled to volunteer for Guard-Crossing Duty!
    Hill’s wanted to help right from the very beginning!

    I love her logo!
    A friend and I are gonna make Earrings with the H and the Arrow!

  15. Remember these from 4 years ago?

    http://blog.seattlepi.com/davidhorsey/files/2011/06/Piper-6-2-11-color-640×476.jpg

    http://blog.chron.com/txpotomac/files/2011/06/pc195.jpg

    https://factreal.files.wordpress.com/2011/06/politicohatespalin1.jpg

    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-mhIyDycZK_o/TtO_xvdorJI/AAAAAAAAAFY/UMzxLwbxwNY/s1600/Palin-vs-Media.jpg

    I’m guessing THIS time Sarah Palin will try to steal headlines from Hillary and the GOP clown car by hustling that Bristol & Dakota wedding — all summer and long into the fall.

  16. And she likes to strap the dog to the roof of that “chauffeured limousine”, and then at the end of the day use her car elevator to park that “chauffeured limousine” in her 12-car garage …

    Oh, no – wait a minute … that isn’t Hillary, that’s Mittens Romoney!

  17. Loved all those.. The funniest things always have truth ingrained. I hope Sarah has run her course since even Roger has used her up and can’t squeeze even a drop of believability out of her now.
    I bet she is Amy Navarro’s role model for what a mother and good decent children are supposed to be.
    But I will look at the difference between Chelsea and the Obama girls and the Palin crowd to make my decisions about the different parties values.

  18. By and large, I like Hillary, she will get my vote. Its time at least in my life time to vote for a women as POTUS.
    Sadly,The Republicans playbook is lifted from The Nazi playbook, the German people fell hook, line and sinker for the propaganda. At least here in The USA we can dissent, although there is an element (the right wing voter) that are sheep.

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