Posted: 2:40 pm Thursday, September 29th, 2016
By Jamie Dupree
On the day that early voting started in the Hawkeye State, Hillary Clinton rallied supporters in the state capital of Des Moines, urging her backers to get to the polls now and lock in their vote for November 8.
“Are you ready to go to the polls?” Clinton asked to cheers, as she reminded voters they can cast their vote.
Clinton pointed out a 103 year old woman who had come to the rally, and was ready to cast her ballot.
“She’s going to vote early today to make sure her vote counts,” Clinton said.
Clinton also made sure to mention Bernie Sanders – whom she campaigned with in New Hampshire on Wednesday – trying to unify Democrats for November.
Clinton gets cheers for saying she was with Sanders yesterday, notes she worked w/ him on college affordability plan pic.twitter.com/C61F4UMxnZ
— Iowa Starting Line (@IAStartingLine) September 29, 2016
As opposed to Trump’s rallies on Wednesday, where he spent most of his speeches in Iowa and Wisconsin on the attack against Clinton, the Democratic Party nominee once more spent most of this campaign event focused on her own campaign ideas.
“I want this election to be about something, not just about somebody,” Clinton said, as she talked about climate change, equal pay for women, paid family leave, jobs, education, economic growth and more.
Clinton, speaking in Iowa on their first day of early voting: "I want this election to be about something, not just against somebody"
— Liz Kreutz (@ABCLiz) September 29, 2016
But it wasn’t like Clinton totally ignored Trump, as she questioned his business practices, saying there are too many stories of workers and small businesses who were not paid for work, and taken advantage of by the real estate mogul.
“What kind of person does that?” Clinton asked. “That’s just wrong.”
Clinton argued that Trump’s view of the future is a dour one, saying the Republican standard bearer spends a lot of time “dumping on America,” as she also again demanded that he release his tax returns.
Clinton also clearly enjoyed several mentions of the first Trump-Clinton debate from earlier this week.
“I have no idea what he’s going to say next time,” Clinton said of the next two debates, “but I will spend some time preparing for it,” she said with a smile.
The next Presidential debate is Sunday, October 9.
About the Author
Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog. A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989.