The four Republicans challenging Gov. Henry McMaster in next month’s primary largely tried to portray themselves as conservative outsiders to an establishment governor during Wednesday night’s GOP debate in Clemson.
While they rarely went after McMaster personally, the challengers did hit him for his donations from utility companies and the perception that he has largely maintained the status quo since taking office in January 2017. It was their first opportunity to do so in a direct debate, since McMaster did not attend two previous events the past two weeks.
McMaster, for his part, pointed to the economic growth and historically-low unemployment rate during his tenure. “You don’t fire the coach and put in a rookie when your team is winning,” he said. “You give that coach a new contract and you keep winning.” [Read more…]