As expected, much of the first debate in the 2014 South Carolina governor’s race consisted of incumbent Republican Gov. Nikki Haley defending her economic and ethics record while taking criticism on that same record from her four challengers.
Tuesday night featured the first of two debates hosted by the Charleston Post & Courier, WACH-TV in Columbia, WCIV-TV in Charleston, WLOS-TV in Asheville, and WPDE-TV in Myrtle Beach.
The roughly 50-minute debate’s satellite signal was interrupted twice due to particularly stormy weather in the Charleston area. However, viewers did get to see most of the event held at Charleston Southern University in North Charleston.
Gov. Haley touted the decrease in the unemployment rate and increase in Gross Domestic Product that has occurred under her watch. “Our focus will continue to be to put as many people to work as possible and to make sure it’s good, quality jobs that we’re bringing to South Carolina,” she said.