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. 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 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  2. henna jan

    GO HILLARY 2008/2012


    January 24, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  3. henna jan


    January 24, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  4. jenny

    Hillary cannot run for president by herself. She, as someone wrote earlier, is depedent on Bill. Without him, she would not have won any primaries.
    She cannot be trusted nor can Bill.
    As democrats we must vote for the person who can bring faith and hope back to the u.s. population.
    America needs B. Obama and America is ready.
    Obama 2008 -change is inevitable

    January 24, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  5. Richard, Mckinney, Texas

    The major problem with the Klinton's is they thinks it their birthright to live in the white house....power is their only objective..not to serve the people..in their eyes the people serve them..

    January 24, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  6. Mary Ann Vigilanti

    Lou Dobbs was insightful when he mentioned that Obama doesn't seem to like fighting. I think he's conflict-avoidant and agree with Mr. Dobbs' observation. So, how can this man be a serious contender for leading the free world with so much conflict in it?

    January 24, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  7. Ed,Ellenville,New York

    Obama ruined his chances by lying in the debate. I've checked very closely what both sides have said and only the Obama supporters have lied. They rephrase and twist comments to fool their followers. Jonathan Alter is a Newsweek writer and as such he has a right-wing perspective. He wants Obama to screw up in the general. He demeans Clinton supporters by calling them stupid, but he's the stupid one. Clinton supporters are supporters because they recognize that they're much smarter people. Obama supporters have hatred of smart people.

    January 24, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  8. Suz

    John Smith, SC
    I agree with you 100%

    January 24, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  9. Bimmer

    The brighest person ever to run for the presidency anywhere in the is taking some much abuse.

    Where is the civility in this?

    One may not vote for her and but there is no reason to be mean.

    January 24, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  10. Annie, CA

    to discipline – wow, I guess all I can say is what an imagination!

    Andre-CA....all of your comments can certainly apply to Obama and his bla bla bla
    If you will just look at the last debate – he was the first to sling the mud...rewatch it if you do not believe me. Obama is part of the system – a very quiet part of the system! Quiet in that he does not explain his positions or answer direct questions when asked....are you one of the 15 million people Obama's proposed health plan will not cover???

    January 24, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  11. Portu

    Honestly do Hillary supporters really believe in her? OR are you jaded and pessimistic by the current state of politics that you will just vote for the machine that serves your interests?

    January 24, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  12. Kendall, San Francisco, Ca

    It would great if McCain, from the party of Lincoln, would make an honest effort to sway African Americans back to the Republican Party. Pat Buchanan once said that African Americans are as " American as Apple Pie". We have been an intregal part of this landscape since colonial times. Now would be the perfect time for African Americans to take a fresh look at the GOP.

    African Americans should realize that the Clintons have succesfully marginalized the first viable candidate of color by using the politics of personal destruction so effectively against him. It is time for us as a people to realize that we do have choices in this election.

    Think about It!

    January 24, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  13. Kris

    Hillary has the nomination all but locked up. All the momentum is on her side. With the NY Times endorsement, the LA Times bringing to light more mistakes by Obama in the Illinois Senate and with more information coming out on Obama's relationship with Rezko, he is fading fast now in all the polls.

    At this point it looks like Obama will win SC, but by a very close margin, and he is only relevant in 3 states on February 5th. Hillary will have the nomination wrapped up after Super Tuesday.

    January 24, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  14. Fact Check

    Obama is not whining about any of this. He's setting the record straight.

    Lord knows he hasn't started crying about how "America needs me. Doesn't everyone know how much I care about winning...and I'm on the right side and everyone else is wrong..."

    January 24, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  15. Frank, MO

    It's the truth ... Barack Obama does the job by himself and the first female candidate comes with her husband as training wheels (35 years of experience ..in what ? Ready in day one ....she or her training wheels ?)

    The presidency is a one-woman or one-man job ... if you need to bring your clan and your royal family you may want to look for a country that is a monarchy NOT the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.


    January 24, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  16. Casey, SC

    Firsty, for all those people who say they will vote republican if Hillary wins the nomination, you have lost the whole purpose of the Presidential Election. Yes they are people, but more importantly they are tools and have specific jobs to do, and I have to look at whose experience I can trust to do that job and who can deliver on those promises. I know for a fact that the Clintons can.

    Secondly, Obama is not ready for republicans!!! If he can't handle Billary, does he really think the republicans are going to be any nicer. They will be 100 times worse than Billary and they will scrutinize his race, his religion, his experience, even his right to be running for President, and their tactics will be a lot worse and dirtier than what we have seen so far.
    They will not be as cordial; they won’t care if they are offending democrats, blacks, white, women or men. All they will care about is getting a republican into the white house.
    When he has one of his ‘King style’ speeches prepared, he sounds great. In the debates however, Obama stutters, loses his edge and is always sounding like he is out of place from a prepared speech, and this is within a democratic debate with Hillary and Edwards.
    Eventually his ‘change’ speech will tire and will be forced to take on the republicans head to head. What then? I envision him spending half of his campaign dispelling myths and preparing ads for every attack.
    He is not headstrong or consistent, Hillary is! Now as much as that can also be translated into a negative trait (as we have seen) It is still one I would choose over Mr. Charisma.

    Hillary '08 (true democrat)

    January 24, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  17. Dar

    I am so tired of Obama attacking the Clinton campaign, then acting like he is a victim. He says he is the candidate who can reach across the isle in Washington to get things done, yet he can't even deal with an opponent in the same party. Race and gender aside, if you listen to the issues and plans to get things accomplished, there is only one candidate, Hillary Clinton.

    January 24, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  18. Brian L Chicago

    I amazes me how anyone, anyone at all can trust or even like the Clinton's anymore. I'm a life long Democrat who worked hard for both of Bill's campaigns.
    It's so clear to me now, more than ever, that for them, it's truly not about duty for the country, it's about their own personal gain. Their M.O. is simply, say anything and do anything to get elected. Her husband is a mysoginist, liar in sheep's clothing. She will stoop to any depth for her own political benefit. I'm truly disappointed.

    January 24, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  19. Hillary for economic reasons

    Don't fool yourself, Hillary will concede to noone. She is one tough woman!

    January 24, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  20. Erik Patton

    Voting for a candidate because they match your race or gender is foolish. If you are voting for Obama because he is black, or Hillary because she is a woman, ask yourself this simple question. If there were two black candidates (or two women candidates) who would I vote for? Chances are you would take a closer look at the candidates, their characters, their policies, etc. Essentially you would have to be informed and choose the best candidate!
    Now put on your blinders and pretend you can't see the race or gender of the candidates in the current race for presidency. Without knowing those details, you have to listen to them, educate yourself on their plan if elected to the presidency, and vote for the best candidate in your opinion.
    May the best man or woman win.

    January 24, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  21. matthew

    remember how Obama whines a lot when people question his record? He's like a little kid that runs to the teacher or to his mom whenever someone says something he doesn't like.

    Let him take SC, it's the last state he'll win.

    HILLARY 2008!!

    January 24, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  22. Wayne

    GO HILLARY!!!!!

    CLINTON 08

    January 24, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  23. Amy R

    This country need a real change. And one we can truly believe in. Not a status quo candidate, like Hillary, that is going to give us double-talk and distortions.

    This is not the 90's. With where we are now globally we need to turn the page and look forward to taking this country to its greatest heights. Hillary Clinton will only have more gridlock and division at this point. Nothing will never happen as Hillary was never successful on healh care before because she does not know how to work across party lines for bipartisan support. We can't wait 4 years for this country to go into crisis with the Clintons. Our time is right now with Obama in '08.

    January 24, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  24. Juan Carlos(Vegas)

    Well, Senator Clinton realized that things were not as left in South Carolina and went back to put the hause in order LOL . GOOOOOOO Hillary!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 24, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  25. TF

    People do not understand the dynamics of politics.
    Is she supposed to wait until Monday before campaigning for a 23- state vote starting in a few weeks time?

    Her Opponents are sitting tight in S Carolina expecating the winning momemtum to take them on a 23 state vote. No one has learnt the story of Iowa. You can never depend on momemtum

    Up Hillary '08

    January 24, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
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