Hillary Clinton's 'Scooby' Van: An Insider Gives Details on the Iowa Road Trip
Newly-minted presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton is likely finishing up her first campaign road trip Monday night. By evening, she’s expected to pull into Iowa, where she’s scheduled to make her first official campaign appearance on Tuesday.
Clinton, 67, decided to hit the open road after realizing last year that she likes the freedom of driving to political events, a campaign staffer tells PEOPLE. In 2014, bad weather forced Clinton to drive to New Hampshire, rather than fly, in order to campaign for fellow Democrats. Clinton enjoyed it, so she opted to drive to Iowa in order to have a flexible schedule and the chance to meet people along the way.
Clinton made news Monday when she revealed that she’d nicknamed her campaign vehicle "Scooby," in honor of the Mystery Machine van driven by the gang on the Scooby-Doo series.
Now a Clinton campaign insider has given PEOPLE a few exclusive details about what it’s like being along for the ride in Scooby on the first leg of Clinton’s journey.
• Scooby, a black GMC van, is familiar to residents of Clinton’s New York hometown, Chappaqua. It’s the vehicle she normally uses to get around town.
• Riding along with Clinton are “a couple of staff” as well as her small Secret Service detail.
• Clinton and crew stopped in Pittsburgh on Sunday night. At a hotel there, she ordered room service from a menu that had a section appropriately titled “Scooby Snacks.”
• What kind of Chipotle order befits a presidential candidate? Well, at a stop in Toledo, Ohio, on Monday, Clinton got a chicken burrito bowl with black beans, guacamole and iced tea.
• She’s a healthy snacker. Road munchies packed for the drive include almonds and cottage cheese.
• Reporting by SANDRA SOBIERAJ WESTFALL