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Clinton's Iowa Game-Changer

04/15/2015 03:52 pm ET | Updated Jun 14, 2015

In her opening remarks at Kirkwood Community College in Iowa today, Hillary Clinton offered the game-changing idea that she will champion: taking corrupt money out of politics, even if it means promoting a constitutional amendment to overturn the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission case. As Iowa voters, American voters and the political media focus on this over time, the notion of a grand national battle led by Clinton to reform our politics is the kind of futuristic reforming politics that is fervently desired by the Democratic base and mainstream America.

Ladies and gentlemen, this is a huge game-changer, presaging a long overdue national debate about the corruptions of money in politics after the Citizens United decision, which essentially gave the super-wealthy the power to buy elections by destroying bipartisan congressional efforts to limit the corrupting power of political money.

This is big news: Clinton supporting a constitutional amendment will make the corruption caused by money in politics one of the major issues in the campaign, and align Clinton with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and the large majority of Americans who have expressed their disapproval of Citizens United in polls.

I will have much more to say about this topic in an upcoming column. For today, take note: Hillary Clinton's support for a national campaign against the corruption of big money in politics is a game-changer and an important moment in the 2016 campaign.