January 24th, 2008
05:27 PM ET
6 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. B Johnson

    I argued with my 81yr old father that all white people are not racist, and wouldnt vote against Obama just because has black in him. That all whites were not hiding their racism in the closet. But now I guess even the clintons just use blacks for to get what they want but dont really care about people and honesty and fairness, I sadden by this. I guess USA will have to wait a little longer for all the racist to die befor this country can become what we say we are.

    Watch out Latinos!! Be careful !! It does hurt when your friend betrays you.

    January 24, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  2. Bimmer

    She wanted to show that she was not ignoring other important states.

    January 24, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  3. joe






    January 24, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  4. Collette

    Ok I forgot what election year this was, are we voting for Hillary or Bill. More like Billary!

    Come on CNN just one comment!

    January 24, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  5. D, Altanta

    I'm disappointed with CNN too. You guys need to bring back that good ole investigative reporting style if you want to return to the number one slot. Evidently making news to make money just doesn't work..

    January 24, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  6. John Smith,SC

    to Amy,
    Feel free to vote Mccain. Hillary sitl win. You know why, those that supporte her will stil sick with he no matter what. Hillary is the best chance of democrats to regain the White House. Obama ain't no different in double talk. but she has the record of helping people. the man ain't ready wheather you like it or not. The best chance for him is to be VP and run the 8 years. so Hillary haters you are welcome to republicans thats the reel democrats we stick with HRC. Obama will win in SC because he and his campagn play the race card. But guest the 75% Black voters will clearly finish to convince even the stupid guy that Obama is the Black candidate. He will baddly loose on SUPER TUESDAY.


    January 24, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  7. Rich

    Why don't the media just admit it? Hillary is STILL ahead in ALL of the polls (excluding SC where she's beginning to bridge the gap). And yet, they continue to glorify Mr. hope...change...hope...change (and no plan to get there). Have you all noticed how negative Obama has now become? Whatever happened to the politics of change?

    In over twenty years of evaluating the media and its influence on politics, I have never encountered more biased and slanted reporting. I challenge all Democrats (both those who support Obama and those who support Clinton) to watch CNN, FOX and MSNBC and compare the coverage of the two candidates. You will find one candidate CONSISTENTLY receives positive coverage. And it's not Hillary Clinton! They have grossly exaggerated quotes, generated titlesfor their stories that are designed to inflame and are actively promoting a negative agenda. And yet, Hillary continues to make the good fight. She continues to soar in national polls, and she continues to LEAD.

    For some reason, I thought it was the media's responsibility to REPORT THE FACTS, not editorialize them. If they did, in fact, report he facts, they would be mentioning far more often that Clinton is leading in delegates, leading in national polls and continues to surpise the pundits!

    January 24, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  8. Maria

    I am worried that Obama supported Bush on the energy bill.

    January 24, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  9. Cheryl

    BIll and Hill has torn this Democratic Nation apart. Even if Obama is not elected, Lets make sure their reign in the WHITE house is over.

    January 24, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  10. Steve

    Obama is honest, but are his campaign staff and followers as honest? A man is known by the company he keeps.

    There is no difference between the two camps.

    January 24, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  11. Greg

    I would love to know why it is that we never see any positive coverage of Hillary's campaign on these so called political news supersites and stations? All I hear when I turn it on or bring it up is all about the current "flavor of the month" B. Hussein Obama. Give it a rest...have you checked your latest polls for super tuesday? Hillary is up in almost 20 states btw. Shouldn't that be a news story? Ooops, I forgot...then you wouldn't be able to sell advertising! I remember all the great things Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton did for this country...turned it around after the frist Bush screwed it up so royally. So soon you all forget who it was that had your back and made us proud to be Americans...it wasn't Bush and it sure as hell isn't gonna be someone like Obama who would need on the job training. Thank God people still think...hence the super Tuesday polls! Rock On Hillary! I, for one, have got yoru back...Madam President!!!!!!!

    January 24, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  12. Me Me

    She is shrewd. She understands her husband is great at this campaign thing and especially among people of color so she just moved on to states that might like her. Like poltergist she's back.
    How did she get ahead of Edwards? Edwards and Obama should be running instead of Bill again. Wonder is she wins who will raise his/her hand to promise to govern our country. Him? If they were honest it would be him and Carvelle.

    January 24, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  13. Ben

    I'm sick and tired of everyone on these boards. Shallow, insincere, vile, discriminatory, hateful...what other words to describe a forum in which 1% of the comments represent something with intelligence and articulation.

    Stop with the smart *ss comments, and start with the SMART comments.

    What are we basing our votes on? Is this MTV the Real world (which is far from reality), or is this suppose to be America, where we set unprecedented levels of progress by becoming America?

    Power to the mindless who have lost their sense of the world around them.

    January 24, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  14. john, NJ

    looks like CNN is biased so no tallowing my comments

    January 24, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  15. pam , s.c.

    clintons welcome to the south , now go home

    January 24, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  16. James Brown ( Independent )

    America already knows the Clinton's can't be trusted , and a vote for Hillary is putting another Republican in office.

    She simply can not win in the General Election.

    January 24, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  17. Sylvia

    Hillary is STRENGTH

    January 24, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  18. Kelly Puckett, Kenton, Ohio

    She is smarter than any one else running for President. It's time for a woman to lead this country, goodness any thing would be better than what we have now. Gooooo Hillary

    January 24, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  19. James Brown ( Independent )

    America already knows the Clinton can't be trust .


    January 24, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  20. JC

    About time we had some HOPE in the this world instead of another 8 years of what we have had since 1980 with few results.


    January 24, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  21. Helen

    As I have said before Quit whining BO and Michelle. Can't stand th heat get out of the kitchen. Hilliary is what America needs, and yes Bill is a bonus along with Chelsey.

    January 24, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  22. Gee

    Hillary doesn't have anything to worry about. There are a lot of Hillary supporters who do not even get on a computer. These messages on here are not a sample of what the American voters will do.

    Hillary 08

    January 24, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  23. wes

    With so many states in the 5 Feb primaries, her visits seem perfectly reasonable to me, especially with the extremely aggressive reception in South Carolina. I am concerned that many in that state view other candidates as standing in the way of Obama, although he has minimal Senate experience, much spent running for the presidency. The notion of entitlement to the presidency has been a frequent theme. I wish that Obama had the maturity or leadership to tone this notion down instead of fanning the flames.

    January 24, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  24. aware

    I am very disappointed in Obama. He is now showing his true colors. He is an ego driven politician who uses negative vituperative adds. He makes teaser statements without content and then whines if someone asks/suggests what the content might be. Obama is a novice and has many so called experts who may not give him the best advice.

    Donna Brazile hasn't helped Barack. She was probably the first to play the race card. Robert Reich is still smarting over not getting his way in the Clinton Admistration and is venting/blogging as well. None of this is good for Obama. It just heats up the race issue. :(

    Obama has become a very devisive candidate. It may not have been his intention, but it is the way it is.

    Obama is far from ready for the White House!

    Hillary 08

    January 24, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  25. Freedom

    I posted a question at The politico about Hillary's youtube video censorship, go there to vote so they can ask the question at the debate.

    January 24, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
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