Bill Clinton Focuses on Health Care – Not Oprah – in S.C.

By Lindsay Hamilton

Dec 8, 2007 6:25pm

ABC News’ Sarah Amos reports:  A day before the much hyped Obama-Oprah tour hits South Carolina, former President Clinton made his own visit to the state today, campaigning for his wife in Charleston.  The former president spent most of the day focusing on health care and the work Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., has done to improve the system.  Although the former president wasn’t speaking to stadium size crowds, Clinton still has huge appeal in the state.  He attracted a gaggle of nurses clamoring for pictures at one event, and a mob of locals and tourists when he visited the open market in historic downtown.

When asked if he was worried about the Oprah-Obama event in Iowa, Clinton casually replied, "Oh no — my family, the rest of my family, my mother-in-law and my daughter are all in Iowa with Hillary and I am going  there tomorrow. I just came from New Hampshire were doing a rotation I didn’t want South Carolina to feel left out."

The former president met with a local black sorority and held a round table on health care at the children’s hospital.  Clinton also spent time visiting with some of the children currently staying at the hospital.

Clinton is scheduled to attend church services in Charleston Sunday before heading to Iowa on Monday for more campaigning.

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