December 18th, 2007
09:12 AM ET
15 years ago

South Carolina Tuesday news roundup

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

Mitt Romney will zoom around South Carolina in an airplane today, hitting major media markets: Spartanburg, Columbia, Savannah, Charleston and Myrtle Beach. Think some of those Confederate flag protesters will show up to say hello?

Bill Clinton was in South Carolina yesterday but made scant mention of Barack Obama, sticking to in-depth policy issues like energy independence and trade agreements rather than talking about the horserace.

He told an audience in Orangeburg that, as president, Hillary will sign up former president George H.W. Bush to help fix America's damaged reputation abroad.

Clinton had also planned a meeting with Rev. Al Sharpton, who was also in South Carolina on Monday, but Sharpton's flight was delayed. However, a Sharpton aide said the two men spoke by phone instead:

"The President was in South Carolina today and mentioned the issue of hate crimes and Rev. Sharpton's leadership on that issue on several campaign stops," said Sharpton spokeswoman Rachel Noerdlinger. "President Clinton pledged that Senator Clinton will continue to address the issue of hate crimes and the need for tougher legislation."

Roddie Burris at The State wraps up Clinton's trip here. (Including Katon Dawson's jab that the Clintons "are very out of tune with the people of the state.")

Meanwhile, Terry McAuliffe was in the Upstate on Monday defending Hillary: "She's not an ax murderer," he said. "She has not sold drugs to children."

Obama is up with a new television ad today, his second in the state.

Reps. Ray Mabus and Brad Carson, Democratic congressmen from conservative districts who are supporting Obama, were in South Carolina yesterday touting Obama's electability, and making the claim that Hillary Clinton will hurt down-ballot candidates in 2008.

- CNN South Carolina Producer Peter Hamby

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