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September 12th, 2014
06:10 PM ET

GOP strategist: Democrats are looking for a candidate, not Clinton, who ‘fill their love tank’

(CNN) – It's been six long years since Hillary Clinton stepped foot in Iowa. The night she lost the state's caucuses in 2008, she came in third.

But she's headed back to the Hawkeye state this weekend. And while she's technically there as a friend for Sen. Tom Harkin's last annual steak fry, a time honored event known for serving up red meat candidates for the general election, it certainly could be interpreted as a step towards announcing a presidential bid.

This time she'd be entering as a clear Democratic front-runner.

A new CNN/ORC poll out of Iowa finds 53% of Democrats say they would vote for Clinton if the caucuses were held today, followed by Vice President Joe Biden at only 12%.

The poll is "indicative of the popularity and familiarity that the Democratic base has with HIllary Clinton," said CNN "Crossfire" co-host Stephanie Cuttter.

"Yes she's got this huge lead, but when you dig in, a lot of them are not in love with her. And (Democrats) wish they could find another Barack Obama to fall in love with the way they did in 2008, another candidate that could fill their love tank," said CNN political commentator and Republican strategist Ana Navarro.

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