Clinton talks Trade Agreements, More Jobs and Gray Hair during Visit to Des Moines

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- Democratic presidential candidate and  front - runner, Hillary Clinton spoke to the masses on Sunday in what she is calling her 'official' campaign launch.

Clinton announced she was running for president in April but this week started a 'formal' campaign tour beginning, in Iowa.

"I may not be the youngest candidate in this race but with your help, I will be the youngest woman president," laughed Clinton.

She addressed the estimated 600 supporters at the Elwell Building on the Iowa State Fairgrounds by asking them to give her a chance. In return she told the crowd what she would do for them.

"I hope to produce more jobs for more people, create more economic opportunity and prosperity while trying to build a strong foundation on what we do next," she said.

Clinton told the crowd she would make college more affordable, increase wages for women and make sure lives would be better for future generations. She also called out President Obama on his dealings with the highly controversial free - trade agreement.

"In order to get a deal that meets these high standards, the president should listen to and work with his allies in Congress; starting with Nancy Pelosi, who has expressed concerns on  what a weak agreement would have on our workers to make sure we get the best strongest deal possible. And they don`t get it ,there should be no deal," said Clinton.

Clinton supporter and former Democratic Party chairwoman, Sue Dvorski said, "She is without a doubt in my mind the most qualified candidate who has ever stepped forward to run for president in the history of this country. She has a remarkable resume of achievement and compassionate work behind for 40 years."

During Clinton's 35 - minute speech, she called  out her opposing party. She says she can pull the country out of its trenches like other Democrats have done in the past.

"Both democratic presidents from the last 35 years, one being Barack Obama and the other being my husband, showed that is possible to do better and they both inherited problems from their republican predecessors."

The Iowa Republican Party Chair, Jeff Kaufmann responded saying:

"Iowans stick with politicians they trust, which is why Governor Branstad and Senator Grassley have been so successful - it’s also why Hillary Clinton has struggled here. From a secret email server, to questionable business dealings with foreign governments, Iowans know they can’t trust Hillary Clinton. Iowa Republicans are united to stop Hillary Clinton and restore Republican leadership to the White House in 2016."

But the event wasn't entirely malicious. Clinton told the crowd she understands the difficulties and stresses of the job. She joked, "All our presidents come into office looking so vigorous and then we watch their hair grow grayer and grayer. Well you won’t see my hair turn white in the White House!" The crowd erupted in laughter and applause. Clinton later admitted she has colored her hair for years.

She will continue to campaign launch tour in New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada.


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