New York Sen. Hillary Clinton’s campaign strategy has come into question in the final weeks before Iowa’s Jan. 3 caucus.
A recent New York Times article speculates that there’s a possibility she could strategize to take third place among Democrats in the Iowa caucus, helping former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards to win and prevent rival Sen. Barack Obama from an early lead.
“As much as Mrs. Clinton’s top priority is winning Iowa, her goal of preventing an Obama victory here is almost equally important. The last thing she wants is to move on to New Hampshire and its January 8 primary with Mr. Obama riding a headwind of political momentum,” the Times reported.
Other media outlets have also reported a noted lack of assurance of an Iowa win for the Clinton campaign.
“In interviews with top Clinton staffers, who did not wish to be quoted directly, I was told that Clinton could survive a second-place finish in Iowa and that the state was not do-or-die for her,” Politico.com’s Roger Simon reported.
Thus far, the Clinton campaign is showing no signs of slowing down. The senator is spending this weekend in Iowa and New Hampshire, where she is reportedly in a dead heat with Obama, reaching out to voters and trying to make her best impression on the local community.
Joining the onslaught of holiday-themed ads airing on TV in early decision states, Clinton released her own gift-themed commercial in Iowa and New Hampshire.