January 24th, 2008
05:27 PM ET
5 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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  1. dee

    Bimmer

    Bush, the chief, can do something.

    nice comment

    The movement of many through diplomacy will help resolve that issue.

    Obama 08

    January 24, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  2. Beverly Jackson

    America is not ready for a black president or a woman president thanks to Hillary Clinton and Bill. Men has always said that if you want chaos and trouble, let a woman onto your ship. Well she managed to do just that and to top it all off, she did the most common female act and start crying to get sympathy when she could not get her way. She is a woman scorned and is willing to divide a whole America to get her way despite all the efforts made to erase racial and gender segregation. She openly cry during a campaign when there were no men crying. Women voters began to coo like she was a baby. So when she face foreign leaders (who by the way do not recognize women as equals) is she going to cry or send Bill? Which brings me to her next typical female act. She not only allowed Bill to humiliate her before all of America when he was President but now she steps back into her housewife role and is allowing him to dominate and steal her campaign. There is a poll on pollingreport.com which asked which of these three people will make a better President, Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, or Hillary Clinton. The people voted 60% for Bill, 45% for Barack Obama and 15% for Hillary. Face it Hillary, your supporters are voting for Bill – not you and you ( being a TYPICAL FEMALE ) has again allowed your husband to steal your glory.

    January 24, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  3. stan pitts pa

    Gee January 24, 2008 8:57 pm ET

    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

    like they said obama supporters are smart, educated and well informed folks and hillary supporters are.....ill informed and very biased....mindlessly supportive of her!

    January 24, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  4. Cheryl

    THE NEW YORK TIMES ENDORSED HILLARY*******************************************************************************

    January 24, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  5. stan pitts pa

    hillary go home and take your tired hubby with you!

    January 24, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  6. Cee Dubya

    Obama is not experienced enough to be president. The media seems to be consistant in it's view that if he wins SC, it'll be because of the black vote. Voting for him based on his ethnicity is sheer ignorance. If Obama wins the presidency, he will be discounted by the other leaders of the world as the president that won because: he was black./ we hate the republicans this year/ we didn't want a woman. Yeah, I said it out loud. Hillary is smart to use her husbands expertise and networking, if your spouse was an expert at your job, you'd sure ask them for help! As for the infighting, we've all heard the saying that "When you are on top, there's nowhere to go but down." Do you really expect Hillary NOT to defend herself?

    January 24, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  7. SF, CA

    Hi Robin,

    Hillary is loved not only in So Cal, but also in the San Francisco area!

    January 24, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  8. BEN

    OBAMA IS CUTE,HAS A BABY FACE,AND IS WITHOUT EXPERIENCE. AMERICA IS NO T READY FOR A BLACK PRESIDENT. CLINTON IS CONFIDENT, HAS EXPERIENCE AND AMERICA IS READY FOR A WOMAN PRESIDENT.

    January 24, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  9. Christine

    What is this about a race card? Good grief.

    I'm an African American woman. When I go for a job interview I don't send my husband and child out to interview for me while I disappear to a company that "might" pay me more.

    For someone who is ready on day one, she seems awfully devoid of anything right now. I'm noting how many non-New York politicians are backing Obama because he's easier to work with.

    Hilary has a reputation for using what ever it takes to get her way. That's a dictator – not a leader. Note that in her campaign she uses the word "I" (as in "I can" "I will.") Obama puts equal onus on the citizens.

    And last time I look the constitution says "We The People"

    Not "I, Hilary Clinton."

    November can't come soon enough. If Hilary is on the ballot I'll vote for McCain. Because that's what a democracy allows (and the Republicans don't like him either so he's a much nicer choice than a Clinton in any form or gender).

    sign me..."Liked Bill in the 1990's but so over him and his long-suffering wife now."

    January 24, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  10. Amy

    So what about the New York Times...she is the New York Senator....duh!!!

    January 24, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  11. Tyler in Raleigh

    I love how many people want to vote for her becuase its "time for a woman" in office.... yet she is utterly dependent on her husband to get her there.

    His experience, his accomplishments, his advisors, his fame, his attacks, his campaigning.

    January 24, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  12. A.G. Atkinson

    As registered independent voters in SC ( we have already voted absentee for Obama),my wife and I were turned of from the Clinton campaign. If Hillary succeed s in tarnishing Obama as "just another blackman running for president" the MCCain can count on our vote on the way to the Presidency in November. Independent voters like us are the key to winning an election. Hillary will win diehard democrats and bigots but not independents. Remember- VOTES COUNT, WORDS DON'T.

    January 24, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  13. Tim

    Congratulations to Hillary's Edorsement by the New York Times news paper. America's largest news paper. This country needs a ture leader right now. I would like to encourage all South Carolina voters to vote on the best candidae for President Saturday. Hillary 08

    January 24, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  14. Angelina

    Respectfully_ and truly,
    for the Clintons this is about getting back to the White House, not about the Country............

    wake up Americaaaaaaaaaa

    how many AA< Latinos, orAsians did Clinton had in high positions in the goverment? Or Women?
    How many of those above have been in high positions during Bush............

    it is simple, look at the facts.

    January 24, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  15. MARIA PEARSON

    GO HILLARY ! I am campaigning for you. The latin people are with you.

    January 24, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  16. Ray

    I see Obama supporter like a cult. They are so hateful and just EVIL!!

    January 24, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  17. Lisa

    Hillary found her voice – so why is Bill doing all the talking?

    January 24, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  18. Zach M.

    Let's clear something up. Hillary Clinton is older than Barack Obama, she is NOT more experienced. She has spent less time in elected office than he has (11 years to 7). The popularity of this conception just goes to show that if you repeat a lie enough times people will start to believe it.

    January 24, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  19. Eva

    NY TIMES ENDORES HILLARY CLINTON!

    "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.

    We know that she is capable of both uniting and leading. We saw her going town by town through New York in 2000, including places where Clinton-bashing was a popular sport. She won over skeptical voters and then delivered on her promises and handily won re-election in 2006.

    Her ideas, her comeback in New Hampshire and strong showing in Nevada, her new openness to explaining herself and not just her programs, and her abiding, powerful intellect show she is fully capable of doing just that. She is the best choice for the Democratic Party as it tries to regain the White House."

    January 24, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  20. Bill

    Has everyone forgotten about the credit that Hillary Clinton gave to former President Lyndon Johnson for the Civil Rights Act of 1964, while in New Hampshire in an interview with a reporter. Hypocritically, refuting Dr. Martin Luther King as one of the pioneers who struggled in his plight to end segregation and discrimination. Three days later Hillary landed in South Carolina, and as usual spun the whole story around, and that interview fell asleep, just like Bill Clinton did when Martin Luther King III was delivering his speech. Wake up people.

    January 24, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  21. Carol (Independent)

    I get a kick on how all this started. Bill makes a comment that is considered insensitive within the black community, Obama made no comment at that time, but the black community did. Hillary follows up with another comment that is insensitive and now the black community is more upset.

    Still no comment by Obama. But then Hillary accuses Obama of making the campaign racial because of the backlash they got for their comments and it's all Obama's fault.

    Bill, Hillary, you're the one that started this into a campaign of race. Win at all costs huh.

    It's time for the two family, decades long rule to end.

    January 24, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  22. Al, Los Angeles, CA

    What a shock the NY-D senator getting an endorsement from the democratic NY newspaper.

    Cheryl, your 2nd last sentence from comment above "OR MAYBE THE FACT THAT HE IS A MUSLIM!!!! WHAT A SHAME!!!!!" proves the polling is correct.

    Most of Hillary's supporters are uneducated.

    Hillary is a good candidate, but twisting the truth is not necessary if she is the better candidate.

    It's starting to feel like the Republican are going to win.

    I wouldn't be surprized if most of the negative comments are from Republicans trying to stir trouble between democrats.

    January 24, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  23. R K Portland OR

    New York Times... Hmm they endorsed Hillary Clinton... Read the endorsement...It does sound a tad equivocal and defensive ( Well...Barack Obama is not bad, but she should get a chance becuse we think she is good. Trust us...( no proof provided) )

    Also, the NY Times article did sound spookily close to a Clinton ( Hillary , just to be clear) stump speech

    January 24, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  24. Fact Check

    John, NC,
    Your rant about Obama supporters being blind & filled with hate is hilarious in its irony. Go look in the mirror. I've never seen a group as mindless and vicious as those posting for Hillary on this, and other, boards.

    January 24, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  25. Kris

    Andre, do a little research on who Jonathan Atler is, what he stands for and his past work. I won't spoil the surprise for you, so why don't you do a little homework. But it doesn't surprise me, as most Obama supporters don't delve to deep into the details. As one person put it the other night, "Most people who support Obama make decisions based on words and style. Hillary supporters base decisions on policy and actions."

    January 24, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
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