Maya Angelou calls Clinton 'my girl' in South Carolina ad PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 12 December 2007

Sample ImageCOLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) _ Poet Maya Angelou says in a new radio ad airing in South Carolina that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton is a strong woman who is committed to equal treatment for all children.

``Each generation of African-Americans stands on the shoulders of those who came before,'' Angelou says in the 60-second ad that began airing over the weekend in this early voting state. ``Today, the challenges facing us threaten the dreams we have had for our children. We need a president with the experience and strength to meet those challenges.''

Clinton's friendship with Angelou dates back to her days as first lady of Arkansas, where Angelou grew up, the New York senator's campaign said.

``Let me tell you about my girl,'' Angelou says in the ad. ``I am inspired by Hillary Clinton _ a daughter, a wife, a mother. My girl.''

Angelou, whose works include I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, was the inaugural poet for President Bill Clinton in 1993.

She endorsed Hillary Clinton in June.

Clinton's campaign would not say exactly where the ad was running or how long it will air.

The ad's release came as more than 29,000 people attended a rally Sunday featuring media mogul Oprah Winfrey and Barack Obama at Williams-Brice Stadium.

On Saturday, former President Bill Clinton campaigned for his wife in Charleston.

Photo: Maya Angelou 


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