Hillary Sticks With Iowa Strategy

Candidate overrules senior aide's advice to snub Hawkeye caucus
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted May 24, 2007 2:29 PM CDT
Hillary Sticks With Iowa Strategy
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Hillary Clinton rejected a top adviser's plan to bypass the Iowa caucuses, the New York Times reports, and she'll visit the state this weekend. An internal memo suggested focusing money and time on February 5's 20-state Super Tuesday instead of the January 14 caucuses. All but one of the last 14 nominees have won Iowa, New Hampshire, or both.

"I think this old system is about to collapse," deputy campaign manager Mike Henry wrote. Clinton, who trails John Edwards and Barack Obama in Iowa polls, repudiated her aide's tactic on Radio Iowa. Any suggestion that she won't compete for the state's first-in-the-nation votes could hurt her there—or deflate high expectations. (More Hillary Clinton stories.)

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