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. Dwayne, Pa

    I would hope that the women of this country will be patient and wait for a capable woman to run for the nomination. There will not be much pride for women when the first female president gets there because her husband got it for her.
    This comment may upset a lot of women but, please make the first female president one of true conviction and one you can truly be proud of.
    Hillary will put a huge shadow on the title of "First Woman President".

    January 24, 2008 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  2. Dwayne, Pa

    People complain because Obama fights back. Yet if he didn't fight back, they would say he is weak.
    Typical of the Clinton campaign, for it one minute, against it the next.

    January 24, 2008 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  3. Ann

    Hillary did very well. Why spending 5 days in SC when other states don't receive any attention? Plus, the last 2 days push is the most important.

    I cannot understand why people need to see the candidates to make their minds.. read people, read.

    Thanks Mr. Dwayne for trying this "Hillary will put a huge shadow on the title of "First Woman President"... buts you are totally wrong. What about the time is NOW?
    You can say whatever you want about her "getting there because of her husband".
    First, you are wrong, just think of her abilities - Hillary is an intelligent, serious and determined women who will be an excellent President.
    Second, it always depends on the husband - and this one is President Bill Clinton.

    January 24, 2008 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  4. maynard

    hillary get out of the country,,,,, you are not presidentcial material. all you can do is lie and use people to get what you and hubby want. WE DO,NT NEED THE CLINTONS IN THE WHITEHOUSE.....Bill your true colors are coming out and so is the woman of many faces aka cry baby aka HILLARY

    January 24, 2008 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  5. people get fair

    are you married? If yes, wouldn't you want your husband to support you in whatever you do? I would. What is wrong with that?
    I cannot agree with you at all.
    Obama's wife is supporting him – and this is OK to you?

    January 25, 2008 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  6. Bea, Hoboken, NJ

    To all of you who give opinions without knowing the facts. Those of us who work or volunteer for her campaign knew fully well that it was in her schedule to be back in SC today. Yesterday she was in NJ and I saw her last night at a rally in North Bergen. She was great and was received enthusiastically in the overflowing hall. I was fortunate enought to shake hands with her twice and she was as charming as always.

    Stop the vitriol and actually listen to what she has to say and you too will be impressed by the breadth and depth of her knowledge of policy. The woman truly is a policy wonk, I have never seen her caught uninformed on any issue.

    January 25, 2008 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  7. Jimmy, Oklahoma Feb. 5th

    Senator Hillary Clinton for President of the United States.

    Hillary Clinton we Believe in YOU!!

    January 25, 2008 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  8. jane

    Even if Hillary doesn't win SC it doesn't matter. I believe she will win the nomination. I'm saddened though that the black community in not backing her more because the Clinton's have done a great deal striving for equality for them as I'm sure Obama will to. I feel they are betraying the Clinton's (Hillary) by backing Obama in this sense. I wish they would see past the skin color and do what is right in their hearts.

    January 25, 2008 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  9. jane

    Oh yeah! I agree with Nathan too!!!!

    January 25, 2008 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  10. JRB

    Hillary CAN and WILL do a great job as President. And she's not dependent on Bill...just utilizing her resources (sounds smart to me). And of course she's not spending ALL of her time in SC when in just a couple of weeks 22 states are voting! Obama knows that he will have no more momentum if he loses SC and that's why he's spending all of his time there.

    HILLARY '08!!

    January 25, 2008 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  11. kirt

    Obama is good in singing but unfortunately it's out of tune. He's not consistent of his answer, what his answer to a question yesterday has a different ansswer if he's ask today. His lack of experince dominates his tonque, he stumbles a lot when answering questions since he had no specific idea. Better to vote for Mc Cain if only Obama is the Democratic bearer.

    January 25, 2008 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  12. Jake, California

    I am so convinced that this entire Clinton family will end up like Britney Spears and Michael Jackson after they lose this election... Bill is already behaving like Britney!

    Is anyone with me?

    January 25, 2008 02:39 am at 2:39 am |
  13. aware

    Aloha Andre,

    So, it is "not true" so it is ad hominem. I enjoy reading or listening to Alter but, I don't always agree with him. Your bias is showing. 🙂

    Hillary 08

    January 25, 2008 02:51 am at 2:51 am |
  14. eddie

    Hillary will be excellent president!! Obama needs several more years experiences.

    January 25, 2008 02:53 am at 2:53 am |
  15. tomdavie

    dwayne writes.

    ...People complain because Obama fights back. Yet if he didn't fight back, they would say he is weak.
    Typical of the Clinton campaign, for it one minute, against it the next.....


    Why dont you just give the Clinton campaign credit for out maneuvering Obama into a no win situation.

    If he doesnt fight, he is a wuss.

    If he fights, then he is 'status quo' . The same dirty politician as everyone else. He aint no 'uniter' .

    Well played by the Clintons.

    January 25, 2008 05:20 am at 5:20 am |
  16. The Observer

    "Jess January 24, 2008 10:29 pm ET

    Has anyone else been watching the republican debates. I am glad I switched to Independent today. I don't agree with very much of what the Republicans stand for, but you have admire their civility during the debate"

    Whoever wins won't be civil in the presidential campaign – especially once Rove gets his teeth into them.

    January 25, 2008 05:36 am at 5:36 am |

    Girltalkintaxes, keep it up, I really had a good laugh. With all this hate, love, dishonesty writen on here....I really enjoyed it

    January 25, 2008 06:53 am at 6:53 am |
  18. d

    Obama, pretty soon you would be out of the running for President... you are such a wimp. Since you lost two contests, you have acted so insecure making attacks and then cannot take the heat when someone counter-reacts. GO HILLIARY !!

    January 25, 2008 07:39 am at 7:39 am |
  19. Tim

    Don't be sooo angry Obama-nites. You had your 15 minutes of fame and cults following. The New York Times got this one right when they endorsed Hillary. Now its time for real business. Vote for experience. Vote for a real leader. Vote for Hillary Clinton 08.

    January 25, 2008 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  20. Gee

    After they lose? LOL Maybe, just maybe after Hillary wins South Carolina, these Obama people will somehow quit overflowing these blogs with their nasty remarks.

    But, probably not. Didn't they say he attracts the younger crowd? There you go.

    Hillary 08

    January 25, 2008 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  21. Kyu Reisch, Radcliff, Kentucky

    Amy, people said Co-President in 1990's, Bill Clinton did the best job for our Country, Hillary will show you how can handle the job if you vote her. Obama is too young, naive and inexperienced, so he needs job training and help, Oprah is the first aid to handle the job. Josh, not so fast, you will be surprised on Super Tuesday.

    January 25, 2008 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  22. charlotte

    I don't think CNN will call this election in 10 minutes! I think it'll go to the end, back and forth.

    January 25, 2008 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  23. Phyllis MacDonald Media, Pa

    It is time for Obama to tighten his seat belt. Now that the Chicago Sun Times is investigating his relationship with, the political fixer, Rezko, Obama is about to be knocked off his pedestal. For those who might have been curious about how Obama has gone from a community organizer to become a candidate for the presidency so quick, just follow the Rezko connection !

    January 25, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  24. Amy

    Obama has more political experience than Hillary. When will she stop thinking that living in the White House makes her Presidential. Is the White House chef running on that premise for President too?

    January 25, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  25. Sandra sc

    Yes I'm a white woman.

    Yes I'm over fifty.

    Yes I live in South Carolina.

    Hillary where have you been? I liked you but if you're only turning up to see me a day before the primary you don't care about my vote.

    January 25, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
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