Why presidential candidates need South Carolina
Every four years, presidential candidates descend upon South Carolina in hopes of securing the state’s favor. For the right, winning the Palmetto state is almost a sure indicator of the party’s nomination. For the left, it signals the support of a critical group: black voters.
Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush told a crowd of about 500 at the Pavilion inside Sun City Hilton Head that he hopes to capture the same magic in South Carolina as his father and brother, who won the state’s Republican primaries in 1988 and 2000, respectively. He told a group in Bluffton, S.C., that he's the candidate who can win.
Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson visited The State Newspaper in Columbia, SC, for an exclusive interview, Thursday, February 11, 2016. Carson discussed many issues including his views on Islam, taxes, education, police and race. “I was always on the cutting edge,” he said.
Former U.S. President Bill Clinton spoke to a packed gymnatorium in Columbia at Allen University Wednesday night. He was campaigning for his wife, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. In his speech, he talked about how the forgiving spirit of the Mother Emanuel AME church members made an incredible impact on the nation. Chelsea Clinton also campaigned for her mother, holding a town-hall meeting in Rock Hill, S.C. Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton campaigned at a rural Bamberg County school Friday, unveiling a plan aimed at helping blighted communities.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich answers questions from an audience on Pawleys Island. Fresh off the heels of his second-place win in New Hampshire, he tells the crowd, “I don't take crap from anybody.” Kasich visited The State Newspaper in Columbia, SC, for an exclusive interview. Kasich discussed many issues including his views on leadership, voter anger, Obamacare and offshore drilling.
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, speaking Thursday at Sun City Hilton Head, praised what he says is South Carolina's business-friendly environment, suggesting Washington should emulate the policies Gov. Nikki Haley has overseen. In making his case to win the state's primary on Feb. 20, and ultimately the White House, Rubio touted his foreign policy experience, which he says is superior to his rivals'. He also broke his tooth on a Twix.
Speaking at The Westin Resort & Spa on Hilton Head Island on Wednesday, New York real-estate mogul and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump dismissed the notion that building a wall along the border with Mexico is unrealistic. Trump joked that if China was able to build the Great Wall many hundreds of years ago, modern America can handle building a smaller wall.