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. tennessee

    She didn't pander in Nevada for the black vote, so why is she doing it here? Because she doesn't need the Hispanic vote in South Carolina to win. She needs the black vote. She didn't need to black vote in Nevada, so she pandered to the Hispanic vote. She plays the RACE CARD very well. Sadly, this long time democrat (Hillary) is piting two economically disadvantage groups against each other. When the primary is over- this divide between Hispanics and Blacks will continue. It will not be so easy to foget what the CLINTONS have done. However, this time it will not work with African American. OBAMA will receive an overwhelming percentage of the black vote in South Carolina and throughout the South. The Democratic party has forever changed for the best!

    The black community has found it's voice- say no to hillary, say not to pandering!

    January 20, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  2. Bob

    Chelsea alienating African Americans. I think seeing her would make my daughter think how much far apart we are in prevelage. This means that we don't have to listen to candidates or have needs what we need is their daugthers to attend our churches and vote for them. God help us.

    January 20, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  3. jacob

    Chelsea came with a package of healthcare to those African Americans. We see you through Clintons. You can abuse us and that translate to vote. May be with those uneducated.

    January 20, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  4. 1971guy

    Thanks Susan for your misinformed civics lesson – racist!

    January 20, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  5. Janel, St. Paul, MN

    It is good that Chelsea and Vernon went to church. . .but that they went to a predominantly African-American church seems a bit political.

    In response to Win James ridiculous question, "if Barack were a blue-haired (I think you meant a blue-eyed) blond, would he be as successful as he is today?"

    For me, the fact that he is "black" is of little consequence. Barack has a tremendous passion about how he thinks this country should move forward. It is his "intellect," his "oratory" skills , his "experience," and his "message" that are leading many Americans to support him.

    Another question could be posed, "If Hillary Clinton was not the wife of a former president, would she be in the position she enjoys today?" Personally, I think the answer is "no."

    Both of these individuals - Obama and Clinton - are breaking new ground. Both are capable of being president. What it comes down to is which of them can move the voters to become involved in straightening out the mess that we have endured for the last eight years? It is my belief that Obama will serve us best.

    Obama 08!

    January 20, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  6. fine

    hi guys,never you vote for the CLINTON,the husband was the president and now the wife want to be.they just want to make history just like BUSH.things are going to be rough if this lady is the president.just look at BUSH era the father was not bad but look at the son he is a case study to people and a scandal in the streets all over the world.BILL CLINTON with his infedelity and how Hillary forgive him meaning something is wrong.please voters wipe these names out of America history,if not after Clinton it is going to be BUSH WIFE THEN LATER CHELSEA AND THEN LATER BUSH DAUGHTER

    January 20, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  7. suzzy

    Shoot! I forgot chelsea was running for presidency. She has my vote!

    January 20, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  8. Kerry

    Ya, those African Americans kids look like her.Those African Americans must be thinking like they live in Africa. Good Job chelse. Thanx for trying. Ask Hillary to block Obama's name in the voting booth.

    January 20, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  9. barry setk

    I hope in the next week,voters will take a close look at the clintons,and what they have done for country!no matter if you are black or white they stand on our side.They are the only people who have stood up against the power hate machine the republicans own and run very well!! and win in 08.

    January 20, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  10. Dave

    Is Obama running against one or two Clintons. I can't tell from day to day. Who's runnning Bill or Hillary? We need to be very cautious of another DYNASTY! Haven't we learned yet?
    The clintons will tell you whatever you want to hear and IF they get back into office they will say it wasn't their fault that they couldn't do anything the promised they would and continue business as usual. Her answer would be similar to this current statement "I voted for it but I hoped it wouldn't pass" If you don't think so vote for her and then blame yourself when the times get worse!

    January 20, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  11. Lee

    People always quote the Bush/Clinton/Bush Clinton thing – get a life.

    The only time during any of the above where we were respected in the world, were not in a major war and had a good economy and had a balanced budget – was when CLINTON was in the white house. So dont bunch them all together – Clinton did it then Clinton can do it now.

    I am an American 1st and Canadian citizen second. People all over the world hate americans now. If I travel almost anywhere I travel on my Canadian passport because people so hate Americans. They did not do that when Bill Clinton was in office.

    Hillary knows people and she can bring respect back to America. Bring some respect back to us as a people – cause people hate Amercians – I hear it everyday up here – everyday.

    I am making so much more money here than I would be in the States – get a grip guys – you have to be peaceful to make money – all the fighting is no good.

    Hillary should tag Obama for VP and give him a chance to gain some experience. That would be an awesome ticket.

    January 20, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  12. Anjani

    Hillary will be the next president of USA ! No one now can stop her to go to White House.All the supporters of Obama are bullshed and nonsense.Its very crystal clear what Obama did and what Hillary did. There can be no comparison between sun and moon . Go Hillary Go ahead !

    January 20, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  13. Mike

    Those African Americans must have no issues to be discussed. All they need is chelsea to go to those churches and those pastors endorse hillary.
    We don't need another white president for blacks we already have a real one!!!!

    January 20, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  14. Tim

    And those pastors show how illitrate they are. I am voting for obama. This is 21st century not when pastors and civil right leaders used to tell us who to vote for.....

    January 20, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |

    I am sick and tired of the Clintons claiming to be the best Friends of the African Americans. They only run to them when they need their votes. The AIDS epidemic is killing millions in Africa and the rest of the World. Why did Bill Clinton not bring out Billions of dollars to support AIDS vaccine research during his 8yrs tenue? Why did Hillary Clinton vote in support of the Iraq war that has left 10's of thousands of young american soilders either dissabled or dead? The war is costing our tax payers billions of dollars every month. 20% of the amount spent on Iraq war would have been more than enough to put an end to the AIDS problem in the entire world.
    Obama stands for change and its time we say YES to him.

    January 20, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  16. kalliope

    Hillary can do one thing that none of the other Democratic candidates can do for sure... UNITE THE REPUBLICAN PARTY. Yeah! Now there's something she can add to her list of experiences, party unifier.

    OBAMA '08

    January 20, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  17. caresaboutissues

    To all of you are childishly whining "I will not vote if (fill in candidate's name that you hate for whatever narrow-minded reason) wins the nomination", hear this: IT'S ABOUT THE ISSUES! The fact is that whichever of the top Democratic candidates wins the nomination, the others will stand behind the winner and ask you to support that candidate. Why? Because the ISSUES are what really counts and the differences between the Democratic candidates' stand on the issues are NITS compared to the differences between any of them and the Republican candidates.

    January 20, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  18. Joseba

    Go Hillary!
    from Basque Country (Europe)

    If you become president, help us with the Basque Conflict against Spain and France!!

    January 20, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  19. pat

    America is broke with BUSH in the white house. We need Hillary. The more the press gangs up on her, the harder she works. This is hard times and we need her experience.

    January 20, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  20. Jenny, Paxton, MA

    so that chelsea can claim 20 years later that her civil rights credentials go back to.....

    January 20, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  21. Jimmy Baldwin (SC)

    People of SC please open your eyes.

    These Clintons are in it for themselves, not for you!!

    January 20, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  22. carmen

    This going to church is pure propaganda coming from people who will do and say whatever it is needed to get what they want, they should retire! and give a young, smart, honest, energetic man the chance to fight for America...get informed, read about all the legal and other scandals the Clintons have been involved in, and there are still people who want them in the White House, unbelievable!. Here in Europe, most people believe Obama will do the best for America and the world. Just read some European news and you'll see. Hopefully the Democrats get smarter between now and the conventions...otherwise the next president will be a Republican, which in any case, will be better than any Clinton..

    January 20, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  23. charlotte

    Hillary is a strong leader, committed to this country, committed to her marriage for better or worse. It takes a lot of strength to make it through the rough spots of life. Too many people throw in the towel and quit. She has shown me strengh and character. I think Obama is a fine young man. I think he has a lot to learn. If he could have answered last on his weaknesses, in his own words, "I would have known how to play the game." We can not wait for someone to figure out, there isn't a pea under any of the three walnut shells. We need someone who can hit the ground running, knows how to play dodge ball, knows it isn't going to be a cake walk, knows it will be an uphill battle and has the intestinal fortitude to get it done. That is Hillary Clinton!

    January 20, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  24. Amy, Kazoo

    wow. anyone CAN type.

    "fine"....please learn to form a coherent sentence. yikes.

    January 20, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  25. Nick

    I just wanted to give a quick response to Xlotus. Hahahahahahahaha.

    Hillary Clinton self-made. Hahahahahahahahaha. You're cracking me up. I hope you're kidding with that.

    I like Clinton is O.K. and I'll feel fine voting for her if I can't get someone in the general who I like more (Obama or Edwards).

    She is smart and I think might make a good President but "self-made" hahaha. Funny. You think a junior Sen. from New York being the front-runner as soon as she announced being self-made? You think Bill Clinton going around and winning votes for her is "self-made"? You think using her husbands record is "self-made"? She started her Senate race with instant name recognition because or her husband.

    I like her o.k. and think she has some good ideas but if people wanted to elect a real self-made woman they should have put their effort into getting either of the Sen. from California to run. Nobody would even know who Hillary Clinton is outside of Washington if it were not for her husband.

    January 20, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
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