Next month, the field of candidates for offices throughout South Carolina will be narrowed dramatically. Statewide primaries will determine the final ballot for November’s General Election.
Gubernatorial candidates are facing off, by party, on SCETV this week. Sunday, three Democrats: State Senator Robert Ford of Charleston; State Senator Vincent Sheheen of Kershaw County; and current Superintendent of Education Jim Rex.
The three faced an hour of rapid-fire questions from moderator Mark Quinn, and were given a minute to encapsulate their positions on topics ranging from the state of their party to the state of the budget. (View the archived event)
Here are some highlights of how the Democrats for governor tried to differentiate themselves from each other:
(Superintendent Rex criticized the statehouse leadership, of which the other two are a part MP3 :39)
Rex on party leadership
(Rex says the way to attract jobs is to educate the workforce, rural areas included MP3) Rex says the way to attract jobs is to educate the workforce, that includes the rural areas
Senator Ford says a boost in revenues will solve many of the state’s problems. (Ford’s solutions for the state involve an infusion of money brought in by gaming MP3)
Ford supports gaming for revenue
He also supports the idea of drilling off of the South Carolina Coast. He was born in Louisiana and is not deterred by the BP oil spill in the Gulf.
Ford says to drill off of the SC coast
Senator Vincent Sheheen of Camden says incentives for economic development are good when they are tied to bringing jobs. (He says we could do more MP3)
Sheheen on missed economic development opportunities
(Sheheen is ready to restructure state government MP3)
Sheheen is ready to restructure
Monday night, Republican gubernatorial candidates get their turn in the same debate format on ETV, starting at 7 p.m.