January 22nd, 2008
04:40 PM ET
13 years ago

Obama gets big endorsement in South Carolina

WASHINGTON (CNN) - South Carolina's largest newspaper endorsed Democrat Barack Obama Tuesday, hailing the Illinois senator's "unifying style of leadership."

In an editorial posted on its Web site Tuesday afternoon, The State's editorial board praised Obama for not using his rhetorical skills to demonize his rivals, and said he has the ability to win over independents and Republicans without "neglecting his core values."

"He defends his progressive vision with vigorous integrity," the editorial board wrote. "But for him, American unity – transcending party – is a core value in itself."

While they praised Hillary Clinton as a policy wonk with a "deep understanding of many issues," the editorial board wrote her administration was bound to be highly partisan, and said the Clintons often seem motivated by personal vindication.

They also discounted John Edwards, saying he is no longer "the optimist who won South Carolina in 2004."

Meanwhile, Clinton picked up a key South Carolina endorsement Tuesday in State Rep. Fletcher Smith, a longtime African American legislator from Greenville County.

Clinton will be the third presidential candidate to be endorsed by Smith, who began the race supporting Bill Richardson, but defected to Sen. Joe Biden last fall. Smith has been uncommitted since Biden dropped out of the race after a poor showing in the Iowa caucuses.

Smith's blessing may come in handy for Clinton in the population center of Greenville, where Obama has already enlisted the support of former state party chair Joe Erwin.

- CNN's Alexander Mooney and Peter Hamby

soundoff (134 Responses)
  1. AJ - Montpelier

    Here we go again with the Obama threatening to vote republican if he does not win. Okay, stomp your feet and throw your tantrums. Vote for a republican. That will certainly show everybody!! What a bunch of childish, whining crybabies. I dont support Obama, but if should win the nomination, I'll vote for him. Better him than a republican!

    January 23, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  2. roger, conway sc

    Who cares about a newspaper endorsing Obama, it shows how easily mislead they are....Obama's message is empty & has no substance...He is acting like a spoiled bully & using the race card...if he thinks the Clintons are rough on him ,if he is the nominee just wait until the GOP gets through with him they don't care how much he cries & whines the Clyburn or the news media, they will rip him apart. He is such cry baby and he has divided the voters in SC with the race card mess...I will not vote in the General Election if he is the nominee or vote for the GOP candidate depending on who it is...Vote Edwards or Clinton on 1-26-08 in the Democratic primary....

    January 23, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  3. Jean, CANADA

    HAHAHAHAHAH!!!!! BILLARY!!!! That says it in a nutshell!! America wake up....Hillary Clinton is not Bill Clinton. Bill had his opportunity to guide your country through some tough and frankly strange times in American history. He did a fairly good job at winning the hearts of the majority of the public worldwide but unfortunately he had his time at the helm...and its over. Thank you Bill for your commendable servirce. NOW Hillary on the other hand is is about as divisive and partisan is they come!! Do you all Really think Hillary or BILLARY can really unite your country which by the way is a TWO PARTY system with loyal supporters devoted to each?? Whatever you may think of Bush....Hillary is no different she's the flip side of the same coin!!!

    With that being said, can you end the BUSH-CLINTON-BUSH-and potentially CLINTON dynasty and vote for someone with Vision, Morality an ability to end the partisan divisiveness??? OBAMA CAN DO IT!!! Believe it or not the choices you make in this election not only affect your country but they also have the eyes of the world glued to the constant coverage and HOPE that you will make the right desicion in choosing a LEADER for the future of a once great country. OBAMA, CAN and WILL have an amazing following of people ready to unite behind the common purpose of moving FORWARD.....TOGETHER. Don't you get it????

    PS Please do not let race or gender dominate this election......Remember MLK...JUDGE BY THE CONTENT OF THEIR CHARACTER....OBAMA embodies that
    and that my friends...... is just the tip of the "iceberg" as we say up here.

    January 23, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  4. fernando barros

    If i was american i should like to vote Hillary. I´m portuguese. So, I hope the americans vote with head and not with heart.

    January 23, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  5. concerned citizen, Arizona

    Yeah vote for republican if Obama doesn't get nomination. Why don't you just not vote. You guys whine as much as he does. Then when you vote republican and you get another Bush don't coming crying. you will get what you deserve.

    January 23, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  6. Martin

    Stay strong Barack! Thanks for setting a great example of leadership and dignity for everyone! Wishing you the best!

    January 23, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  7. Michelle

    If Hillary dropped out of the race, I would back Edwards...otherwise I wouldn't bother voting. It's scary enough that we have had some diehard Christians running this country for ages...I have no interest in seeing what a Muslim would do.

    Barack came out of nowhere, he doesn't have the experience...I just can't shake the feeling that this guy is putting on a huge front....and obviously he's getting all the Black votes and some women apparently have a crush on him...why is beyond me. At my caucus in Iowa, 90% of his supporters were black. Hillary had the most diverse group of supporters: white, black, men and women at an even ratio. Hillary has spent 8 years in the White House. She's smart, she's tough and she knows the ropes. She also has a history of making a definite attempt to bring health care to all the citizens of this country. This is a time when we need her.

    January 23, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  8. Don

    The State paper in SC is a joke. I live here, I know. Sure there only reason for endorsement is because this conservative paper does not want a Hillary Clinton in office. It won't work. She is the best choice for America.

    January 24, 2008 05:39 am at 5:39 am |

    Senator Obama campaign and victory will be won by the youth of America.
    They have witnessed the "old,tried and tired" politics which has totally destroyed and divided our country. People are just plain sick of it. Senator Clinton has shown her true colors, voting with Bush on war issues,immigration,etc. We the People do not just want change. WE DEMAND CHANGE !!! I just pray this movement will overflow into the up coming congress and senitorial races. The incumbents and the people who plan to run have been forewarned.

    January 27, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
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