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. AtlantaVoter

    Other candidate spouses get out there and help campaign and so should Bill Clinton. Good grief, how hard is that to understand?

    Hillary Clinton 2008

    January 24, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  2. Ned

    I am sick of American people feeling sorry for Obama; this is politics. If he can not take the heat then he should get out of the kitchen. Does he think that the Republicans are just going to roll over and play dead with him? Hillary did not turn this into a racial war, Obama did. The media hates the Clintons so much they are willing to say anything to the American people on behalf of Obama. We the American people need to be certain that the right person is elected this time. Some say experience is not necessary, and we all know that experience is needed to do any job. Do you think you could get hired for a job without experience? Let us use our judgment wisely, and not end up loosing the white House to a Republican in November.

    January 24, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  3. Boomer

    I really like Obama but he is sort of a cry baby. He just can't fight with the big boys/girls yet. He needs more experience and more depth behind the great rhetoric. He is playing the race card too often. McCain would beat the pants off him. Hillary might be able to win. Her husband helps her, you say? Who cares??? JFK might not have won without Jackie. I don't want John McCain as president. Hillary for president and Obama for vice president. You say it could never happen? Think again.

    January 24, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  4. carol

    Wow Cnn! Is that the best photo of her you could find? You people are the reason people in this country are sick of turning on the TV!

    January 24, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  5. WL from Florida

    NY Times just endorsed Hillary Clinton.

    Hillary Clinton is the best candidate running and Obama should just save $ 100 million and wait for several years until he has more experience. Why so hurry? Only for his own interests.

    January 24, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  6. aware

    Re: Ad hominem: 1. appealing to one's prejudice, emotions, or special interests rather than to one's reason. 2. attacking an opponent’s character rather than answering an argument. 3. in an ad hominem manner.

    This definition sounds like any politician including Obama.

    CNN reported that "Obama's radio ad includes the claim that the New York senator is the bearer of "false attacks" and "will say anything to get elected." This statement demonstrates an ad hominem manner.

    In answer to a cynical and patronizing male's attempt to enlighten bloggers in order to persuade them to support the preaching, professor of platitudes who will hopefully learn to speak in plain, succinct English. :)

    Hillary 08

    January 24, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  7. minati

    Obama should stop complaning that he is up against 2 clintons. Comon you chose to be a president of USA you can't start complaining about 2 people getting you when you have the world to face. I guees you are not up for presiency yet.

    January 24, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  8. Matt from Il

    Go Hillary Go! You have my support!

    January 24, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  9. BEN

    OBAMA BOY AMERICA IS NOT READY INTELLECTUALLY FOR A BLACK PRESIDENT. YOU KNOW IT AND SO EVERYONE ELSE. YOU ARE NOT RONALD REAGAN. YOU HAVE NO EXPERIENCE, ONLY HOPE.

    January 24, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  10. California

    CALIFORNIA is Hillary country!!!!

    January 24, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  11. James

    Hillary is not dependent on Bill or Chelsea and I'm tired of people knocking her for it. When you're in a campaign, you use everything. Doing this week, I've seen both campaigns go at each other and hey, both camps are to blame for the negative press. Hillary and Obama shouldn't worry about it if their message is good. There's going to be a winner and there's going to be a loser. The important thing is that in November, we win the White House and Congress. I don't believe the country can afford another 4-8 years of Bush's type of government. Hillary, Obama and the media, stick with the issues, and Hillary, Obama, tell your staff to cut it out .

    Tired Soul.

    January 24, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  12. Emily

    So why hasn't CNN put the fact that Hillary has been endorsed by the New York Times in their ticker? They sure are fast to credit Obama's endorsements.

    Enough already!

    January 24, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  13. kuhrdan1

    Kris, I hope your prognostication is correct. I have watched every debate. Senator Obama babbles in generalities. Furthermore, in the most recent Democratic debate, it was Senator Obama who initiated the mud slinging intoned in a gotcha smugness. As Senator Clinton emphatically stated, she has been a direct target by Republicans and fodder for the extreme right wing for the last decade and a half. But she has survived and has learned from her political experiences, whereupon she is now effectively applying her knowledge with ferocity on Senator Obama. Folks it is nature of the beast, -politics!

    January 24, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  14. Steve

    I am watching the Republican debate on MSNBC.

    What a refreshing change from the CNN Democratic debate!

    I am actualy learning about the candidates plans and how they propose to govern, as oppose to watching Obama and Hillary squabbling like 5 year olds.

    For those of you thinking of voting for either Hillary or Obama, think again.

    I am an independent who voted Democrat in the last 2 elections, but not this election. The Democratic candidates are NOT worthy.

    It may be time for "change", but I believe in change for the better, not worse. Obama has NO plan other than to win. In that respect, he is no different to Hillary.

    January 24, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  15. jenny

    I am watching the Republican debate. If Hitlary gets the nomination, it seems that she will be defeated by the republicans.
    Her idea of 35 yrs experience of having tea as first lady with other countries president wives, will not be tolerated by McCain or Romney who have TRUE experience.
    we have to band together as democrats and vote for a person who can get us in the white house.
    OBAMA 2008

    January 24, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  16. dee

    S.C. Support someone who left after the debate.

    wake up

    Edwards deserve your vote

    Hillary will come in last place.

    This will remind How important the SC people are.

    January 24, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  17. Bimmer

    Obama should take a few days off to visit Kenya and see if he can resolve the mindless killing there.

    January 24, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  18. Cheers from NY

    New York Times

    Primary Choices: Hillary Clinton

    "This generally is the stage of a campaign when Democrats have to work hard to get excited about whichever candidate seems most likely to outlast an uninspiring pack. That is not remotely the case this year.

    The early primaries produced two powerful main contenders: Hillary Clinton, the brilliant if at times harsh-sounding senator from New York; and Barack Obama, the incandescent if still undefined senator from Illinois. The remaining long shot, John Edwards, has enlivened the race with his own brand of raw populism.

    As Democrats look ahead to the primaries in the biggest states on Feb. 5, The Times’s editorial board strongly recommends that they select Hillary Clinton as their nominee for the 2008 presidential election.

    We have enjoyed hearing Mr. Edwards’s fiery oratory, but we cannot support his candidacy. The former senator from North Carolina has repudiated so many of his earlier positions, so many of his Senate votes, that we’re not sure where he stands. We certainly don’t buy the notion that he can hold back the tide of globalization.

    By choosing Mrs. Clinton, we are not denying Mr. Obama’s appeal or his gifts. The idea of the first African-American nominee of a major party also is exhilarating, and so is the prospect of the first woman nominee. “Firstness” is not a reason to choose. The times that false choice has been raised, more often by Mrs. Clinton, have tarnished the campaign.

    Mr. Obama and Mrs. Clinton would both help restore America’s global image, to which President Bush has done so much grievous harm. They are committed to changing America’s role in the world, not just its image. On the major issues, there is no real gulf separating the two. They promise an end to the war in Iraq, more equitable taxation, more effective government spending, more concern for social issues, a restoration of civil liberties and an end to the politics of division of George W. Bush and Karl Rove.

    Mr. Obama has built an exciting campaign around the notion of change, but holds no monopoly on ideas that would repair the governing of America. Mrs. Clinton sometimes overstates the importance of résumé. Hearing her talk about the presidency, her policies and answers for America’s big problems, we are hugely impressed by the depth of her knowledge, by the force of her intellect and by the breadth of, yes, her experience.

    It is unfair, especially after seven years of Mr. Bush’s inept leadership, but any Democrat will face tougher questioning about his or her fitness to be commander in chief. Mrs. Clinton has more than cleared that bar, using her years in the Senate well to immerse herself in national security issues, and has won the respect of world leaders and many in the American military. She would be a strong commander in chief.

    Domestically, Mrs. Clinton has tackled complex policy issues, sometimes failing. She has shown a willingness to learn and change. Her current proposals on health insurance reflect a clear shift from her first, famously disastrous foray into the issue. She has learned that powerful interests cannot simply be left out of the meetings. She understands that all Americans must be covered — but must be allowed to choose their coverage, including keeping their current plans. Mr. Obama may also be capable of tackling such issues, but we have not yet seen it. Voters have to judge candidates not just on the promise they hold, but also on the here and now.

    The sense of possibility, of a generational shift, rouses Mr. Obama’s audiences and not just through rhetorical flourishes. He shows voters that he understands how much they hunger for a break with the Bush years, for leadership and vision and true bipartisanship. We hunger for that, too. But we need more specifics to go with his amorphous promise of a new governing majority, a clearer sense of how he would govern.

    The potential upside of a great Obama presidency is enticing, but this country faces huge problems, and will no doubt be facing more that we can’t foresee. The next president needs to start immediately on challenges that will require concrete solutions, resolve, and the ability to make government work. Mrs. Clinton is more qualified, right now, to be president. "

    January 24, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  19. Bimmer

    In the SC debate Obama started attacking Clinton premeditatedly to annoy her as he knew he would lose this deabte on issues as he did the NH and all the other debates.

    He is great with set speeches but very unsure in the debate where he cannot use hope and change in every sentence..

    January 24, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  20. dee

    Why would obama play the race card?

    What would he gain in the long run?

    Poor have no color

    Are you not tired of being pimped by the modern day pharisees (politicians and Rev. telling you who to vote for president.

    Vote for whom ever, but be your own person.

    That's what America is all about.

    January 24, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  21. morph

    (with hands over both ears)
    "stop the madness"–susan powder

    Whoever gets in as the new President. There will be "changes" made. Helpful or harmful, they will occur. "The key to survival is adaption". The "American Dream" may be defined differently with each person, however (wants vs needs) may soon be brought to the foreground and there will be less confusion of the two.

    January 24, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  22. Cheryl

    I THINK THAT PEOPLE ARE SEEING THE REAL OBAMA NOW! HIS PLAN IS BACK FIRING! ALL KINDS OF TRASH TALK INSTEAD OF SAYING WHAT HE WILL DO! I THINK REZCO HAS CAUGHT UP WITH HIM, OR MAYBE THE FACT THAT HE IS A MUSLIM!!!! WHAT A SHAME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I AM BEHIND YOU HILLARY 100%!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 24, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  23. Grace, Overland Park, Kansas

    finally! after coming to the cnn blogs to partake of some intelligent discussion (as opposed to fox news) i was surprised to find the abundant amount of ignorant, misinformed posts that frequent this blog. however, i was so thrilled to read such an intelligent, articulate, and insightful posting by Andre from California. i am also an ardent reader of Newsweek and I am impressed that Andre took the time to integrate that article into this blog instead of making an inane unfounded statement.

    I completely agree with everything Andre and Jonathan Alter (an excellent writer by the way) wrote. the more i talk to people and read blogs, the more i find that supporters of clinton and obama differ in many ways. i will not attempt to elaborate on what andre has so eloquently expressed, but i can heartily echo his words. i would like to add that i believe it is no coincidence that thoughtful people who utilize critical thinking and research tend to avoid supporting sen. clinton.

    if you are an undecided voter, i suggest you read andre's comment. i can not emphasize how brilliant it is.

    January 24, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  24. European

    I don't care how will win as long as it is a democrat. I hope all people in de USA will come to their sense and for once vote for a good democrat how will not like the republicans destroy the economy, the trade balance, the forgein policy and the dollar how will drop even more if you don't do something fast. also you have a great goverment defecit.

    why do you hate bill so much? he is the best president you had in a long time. the economy was great. there was no war. and a lot of nations like the USA.

    my last point vote for a democrat.

    from a European

    January 24, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  25. R K Portland OR

    The Clintons have proved that they are the best at the political game, the absolute best. Hats off !

    The polls suggest that Obama has lost a lot of ground among white voters in SC during the past week. There's no doubt that she is back in SC because the vaunted Clinton machine senses some 'softness' in Obama's numbers. After all, hadnt they successfully played the expectations game earlier this week to make it look like he would win it big ?

    This is the Clintons' cynical ploy to exploit lingering fears in some quarters of the white community about people that are not white. Bill Clinton,the first Black President ? Surely we should look back on that statement as misguided and one that was made by someone carried away in the moment for reasons that seem absolutely unfathomable now.

    The biggest disappointment in all this is Bill Clinton. Undignified, Shameless and – looking back – truly in character with the lying 90s..

    The only silver lining in all this for the Dems is that there is a chance that the Clintons will do something so stupidly aggressive that she will flame out..

    One can dream !!!

    January 24, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
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