January 24th, 2008
05:27 PM ET
9 years ago

Clinton returns to South Carolina for final push

Clinton is in the middle of a final 48-hour push in South Carolina.

Clinton is in the middle of a final 48-hour push in South Carolina.

(CNN) - Hillary Clinton has returned to South Carolina to make her final push before the state's Saturday primary.

The New York senator spent the last two days looking ahead to the "Super Tuesday" states while her husband made the rounds in South Carolina.

Her absence led some to question whether she was conceding the state to rival Barack Obama, but she's stepping up her campaigning in the final hours.

Clinton on Thursday was delivering a speech on the economy in Greenville before heading to Anderson. Obama was attending an event in Kingstree, a roundtable discussion in Beaufort and rallies in Beaufort and North Charleston. Clinton and Obama were to appear separately on African-American radio host Michael Baisden's nationally syndicated show.

Clinton and Obama are leading the race in South Carolina, ahead of former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards, who was holding events in Greenwood and Seneca Thursday.

The Saturday primary wraps up a week marked by tense rhetoric regarding the role of race in the presidential election.

The candidates have been trying to win the support of South Carolina's African-American voters, who make up roughly 50 percent of the state's Democratic primary electorate. Obama is leading that group in most recent surveys.

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soundoff (193 Responses)
  1. Fred

    When you just use Clinton insetad of Hillary or Bill it can get confusing. Can you please use full names, because now that the whole family is campaigning I can't keep it all straight. Thanks!

    January 24, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  2. Bimmer

    Good for the country and the world.

    January 24, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  3. Amy

    I am so disappointed with Hillary. It is sad that our first woman candidate is so DEPENDENT on her husband to drag her across the finish line. This confirms to me that she can not handle the Presidency alone. Thanks a lot Hillary for the co-presidency campaign. I am going with Obama. He can handle the job alone.

    January 24, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  4. josh

    well its about time hillary! are you so convinced that obama will win that state that you're pulling a Giulliani. New York politicians, kings and queens of the fashionalbly late. It may be fashionable but the votes will tick down like a timebomb! Boom, you lose!!!!!!!

    January 24, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  5. Jimmy

    McCain talks about nightmares because he is having more than a few lately.
    It is one of his worst nightmares : the thousands of young American lives lost and wounded with serious brain injuries and his wanting to keep troops in Iraq for years to come with no thought at alol that a military solution is not possible in Iraq.
    On top of that McCain does not seem to realize that the enemy are in Afghanistan
    Terrorists , Taliban and Osama Binladin !!!!
    Latest McCain nightmare is Chuck Norris , a close pal of Huckabee. Maybe McCain has this nightmare where he keeps saying in his dream . NO, I am not TOO OOLD, I am not too old, I am not too old....Chuck Norris you hit a nerve on McCain

    January 24, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  6. caesar

    Oh yah right! First leave the state when times get rough, and leave it to Bill to take the heat and screw your campaign up even worse.
    Well, it doesn't surprise me actually. Afterall, she is relying on hubby to show her how to get into the Whtiehouse properly.

    January 24, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  7. Rich In Seattle

    She probably had to go and meet with Karl Rove to get more ideas on how to attack Obama. She sure loves those "Republican Ideals" when it comes to how she runs a campaign. I wonder if she'll do a push poll asking "Would you vote for Obama if you knew he fathered a black baby?"

    January 24, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  8. s.positive

    I guess South Carolina is not so important to her...

    January 24, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  9. David, CA

    The most recent polling data shows a significant surge in support for John Edwards at the expense of both of his colleagues, presumably due to the recent bickering between the two. He's highly unlikely to win the primary, but there's a good chance he will again push out Clinton for second (most of the polls giving Clinton a less than 10% spread over Edwards, with significant momentum in opposing directions), which would be a significant blow to her campaign. That's probably why she decided to come back.

    January 24, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  10. Emily

    And I am so dissapointed in Obama. He may have taken his ad off the radio but he sure trash-talked Hillary to the media today.

    January 24, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  11. discipline

    Look at HIllary face. She looks so worried. She went to get money and make promising and favors to her endorsers.

    Hillary is back because Bill got into an argument with the media attacking everyone around him as usual because I cannot make it out because Hillary has won the last two states.

    It was placed on the news that Hillary is not in South Carolina and Obama was in a poor school on TV and did not leave the people of South Carolina but stayed and listened to their needs.

    Bill call Hillary and told her to watch the tv and get back to south carolina as fast as she could because as usual bill was messing her up.

    Bill is losing it. I am afraid he is going to tell HIllary to drop out, it is financial before they go bankrupt.

    I dont know about America but I will be happy when this entire mess is over.

    Personally, I would not want to be President with a trilllion dollar deficit to foreign countries, borrowing billions from China, at war, in recession appoaching depression, global warming, invasions of mexicans, abortions, gay rights, the dollar bill falling like lightning.

    Who in their right mind could come in there behind Bush in 4 years let alone 8 years and clean up mess that has festered for nearly 25 years. It is not logical no matter who wins. We are in depth by trillions so all the promises from all the candidates are not worth a hill of beans.

    January 24, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  12. Robin

    Hillary, we LOVE you in Southern California....Cannot wait for Super Tuesday!

    January 24, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  13. Andre, California

    Jonathan Alter’s intro in a Jan 24, 2008 Newsweek article is a poignant reminder that perhaps splits such as the one that exist currently in the Democratic party, such splits have often existed in American politics. Per Mr. Alter: The last major presidential candidate from Illinois, Adlai Stevenson, was approached by a voter in the 1950s. "Governor, you have the vote of every thinking American," she said. "That's nice," Stevenson replied. "But I need a majority."

    Mr. Alter goes on to write: “Obama's best hope is that Democratic voters aren't as dumb as Hillary and Bill Clinton think they are. The outcome of the primaries depends on whether, amid their busy lives, voters can get a general fix on who is more often telling the truth about the barrage of charges and countercharges.”

    He summarizes what many of us have felt about the cynical patronizing approach that Senator Clinton and former President Clinton (or Billary as even their supporters have called them) have used since getting into trouble after Iowa.

    By the way, for those whose knee-jerk response to this post will be an Ad Hominem attack on either this post (“you’re an elitist, etc, etc) or an attack on Mr. Alter, take a moment and educate yourself about what an Ad Hominem attack is. And then realize that you are using an Ad Hominem attack because you don’t have a legitimate response to the points raised above.

    Finally, this is not to suggest you have to be “college educated” to see through the Clinton haze. That’s not the point. The point is that people who have confidence in their ability to think freely see the approach the Clintons have taken the past 3 weeks for precisely what it is: cynical and patronizing. Now, people who understand this reality may still vote for them for other reasons (“we don’t care, we want a woman president” or “I’m part of the Democratic establishment and the establishment puts food on my table” or “I want a position in a Clinton Administration”). But, at least admit to yourself what you’re doing.

    January 24, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  14. Leah

    I agree with everything Amy said above.

    Goooo Obama '08 .... and to Billary 'just go home'

    January 24, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  15. discipline

    To Amy

    I agree I was for HIllary too but I see now as you do that Obama can handle this mess alone.

    January 24, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  16. charlotte

    Amy, have you not noticed it's now 3 to one. Poor baby, he must stand alone. It's just not fair....

    January 24, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  17. RidiculousSC

    Get a life people, if your family doesn't campain for you then no one should. Obama's wife Michelle is out there every day campaining for her husband, you are just mad because she doesn't get the press Bill does. TOUGH! Get over it, Obama does not need any more excuses, besides he will take SC so what is all the whining about?

    Go Hillary!!!

    January 24, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  18. Nathan

    James Carville was spot on about the precious little lady's of the Obama campaign. I've never heard such whinging. When Hillary is the "candidate for Punjab" it's business as usual. When Obama's Iraq justification is a "fairytale" the Clinton's are from the KKK. If Obama can't handle Hillary and Bill, what hope has he got against Republicans! They'll say you eat baby's, hate America and are in love with bin Laden.... And that will be just the first day. Cry me a river Obama, your sickly sweet stuttering words mean nothing. Come back in 20 years with some kind of achievement.

    January 24, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  19. Adrian

    Noone criticises Obama when Oprah was campaigning for him..so why should anyone begrudge Hillary for having Bill's help?Obama already said he won't manage the government but leave it to his staff to do it while he just focus on the vision thing and bringing people together. So how is he to do the job alone??

    January 24, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  20. teddy orlando fl

    Hillary Used to like Bill as president until the whole what is is thing

    Hillary Clinton is not good for the country the american people etc etc

    The fact that she will do what ever IT TAKES even lie is not what americans are looking for

    I really hope Obama can win by a landslide in sc and by a super majority on feb 5

    then and only then can the demcratic party get down to beating mccain and only Obama can beat Mccain

    If hillaRy is the Democractic nominee I am voting for Mccain at least he ALSO seems honest

    Obama 08 – the HONEST GUY

    January 24, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  21. Adam, Los Angeles

    In a way, it was a smart move on her part. Bill is really enabling her to be at two places at once and she's taking full advantage of their dual "star" factor.

    January 24, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  22. just a note

    When Obama was elected to the U.S. Senate, he said he wished to get things done rather than grab headlines, and cited Senator Hillary Clinton as the sort of workhorse he wanted to be.

    January 24, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  23. docrock,tx

    What if they had an election,and nobody came?Would it invalidate our constitution,or our election process?To have a Twenty four month primary cycle seems a bit of an overkill.Each candidates bathroom habits are examined closer than the substance of their campaign rhetoric.Would it be possible to have one page devoted to facts,instead of vague plans with no specifics.The candidate that recieves my vote,will be the one that has a clear and detailed plan to deal with my countries problems.Which at thetime are too big to name.Is there any way to lose the "I hate your candidate"attitude,and get back to values?Surely we can abide the comments of another PERSON,without verbally abusing them.Remember,no matter what,we are all allowed Freedom of Speech.

    January 24, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  24. Karen, Jersey City

    I'm disappointed with CNN for not allowing my comments.... I wonder if this is Bill's doing...

    January 24, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  25. Cathy C

    I wonder what the rhetoric would be if Bill Clinton didn't campaign for Mrs. Clinton. Come on people did you all expect for the candidates to hold hands and sing Kumbaya? It's obvious that Mrs. Clinton can take the heat, can Mr. Obama?

    January 24, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
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