Surrounded by fans and supporters, Hillary Clinton got up close and personal at the Iowa City Public Library on Tuesday, July 7
She decried the 2010 Citizens United decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that allows corporations to spend unlimited funds in an attempt to influence voters (through ads or other promotional tools), calling it the “worst ever” and vowing to overturn it or appoint justices who would if she is elected.
Clinton’s biggest applause line came when she celebrated the recent U.S. Supreme Court marriage equality ruling that affirmed the right of marriage between any two people regardless of gender.
Recalling her and President Obama’s time at the December 2009 Copenhagen climate summit, Clinton entertained the crowd with a long story of crashing a “secret” meeting between Chinese and Indians reps.
She mentioned several times how excited and proud she was to be a grandmother and called out to members of the 100 Grannies, a local organization fighting against climate change.
She also spoke of the inspiration for her campaign, her granddaughter and her mother Dorothy Rodham, who passed away in 2011.
On being a grandparent, Clinton said, “I did not know how amazing it would be… you are anchored in the present, but thinking about the future unlike any other experience I’ve ever had.”
Today, the Clinton team also announced the hiring of 20 new full-time paid staff in Iowa to help her campaign in the caucus state.