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Tuesday, December 18, 2007

RNC Research Dept.: Senator Clinton Does 180 On NCLB

Senator Clinton calls for abolishing legislation she supported… The shifting continues… Logged and saved for future use.



Senator Clinton Voted For The Senate Passage Of No Child Left Behind. (H.R. 1, CQ Vote #192: Passed 91-8: R 43-6; D 47-2; I 1-0, 6/14/01, Clinton Voted Yea)

Senator Clinton Voted For The Final Passage Of No Child Left Behind. (H.R. 1, CQ Vote #371: Adopted 87-10: R 44-3; D 43-6; I 0-1, 12/18/01, Clinton Voted Yea)


Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Touting her brand of 'change'
Clinton packs car museum, then talks to overflow crowd at Marriott

By Hieu Pham
Iowa City Press-Citizen

Democratic Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., continued her bid for Iowa votes Monday by touting not only experience, but a brand of change she said makes her the best candidate to run for president.

"Everybody talks about change in this election," Clinton said. "People have different ideas about how to bring about change. Some people believe you can get change by demanding it. Some people believe you can get change by hoping for it. I believe the way you get change is by working hard for it."

A crowd of about 400 people packed the Johnson County Antique Car Museum to see Clinton, who recently won the endorsement of The Des Moines Register.

With every seat taken, some people were forced to sit in the museum's antique cars. Capacity limits turned down another 200 at the door. That crowd was ushered to the Coralville Marriott Hotel and Conference Center across the street. After speaking at the museum, Clinton went to talk to the overflow crowd at the hotel.

Clinton and her supporters are on a "99-county blitz" through Iowa to gather support before the state's Jan.3 caucuses. As the lead-off caucus, Clinton said Iowans have the "awesome responsibility" to usher the right candidate toward the White House.

Clinton said she would be the best president -- and the one who could beat the Republican candidate in the November 2008 presidential election.

"The best way to judge what kind of change someone will make in the future is to look at the changes they've already made," Clinton said, referring to her work in children's rights and ensuring health coverage for soldiers.

Clinton also discussed her plan for universal health care, renewable energy and education. She promised to make the health insurance industry competitive, invest in renewable energy to benefit the environment, create new jobs and abolish No Child Left Behind.

"I will be thinking about how to restore our leadership and our moral authority around the world," she said. "And together we will not only make history, but we will once again feel pride and progress in the country we love"

Clinton has the lead in most national opinion polls but is running in a tight race with Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., and former Sen. John Edwards in Iowa polls.

"The more I listen to her, the more I believe she's the right one to vote for," said Sinaya Nader, 40, of Iowa City. "I like what she has to say about universal health care."

Nader said she brought her three children to the event so they could "see the next president."

Danny Diaz
Republican National Committee (RNC)

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