Hillary Clinton visits Benedict College

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Hillary Clinton has attended a South Carolina Democratic Party Stump Meeting in Columbia at the Jamil Temple. Her visit also included a stop at Benedict College.

With voting less than 24 hours away, Hillary Clinton took her campaign to Benedict College.

Clinton and her supporters are trying to persuade black voters they can be comfortable choosing her over Barack Obama. Rep. Charles Rangel (D-New York) says, "And I find it very easy to say, it's that who do you know that could do the job - as opposed to the hope and dream that could do a job."

Former New York Mayor David Dinkins says, "Lofty rhetoric is nice, but ultimately you got to govern. And we need someone with the capacity to govern, someone who has proven that she has the capacity to govern."

Appearing at Benedict's Antisdel Chapel, the former first lady touches first on faith. "It certainly has sustained me. I've been asked many times if I'm a praying person and I've said thankfully I was raised to be a praying person."

Later, Clinton promises to right the wrongs of the government response to Katrina, crack down on high interest student loans, and push more funding for black colleges like Benedict.

Clinton says, "So many have had the opportunity for an education here or from Claflin or South Carolina State, all of the other HBCU institutions. But our help has not kept up with the need. And I want to double the amount of money that goes to our historically black colleges and universities from the federal government."

For some, the message works. Student Elisa Robertson points to "her experience, not just because she was in the White House - different issues, different things that she has done."

Student Kashif Vallot says, "I'm going to school for law enforcement. She says if you go to school for law enforcement, she'll pay off all your debts. And I think she supports the black community, like her husband."

With many polls now showing Barack Obama taking the lion's share of South Carolina's African-American primary vote on Saturday, some political observers suggest more white voters will gravitate toward Clinton.

Richland Councilwoman Bernice Scott is supporting Clinton and skeptical of that theory. "I don't believe that. I really don't. I believe that ... that's why I can't talk now. We've been out trying to give people the facts. And tomorrow they have to make their decision, what they want to do."

Clinton did not convince everyone on campus. But her campaign was still there, looking for every vote possible.

Reported by Jack Kuenzie

Posted by Chantelle Janelle