The presumed Democractic frontrunner visited Iowa

By Adam Carlson
Updated August 15, 2015 12:00 PM
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Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton blasted the Republican candidates as “Trump without the pizzazz or the hair” during her remarks at the annual Iowa Democratic Wing Ding Dinner on Friday.

It wasn’t her only crack of the evening.

“Trickle-down economics has to be one of the worst ideas of the 1980s, right up there with New Coke, shoulder pads, and big hair,” she said. “I lived through that, there are photographs, and trust me, we don’t want to go back there.”

Her speech in Des Moines reiterated her campaign’s major platform positions: emphasizing economic inequality, election reform and women’s issues, among others.

Of the G.O.P. (and Donald Trump as their lead polling candidate), she said this:

“I know most of the attention these days is on a certain flamboyant frontrunner. But don’t let the circus distract you. If you look at their policies, most of the other candidates are just Trump without the pizzazz or the hair.

“Yes, Mr. Trump says outrageous and hateful things about immigrants, but how many of the other candidates disagree with his platform?”

Clinton, 67, also waved away two of the major political scandals she’s faced in recent years.

“Now, they’ll try to tell you this is about Benghazi, but it’s not,” she said, adding soon after, “You know what? It’s not about emails or servers either. It’s about politics. I will do my part to provide transparency to Americans.”

She also joked about her recent email scandal while talking about her new Snapchat account.

“By the way, you may have seen that I recently launched a Snapchat account. I love it. I love it. Those messages disappear all by themselves.

Clinton will be on the move on Saturday as she is expected to attend Vernon Jordan’s 80th birthday party in Martha’s Vineyard. President Barack Obama is also expected to attend the bash as he is currently in town on vacation.