Clinton opens up about surprising concerns voters have days ahead of Iowa caucuses

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Voter Concerns That Surprised Hillary Clinton Most

From her husband's first presidential race in 1992 to her last run for the White House in 2008, Hillary Clinton is arguably the most seasoned candidate crisscrossing Iowa ahead of Monday's caucus, but that doesn't mean she can't be surprised on the trail.

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Clinton was taken aback by "the amount of concern that people have about addiction and mental health" she explained in an interview with AOL.com in Cedar Falls, Iowa late Tuesday. "I really wasn't expecting that, and I didn't know that it would be top of mind for so many people."

The Democratic front-runner, who leads nationally by large margins but faces a closer race in Iowa and New Hampshire, introduced a $10 billion plan to combat America's "deadly epidemic" in September, which includes state and federal partnerships and treatment-focused solutions for addicts.

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Hillary Clinton, former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, speaks during a campaign event in Decorah, Iowa, U.S., on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016. Hoping to persuade undecided Democrats with just a week until the Iowa caucuses, Clinton and Bernie Sanders took on some of the questions that have most dogged their candidacies, from trustworthiness and e-mails to feasibility and socialism. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images
MARSHALLTOWN, IA - JANUARY 26: A supporter of democratic presidential candidate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton holds a campaign sign during a 'get out the caucus' event at BR Miller Middle School on January 26, 2016 in Marshalltown, Iowa. With less than a week to go before the Iowa caucuses, Hillary Clinton is campaigning throughout Iowa. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton laughs during a rally at BR Miller Middle School in Marshalltown, Iowa, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
MARSHALLTOWN, IA - JANUARY 26: Democratic presidential candidate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during a 'get out the caucus' event at BR Miller Middle School on January 26, 2016 in Marshalltown, Iowa. With less than a week to go before the Iowa caucuses, Hillary Clinton is campaigning throughout Iowa. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Hillary Clinton, former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, speaks during a campaign event in Decorah, Iowa, U.S., on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016. Hoping to persuade undecided Democrats with just a week until the Iowa caucuses, Clinton and Bernie Sanders took on some of the questions that have most dogged their candidacies, from trustworthiness and e-mails to feasibility and socialism. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images
MARSHALLTOWN, IA - JANUARY 26: Democratic presidential candidate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during a 'get out the caucus' event at BR Miller Middle School on January 26, 2016 in Marshalltown, Iowa. With less than a week to go before the Iowa caucuses, Hillary Clinton is campaigning throughout Iowa. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
MARSHALLTOWN, IA - JANUARY 26: Democratic presidential candidate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton greets supporters during a 'get out the caucus' event at BR Miller Middle School on January 26, 2016 in Marshalltown, Iowa. With less than a week to go before the Iowa caucuses, Hillary Clinton is campaigning throughout Iowa. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
CEDAR FALLS, IA - JANUARY 26: Democratic presidential candidate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during a 'get out the caucus' event at the University of Northern Iowa on January 26, 2016 in Cedar Falls, Iowa. With less than a week to go before the Iowa caucuses, Hillary Clinton is campaigning throughout Iowa. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton greets a member of the audience after speaking at a rally at Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton greets members of the audience after speaking at a rally at BR Miller Middle School in Marshalltown, Iowa, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton takes a question from a member of the audience after speaking at a rally at Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
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Clinton also spoke to AOL.com about how surprised she has been to meet many people who are still frustrated at the economy and stagnant incomes. Both she and her primary rival for the Democratic nomination, Sen. Bernie Sanders, have fiercely debated over how they would address the issue in recent weeks. Clinton has recently proposed a tax on extremely wealthy Americans, those making above $5 million.

But the gender pay gap weighed heavily on the mind of a voter she recalled meeting just minutes earlier after a campaign event at the University of Northern Iowa.

"'I worked at the same place for 17 years," Clinton remembered the woman explaining to her. "'I know I'm not being paid the same as the men who work there, and I can't say anything about it because if I ask about somebody else's salary I can get fired.'"

The full interview with Clinton, in which she dishes on her biggest political regret and her thoughts on working together with one of the Republican candidates, will be available on AOL.com later today.

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