On Thursday, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged Iowa supporters to help her turn back a strong challenge from Sen. Bernie Sanders in the upcoming Democratic caucuses.
“We have different records and different ideas,” she said.
Clinton said she wants to reinforce the Affordable Care Act, for example, while Sanders has proposed a single-payer insurance system.
But she downplayed the differences among Democratic candidates. Instead, she accused the Republicans of running on “paranoia, prejudice and greed.”
She told 200 people in the audience that “the economy does a whole lot better when we have a Democrat in the White House.”
Clinton had led most public opinion polls in Iowa. But the race has grown closer — she now leads Sanders by an average of 4.7 percent, according to Real Clear Politics.
Sanders is drawing attention for a new ad that uses a Simon and Garfunkel song in the background. The ad features images of Iowans at work.
Clinton plans a series of appearances in Iowa Thursday. The caucuses are Feb. 1.
At Thursday’s speech here, at Simpson College, Emily Hutchison quickly volunteered that gender matters in casting her vote.
“Men have been running this country for more than 200 years,” said the 24-year-old cosmetologist from Martensdale. “It’s time for a woman to take over.”
She’s concerned about abortion rights, and said: “Bernie's a guy. ... A guy just can’t get it.”