DES MOINES – Is Hillary Clinton’s shyness the reason the world doesn’t know her better? That’s what she hinted at during a visit with husband Bill Clinton and Magic Johnson to a grocery store café this morning.
“I know that people think, well, we want to know more about her personally, and I totally get that,” she told reporters at the Hy-Vee supermarket.
“It’s a little hard for me, I’m not -- it’s not easy for me to talk about myself, I’d rather talk about Magic,” she said, turning to Johnson.
In recent days, Clinton has brought out childhood friends and people she’s helped over the years to tell stories about her character. She has campaigned with her mother and daughter.
But she hasn’t been seen on the trail with her husband for quite some time, it seemed like the culmination of the campaign’s humanizing project when they appeared together to autographs the t-shirts of high school basket ball players and shake hands with other students and school officials who had been gathered together by the campaign for the occasion.
Johnson, who gave out a generous supply of high-fives, seemed to be the biggest draw for the young people. “We just met a legendary basketball player!” said one of the players, junior Devon Cort. “And the president.”
“And the Senator!” added Lavell Bell, a senior and another basketball player.
Meanwhile, Bill Clinton ranged far and wide, with reporters following him from the deli to the Poinsettia display with questions about the campaign.
Asked about the little time he’s been able to spend with his wife, he said, “It’s the most difficult part of this, you know. The most efficient use of our efforts is that she’s in one place and I’m in another.”
Hillary Clinton made small talk with the Iowans and asked them to caucus for her. “How are you today? I’ll need you to caucus for me,” she said to a woman named Donna Allen. She turned to Johnson and said, “Donna is going to caucus for me!”
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