Giving the people what they want, she seconds that emotion
--The New York Times
Las Vegas, Nev., Jan. 13—Still relishing her stunning come-from-behind triumph in Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary, a rejuvenated Sen. Hillary Clinton vowed today to keep her presidential campaign focused on the “invisible Americans” who lifted her to victory and revived her quest for the White House.
Her eyes moist as she spoke to reporters here this morning, Mrs. Clinton questioned pre-New Hampshire polling that had forecast a runaway victory for Illinois Sen. Barack Obama. Many voters, she suggested, simply didn’t have the time to answer telephone surveys or attend candidate events.
“It’s not easy,” she said, her voice quavering momentarily. “It’s not easy being overlooked and ignored.”
Aides to Mrs. Clinton, meanwhile, reported that the senator’s “favorable/unfavorable” ratings in Nevada had stabilized after weeks of steady decline.
“She’s definitely tapped into something,” said chief campaign strategist Mark Penn.
Reno, Nev., Jan. 14—Sen. Hillary Clinton called today for improved early-childhood education for underserved families here in Nevada and elsewhere.
Kicking off her “It’s Really Personal” bus tour in advance of the state’s Jan. 19 caucuses, Mrs. Clinton grew suddenly emotional in response to a question from a voter.
Referring to Reno’s one-time status as the nation’s “Divorce Capital,” a young woman asked Mrs. Clinton how she had managed to keep her own troubled marriage intact.
“It’s not easy,” she replied, tears filling her eyes as dozens of cameras captured the moment. “I’m a real person, and I don’t want to see any family falling backward.”
“She’s six points better when she speaks from the heart,” said communications director Howard Wolfson.
Columbia, SC, Jan. 15—“My skin may be raw, but my spirits are high,” a smiling Hillary Clinton told a rally here this afternoon.
Speaking to an estimated 1,500 people in a high-school gymnasium, the New York senator showed off a large red blotch on her jaw—caused, she maintained, by her recent habit of resting her chin in her hand.
“It’s not easy for me to show my feelings,” Mrs. Clinton said, to rousing cheers from the largely female audience. “But resting my chin in my hand is one sure way for you to know I’m doing it.”
Charleston, SC, Jan. 16—With just 10 days to go before the critical South Carolina primary, an early-morning rally here made a sudden turn toward the surreal, as Sen. Hillary Clinton took the stage wearing a pink bathrobe and fuzzy slippers.
“Some days, it isn’t easy getting started,” Mrs. Clinton told the delighted crowd. “You know what I’m talking about, don’t you?”
“‘Bathrobe Hillary’ is the warm and human person many of us have known for years,” media consultant Mandy Grunwald insisted after the event. “We’re just delighted the rest of the country is finally able to see her that way, too.”
Strategists for the Barack Obama and John Edwards campaigns said that their candidates had no plans to appear in public in sleepwear, although an Edwards aide conceded that they “haven’t taken any options off the table.”
Carson City, Nev., Jan. 17—Overcome with emotion this morning while explaining how difficult it is to show her emotions, Sen. Hillary Clinton…
Sparks, Nev., Jan. 18—Hillary Clinton bit her lip this afternoon as she…
Las Vegas, Nev., Jan. 19—Hillary Clinton today invited the entire state of Nevada to a sleepover at the White House if she’s elected president. With what she called “tears of gratitude” running down her cheeks, she promised to spend as much time as necessary to personally prepare for the party.
Said Mrs. Clinton, “There’s nothing I like more than staying home and baking cookies.”