Posted: July 2, 2007 6:28 PM
Former President Clinton Joins Hillary Clinton in Iowa, Video Tour to Follow
Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., jump-starts her “Ready for Change, Ready to Lead” tour Monday night, with the first of a string of joint appearances in Iowa with her husband former President Bill Clinton.
In a guest post on her campaign Web site, communications director Howard Wolfson writes, “We know that President Clinton is a huge asset in this race. He’s uniquely positioned to talk about Hillary’s biography and her lifelong commitment to children and families because he knows her life’s story better than anyone. As Hillary lays out her vision on the stump, he will be invaluable in filling in the details about her life, her background, and her accomplishments for Americans to get to know her better.”
The Iowa blitzkrieg comes on the heels of an announcement that Sen. Clinton was outpaced by Sen. Barack Obama in fundraising during the last three months. Obama raised some $32.5 million and now has $10 million more for the primary fight.
The campaign is adding a new video feature to its Web site called HillCam, to give viewers a behind-the-scenes peak at the duo’s trip through Iowa. A campaign spokesman says the first installment of HillCam could be up as soon as Tuesday.
After launching their tour Monday in Des Moines, the couple plans to spend Tuesday in Iowa City and Davenport. Then it’s on to Clear Lake, Waterloo and Cedar Rapids for the Fourth of July holiday, and finally, the candidate is scheduled to spend Thursday in Muscatine, Ottumwa and Fort Dodge.
The Clintons plan to campaign together again later this month, this time in New Hampshire.
On Monday, Clinton also addressed the National Education Association Candidate Assembly and the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, or ACORN, Presidential Candidate Forum in Philadelphia.
Also this week, Clinton picked up several more endorsements including Philadelphia Mayor John Street and two in New Hampshire, as described by the Manchester Union Leader. One came from Lillye Ramos Spooner, the executive director of Greater Manchester AIDS Project and the first Hispanic woman appointed to the New Hampshire commission on the Status of Women. The second came from Manchester attorney Greg Sargent, a member of the newly formed Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Americans for Hillary steering committee and co-chairman of the NH for Hillary LGBT organizing effort.
Friday, Clinton plans to address steelworkers in Cleveland before traveling to New Orleans to attend the Essence Music Festival and talk about Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts.