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I Am An 'Everyday Iowan' And Here Is How Close I Got To Hillary Clinton Today


Hi. My name is Erika Smalley. I grew up in Iowa. I am currently a student at Kirkwood Community College.

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That's the same place that Hillary Clinton visited on her first campaign stop to my state. I went there to see if I could meet Hillary. Here is Hillary's press release:

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I arrived about an hour before the event and all I could find were reporters.

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Lots of reporters.

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Which is funny, because all they had to stare at was an empty Iowa field.

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Anyway, some protesters trickled in.

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These guys were funny. They were called the 'Nerd Squad.'

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They wanted to 'fix Hillary's server for free.'

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I also found some Hillary supporters.

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It was getting close to the time when she would arrive so I tried to enter the college. I was told 'Sorry, press only,' by a Hillary staffer.

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So I took a selfie.

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Then someone shouted “She's coming!” And everyone started running. So I ran with them. Here is my point of view:

Here is how close I got to Hillary when she arrived:

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She snuck in the backdoor and reporters were complaining that they were 'here for hours' and she wouldn't even 'let them see her.'

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I noticed students pressed up against the glass in their classrooms so I took this photo. I learned later that they had been locked down for Hillary's arrival.

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Then everyone just waited like kids staring over a fence.

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I wandered around and found this awesome guy who shared some of my sentiment.

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I take that back.

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The guy in orange pants was taking a break after all of the running when someone yelled “There she is!”

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Look closely: There she is!  People asked her what it's like to be back in the game. She said, “Great!” Waved and got in car and left.

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Then she drove right by me in her black van.

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This is as close as this 'everyday Iowan' got to Hillary. Her van zoomed right by me, though I could not see her.

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“Goodbye Hillary!”

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And that was my experience as an Iowan trying to see Hillary.

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