The Green Party candidate for U.S. Senate opened his campaign headquarters in downtown Columbia Thursday and challenged Republican incumbent Jim DeMint to a debate.
Tom Clements, a full-time environmentalist with Friends of the Earth, says DeMint owes it to the people of the state to participate in a debate. Clements also challenges Democratic candidate Alvin Greene to the same debate.
Clements asserts that DeMint’s policies are not for the working people of South Carolina, and says his policies support large corporations and the super rich.
Alvin Greene has been a controversial candidate for the Democrats. Clements says he is already receiving support from many Democrats since many of his positions are what they’re looking for.
I would say to Democrats and to everyone else that I’m the best candidate. I think the Democratic candidate is not the best candidate and that’s why I’m getting a lot of calls from Democrats and formal organizations of the Democratic Party in the United States, and county structures of the party have told me that they can’t formally endorse me. But I’ve had a number of them approach me.