The three “everyday” Iowans seen talking to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at a coffee shop on Tuesday were personally invited and driven to the “roundtable” that has been described as unscripted, according to the Daily Mail.
The three individuals have been identified in the report as former Obama campaign intern Austin Bird, University of Iowa College Democrats president Carter Bell and Planned Parenthood of the Heartland staffer Sara Sedlacek.
Bird reportedly spilled the beans in a phone interview with the Daily Mail, revealing that a Clinton campaign staffer, Troy Price, called him and the two other people to set up a meeting at a restaurant in Davenport, Iowa. Bird, who also once chauffeured Vice President Joe Biden, said they didn’t realize at first they were going to be meeting with the former secretary of state.
“We were asked to come to a meeting with Troy, the three of us, at the Village Inn,” he told the Daily Mail. 'It was supposed to be a strategy meeting…then all of a sudden he says, ‘Hey, we have Secretary Clinton coming in, would you like to go meet her?’”
After “vetting” them for less than an hour, Bird said they were driven to meet Clinton in LeClaire, Iowa, during one of her first campaign stops. The three of them, he recalled, sat down at a table and Clinton soon “came up and talked with us.”
“I mean, Troy asked us all to do – to go to a meeting with him. And we didn't really know what it was about. I mean, he did. He knew,” Bird added.
More from the Daily Mail exclusive:
It's unclear how many Iowans featured in photographs with Clinton that rocketed around the country on Tuesday were planted.
'The mayor of LeClaire was there, and his wife was there,' Bird said, recalling the scene at the coffee shop.
Price was executive director of the Iowa Democratic Party until a week ago, when Clinton's team tapped him to be its political director in Iowa.
He did not respond to a request for comment.
Read the full report here.