January 20th, 2008
12:45 PM ET
15 years ago

Clinton surrogates go to church in South Carolina

COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CNN) - Chelsea Clinton and Vernon Jordan, a longtime adviser to President Bill Clinton, quietly attended two African-American church services in South Carolina on Sunday, six days before the state's Democratic primary.

The appearances are part of the Hillary Clinton campaign's outreach toward the state's black voters, who are expected to be a crucial constituency in the primary vote. Barack Obama holds an edge over Clinton among African-Americans according to recent polls.

Chelsea Clinton attended the 11 a.m. service at Bible Way church in Columbia, whose pastor, state senator Darrell Jackson, is a member of Hillary Clinton's South Carolina steering committee.

Jordan and his wife Ann attended services at Brookland Baptist Church in West Columbia.

Hillary Clinton will make her first post-Nevada appearance in South Carolina tomorrow morning in Columbia, while Obama will hold a rally at the Columbia Convention Center tonight.

UPDATE: The Obama campaign points out that Michelle Obama also attended 11 a.m. worship services at Bible Way Church on Sunday.

- CNN South Carolina Producer Peter Hamby

Filed under: Hillary Clinton • South Carolina
soundoff (264 Responses)
  1. Ginny CA

    To Hillary HATES CATS: Hillary does NOT hate cats! You've been posting that lie all over the place. She loved their cat, Socks, but she is ALLERGIC to cats. Man, I've read some pretty far out criticisms of Hillary, but yours beats them all. Get the facts before you embarrass yourself further.

    January 21, 2008 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  2. Bill

    And where is the separation between church and state at this point?

    January 21, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  3. TINA ny, ny

    TULL- just by calling Bill racist you have given proof that there is computer access in mental hospitals as well.
    Tull January 21, 2008 12:23 am ET

    Not this woman. If Hillary gets into the White House, the fat cat hobbyists will swarm around her like flies around rotten meat.

    Is Hillary the candidate, is her racist husband?

    Our country is not a dynasty: Bush-Clinton-Bush-Clinton-Bush-Clinton, forever, why not?

    If Hillary gets back into the White house, only the people money will have any say regarding how the country will be governed, and the rest of us have to be satisfied with paying taxes and shut up.

    I support Obama. He is a graceful and proven leader with good judgment. To name one, the war.

    January 21, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  4. TINA ny, ny

    christine- let me remind you, chelsea is her daughter and bill is her husband. OK
    Now you don't seem to complain Michelle campaigning. Why don't you ask Obama NOT to bring his girls out.
    Obama supporters are just out to lunch.
    Christine, Overland Park, Kansas January 20, 2008 7:04 pm ET

    i don't understand why chelsea clinton is campaigning. sen. clinton needs to stop having chelsea and bill campaigning for her. doesn't chelsea have anything better to do? doesn't she have her own life? or is she forever to remain in her parents' shadows? the fact that she can't even speak (as in give speeches and so forth) would be so embarrassing if i were in her position. she's like what, 30ish? she's not a child. it reminds me of those laura ingalls wilder books "little house on the prairie" that we had to read in elementary school. Ma would always say "children should be seen and not heard". sheesh.

    i think it would reflect much better on sen. clinton if she let her daughter do her own thing. let chelsea be an independent woman who is a success in her own right. of course, since sen. clinton isn't exactly a self-made woman (as in she majorly piggybacked off of bill's success), perhaps she's just continuing the tradition. who knows. all i have to say is that as a young adult, i feel sad for chelsea that she doesn't get the opportunity to speak her mind. maybe the reason why obama has the support of many people my age is because he doesn't disregard the young voters and is willing to listen to us.

    January 21, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  5. ron

    I think Obama and the media needs to quit putting so much emphasis on the Black vote–makes me feel as if my vote does not matter being a white person–Obama is doing just like his canadiates prior to him–use the race card– if you cant win on your own merits yell and scream about race–what a disgrace to all black voters to buy in to this–Good luck to this country if Barack Hussein Obama wins this election-

    January 21, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  6. j-dog

    There is one simple fact in all of this. Hillary Clinton has won the nomination at this point due to the number of "super-delegates" that have already committed to her. Obama's last real stand was Nevada, he had the largest union in his camp, they were allowed to caucus in the casinos and he still lost. Now, for all of you "Dems" that are stating that you will not vote for Hillary. You are playing into Karl Roves hands, you will decide to place a Republican in office by either casting a vote against Senator Clinton or by not voting at all. Makes a ton of sense to me! The upcoming Presidential Election will pit a Democratic nominee versus the Republican nominee. Such an election will be purely based on issues such as the War, the Economy and Energy. We have seen the Republican gameplan the past 8 years and I for one am tired of losing the game. Get a grip people and Go Dems 08'

    January 21, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  7. hp

    Hilary 08.
    She represents people with income $50,000.00 and less. She represents people with all races. She represents the INVISIBLES.

    January 21, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  8. Tom Dedham, Mass

    Excuse me "Shocked", speaking of falling for it hook, line and sinker can you or any of the FLOCK also "answer" for Clinton surrogates and supporters Cuomo, Shaheen, Johnson and Penn to name a FEW who made racist remarks, innuendos and blatant falsehoods on behalf of the Clinton campaign?

    Now these people who had to apologize or got FIRED from the campaign count don't they?

    January 21, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  9. RuthieM

    I guess she wore her sunday best pants suit.

    January 21, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  10. Al in Wpg

    I was a Obama/Edwards supporter, but since the Clinton spawn has entered a black church, my mind is changed.
    Hillary 08

    January 21, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  11. Susan Caldwell

    Hillary, would do so much better among african americans if she would stop bill, from making hateful comments about senator Obama. The clintons are loved and set in high estem in the black communities – but obama's not an outsider in many senses. What happens to the democratic party if she alinates the younger votes? They will either become independents or republicans, then let's see if the democrates can win the general.

    I will lead the fight to make Mitt Romney, and experienced economist the choice of a people that can not find a place in america not matter what.

    Bill, chill out, or you may hurt our party a lot more than you are helping Hillary!!!

    January 21, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  12. CW, Cola, SC

    It might have been helpful to included the fact that Sen Jackson is also principal in a Communications firm doing work for Sen Clinton and that his endorsement was made after the announcement of the contract.

    January 21, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  13. Adriana

    Who is more qualified?


    Obama sure knows how to talk but Americans need to see beyond big talkers like Obama. He is not ready for the presidency despite what he says. You don't hire someone just because they say they can do the job. Come on people. Let's be realistic here: someone with Obama's experience should not be elected as president of the United States! After what the Bush Amin. has done to this country, please don't tell me we're going to elect someone with so little experience. The entire world is watching...

    January 21, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  14. pete

    there you go. Clinton, who says she cares about blacks in south carolina, flys out to california to get an edge on obama, and leaves her husband to get the black vote in south carolina.


    January 23, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
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