The challenge facing Hillary Clinton's well-oiled presidential campaign was on display on Wednesday at the Fun and Family Bowling Alley in Adel, Iowa: enthusiasm or, more precisely, the lack of it.
The leading Democratic candidate gave a polished 45-minute speech, focusing on her economic policies and ripping into Republicans before a capacity audience of over 200. It was well received, particularly when she blasted companies like Johnson Controls, an auto supply company based in Wisconsin, for planning to relocate overseas for tax purposes.
But interviews with a dozen Iowa voters in attendance underscored her campaign's chief concern: a lack of passion among her supporters. Polls show she is locked in a tight race with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in Iowa, which has its first-in-the-nation contest on Monday. He has generated lots of enthusiasm.
Dana Brown, a graphic arts designer who came out to see Clinton, said she supported the former secretary of state for "practical" reasons. But Brown said she's "not sure" she'll attend a caucus to cast a vote on Monday night.