Clinton Hits the Road in a Van Named 'Scooby'

Candidate heads to Iowa with 'a more humble approach'
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 13, 2015 7:50 AM CDT
Hat Tossed in the Ring, Clinton Hits the Road
In this March 23, 2015, file photo, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton leaves after speaking in Washington.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

Shortly after her big Twitter announcement, Hillary Clinton headed for Iowa in a van that's been dubbed "Scooby"—the Des Moines Register reports that is indeed a reference to the 1970s cartoon, which featured a van of its own: the Mystery Machine. Clinton is doing roadside meet-and-greets as her three-car caravan—an effort to stay as discreet as possible—stops for gas and food. One aide, though, tells Politico, "We know at some point she’ll get OJ'ed like the White Bronco." Other Clinton news:

  • Her two-day stay in Iowa will include an educational roundtable at a community college, as well as a business roundtable and small meetings with community leaders, activists, and government officials, the Des Moines Register reports. It's all part of what campaign leaders say is her goal "to take a more humble approach this time around" and get the chance to sit down with "real people," as the Register explains. Bigger events are expected in May.

  • Clinton already has a campaign dream team of sorts—from longtime allies to newbies from the Obama sector. Among more recognizable names: Campaign chair John Podesta, longtime aide Huma Abedin, and Clinton loyalist Harold Ickes, whose role is still unclear. (Politico has a more comprehensive list of Clinton players.)
  • Rand Paul's team apparently didn't waste any time after Clinton's announcement yesterday: As the Verge notes, his online store now features a few "anti-Hillary" items, including a "Hindsight Eyechart" and a $99.95 fake email server.
Meanwhile, Clinton's logo is meeting with mixed reviews. (More Hillary Clinton stories.)

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