Hillary Clinton's career in the spotlight
February 24th, 2014
09:25 AM ET
5 months ago

In South Carolina, Clinton forces try to tap Obama magic

Columbia, South Carolina (CNN) – To hear some tell it, the 2008 South Carolina primary clash between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton was a few steps away from a full-blown race riot.

"It was unbelievable down here in 2007 and 2008," said Bridget Tripp, a Democratic organizer from Lexington who supported Obama in that year's primary. "Bill Clinton was going through downtown Columbia calling Barack Obama a racist."

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  1. Rudy NYC

    Gundersen wrote:

    ....or a glimpse of Votes, at least in the South look at the try to Unionise the VW Plant in Tennessee. Not everybody is fooled by Snake Oil Liberal Democrats selling.
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    Wrong.
    Most people were fooled by Senator Corker's lie about a Volkswagen plan to build an SUV there if they reject the union.

    February 24, 2014 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  2. Ol' Yeller

    @Abbey

    "Voodoo politics and the Democrats won't stand a chance in Bible country."

    I'm pretty sure we have proven we don't need to pay lip service to the radical religious red state right to win elections (how many electoral votes is that, maybe 20). And anyway, if it means standing arm in arm with a race baiting, draft dodging, pedophile you can count me (and most red blooded God fearing Americans) out.

    February 24, 2014 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  3. GOP = Greed Over People

    Sorry Rudy, most tome I agree, but I disagree the GOP plan spans decades.

    They have the attention span of a gnat in heat!

    We got a problem with Hispanocs? They frantically push someone center stage ala Rubio!

    We got a problem with blacks? Cain and his 999 gibberish are center stage.

    We need to include women? What's her face is all the GOP rage cuz she is hot!

    If that is a long term strategy, I will stick with the Dems.

    February 24, 2014 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  4. Democrat Demolition Party

    Vote for Hillary Clinton, finish the country off for good. Obama and his far left loons have spent 8 years demolishing most of it. Might as well Hillary put the last wound in the back.

    February 24, 2014 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  5. Bill from GA

    It is unethical that some states, such as Iowa, New Hampshire, or South Carolina, have so much influence in who the rest of us get to vote for. My vote, in the primary, should count as much as anyone's, yet often the candidate is chosen before much of the country has voted. The best candidate may have dropped out due to poor showings in a few early states.

    Our government should find some way to make the primaries fair for the entire country.

    February 24, 2014 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  6. Democrat Demolition Party

    Rudy NYC
    Gundersen wrote:
    ....or a glimpse of Votes, at least in the South look at the try to Unionise the VW Plant in Tennessee. Not everybody is fooled by Snake Oil Liberal Democrats selling.
    ---------–
    Wrong.
    Most people were fooled by Senator Corker's lie about a Volkswagen plan to build an SUV there if they reject the union.
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    Wrong. People have witnessed the destruction that unions bring. Those people don't need anything unions have to offer. They were very, very wise to reject the union cancer.,

    February 24, 2014 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  7. just saying

    Bill from GA
    It is unethical that some states, such as Iowa, New Hampshire, or South Carolina, have so much influence in who the rest of us get to vote for. My vote, in the primary, should count as much as anyone's, yet often the candidate is chosen before much of the country has voted. The best candidate may have dropped out due to poor showings in a few early states.
    Our government should find some way to make the primaries fair for the entire country.
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    typical ill informed liberal. primaries are a function of the party. complain to your political party if you don't like the primary process.

    February 24, 2014 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  8. Rudy NYC

    GOP = Greed Over People

    Sorry Rudy, most tome I agree, but I disagree the GOP plan spans decades.
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    Look at what has happened to unions. The war on unions and the middle class kicked into high gear under Reagan. Another long range plan that was kick started under Reagan was the war against entitlements, through starving the beast. Look at the war on education unions. Conservatives love charter schools and magnet schools. I think they're the first step in dismantling our public education system.

    Another long range plan has been the fundamental shift in wealth to the 0.1%. The Ryan Plan, had it been passe, would have bankrupted Medicare as the switch was made to a voucher system. Even if a voucher system had been put in place, how long do you think it would have taken for conservatives to cut them out of the budget? One election.

    February 24, 2014 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  9. Tony D

    "Obama magic"???? BWAHAHAHAHA!!!! He sure has not shown over the last 5 years he has any magic!! As a matter of fact, he has shown he is a Snake Oil Saleman, smoke and mirrors, failure after failure, followed by excuses and blaming others. Funny headline CNN... thanks for a good laugh.

    February 24, 2014 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  10. smith

    .

    February 24, 2014 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  11. Gunderson

    Wow,
    Tampa Tim call people up in Tennessee "Sheep" that follow Senator's words. Now where I heard that before. Oh, now I know. If you like plan you can keep plan. Famous Last Words, no?

    February 24, 2014 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  12. Wake up People!

    Democrat Demolition.... 8 years huh? So President Obama was elected in 2006 and took office in 2009? Or is that more of that fuzzy GOP math? No wonder your masters are so against education.

    February 24, 2014 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  13. Tony D

    In South Carolina, Clinton forces drill for Obama Snake Oil

    FIFY CNN.... Gotta admit, it is more accurate.

    February 24, 2014 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  14. Rudy NYC

    DDP wrote:

    Wrong.
    Most people were fooled by Senator Corker's lie about a Volkswagen plan to build an SUV there if they reject the union.

    Wrong. People have witnessed the destruction that unions bring. Those people don't need anything unions have to offer. They were very, very wise to reject the union cancer.,
    -------------------------–
    What destruction? People have witnessed the widespread destruction that conservative economic policies have wrought. I give examples, not talking points. Bush's own economic advisor warned that his policies would lead to trillion dollar annual deficits within a decade, and he was right.

    February 24, 2014 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  15. Democrat Demolition Party

    Rudy NYC
    DDP wrote:
    Wrong.
    Most people were fooled by Senator Corker's lie about a Volkswagen plan to build an SUV there if they reject the union.
    -–
    Wrong. People have witnessed the destruction that unions bring. Those people don't need anything unions have to offer. They were very, very wise to reject the union cancer.,
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    What destruction? People have witnessed the widespread destruction that conservative economic policies have wrought. I give examples, not talking points. Bush's own economic advisor warned that his policies would lead to trillion dollar annual deficits within a decade, and he was right.
    -–

    The destruction of whatever host to parasite unions attach themselves to, be it car companies, airlines, Hostess, cities, etc.

    Conservative policies restrain spending to what the country can afford to pay. Liberal polcies spend more and more and more with no end in sight, with no regard for how it will be paid for. The American people are lied to to get them passed, then they end up costing 10-20 times more than was claimed. It is all a con game for the left. Grow government until it becomes larger than the private sector. We are witnessing the slow motion institution of socialism and communism in America.

    February 24, 2014 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  16. The Real Tom Paine

    Democrat Demolition Party

    Rudy NYC
    Gundersen wrote:
    ....or a glimpse of Votes, at least in the South look at the try to Unionise the VW Plant in Tennessee. Not everybody is fooled by Snake Oil Liberal Democrats selling.
    ---–
    Wrong.
    Most people were fooled by Senator Corker's lie about a Volkswagen plan to build an SUV there if they reject the union.

    Wrong. People have witnessed the destruction that unions bring. Those people don't need anything unions have to offer. They were very, very wise to reject the union cancer.,

    ******************
    NO, people are being destroyed by the cancer of low wages and political patronage dispensed by conservative politicians. The last thing they want is a threat to their power, and unions have always represented a threat to the conservative ruling class and their clueless minions.

    February 24, 2014 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  17. Gurgyl

    -–Wars two unfounded, very expensive, the Reagan Trickle-Down nonsense brainless theory already made a Huge destruction–no further explanation is indeed needed here. No fool will ever consider GOP garbage. Period.

    February 24, 2014 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  18. yolanda

    @Rudy, to deny that unions (UAW) contributed to the (near) demise of the US auto industry is laughable. I guess unions had nothing to do with the flight of manufacturing to better climes, eh? There was bad management, inferior product(s), and unrealistic demands by unions (pension as well as seniority based wages). Why not have an honest discussion rather than simply posting overly simplistic and untrue noise? Why have the preponderance of foreign auto companies set up shop in right to work states, and why are their employees quite happy with the working conditions and wages? I am not anti-union per say, but I do believe that they, through their self serving and unrealistic demands , have contributed to their current sorry state.

    February 24, 2014 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  19. yolanda

    @The Real, are you telling me that Detroit has a history of conservative rulers? Just possibly the "clueless minions" were the workers whose hard work lined the pockets of their fearless and upstanding leaders (think Jimmy Hoffa).

    February 24, 2014 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    Rudy NYC
    Unions didn't cause Detroit's revenue to fall by half.
    -–

    Right, they just built up an unsustainable expense structure for the city and its residents. One that counted on the glory days continuing forever, even when decline and disaster was in plain sight. They didn't care what the implications were, as long as they were getting theirs. The same could be said for their approach to the car companies. GMs failures were many but a contributing factor was the unrealistic labor, medical and pension costs that burdened the company and made it uncompetitive.

    February 24, 2014 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  21. NC

    Let's have the primary for everyone on the same day. Then everyone has a voice not just a few.

    February 24, 2014 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  22. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Ever think that bad MANAGEMENT decisions gave unions too much in benefits, and made them unsustainable, etc? Do you ever decry a CEO when they ask for more? Should labor not ask for a piece of the pie? Did MANAGEMENT not make the decisions about which cars to produce and sell? And how many? And yet you whine about labor expecting the good times to continue when MANAGEMENT is equally culpable, if not more so. How would YOU like to take less than promised? Less than you counted on? And then watch MANAGEMENT get bonuses for firing people...

    February 24, 2014 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  23. it must be asked

    Wasn't the "Obama Magic" that he was black? Is Hillary Clinton going to claim black ancestry to try and capture some of the "magic"? What is it with Democrats and their racial politics? To them, everything s about skin color.

    February 24, 2014 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  24. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    When she made the decision to be secretary of state and did an admirable job, being completely loyal to the goals and objectives that the president laid out, she made a lot of supporters. She was soldier and a part of the team just like we were."
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    The tone of the article, despite the above paragraph,was one to create a chasm between Obama supporters and Clinton by sheepishly reminding folks of the most negative aspects of the Clinton campaign back in 2008.
    It appears that the GOP has realized that Obama supporters are now being asked to support Clinton – should she run.
    It behooves them, therefore, to remind folks just how poorly the Clintons treated then-Senator Obama while on the campaign trail.
    The problem with this tactic is that as poorly as that treatment may have been it was eradicated when Hillary enthusiastically joined President Obama's administration and served it and her country in an examplary fashion; and no matter how piss-poor the Clinton's treatment of then-Senator Obama it pales in comparison with the way the Republicans treated and continue to treat now-President Obama.
    Hillary's got my vote.

    February 24, 2014 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  25. Silence DoGood

    @Democrat Demolition Party
    Conservative policies restrain spending to what the country can afford to pay.
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    So why did Bush's War Based on Lies run up the National Debt? Conservatives love irresponsible spending. Especially for war or "moral" codes.

    February 24, 2014 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
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