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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

By Washington Post editors  |  November 27, 2007; 5:35 PM ET
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zuckermand do not pick on korny- she's a fine journalist, even when I disagree. well, once obama makes strong showings in iowa and new hampshire, the race will get a fresh look. this is actually a signal the HRC camp is getting nervous. I agree w/ jade7243 about AA loyalty to the clintons is undeserved - she was a goldwater girl, went to the largest segregated public school in the nation, and was not the face of civil rights during bills presidency. bill was close to segregationist j william fullbright when he was gov of arkansas- and did not really start clicking with black voters until after monica in 98 - and that's because many family-value white voters abandoned him and he needed some constituency to sure up his ship. anyway, blacks in SC and nationwide are hedging their bets until obama pops. I only wish all voters took into account that we do not need 4 consecutive presidents from 2 immediate families.

Posted by: jacade | November 29, 2007 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Here in NYC we are realists regarding language. When you go to your local bank or to the ATM machine, you are given a menu and asked which language you want to bank in: six languages appear. The police and hospital personnel are all multi-lingual, and if you can speak Spamish or one of the Chinese, Indian, Korean, Bangladeshe dialects,--well there are just too many too count, you will probaly find work immediately. We have people from all over the world. That's what makes us one of the world's most vibrant and exciting cities. Eventually everyone speaks English; it's the language taught in schools, but we've managed to adjust, and I think we've enriched ourselves in the process. One last thing, Europeans who visit us speak perfect English; we do not speak perfect anything expect English. Our language skills are absymal. Our schools have a long way to go in correcting this problem.

Posted by: Elinor.Miller | November 29, 2007 11:14 AM | Report abuse

She voted against English as a second language. She is a traitor.

35 Senators Voted Against English as America's Official Language 25 May, 2007

The vote was against an amendment to the Immigration Bill 1348, to make English America's official language is astounding.

On D-Day no less when we honor those that sacrificed in order to secure the bedrock character and principles of America. I can only surmise your vote reflects a loyalty to illegal aliens.

I don't much care where you come from, what your religion is, whether you're black, white or some other color, male or female, democrat, republican or independent, but I do care when you're a United States Senator, representing citizens of America and vote against English as the official language of the United States.

Your vote reflects betrayal, political surrender, violates your pledge of allegiance, dishonors historical principle, rejects patriotism, borders on traitorous action and, in my opinion, makes you unfit to serve as a United States Senator... impeachment, recall, or other appropriate action is warranted.

Worse yet, 4 of you voting against English as America's official language are Presidential candidates: Senator Biden, Senator Clinton, Senator Dodd, and Senator Obama.

If America is as angry as I am, you will realize a back-lash so stunning it will literally rock you out of your panties... and preferably, totally out of the United States Senate.

The entire immigration bill is a farce... your action only confirms this really isn't about America ; it's about self-serving politics... despicable at best.

The following senators voted against making English the official language of America :

Biden (D-DE) Wants to be President?
Clinton (D-NY) Wants to be President?
Dodd (D-CT) Wants to be President?
Kerry (D-MA) Wanted to be President
Lieberman (D-CT) Disappointment here.....
Obama (D-IL) Wants to be President?
Reid (D-NV) Senate Majority Leader
Schumer (D-NY)

"Congressmen who willfully take actions during wartime that damage morale, and undermine the military are saboteurs and should be arrested, exiled or hanged."
President Abraham Lincoln "Amen!"

For a complete list, go here:
Urban Legends Reference Pages: Senate Vote on Official Language of America •••

Posted by: Chance1 | November 28, 2007 9:17 AM | Report abuse

Judging from jade7243's comment, it appears Anne was successful in making Anne's point. Proud of yourself, Anne?

We just want journalism, is that so much to ask? Why are you doing this? It's just not right.

Posted by: zukermand | November 27, 2007 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Call it what it is: pandering to black folk to get our vote. So let's get real: you've got a poor record with civil rights and issue that relate to black America, Mrs. Clinton. And no amount of fakery and fawning and pretending to care about what happens on our side of town is going to change that.

Sadly, these ministers are slumbering in the past. Neither Clinton -- not Bill or Hillary -- have any stake in insuring the health and well-being, the safety and security, education or prosperity of you, your children, grandchildren or great-grandchildren.

It's time to wake up from the national nightmare that would send us all not to the future, but to the Cintonian past.

OBAMA is the real choice for thinking black voters. And in lieu of Obama, feel comfortable with backing Edwards.

Posted by: jade7243 | November 27, 2007 8:09 PM | Report abuse

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