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. Sam

    I just like reading these comments. They're so funny. And, they tell me more about what's happening than the journalists themselves.

    Clinton supporters, if they bother to waste their time on these hateful sites, generally point to Obama's style over substance, lack of experience, arrogance, impatience, nothing particularly ugly. Except for the few oddball Muslim or pothead comments, Clinton supporters don't get really venomous.

    Obama supporters on the other hand are overwhelmingly venomous. As an independent, I feel that these over zealous supporters, with all their hatred, are doing more to bring Obama down than the Clinton slime campaign itself.

    Honestly, you sound like militant fundamentalists. Tone it down to bring yourselves and Obama some credibility to his message of 'unity'.

    January 20, 2008 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  2. Dwayne, Pa

    I truly believe that, in the end, women will be sorry that Hillary Clinton was the first woman President.
    I think it is great that a woman is a front runner for the highest position in the free world. But, unfortunately I do not believe that Hillary Clinton can unite this country. I don't believe that she will follow through on the promises that she is running on.
    And I think in the end she will put a dark shadow on the title of First Woman President of the United States.

    January 20, 2008 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  3. Tom Davie

    Hey CNN moderators.

    Good job of SPINNING all the posts 70% Obama.


    January 20, 2008 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  4. Jose Card - Independent

    Hillary takes big donations from big corporations with one hand, while her other hand comforts you after your job has been shipped out by these global corporations.

    She said she isn't going to be influenced by these 'good American' lobbyists working for these corporations, but we all know a dollar out has to bring back more than a dollar for any organizations for profits.

    Why do these lobbyists and Chinese keep on giving the Clintons money?
    Of course, you wouldn't be able to ask Chelsea as she isn't allowed to talk at 27.

    January 21, 2008 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  5. Rima

    GO HILLARY!!! Some of you peole are so darn foolish. YOU are either sexist or so easilhy fooled by made up media and spin. It is too bad you cannot think for yourself. LET me ask you anti Hillary dummies a questions??? When was the last time we had a surplus in America's Money cauffers in the past 30 years??? When was the last time the stock market was up in the last 30 years??? When was the last time more jobs were created in the last 30 years??? When was the last time more people made money and the American dollar was strong in the last 30 years? When was the last time health care was affordable... Pushed Civil rights and created more minority based jobs and benefits...When was the last time the World respected us??? In case you uneducated mouthpieces didn't know the truthful answer, it was when BILL CLINTON was president. YOu can check these are undisputed facts. YES BILL CLINTON. Anyone who can remember and put aside hate and preconcieved prejudices will remember that we were a very flourishing country under BILL CLINTON.... For God's sake the biggest problem during his term was what her was doing itn the Oval Office with you know who.. I will take that any day over the deficit Bush has put us in, the world hatred Bush has put us in, the failing dollar Bush has created, the inflated gas prices with record profits for the oil industry BUSH has put us in, the enormous job loss and tax breaks for the very wealthy Bush has put us in, the loss of privacy and personal rights that Bush has engineered. Dare I say more. When BILL was president what were your complaints??? I was 18 nand making $12.00 per hour. Now, people who are 40 would be lucky to make $10.00 per hour.

    January 21, 2008 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  6. Dennis

    I sure hope that America wakes up before it is too late and Hill-Bill gets the nominations. I for one do not want to hear for years again that Bill is making phone calls in the oval office and about all the dresses that will be soiled during these calls.....

    January 21, 2008 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  7. Tull

    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 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  8. kelly

    They don't say there'll be Hill-Billies back in the white House fo' nothin'.

    January 21, 2008 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  9. Truethis

    Hillary know that she can't be president without the Black votes more than the Latino votes. Blacks are legal. Keep kissing Hillary. Same ol status quo.

    January 21, 2008 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  10. kelly

    The Hill-Billies are not trying to pit blacks against blacks. They are trying to make the whites discusted so they will not vote for a black man. The media is helping the Hill-Billies out everyday. They continue talking about the black vote and how the hispanics think they are white etc etc etc... The devision between hispanics and whites in this country have never been as volitile as with blacks. Racism is alive and well in this country and the Hill-billies are playing the race card like pro's
    As white women I can see what they are doing.
    Vote Obama and help keep Hill-Billies out of OUR White House!!

    January 21, 2008 12:52 am at 12:52 am |
  11. Bethy

    Obama/McCain '08 OR McCain/Obama
    Let's cross party lines and put the two most electable and probably most likely to get some stuff done (since they are also the most likable).

    January 21, 2008 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
  12. Mrs. America

    It looks like a lot of people posted before the update that Michelle Obama attended the service at the same church also. I don't believe she is a regular parishoner at that church.

    Get a grip, peeps. There are campaigns going on. This is how they work.

    January 21, 2008 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
  13. swissdiver

    So what if Michelle Obama attended the service too? Who is she? She is an opportunist like her husband. People, don't you get it, the Obama's are losers!!!
    Hillary' 08!!!!!!!

    January 21, 2008 01:28 am at 1:28 am |
  14. Troy

    Illinois for Hillary!!!!!!!

    January 21, 2008 01:32 am at 1:32 am |
  15. pete

    Speaking in Harlem after she received the endorsement of Calvin Butts, a leading black pastor, Mrs Clinton said that a vote for her should not be seen as a vote against Mr Obama. "I have the highest regard and admiration for my friend and colleague Senator Barack Obama. He is an extraordinary person with many gifts and contributions to our country and the world. I am honoured to be running with him," she said.


    January 21, 2008 01:49 am at 1:49 am |
  16. Jessie

    Obama has just as much experience as Hilary Clinton. The only experience Mrs. Clinton has is trying to push health care through. Which she failed at horribly. She did not EVEN have enough getup and go to get that done, and her husband was the president with a supportive congress and senate. What do you think she will do when the tough get too tough. CUT AND RUN. Her hand is out like it has always been. She is the same status quo as all the other so called establishment figures in Washington. At least Obama has a proven track record in the grass root arena to prove what he is about. Go on and Vote for her and see what you will get...NOTHING. There will be a change with this election no matter what you might do and for whomever you vote for because the people want change. I would vote for impreachment of President Bush and VP Dick Cheney. And when they are out of office I would vote to have them indicted for the deaths of 3000 + citizens of our country who fought a senseless war,

    January 21, 2008 01:55 am at 1:55 am |
  17. jj

    Re: Bill Clinton is not running for President???Hilliary is, so right back at ya with the DUMMY comment!

    January 21, 2008 02:01 am at 2:01 am |
  18. Obama 08

    Dear DNC,
    If Hillary is the nominee.
    I will vote Republican.
    Thank you.

    January 21, 2008 02:06 am at 2:06 am |
  19. MS KITTI

    Mr.President B. H. Obama:

    If you feel like you are running a campaign against both (Hillary & Bill) CLINTON...
    learn from them....CHOOSE MRS. B.H. OBAMA (MICHELE...) as your Vice-President. WHAT A TICKET THAT WILL BE!!!!
    CONGRESS will THEN change the (presidential) RULES

    January 21, 2008 02:37 am at 2:37 am |
  20. Cath

    If Obama wins the nomination I would totally vote for McCain for president. I wouldn't want another INEXPERIENCED president fumbling his way around the oval office. Doesn't that scenario seem familiar to anyone???

    January 21, 2008 04:13 am at 4:13 am |
  21. Katherine

    I, for one, do not trust Obamba. He doesn't come across as honest to me. There are many people who have said that they would not vote for Hillary if she were elected to the nomination. I would not vote for Obamba. Of all of the candidates running on both sides there are only two whom I would feel comfortable voting for; Hillary or Edwards. If the constitution were changed and the Republican party nominated Governor Schwartzenaeger (sorry, I can't spell his last name correctly), I would likely vote for him.

    I'm not telling anyone they must or must not vote a certain way, but this election has the potential to be very polarizing, and as there are people who won't vote for Hillary just because she is Hillary, there are people who won't vote for Obamba because he is Obamba as well.

    January 21, 2008 05:07 am at 5:07 am |
  22. Geneva

    People go on and on about how the Clintons are horrible, and all this other CRAP, but c'mon. This country's ecomony was never the same after Bill left office. The unemployment rate was LOW, we HAD a surplus. Who cares if he slept around? I still can't believe people are still talking about that! What does she have to do with any of that? I could care less if any of you want to leave the country if she is elected. I had to live with George Bush for 8 years, and if I'm still here then that's patriotism. Please, by all mean, vote Republican...they are gonna need someone like you.

    Let me mention...Obama did not vote for the war, BECAUSE HE WAS NOT THERE TO VOTE!

    Clearly I'm posting this to a large group of Obama supporters. Perhaps if when he talked he actually SAID something. We wouldn't waste our time here.

    January 21, 2008 05:58 am at 5:58 am |
  23. Tizzy

    The Clintons have a penchant for linning up Blacks that disparage Obama to demonstrate that they have the support of African Americans. This is due to a a deep complex. For Hillary, she cannot go it alone, except the spouse is there attacking her perceived front running opponent or the daughter has to be introduced into the fray by attending a black church with the Vernon Jordans. When Obama arrives any state for campaigns, he walks the stage with the American people who do not denigrate the Clintons to showcase his acceptability, not Whites or Blacks or Browns. The American press and analysts are yet to see through the Clintons deceit and inferiority complex. How will it look if Obama starts doing the exact opposite by parading his White supporters or Edwards his Black supporters as if they are appealing to that section of the American electorate. The Clintons should explain whether they need only the support of Black Democrats in South Carolina. This is bad for a country that claims to be above prejudices. A vote for Obama is a demonstration of the spirit of the times which is CHANGE. Change Hillary & Bill Clinton cannot bring to America by running for primaries as a tag team thereby confirming that Hillary is deficient and also to avoid another round of tears on this campaigns for a would be President. Obama for President.

    January 21, 2008 06:44 am at 6:44 am |
  24. Tizzy

    CNN rarely covers Obama .It is Hilliary or Bill and sometimes Edwards. It is clear the media is slanted in its coverage of the primaries. My support of Obama is strenghtened more when the media continues to treat some candidates unfairly while pandering to the tag team of Hillary and Bill. CNN should respect its mandate of fair reporting. Obama is an idea whose time has come. Get it.

    January 21, 2008 07:30 am at 7:30 am |
  25. Obama a mistake

    Sun-Times Exclusive: Obama surfaces in Rekzo's federal corruption case
    Obama is the "political candidate" referred to in document which outlines case against Rezko
    For the first time, Democratic White House hopeful Barack Obama has surfaced in the federal corrupton case against his longtime campaign fund-raiser, Tony Rezko, the Chicago Sun-Times has learned. Contributions to his 2004 U.S. Senate campaign came from schemes Rezko is accused of orchestrating. The allegations against Rezko that involve Obama are contained in 78-page document filed last month in which prosecutors outline their corruption and fraud case against Rezko. Trial Feb. 25. Obama’s name to come up in court is a political headache he doesn’t need.
    Obama is the “political candidate” referred to in a section of the document that accuses Rezko of orchestrating a scheme in which a firm hired to handle state teacher pension investments first had to pay $250,000 in “sham” finder’s fees. From that money, $10,000 was donated to Obama’s successful run for the Senate in the name of a Rezko business associate, according to the court filing and the source. Rezko, part of Obama’s senatorial finance committee, also is accused of directing “at least one other individual” to donate money to Obama and then reimbursing that individual — in possible violation of federal election law. Obama — got the contributions in 2004 — has moved to distance himself from Rezko since his longtime friend and supporter was indicted in October 2006. After news that Obama had engaged in a real estate transaction with Rezko’s wife at a time Tony Rezko was known to be under investigation, the senator called the episode a mistake.” Obama donated more than $44,000 in Rezko-linked contributions to charity last year, including the $10,000 donation mentioned in the court filing. That money was donated to Obama by Joseph Aramanda, a Glenview businessman and Rezko associate who, sources have said, is the “Individual D” prosecutors say received the $250,000 in finder’s fees demanded by Rezko. Individual D did nothing. In 13 years in politics, Obama has gotten at least $168,000 in campaign donations from Rezko, his family and business associates. The Sun-Times reported

    January 21, 2008 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
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