The eyes of the nation tuned in to cable news this morning as South Carolina removed the Confederate Battle Flag from its Capitol grounds after 54 years.
The ceremony at the Confederate war memorial, where the flag has spent the past 14 or so years -- it used to fly over the Capitol until 2000 -- was brief, and drew cheers and chants of "USA!" from thousands of onlookers.
But for WCSC CBS 5 anchor Ann McGill, a life-long South Carolinian, the history of the moment led her to tears on air.
"I apologize to everybody, I got a little emotional as I saw the flag coming down," McGill said, fighting back tears as the anchors took control of the broadcast from the on-scene reporter.
"But as I watched it, just um, a ton of emotions just washed over me. But, um, certainly glad that I was able to be a part of all of you who witnessed this event happening today. And uh, it uh, I don't know. It just brought out a lot of emotions... I don't know if it's because of the Emanuel 9, or if it's because of, uh, as someone who grew up here in South Carolina, um, and has experienced some things, and talking to my father about things he experienced as a young man growing up in South Carolina... But, um, it means a lot to see a part of the old south, if you will, come down."
Former Clinton advisor Paul Begala told CNN's Chris Cuomo Tuesday morning that Hillary Clinton "absolutely" has to answer for standing by her husband when he served as governor of Arkansas and defended that state's flag's relationship to the Confederate battle flag.
"Does she have to answer for her time as first lady in Arkansas with Bill standing by the Arkansas flag proudly when it, too, is said to borrow from the Confederate symbology?" Cuomo said.
"Well, sure, absolutely," said Begala. "Times change. Circumstances change." Watch the video below:
While campaigning against the Patriot Act in South Carolina last weekend, Rand Paul—a committed and supposedly knowledgeable civil libertarian—made a rather surprising claim. The Kentucky senator said that American law enforcement officials had "probable cause" to obtain a warrant for the arrest Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev two years before he committed that attack, after the FBI received a tip from the FSB, Russia's intelligence agency.
Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina is running for president of the United States. The New York Times reports:
Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina on Monday returned to the neighborhood where he was raised and announced that he is running for president, injecting a hawkish foreign policy voice into a crowded field of Republican contenders.
Hillary Rodham Clinton, who was born in Illinois and represented New York in the U.S. Senate, has brought back her Southern accent for her speech today in South Carolina:
The twang today was unmistakable.
Clinton was first lady of Arkansas when her husband was governor. It was there she appears to have first developed a Southern accent. That accent, however, quickly faded when she became first lady of the United States.
Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Carly Fiorina will both be campaigning in Columbia, South Carolina, on Wednesday, and the Fiorina campaign is making sure reporters know its candidate will be answering questions. Fiorina will be available to speak to the press, says deputy campaign manager Sarah Isgur Flores, shortly before speaking with Republican state legislators at the state capitol. The former Hewlett-Packard CEO will also travel to Spartanburg later in the day for another event.
Inevitability is said to be one of Hillary Clinton's hinderances in securing the Democratic party's nomination for president, that she must earn the nomination rather than claim it as a right. But to listen to Mrs.
South Carolina senator Lindsey Graham has launched a new political action committee for "testing the waters" for a presidential run in 2016. The Republican, in his third term, has started Security Through Strength, a PAC that bluntly describes itself as a group to "fund the infrastructure and operations allowing Graham to travel the country, listen to Americans, and gauge support for a potential presidential candidacy."
South Carolina has elected the first black senator from the South since Reconstruction, with Republican Tim Scott winning his race to complete a term to the Senate after having been appointed to the seat in 2013. Scott is the first African American popularly elected to the Senate in the old Confederacy.
Scott's fellow Palmetto State Republican Lindsey Graham was also elected to a third term to the Senate. The Associated Press has projected both races:
BREAKING: Republicans win Senate race in KY, both Senate seats in SC.
Democrat Vincent Sheheen of South Carolina referred to his Republican opponent, sitting governor Nikki Haley, as a "whore" in an apparent slip of the tongue during a recent campaign rally.
"We are going to escort whore out the door," said Sheheen at a Thursday night event in Florence. The Democrat immediately recognizes his mistake and corrects himself. "We're going to escort her out the door," he says, smiling.