Det Bowers’ candidacy has been quiet on the media front until a national report trumpeted his in-state fundraising. The Bowers campaign has about $384,250 on hand and has raised $417,367 in two months.
The minister running against incumbent Senator Lindsey Graham and five others in the June 10 GOP primary is planning to spend that money on TV ads and media in the little time left.
South Carolina Radio Network spoke at length with the candidate for the first time Tuesday.
Q: You keep saying you are having a good time with this. What has been working for you?
AUDIO: Bowers on his connection to all parts of the state. (:33)
Bowers has been in the ministry for 20 years, leaving his church, Christ Church of the Carolinas, to run.
Q. What prompted you to do that?
AUDIO: Bower’s tearful answer about his decision to run. (2:24)
Q: Clearly you have oratorical skills, you said you are still giving guest sermons. How important will your Christian beliefs play in public policy? What happens when things butt against your Christian beliefs?
AUDIO: Bowers sees no conflict (1:07)
Q: What about when there are conflicts with countries who do not believe as we do?
AUDIO: Bowers on American power (2:02)
Q: That is the speech that I could see being used to raise money for you. Now that your profile has been raised, will you accept money from groups like Club For Growth and others?
AUDIO: Yes, but with conditions. (1:27)
Bowers said he is speaking with three different groups in the Pee Dee and Rock Hill Tuesday.