Hillary Clinton Rails Against ‘Dysfunctional Political System’ In Iowa

Alex Pappas Political Reporter
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Fresh off her entrance into the presidential race, Hillary Clinton on Tuesday appeared in Iowa for her first public appearance of the election, striking a populist note while railing against what she called the country’s “dysfunctional political system.”

“We need to fix our dysfunctional political system and get unaccountable money out of it once and for all,” the Democrat said during a roundtable at Kirkwood Community College. “Even if that takes a constitutional amendment.”

That comment amounts to a bone thrown at the liberal base, which supports a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United.

Clinton participated in what her campaign described ahead of time as a “roundtable with educators and students” at the community college in Monticello, Iowa.

She gave a hint of what her campaign stump speech would sound like, also saying: “We need to build the economy of tomorrow, not yesterday. We need to strengthen families and communities because that’s where it all starts… And we need to protect our country from the threats that we see and the ones that are on the horizon.”

Clinton, who road-tripped with aides and Secret Service agents from New York to Iowa after her Sunday announcement, is in Iowa for two days this week. Her aides said the trip, focusing on smaller communities in Iowa, will also allow her to meet with elected officials and political activists who participate in the state’s first in the nation caucuses.

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