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"If we didn't channel the energy and put some attention to it in the hopes of a potential 2016 campaign, it would be political malpractice," Smith said.
The event Saturday, at Exile Brewing Co., was the organization's first in Iowa. A two day statewide organizing event for early March is in the works; in 60 meetings, organizers hope to expand their email list, identify volunteers and raise small donations of $20.16.
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Clinton has not yet made her 2016 intentions public.
"The person to person conversation is so important," Olson said. "We tried it the other way in 2008, and we're still trying to elect Hillary Clinton president."
Labor leaders also offered advice on when and where Ready for Hillary should reach out to Iowans, such as county fairs.
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Leaders say they expect a potential Clinton campaign to learn from its mistakes in 2008.
Leaders from both the Clinton and Obama 2008 campaigns co chaired the event.
"We're with those people who were against her in 2008," Smith said. "The doors are open. This is not about you were there, you were not there. It's a clean slate. Everybody gets in."
with a breakfast meeting with Iowa labor leaders, including representatives from the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, AFL CIO, the Iowa teachers' union and Progress Iowa.
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"At this point in time we're going to be pretty focused on the 2014 races," he said. Senate and House are opportunities for future Clinton volunteers to learn the ropes.
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Others in the group brought up a need for a Clinton campaign to reach out to minorities, young people, people who live in rural areas and people who aren't typically involved in politics.
On hand were Jackie Norris, who was Obama's Iowa campaign manager in 2008, and Tyler Olson, who was one of a couple of hundred state co chairs for Obama. Also there were Clinton '08 chairs Teresa Vilmain and former Iowa Attorney General Bonnie Campbell.
"Our goal is to try to harness the energy and enthusiasm throughout the country for Mbt Shoes On Amazon a potential candidacy for her and try to channel that into something useful," said Craig Smith, the national director of Ready for Hillary.
At a later gathering with about 30 top Democrats, leaders and attendees made a number of comparisons to Clinton's ill fated 2008 campaign, with one Democrat saying that the campaign leadership was Washington centric and ignored the grass roots.
"Jackie (Norris) and her team were nimble, and our team was bureaucratic and sluggish," said Phyllis Peters of Ames.
"It's an interesting organizing strategy in terms of getting out and making the ask early," said Ken Sagar, president of the Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL CIO. "I think they've learned from past experiences what they need to do."
Ready for Hillary is what's known as a super PAC, or political action committee. It's working to build national grass roots support for Clinton should she decide to make a bid for the White House. By law, the group cannot be affiliated with a Clinton campaign.
"People are just honest," said Vilmain. "And then they're also just real."
"It's a very powerful symbol, in terms of being able to mesh both of those grass roots organizations behind one candidate," said Jerry Crawford, a Des Moines lawyer and Democratic political operative. "It's a little emotional for me."
But Sagar said his organization has other priorities first.
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