The Clinton Faithful
Dozens of black ministers declared their support for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton during a campaign swing through South Carolina on Tuesday, potentially boosting her among black voters in a state where she and Sen. Barack Obama are dueling fiercely for that demographic.
Clinton is focusing intensely on health care this week. She has sharply criticized Obama for failing to require all people to get health insurance in his proposal, and is gearing up for a major health care address on Iowa. In her comments in Spartanburg, Clinton said it is time to "take on health insurance companies and the drug companies."
But there was no mistaking the purpose of her trip: to appeal to black voters, especially those of faith. Obama has made similar trips to South Carolina, where the third primary is scheduled to take place on Jan. 26. Clinton officials said 88 black ministers joined her during her campaign swing. At least half the Democratic primary electorate in the state is African-American.
--Anne E. Kornblut
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