October 8, 2007 — NEW HAMPTON, Iowa – Surging in a new poll, Hillary Rodham Clinton urged small-town Iowa voters not to prejudge her based on what others say – then demonstrated her sharper side by eviscerating a tough questioner in a testy exchange.
In a rare departure from her tightly scripted remarks, the former first lady lashed out at an audience member steamed at her Senate vote to declare Iran’s Revolutionary Guard a terrorist organization.
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Randall Rolph, of Nashua, Iowa, compared the vote to the one Clinton cast for the Iraq war resolution, asking, “Why should I support your candidacy . . . if it appears you haven’t learned from your past mistakes?”
Clinton hit back hard, saying, “The premise of the question is wrong, and I’ll be happy to explain that to you.”
Then she suggested Rolph was a plant, saying his question was based on something “somebody obviously sent you.”