McCain, Clinton Gain Momentum

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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - With their victories this weekend, Republican John McCain and Democrat Hillary Clinton are gaining momentum in the race for President.

Click play play to watch CBN News Correspondent David Brody's report and Gordon Robertson's comments afterwards.

McCain Takes South Carolina

After losing a nasty and hard fought battle to George Bush in 2000, Sen. John McCain came back here to South Carolina and won.

"Thank you, South Carolina, for bringing us across the finish line first in the first in the south primary. It took us a while, but what's eight years among friends?" McCain said.

The former POW was helped by military veterans and Independents but also did better than expected among Evangelicals with many citing his strength of character and integrity.

Mike Huckabee, the southern Arkansas governor, had high expectation of winning. But Fred Thompson took some Evangelical votes away from him and settled for a close second.

"This is not an event, it is a process, and the process is far, far from over," Huckabee said.

Mitt Romney won in Nevada over the weekend, but it wasn't a fiercely contested race. The new Republican battleground this week is Florida where it's turning into a four man free-for all. The polls are that close.

As for the Democrats, Clinton made it two in a row with her victory in the Nevada caucus.

"I guess this is how the west was won!" she said.

But the race to win delegates is tight and the battle now shifts to South Carolina. Barack Obama is already on the ground here. He leads in the polls and is expected to do well among the heavily populated African-American community.

Obama Takes on Bill Clinton

The war of words is also heating up this week. In an interview on Good Morning Ameria, Obama criticized President Clinton for what he calls a string of inaccurate comments about his past record such as saying it was a "fairytale" that Obama had opposed the Iraq war from the start.

"This has become a habit, and one of the things that we're going to have to do is to directly confront Bill Clinton when he's making statements that are not factually accurate," Obama said.

Obama, Sen. Clinton and John Edwards will all be here in Myrtle Beach Monday night, set to square off in another crucial debate.

Americans can expect the sensitive issue of race to come up. It's already been a flashpoint between the Obama and Clinton campaigns but will be the focus even more so in a state where more than half the voters are expected to be African-American.

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