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Campaign staff DROVE 'ordinary' Iowans to Hillary's first campaign stop – including health care 'lobbyist in training' who was an Obama campaign intern and Biden chauffeur
Austin Bird sat for coffee on Tuesday morning in the town of LeClaire, Iowa, chatting with Hillary Clinton as photographers snapped pictures
News reports called him a 'student' and her campaign called it an unscripted event
But Clinton's Iowa political director Troy Price drove Bird and two other people to the coffee house
Bird is a hospital government relations official who interned with Barack Obama's 2012 presidential campaign
The Iowa Democratic Party, which Price ran until a week ago, tasked him to be Joe Biden's driver during an October Senate campaign trip in Davenport
Hillary Clinton's astroturf candidacy is in full swing in Iowa.
Her Tuesday morning visit to a coffee shop in LeClaire, Iowa was staged from beginning to end, according to Austin Bird, one of the men pictured sitting at the table with Mrs. Clinton.
Bird told Daily Mail Online that campaign staffer Troy Price called and asked him and two other young people to meet him Tuesday
morning at a restaurant in Davenport, a nearby city.
Price then drove them to the coffee house to meet Clinton after vetting them for about a half-hour.
The three got the lion's share of Mrs. Clinton's time and participated in what breathless news reports described as a 'roundtable'– the first of many in her brief Iowa campaign swing.
Bird himself is a frequent participant in Iowa Democratic Party events. He interned with President Obama's 2012 presidential re-election campaign, and was tapped to chauffeur Vice President Joe Biden in October 2014 when he visited Davenport.
'What happened is, we were just asked to be there by Troy,' Bird said Wednesday in a phone interview.
'We were asked to come to a meeting with Troy, the three of us, at the Village Inn.'
The other two, he confirmed, were University of Iowa College Democrats president Carter Bell. and Planned Parenthood of the Heartland employee Sara Sedlacek.
'It was supposed to be a strategy meeting,' Bird recalled, 'to get our thoughts about issues. But then all of a sudden he says, "Hey, we have Secretary Clinton coming in, would you like to go meet her?"'
'And then we got in a car – Troy's car – and we went up to the coffee house, and we sat at a table and then Hillary just came up and talked with us.'
Bird said 'we all were called.'
'I mean, Troy asked us all to do – to go to a meeting with him. And we didn't really know what it was about. I mean, he did. He knew.'
originally posted by: jimmyx
they had to be checked out. I would have done it too. the republicans will go to great lengths for a "gotcha moment"....as we have seen on a regular basis in the past....they have called her every name in the book, and been threatened by the looneys on the right...and besides, you don't think the republicans that are running are not doing the same thing?...get real
originally posted by: howmuch4another
a reply to: Answer
I have seen full blown segments each day devoted to Hillary since she announced and she hasn't even given a live interview or speech but Rand Paul has received flat hostile interviews and Rubio got a minor 2 minutes focused more on Jeb.
I agree...it is going to be a long one.
originally posted by: Answer
I still want to know why the media went completely ape shyte over her stop into a Chipotle.
How is that news? How is that worthy of lengthy discussion on every news channel?
They detailed her order, they talked about how "She's just like us! She eats Chipotle!" Yeah, and she probably had god-awful diarrhea afterward like the rest of us, too.
This is going to be a looooooong campaign if idiotic crap like that is what will qualify as "election news." It almost makes me wonder if they're desperately reaching for anything that will distract people from Hillary's scandal pile.