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Albert R. Hunt

Iowans Applaud Clinton. Politely.

Supporters had praise for a well-crafted speech. But not much passion.
Enthusiasm gap.

Enthusiasm gap.

Photographer: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

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.