Sparks flew in Spartanburg last night in the first of three debates between Republican gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley and her Democratic opponent Vincent Sheheen. Haley attacked Sheheen, an attorney, for representing clients who bring lawsuits against the state.
The candidates argued on who did and did not agree to taking federal stimulus money.
Haley says as governor she would work to simplify the funding of public education. She says the present system is too complicated and dysfunctional.
Sheheen says he would make sure that more funds go directly to making the classroom more effective.
On the issue of illegal immigration, Haley says she would support a tougher law similar to the one recently passed in Arizona.
Sheheen says the present law needs to better enforced with an emphasis on making sure illegal aliens cannot secure employment in the state.