November 26th, 2007
09:01 AM ET
15 years ago

South Carolina Monday news roundup

COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CNN) - Here's a quick look at what's making political news in South Carolina this morning:

On Dec. 8 and 9, Barack Obama will put to the ultimate test the theory that a celebrity can influence voters. Oprah Winfrey will campaign with Obama for those two days, making a stop in Columbia on Sunday, Dec. 9. Details here.

Oprah's influence among women - African-American and working class women in particular - could help Obama appeal that vital subset of voters, who are still deciding between Obama and Hillary Clinton in South Carolina.

Mike Huckabee impressed congregations at two Baptist churches on Sunday while lapsing into his former role as minister. Read about it here. It's worth noting that there were a good number of national political reporters and TV cameras in tow.

Dan Hoover says Huckabee is "trying to ignite a surge like the one in first-voting Iowa."

Sen. John McCain, back from his Thanksgiving visit to Iraq, will visit Hudson's Smokehouse in Lexington this afternoon for a "Hometown Heroes Support the Troops BBQ."

After a six-week absence, Sen. Hillary Clinton will campaign in South Carolina tomorrow, hitting Spartanburg, Aiken and Bennettsville. Find the events here.

Dr. Ron Paul, who may be winning the South Carolina sign wars, will campaign in Myrtle Beach today and Charleston on Tuesday.

- CNN South Carolina Producer Peter Hamby

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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Nick, Louisville, KY

    Why is it that Ron Paul may have more signs posted at the private expense of his supporters and it is not the lead of the story? Other campaigns hand out signs for free.

    November 26, 2007 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  2. Matt, Portland, OR

    @Nick from Louisville,

    Welcome to the bias of the Clinton News Network, CNN are just like Fox News. Hardly balanced and clearly have an agenda.

    They'll do anything to prevent you from knowing about a candidate who will make you really think for once, instead of regurgitating the same line we've heard every 4 years.

    To whoever is moderating this, I hope you're really happy with how much your superiors censor Ron Paul, you must sleep well at night. The joke will be on you when Ron Paul wins New Hampshire and then the nomination.

    November 26, 2007 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  3. Brian Godley, Glendale Ca

    I don't see any particular bias on the part of CNN towards Paul. They of all the networks have given him the most coverage.
    As a Paul supporter I am excited about his rise in many media outlets. Yes, he is still attacked heavily. Yes, there will always be a level of favortism and it requires that much more work to get a candidate elected.
    I know that Paul's message rings to true for many people who very frustrated with the way things are set up and many will also be frustrated with the kind of reporting or lack of it. But, instead of attacking people in the press as some do to Paul, we need to focus on the job at hand and stick to the issues. We definitly need
    someone now more that ever who can make changes and I mean big changes.
    We don't have the time to mess around with our pet peeves with the press.

    However, you have to be smart. Paul himself doesn't waste his time answering attacks. He pushes his message. We should all take a lesson from that playbook. We need to pour on the coals with his signage, talking to friends and family etc. These are the components of his success so far. They certainly and have never included alienating reporters or the media. It is a common theme with some of Paul's supporters but has never led to more coverage, NEVER. It has usually led to more intense criticism of Paul through those statements.

    November 26, 2007 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  4. Lane Filler, Spartanburg, South Carolina

    Anyone interested in what Huckabee is really like face to face should try this funny (but it actually happened) column:

    November 26, 2007 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |