Palmetto Sunrise: Bill Clinton returns to S.C.

Former President Bill Clinton speaks at the West End Community Development Center during a rally for Hillary Clinton, who is running for the Democratic presidential nomination, Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016, in Greenville, S.C. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

COLUMBIA -- Former President Bill Clinton returns to the Palmetto State for a two-day campaign swing to shore up support for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, his wife, before Saturday’s primary.

Bill Clinton’s schedule begins in Rock Hill with an 11 a.m. rally at the Freedom Temple Ministry on 215 East Main St., Rock Hill; a 3:45 p.m. Spartanburg rally at the Wellness Center at the University of South Carolina on 165 American Way, Spartanburg; and concludes in Winnsboro at the Fairfield Middle School Gymnasium at 728 US-321 BYP.

All times are for when doors open. More information can be found here.

Hillary Clinton will visit the Pee Dee, Grand Strand and Lowcountry today.

She holds a 9:45 a.m. Corridor of Opportunity town hall at Williamsburg County Recreation Center at 2084 Thurgood Marshall Hwy in Kingstree; a 2:30 p.m. Breaking Down Barriers forum with Senator Cory Booker, D-N.J., at Cumberland United Methodist Church at 163 S. Coit St., Florence; a 5 p.m. rally at the Myrtle Beach Sheraton Convention Center Hotel at 2101 N Oak St., Myrtle Beach and a 6:15 p.m. presidential town hall with state Sen. Marlon Kimpson, D-Charleston, at Royal Baptist Church Family Life Center at 4750 Abraham Ave., in North Charleston.

The Clinton campaign is pulling out all the stops this week--including a visit from Chelsea Clinton on Friday-- to ensure a dominant win against opponent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Sanders made headlines this week after his campaign announced a light schedule in the state following a 5.5-point loss to Clinton in Saturday’s Nevada caucus. Sanders did visit Brookland Baptist Church in West Columbia on Sunday before a rally in front of thousands in Greenville.

Sanders and Clinton returned to the state Tuesday for a CNN town hall. Prior to the broadcast, Clinton held a town hall on gun violence in Columbia.

Sanders held a hastily planned press conference on poverty Wednesday morning before leaving Columbia. Sanders returns to South Carolina on Friday.

Clinton has several events planned over the next several days while Sanders uses surrogates and spends time in some of the Super Tuesday states.

CNN will host a debate with the five remaining Republican presidential candidates from Houston at 8:30 p.m.

Statehouse focus

Senators will continue to debate roads when they return at 11 a.m. Sen. Lee Bright, R-Roebuck, now holds the podium.

The House Ways and Means Committee meets at 9 a.m. to continue working on the budget. The House starts at 10 a.m.

Gov. Nikki Haley will attend the South Carolina Automotive Summit at the Hyatt Regency in Greenville at 11:30 a.m. and will be honored at the City Year Ripples of Hope Gala in Columbia this evening.

Today’s headlines:

Lawmakers to push for borrowing plan to cover costs of aging buildings (The Post and Courier)

Lawmaker continues efforts to bring the Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum to the Lowcountry (The Post and Courier)

Bernie Sanders leaves South Carolina but insists he’s fighting here ‘as hard as we can’ (The Post and Courier)

S.C. Is Losing Teachers at an Alarming Rate (Free Times)

Hillary Clinton continues to make case to black voters during luncheon with Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority (The Post and Courier)

Graham questions feasibility of MOX alternative (Aiken Standard)

Dr. Willie Wilson: The other candidate in South Carolina’s Democratic primary (The Morning News)

Sen. Davis ends four-week filibuster; Sen. Bright takes over (The Post and Courier)

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