U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton sits down with small business owners in Iowa as she campaigns for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton met with a group of small business owners in Iowa on Wednesday as she campaigns for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination. Clinton, who launched her White House bid on Sunday, drove to Iowa to begin campaigning for president. "Small businesses are at the heart and are the backbone of the American economy. And I wanted to come here on my very first trip to Iowa because although our country has come back from tough economic times thanks to a lot of hard work and sacrifice by Americans and their families, we need to do more than just get by, we need to get ahead and stay ahead," Clinton said at the business roundtable. Clinton rolled into Iowa on Tuesday after a two-day, 16-hour ride from her home in Chappaqua, New York. She managed to mostly stay out of the media glare during the trip in a converted van, accompanied by a few aides and a security detail. But that changed once she reached Iowa, a political battleground that holds the first presidential nominating contest in early 2016. Her first stop was a coffee shop in Le Claire, Iowa, where journalists and onlookers watched her order a masala chai tea. She then spent an hour talking to a young mother, high school student and college student out of the earshot of journalists before taking a short walk with the local mayor. Clinton returns to Iowa as the commanding Democratic front-runner and the only declared candidate for the party's presidential nomination in 2016. But she will have to overcome memories of her losing campaign in the state in 2008, when she finished third behind then-Senator Barack Obama and former Senator John Edwards.