South Carolina Articles

Rubio Picks Up Early SC Walker Organizer

5:53 PM, Sep 21, 2015

Florida senator Marco Rubio has picked up the support of a South Carolina Republican activist who had previously supported Scott Walker.

Drew Johnson, who serves on the Chester County GOP committtee, tells THE WEEKLY STANDARD he will be supporting Rubio now that Walker has suspended his campaign.

“Marco has a positive vision for a new American century and he is the candidate who gives our party the best opportunity to defeat Hillary Clinton in 2016," said Johnson. "Marco has my complete support and I look forward to helping him win South Carolina’s primary in February.”

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Bill 'Reemerges' for Hillary While Old Foe Clyburn Praises Biden

5:54 PM, Sep 08, 2015

Bill Clinton, the husband of Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton, will “reemerge,” as CNN puts it, next week on behalf of his wife’s presidential campaign. The former president will headline a fundraiser in Chicago on September 17, the first of what the campaign says will be several events where Clinton will be raising money.

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Big Hillary Booster Scolds Clinton for Email Server Comments

12:04 PM, Aug 23, 2015

Bakari Sellers, a former member of the South Carolina House of Representatives and a key supporter in that early state, scolded Hillary Clinton for her comments about her email server. 

"I think that anybody who is of sound mind knows that that comment was ill-advised, flippant at best, and the Kanye shrug she gave ... will be a GIF that will last throughout the campaign," Sellers said this morning on CNN.

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Report: Biden Moving Closer to Presidential Run

8:34 PM, Aug 13, 2015

Joe Biden has been consulting with a prominent Democratic operative in South Carolina about a possible run for the White House, the New York Times reports:

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WSJ: Biden Asking 'Allies' For Advice on Presidential Run

7:08 AM, Aug 13, 2015

Vice President Joe Biden is hearing from friends and political allies that he should get in the race for the Democratic nomination for president. The Wall Street Journal reports:

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Donald Dominates in Dixie

Beats Bush in Florida; holds massive leads in Georgia, Alabama, and South Carolina.
4:27 PM, Aug 05, 2015

A new OpinionSavvy/InsiderAdvantage poll shows Donald Trump doing better in the South than he is nationally. In Georgia, The Donald’s 30 percent is nearly double his closest competitor, Jeb Bush (17 percent), Ben Carson’s at 10 percent, and the rest of the field is single digits—or zero, as in the case of southern boy Lindsey Graham.

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Hillary Clinton Put on Southern Accent for South Carolina Democratic Chairman

So we ranked it.
7:07 AM, Aug 05, 2015

Hillary Clinton recently sat down for a "Chair Chat" with the chairman of the South Carolina Democratic party, Jaime Harrison. During the interview, as in many of her speeches to people who live in the South, she put on a Southern accent that is absent from her speeches to Northerners.

We made a mashup of some of the most painfully pandering moments, and ranked the intensity of her accent with cowboy boots (1 = lowest, 5 = strongest).


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TV Anchor Driven to Tears After Confederate Flag Removal

"It means a lot to see a part of the old south, if you will, come down"
10:29 AM, Jul 10, 2015

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.

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Kristol: On Trump & the Confederate flag

Hosted by Michael Graham.
11:55 AM, Jun 23, 2015

THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with editor William Kristol on Donald Trump's candidacy, and the debate over the confederate flag.

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Begala: Hillary 'Absolutely' Has to Answer for Confederate Flag in Arkansas

8:39 AM, Jun 23, 2015

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:

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Obama Pivots to Gun Control: 'This Type of Mass Violence Doesn't Happen in Other Advanced Countries'

'It's going to be important for the American people to come to grips with it.
11:34 AM, Jun 18, 2015

In remarks regarding the South Carolina shooting, President Obama talked up gun control and said that he recognizes "the politics in this town" may not allow "something" to get done. Watch here:

"We don't have all the facts, but we do know that once again innocent people were killed in part because someone who wanted to inflict harm had no trouble getting their hands on a gun," said Obama.

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Lynch: Justice Dept. Has Opened Hate Crime Investigation Into South Carolina Shooting

10:28 AM, Jun 18, 2015

Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced that the Justice Department has opened a hate crime investigation to look into the shooting last night at a South Carolina church:

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Obama to Speak on South Carolina Shooting

10:11 AM, Jun 18, 2015

President Obama will give remarks on the shooting in South Carolina. Via the White House:

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Rand Paul: We Can Use Tips from Foreign Spy Agencies to Arrest Americans

10:30 AM, Jun 03, 2015

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.  

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Lindsey Graham Is Running for President

11:04 AM, Jun 01, 2015

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.

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Hillary Brings Back Southern Twang for South Carolina Visit

1:32 PM, May 27, 2015

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.


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Hillary, Carly to Face Off in South Carolina

Sort of.
8:35 PM, May 26, 2015

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.

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Inevitable? Hillary Clinton Ignores Primary, Skips to General Election, in Video Message

9:04 AM, Apr 29, 2015

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.

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Biden Headed to South Carolina, a Key Early Primary State

1:01 PM, Feb 14, 2015

Vice President Joe Biden will be headed to South Carolina, an important early primary state. He'll make the trip, which includes a stop in North Carolina, on Wednesday and Thursday.

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Lindsey Graham Launches PAC

"Testing the waters" for 2016.
11:44 AM, Jan 29, 2015

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."

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Republican Tim Scott First Black Senator Elected in South

7:09 PM, Nov 04, 2014

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.

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SC Dem Slips, Uses Slur Against Female GOP Opponent

12:29 PM, Oct 24, 2014

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.

Watch the video below:

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Lindsey Graham Makes Big Ad Buy

3:24 PM, Feb 11, 2014

The campaign of Lindsey Graham, the two-term Republican senator from South Carolina facing several primary challengers this year, is making significant radio and TV ad buys this week in markets around the Palmetto State. The purchase price of the ads is reportedly $220,000.

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The Go-to Senator

Lindsey Graham’s recipe for success
Feb 03, 2014

Duncan, S.C.
The pungent scent of sauerkraut permeates the room, but Lindsey Graham doesn’t have time to try it, or the pretzels, bratwurst, and schnitzel at the buffet. Each one of the few dozen business types gathered to celebrate the opening of a local chapter of the German-American Chamber of Commerce wants a chance to meet the senator, and Graham is more than eager to chat. An aide brings him a Coke Zero (his favorite), which he sips intermittently. 

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Only 2 People Attend 'Obamacare and You!' Event in South Carolina

11:04 AM, Oct 11, 2013

Last night, the organization formerly known as President Obama's reelection campaign, Organizing for Action, held an Obamacare event in Greenville, South Carolina. The event was called "Obamacare and You!"

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Second Chance Sanford

2:19 PM, Jun 13, 2013

In Thursday's Wall Street Journal, Barton Swaim, a WEEKLY STANDARD contributor and former speechwriter for Mark Sanford, reviews a new ebook about the disgraced-governor-turned-congressman from South Carolina:

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Is South Carolina Nullifying Obamacare?

Not really.
11:36 AM, May 09, 2013

“South Carolina has passed a bill that criminalizes the implementation of Obama’s health care law reform law,” said HuffPost Live host Jacob Soboroff last week. The claim, from the Huffington Post and others, is that South Carolina is attempting to “nullify” Obamacare.

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Sanford Wins Special Election By 9

10:25 PM, May 07, 2013

Mark Sanford, the former governor of South Carolina, has won his old House seat back in a special election to succeed Tim Scott, who was appointed to the U.S. Senate earlier this year. The Associated Press reports:

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Dem Candidate Listed Twice on Ballot in South Carolina Special Election

8:47 AM, May 07, 2013

Elizabeth Colbert-Busch, the Democratic nominee for the South Carolina First Congressional District special election, is listed twice on today's ballot. Colbert-Busch is also the nominee of the Working Families party.

The special election is today. Here's a screen shot of the ballot those South Carolina voters will see today, courtesy of the South Carolina State Election Commission:

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A Photo Finish Ahead in South Carolina?

4:01 PM, May 06, 2013

It's been a roller coaster of a special election in South Carolina's First Congressional District, and about 24 hours before the polls close, the race for the House seat once held by Senator Tim Scott looks to be a close one.

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