DES MOINES, Iowa a�� After impressing Iowa Democratic activists with a stern tongue-lashing of Republicans at Friday nighta��s famous Wing Ding fundraiser, Hillary Clinton took a step out of her comfort zone to try to win the hearts of the Hawkeye Statea��s vital voters.
She walked out into the crowd of 2,000 politically savvy Iowans and seated herself a few rows back from the stage, listening to other candidates give stump speeches like she was an ordinary attendee. And when the fundraiser finished, and people swarmed to meet her, she took a few minutes to mingle, even signing a few autographs for awestruck fans.
But then she disappeared behind a makeshift black curtain walling off a corner of the ballroom. Fans pushed up against the veil, trying to get a peak of the 2016 Democratic front-runner. But her security detail held them back, allowing only a handful to enter and see the hidden candidate before she left, leaving a swarm of disappointed voters who didna��t get a handshake.
During a two-day sweep of this key early-voting state, Clinton made good on a promise to be more down-to-earth and increase her face-to-face interaction with Average Joes. At the Iowa State Fair on Saturday, she mingled with strangers, took more than 40 pictures with fans and embraced the crowds she so often avoids. At her side was former Sen. Tom Harkin, whose endorsement last week came after a rough run of headlines about her private email account.
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