Clinton Loosens Up in Iowa, Even Jokes About Email

Politico thinks she's learned a lesson from past campaign appearances
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 15, 2015 4:21 PM CDT
Clinton Loosens Up in Iowa, Even Jokes About Email
Hillary Rodham Clinton greets people at the Iowa State Fair.   (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Hillary Clinton paid the obligatory visit to the Iowa State Fair today, and Politico sounds impressed that she could be seen "embracing the masses that engulfed her." It's a contrast to campaign events in the past, including her team's now-infamous use of a moving rope line last month to protect the candidate. It's also a notable departure from her appearance in Iowa in 2008, when she didn't want to mingle with the commonfolk, writes Rachel Bade. Clinton also made headlines this weekend for joking about her email controversy, notes NBC News. "You may have seen that I recently launched a Snapchat account," she said at a dinner last night. "I love it. I love it. Those messages disappear all by themselves."

Today, reporters grilled her anew about the controversy, including whether her joke suggested she was taking it too lightly. "We'll see how this all plays out, but it's not something the people raise with me as I travel around the country," said Clinton, again reiterating that she never sent or received email marked as classified. The "marked as classified" is an important distinction: It turns out that some emails were indeed considered top secret, though it's unclear whether that designation came about after the emails were sent or whether State Department officials were careless. To help figure it out, the FBI will try to gain access to the accounts of State Department officials who were there during Clinton's tenure, reports the New York Times. (More Hillary Clinton 2016 stories.)

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