Today at noon, Vice President Joe Biden will speak to an expected crowd of 1,200 at USC for the dedication of the new Earnest F. Hollings Special Collection Library, named after Biden’s old friend and mentor, former U.S. Senator Earnest “Fritz” Hollings.
The new library, which is connected to the current Thomas Cooper Library, houses three departments: The Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Political Collections, and Digital Collections.
South Carolina’s most notable Democrats are in attendance–a “Who’s Who” of the party that once was in power in South Carolina–including Supreme Court justices, senior legislators, former and current members of Congress, one of whom is South Carolina’s John Spratt.
Biden will attend a fundraiser for Spratt immediately after the event, as Spratt now faces a challenge from Lancaster Senator Mick Mulvaney for his seat. Spratt chairs the House Budget Committee and has been under fire from the GOP spearheading many of the Obama Administration’s fiscal tactics.