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February 20, 2014

WHITE HOUSE 2016: SC party chairs haggle over Hillary (+ video)

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A blog from The State's political team of Cassie Cope, Jamie Self and Andy Shain. Email tips to thebuzz@thestate.com.

South Carolina's party chairmen, Republican Matt Moore and Democrat Jaime Harrison, appeared on msnbc today with former Columbia anchor Craig Melvin spoke about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's possible 2016 presidential run.

Hours before a Columbia fundraiser by Clinton supporters, Harrison said the former First Lady was just one of many Democrats considering a run, noting Vice President Joe Biden and Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley.

But an ad from a Graham challenger released this week is trying to tie the senator to Clinton.

"The reason the Republicans are throwing their bombs is that, if she is a candidate for president, they know it is going very hard to beat her," Harrison said. Moore questioned her chances for success and not seeing an "outpouring of support from the Democratic establishment" in South Carolina to endorse Clinton and noted that a passage in U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn's upcoming memoir that was critical of the response her husband, former President Bill Clinton, had to her losing the 2008 South Carolina presidential primary to Barack Obama.

Despite praise from some national Republicans about Clinton, Moore said South Carolinians would not back the woman he called "the literal mother of Obamacare."

SC party bosses sit together to talk about Hillary Clinton's possible 2016 presidential run

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