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. Marilyn

    Hillary is the only Democratic candidate that I would trust in the oval office. She can resolve the problems we are facfed with today, and she and Bill are highly respected around the world. And as a woman, all women should vote for Hillary, she has the qualifications, plus she is female. Sure Obama is black, but he is still a MALE, we needed to break that glass ceiling for the future of our daughters! And for once show the men women can be everything they can be, and even do it better!

    January 20, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  2. Roger

    After the dust has settled we will need to come together as one for our party. We should be proud that our party has such a diverse field of candidates. Look at a picture of the Republican party candidates then look at Democratic Parties Photo and tell me who best represents America. I will say I am a Hillary supporter and still believe she can unite this party and win the White House in November. Barack Obama is a nice guy but with the mess Bush is going to leave this country in (and parts of the world also) we will need more then just nice. Senator Clinton will be able to get things done starting on day one. She will be able to continue working for African Americans and all Americans the minute she takes office. Obama would need such a learning curve of which this country can not afford to wait on. I hope that the African American community votes on record and merit and not just to have an African American as president. If Obama is the nominee the Republicans will eat him alive on experience and record to date. America is ready for an African American president but Barack Obama is not ready to be president. Lets unite as a party and not hand the election to the Republicans.

    January 20, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  3. Bruno

    The Clinton will indeed do anything do get back to the White House. Including not supporting Kerry in 2004 (what a timely operation that was, Bill) so Hillary would have a chance in 2008. It’s all about them, not about the democratic cause and certainly not about helping Americans. Are Democrats today as blind as they thought Bush supporters were? Does Bush – Clinton – Bush again – Clinton again sound like democracy to you?

    January 20, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  4. San

    if Obama wins nomination then we will have a Republican president for next 100 yrs.

    January 20, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  5. Amy, Kazoo

    I just wanted to let everyone know that I didn't attend any church service this morning, black or white. You may now get on with your lives.

    January 20, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  6. docrock,lewisville,tx

    How about this:I went to church today,I support a fair tax system that counts every dollar earned for equitable taxation,I support family values,I am for the control of our borders,I believe in freedom of the press,I hink every American is entitled to Helth Care,the corporations should keep the jobs here or face tariffs,and that lobbyists should be branded as financial terrorists and be forcibly removed from Washington,pay for C.E.O.'s should never exceed a companies combined payroll,and we need to return our weary Army to bases that appreciate theeir presence.Vote for ME!!!God Bless Americans!!!

    January 20, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  7. a

    Is there anybody among Hillary's friends to be honest enough to tell her about her outfits? It looks like they are all the same, just dyed in different colors, made many years ago i some old factory that had one pattern only. And the cut of those pants and jackets!!! And she talks about change? What about "Dress for Success", Hillary? She looks worse than all the people around her. And today, in the Baptist Church in New York, her jacket, whose was it? Some security person on a construction site? But they didn't give her a helmet, maybe yellow, it would brighten the attire. Could anybody help her? Is there any hope for change?

    January 20, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |

    Hillary promises a job for all who have lost their jobs in S.C to out sourcing.Just go to your nearest Walmart and tell them Hillary sent me.Go Hillary08

    January 20, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  9. Joe Ossai, Bedford, NH

    Has America turn into a monarch , Look at this:

    1)Reagan/Papa Bush = 8 years
    2)Papa Bush / the idiot VP = 4 years
    3)Clinton/Gore = 8 years
    4)Little Bush/ Cheney = 8 Years

    That is a total of 28 years of Bush/Clinton in the White House. If this sleazy chic and her slick husband are back in the White House that will make it 36 years of either Bush or Clinton running the country.

    Is America this bankrupt ?

    January 20, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  10. Joe

    I think Obama praising Reagan tells you who is pandering......how is that suppose to rally the base. I don't get it at all.

    He will win SC, but will lose big time Feb 5th. Just look at the numbers and percentages when you break down the vote. The female vote is powerful and the African American/Latino vote cross cancel each other. It's that simple.

    Don't over analyze these things.

    January 20, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  11. Susan

    The white South Africans were primarily Dutch with some lesser numbers of German French and other white European settlers. They were the "Boers" who fought the English in the Anglo-Boer War. They were all despicable landlords that were finally thrown out.

    Black Americans WANT to be called African Americans because they are proud of their heritage from that continent. I don't see bigotry here. So let's not go there.

    I do see a fair fight between two (or three) strong democratic candidates whose surrogates don't like one another and often start squabbles that turn into harmful he-said-she-saids that get the candidates off point.

    Let the people stay on point. Eventually the spats blow over and everyone gets down to business. We the people get it. We really get it.

    Through my lens, the Republican field is cloudy. If I were a conservative, I would hate to have to chose between an admired, straight-talking, authentic war hero whom I believe too old for this harrowing job; a silver-tongued charmer of the pulpit with some far out amendment to my beloved Constitution, and a handsome, don't touch the hair, flip-flopping business executive I'm reluctant to trust. A dilemma.

    The Nevada caucus was the best civics lesson I've ever had in my life. It should be shown in every schoolroom.

    January 20, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  12. Eric


    A Obama banner hung across from the church where Hillary was speaking...if Hillary people did this at the church Obama spoke at the Obama campaign, supporters here, and the MSM would be up in arms.

    January 20, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  13. Emily

    And those slave owners continue to lol in their graveyards.........Could they have been right?

    January 20, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  14. ben

    Bill and Hillary Clinton have never cared about the African-American community, and the most disgusting thing is that they did this for media coverage! They basically sent Chelsea, and then loudly announced "HEY WE SENT OUR DAUGHTER TO AN AFRICAN-AMERICAN CHURCH THIS SUNDAY! SEE? WE LIKE BLACK PEOPLE!" How petty. Is this what American politics has come down to? And then best of all, the Obama Campaign, (drawing from it's vast store of originality) declared "OH YEAH? WE SENT OUR CANDIDATES WIFE!!!!!!!!!!!" It's just sad.

    January 20, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  15. Ken

    Why is that Clintons have no version of their campaign, they are copycating Obama from day one. How is she experienced if she can not run her own campaign?

    January 20, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  16. ben

    Susan, you are DEAD ON with what you said about the Republican Field.

    January 20, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  17. Henry

    Chelsea and whoever she was will not translate to votes with African Americans. I am an educated African American woman who will not be fooled by Hillary.

    January 20, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  18. charlotte

    If a white person has black supporters it is pandering. If a black person has white supporters it is not pandering. If a black person has Oprah, it's great. If a white person has Magic Johnson, they are pandering. Go figure....

    January 20, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  19. Jeff, Rathdrum ID

    LOL!!! You Dems are funny, I'm loving this. I'm an independent and I support Obama!!! You know going into this election I was thinking the Republican party is over, people are pissed. The Dem's would have to do something totaly stupid to lose this election, and sure enough a good portion of you want do exactly that. You want to elect the one person (Hillary) that can lose it for you.
    I don't know how else to say this, there is a very large group of people that will support Obama or Edwards, but they will not vote for Hillary. And that number is getting bigger with the Clinton attacks, dirty politics and lies they are playing. I personally don't think you Dem's alone can win this, the two party faithfuls will cancel each other out, but with Independents willing to vote Dem, you can win. But it's your choice, Roll your dice LOL!!!!

    January 20, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  20. Mike

    I have one question for Hillary supporters. Please answer honestly and without flaming because I am really trying to understand the point of view. How does Hillary sit at a table with the Presidents and Ministers of upcoming economic power that is China whom do not believe women should have the same rights as men, and how does she sit at a table with muslim countries and other groups who do not share our way of life and convince them to do anything when they have made up their mind about her even before she sits down? Furthermore, tell me what we do against some of these countries such as China are becoming economic and military power houses? I sincerely hope your answer is that we make them see things our way because that's just not an intelligent answer. We saw the reality of losing our own during 911. We are not as invincible as we like to think we are. Are we possibly adding fuel to a fire in her election at this time? Again this is not some attempt to sway voters, its an honest question that I am hoping someone will intelligently answer.

    Thank you.

    January 20, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  21. Joe

    Silly me, didn't know chelsea attending that church would mean African Americans will vote for Hillary........

    January 20, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  22. Independent Jim

    Please, please, put aside your party and candidate loyality, and instead think about our country. The Clintons played their role, so did the Bushs. Let the family dynasties end in 2008. Else...should we expect Jeb Bush to run in 2012.

    Power corrupts and is addicting...Bill's red face and wagging finger resemble that of a junky..

    January 20, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |

    It will be a big disaster for me, the Democratic party, the entire Americans and the rest of the World if Hillary Clinton is elected as the Presidential candidate of the Democratic party. There is no way she can win against Mitt Romney,John McCain,Huckabee or who ever is elected in the Republican party. It will just another Republicans one way ticket to the White House and they will continue from where Bush left.
    Americans are not looking for another Clinton or another person that has been part of the old system, what Americans are looking for now is positive change. Changes that will affect the lives of we all in a good way. Republicans are very afriad of Obama and will love to see Hillary Clinton win. Obama is a great guy, he is for change and we must vote him in. Think of how beautiful and safe this world will be if Obama becomes the President of this beautiful and blessed country, USA.

    January 20, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  24. case

    Kobe, Clinton was not championing human rights when he was asleep at the wheel during the Rwandan Genocide. Hillary is more of the same old corrupt washingtion insiders. She can not win the national November election. Many second admendment, labor, blue collar democrats will not vote for her. It is a fact go to any bar or social enviornment in middle-class America.

    January 20, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |


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