January 26th, 2008
03:29 PM ET
9 years ago

Clinton, Obama teams meet unexpectedly on the trail


Watch Clinton stop by a CNN table at a South Carolina restaurant.

COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CNN) - Today’s the Super Bowl of Democratic politics in South Carolina – and this afternoon, the top teams found themselves in some pretty close quarters.

This afternoon, Barack Obama staffers and reporters following the Illinois senator’s campaign made a stop at the Liberty Tap Room & Grill, a Columbia watering hole and dining establishment, where several CNN-ers, including myself, were having a peaceful lunch.

About halfway through my bowl of chili, men in earpieces began sweeping the restaurant. Then Hillary Clinton’s press pool showed up, followed by her handlers and finally, the candidate herself along with her daughter, Chelsea Clinton. They worked the room, shaking hands and encouraging diners to vote.

Finally, Hillary Clinton herself stopped to greet our table - our first encounter with the New York senator since we were berated by her husband, former President Bill Clinton, at a campaign stop earlier this week. (It was a brief, pleasant exchange - so brief, in fact, we didn't get a chance to ask her to pass a message on to her husband: We swear, we don't live to "hurt the people of South Carolina.")

The surprise Clinton-Obama campaign meeting had the two sides shoulder-to-shoulder in the suddenly-cramped restaurant - but unlike Monday night's CNN showdown, there were no fireworks.

–CNN’s Carey Bodenheimer

Filed under: South Carolina primary
soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. Shukri , Seattle

    Obama all the way- Hillary needs to stop polarizing and using her husband to win the office, We don't need another Clinton–we need a fresh face in DC–we need a person who unites, not divides us as nation, Whether Muslim, Christian, black, white–we are one–and we should stand together–Power be with Barack–the future of America–the hope of tomorrow!

    January 26, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  2. Michael Mills

    Make me stop hating Hillary. Are you for NAFTA? The occupation of Iraq? The Telecommunication Act of 1998? She's for all of those things, but won't come out and say it because she doesn't have the intergrity or guts to make her case. Please, we need fundamental reform in our government, not pro-establishment tinkering. Have you read her list of campaign contributors? Ruppert Murdock (sp)? HELLO! Hillary is not the great reformer. And don't give me that Machivellian crap about having top get your hands dirty to get elected and then do good stuff for us peons, the ends never justify the means. Remember what you mother taught you, you cynical Hillary supporters? Jesus, people. Hillary is a corporate Democrat, and in 1975 would be a Republican. Hillary is part of the inside the beltway, tired, same ol' crap vacillitating, talk out of both sides of her mouth politician. WAKE UP and stop listening to the talking head pundits on the corporate news. Be a real populist, for Christ sake. Please.

    January 26, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  3. Gabriel George

    Hello, I just wanted to say that Obama lifted my spirits and Hillary tore them down the last couple of weeks, All the the Democrats have frought for was almost taken away by the two(And Bill) fighting . Obama brings hope and a new face to America and the world. thanks

    January 26, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  4. Susan

    I am tired of Hillary Clinton and her husband...sorry jmaya, Iowa..Hillary doesn't care if you hate or or not..she just cares about winning. Her political game is no longer what America needs. Her lies don't work anymore. We are not stupid. A 30 second clip in a restaurent doesn't denote team building or leadership skills.


    January 26, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  5. Melvin, Chapel Hill, NC

    I have heard that Barack will win SC because he is black.

    And yes, Jesse Jackson did win SC.

    But Al Sharpton did not. Nor will Alan Keyes.

    Everyone but Edwards got diverse demographic support during this primary.

    Lets keep that in mind. This is not about race, nor gender.

    Now, we as a nation, can get back to the issues and take each candidate as an individual.

    America '08

    January 26, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  6. georgia dem

    I agree!!
    The media has a lot of influnce on the election
    I am listening to the talking heads on CNN right now and I would lay a bet on
    how much Clinton bashing are going on
    one of the guys got "snubed" by Bill yeras ago
    and he yammered on about it
    wha wha wha

    January 26, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  7. Anti Clintons

    Who cares what Hitlery says or does to anyone at CNN. Obama!

    January 26, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  8. James

    Any one see the exit polls? Hillary on experience 83% Edwards 9% Barak Husein Obama 7%.

    You people really want a person totally lack of experience running this country in one of it's lowest points due to Bush and company.

    January 26, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  9. Phil Memphis, TN

    I can see CNN is still smartingnover being appropriately called out by Bill Clinton. So much so they can not help but make snide remarks about it in their "fair and balanced" coverage. Carey, this article had nothing to do with the Bill clinton comments. What made you think you needed to make a sarcastic remark about it? Believe it or not, YOU and CNN are not the story.

    January 27, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  10. georgia dem

    can not hold it together durning the primaries
    he got shaken with Bill Clinton
    what kind of president will he make?
    I have hear NOT ONE plan out of his mouth
    when he made his speach at the democratic convention I was taken
    like a lot of other people but I have watched him along with all the others and I am not impressed
    I am really disapointed to see how much the media controls this process though
    they go on nonstop on bashing the Clinton's and I have heard nothing negitive about Obama
    I liked Biden, but he got no response form CNN
    I also like Richardson but again CNN ignored him
    it is the media that decides votes
    when will the people wake up???

    January 28, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
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