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Republican candidates for U.S. Senate debate.

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Gene Bryant

Gene Bryant wrote on 06/07/14 6:51 PM

Lee Bright Should win in Tuesday's election.
John McNeece

John McNeece wrote on 06/07/14 7:27 PM

I'm voting for Lee Bright on Tuesday.
Chris

Chris wrote on 06/07/14 7:32 PM

Tough decision between Connor,Cash, and Bright. I feel like Lee Bright has the strongest chance of beating Graham so he gets my vote.
Yvonne Krishtopher

Yvonne Krishtopher wrote on 06/07/14 7:32 PM

WHY INST LEE BRIGHT TELLING THE TRUTH ABOUT ROBO CALLS MADE -- ILLEGALLY TO PEOPLE IN SOUTH CAROLINA ALONG WITH AILPAC? TRUST BRIGHT - RIGHT! THE STATE NEWSPAPER HAS THIS
Helen Hernandez

Helen Hernandez wrote on 06/07/14 7:37 PM

Lee Bright take the race and win all the way, Mr. Graham looks like he needs to home and rest.
Will

Will wrote on 06/07/14 7:41 PM

RINO Graham is a big spending liberal who needs to be ousted from his position on Tuesday. Lee Bright is the man this state needs to replace him.

I'm voting for Bright on Tuesday!
Marianne

Marianne wrote on 06/07/14 7:44 PM

Time for new blood and new thoughts. Trying to decide which one I like best, I just KNOW I am not going to vote to put Graham back in office. I hope everyone votes with that same idea in mind.
Lawrence Boyer

Lawrence Boyer wrote on 06/07/14 8:02 PM

South Carolina approves of torture, so i don't see how Lindsey Graham's senate seat is in jeopardy from a tea party challenger
LND

LND wrote on 06/07/14 8:03 PM

Lee Bright won this debate hands down, but Dunn was good too. Time to fire Linda Graham (who lied through the whole debate) and replace him with a Conservative, and not an obama lap dog. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H1g57OohNkI
SES

SES wrote on 06/07/14 8:07 PM

Bill Connor is clear and concise with a tremendous amount of experience. He is the best equipped of the bunch to serve us in the U.S. Senate
NCB

NCB wrote on 06/07/14 8:07 PM

Bill Connor is the candidate with military experience, comes from outside of the political arena, is fiscally responsible and above all has honor and character beyond reproach. Bill Connor won hands down!!
LauraO

LauraO wrote on 06/07/14 8:08 PM

I love how Bill Connor brings military experience to the table. All candidates did great, but Bill Connor stood above the rest!!
Mike in Cola

Mike in Cola wrote on 06/07/14 8:09 PM

Connor is the guy…pulls it all together. I believe the others are fiscally and socially conservative, but Bill's got the military experience that we need in the Senate. With everything from global terrorism, many military conflicts, China, Russia, and the VA scandal…we need a guy like Bill.
SCRed

SCRed wrote on 06/07/14 8:09 PM

Bill Connor looked like a US Senator, spoke like a US Senator and acted like a US Senator. Tonight's debate actually changed my vote from Lindsey to Connor. Disappointed in our Senator.
Billy

Billy wrote on 06/07/14 8:11 PM

I think Bright did well. The others we stiff but Connor stood head and shoulders above them all. Especially Graham. Lindsey seemed intimidated by Bill Connor next to him.
Jnt

Jnt wrote on 06/07/14 8:14 PM

Isn't 20 years in DC enough? Let's put a Gen X , Combat Veteran in the Senate. Vote Bill Connor!
PalmettoGal

PalmettoGal wrote on 06/07/14 8:14 PM

I feel like Bright and Connor are the only two who can really take it to Lindsey. I lean toward Connor because of his foreign policy experience. Every time I've heard him talk or read interviews, his knowledge on foreign affairs really impresses me. And I'm afraid Bright a bit too much of an isolationist.

In other news…I don't trust that Bowers guy. Something off about him.
Pat in Columbia

Pat in Columbia wrote on 06/07/14 8:17 PM

Bill Connor is my choice! He will hit the ground
running with the Constitution in hand! GO SENATOR
BILL CONNOR GO!
Henry Knight

Henry Knight wrote on 06/07/14 8:27 PM

With the LARGE field of candidates, one hour was not nearly enough time to try and debate anything meaningfully. Serious questions, such as Supreme Court justices, had just begun, sparks were beginning to fly and the moderator announces "that will have to be all for tonight."

Thank you to SCETV for hosting the debate, but folks who watched and are concerned about hearing the candidate's positions were disserved by the lack of time allotted them to develop their responses or for the moderators to cover the issues important to South Carolinians. That being said, for the most part, the challengers were aggressive in their attempt to hold our current Senator accountable for positions taken out of step with many in our great State. If I heard it right, his terse comment - "not much" - to his rhetorical question of illegal immigrations effect on South Carolina [or something to that effect] might help explain why he has gained the reputation for being soft on those who have broken the law by entering the United States illegally.
James J.

James J. wrote on 06/07/14 8:35 PM

Miss Lindsey MUST go! I am sick of his lies and backstabbing. He called US bigots in front of a hate group called "La Raza" or "The Race". Graham has to go and good riddance!

Lee Bright will get my vote and the votes of my family on Tuesday.
GramDeb

GramDeb wrote on 06/07/14 8:39 PM

Bill Connor, Lee Bright and Richard Cash all did exceptionally well this evening. L Graham sounded shaky, defensive and very much like an out-of-touch beltway elitist. Bill Connor has my vote!
Ed Noyes

Ed Noyes wrote on 06/07/14 8:43 PM

Bill Connor had ideas and made it a point to call out Lindsey on his voting record! Connor has Honor too as the only one to state any military service. He also put forth the newest and boldest ideas 1st to which most of the others then stated or agreed with him on. I'd say that's leadership!
Henry Knight

Henry Knight wrote on 06/07/14 8:48 PM

With the LARGE field of candidates, one hour was not nearly enough time to try and debate anything meaningfully. Serious questions, such as Supreme Court justices, had just begun, sparks were beginning to fly and the moderator announces "that will have to be all for tonight."

Thank you to SCETV for hosting the debate, but folks who watched and are concerned about hearing the candidate's positions were disserved by the lack of time allotted them to develop their responses or for the moderators to cover the issues important to South Carolinians. That being said, for the most part, the challengers were aggressive in their attempt to hold our current Senator accountable for positions taken out of step with many in our great State. If I heard it right, his terse comment - "not much" - to his rhetorical question of illegal immigrations effect on South Carolina [or something to that effect] might help explain why he has gained the reputation for being soft on those who have broken the law by entering the United States illegally.
Henry Knight

Henry Knight wrote on 06/07/14 8:49 PM

With the LARGE field of candidates, one hour was not nearly enough time to try and debate anything meaningfully. Serious questions, such as Supreme Court justices, had just begun, sparks were beginning to fly and the moderator announces "that will have to be all for tonight."

Thank you to SCETV for hosting the debate, but folks who watched and are concerned about hearing the candidate's positions were disserved by the lack of time allotted them to develop their responses or for the moderators to cover the issues important to South Carolinians. That being said, for the most part, the challengers were aggressive in their attempt to hold our current Senator accountable for positions taken out of step with many in our great State. If I heard it right, his terse comment - "not much" - to his rhetorical question of illegal immigrations effect on South Carolina [or something to that effect] might help explain why he has gained the reputation for being soft on those who have broken the law by entering the United States illegally.
Tim

Tim wrote on 06/07/14 8:52 PM

Bill Connor clearly won. He has my vote on Tuesday!
Lin

Lin wrote on 06/07/14 8:56 PM

I agree with Mr. Knight as to time allotted for this important opportunity to see all candidates vying for United States senate. In the amount of time we had to view and hear candidates Bill Connor stood out. I will be voting for candidate Bill Connor. I believe his military and foreign affairs experience is critical for our Nation with the threat of Islam,(Taliban, Al-Queda, etc). I believe Connor has a better understanding more than anyone on the stage as to the very real war being waged against the USA by Islamic factions around the globe. Mr Connor walked the walk by volunteering to fight in Afganistan. Honor and a heart to serve. Mr Connor spoke and presented himself tonight worthy to be called the next United States Senator from the great state of South Carolina who will abide, adhere and vote according to the U.S. Constitution.
David

David wrote on 06/07/14 9:24 PM

Lee "Bright" is an oxymoron. Lee Bright is not Bright! What a dullard. Lindsey gets things done!!

David
Dennis

Dennis wrote on 06/07/14 9:51 PM

June 10 is for Republicans David!

Lee Bright is the real deal, just look at his voting record!
Susan

Susan wrote on 06/07/14 10:00 PM

After watching this debate, my vote will go to Bill Connor. Out of all of the candidates, he is the one who has what it takes to lead SC. His character, integrity, military experience, and willingness to stand up to the establishment makes Connor the best choice.
S. Temple

S. Temple wrote on 06/07/14 10:02 PM

Dunn showed more background knowledge on the issues than the other candidates. He was also the only one who spoke on the VA issue. The questions were weak and too focused on Graham himself rather than the issues of concern. My vote goes to Dunn.
Grainger McKoy

Grainger McKoy wrote on 06/07/14 10:15 PM

Our family has known Det Bowers for years. As a pastor, he has strengthened our marriages, helped bury our relatives, laughed and prayed and cried with us. When someone does that for you, you unfurl every sail for him. He is the instrument of the Lord who has changed hundreds of lives. A pastor who, of all the couples he has married over 20 years, none of those unions have fallen into divorce.

The Graham campaign likes to point out that Det used to be a lawyer and a Democrat (as if there could not be a more unfortunate combination). He was, and assisted in many Democratic campaigns until he found Christ in his late 30s. His conversion was so real he quit his lucrative law practice and Democratic pursuits and went into ministry.

Det is now 62. He can be presented with any fragment of the Constitution or the Bible and expound on it for an hour--without notes and without saying "um" once--and make you feel like you need to be a better person. He is cut from the same spiritual and intellectual cloth as our founding fathers. This is the kind of individual South Carolina needs to represent her in the world's greatest deliberative body.

South Carolina is blessed to have several strong candidates running for senate. We believe Det should be our next senator because we can trust him to not raise the debt ceiling and not to vote for liberal Supreme Court justices. To not vote for the Affordable Care Act before he votes against it. To not become a creature of Washington but to exert every effort to change it.

We are not called to timidity in purpose or action. Stand with us and with Det Bowers. Please vote this Tuesday, June 10!
D. Keyser

D. Keyser wrote on 06/07/14 10:18 PM

I felt all candidates performed fine, but the one who stood out was Bill Connor. I like that he has not held office and I like his willingness to stand up against the powers that be. His background in the military and foreign affairs will certainly be needed now. He has fought for this country and I certainly believe he will continue to do so. Senator Graham seemed nervous or flustered...Like the way Mr Connor turned and looked directly at Graham re: Egypt/Foreign policy..
P Hinnant

P Hinnant wrote on 06/07/14 10:40 PM

The candidates did well and at one point I seemed like Graham thought he was a candidate against himself! Bill Connor is the most rounded IMHO and will get my vote.
Don

Don wrote on 06/07/14 10:58 PM

Lindsey has betrayed conservative principles on more than one occasion: rubber stamping both SCOTUS nominees, praising Hillary even though her only accomplishment as Sec of State was turning her back on 4 Americans, supporting amnesty, and spitting on the Tea Party. It's time for him to go. He'll switch parties after November. Mark my words.
Bill Connor is the only candidate with the integrity, experience, and character to represent this great state. Tuesday, my household will be supporting Lt. Col. Bill Connor.
Robbie

Robbie wrote on 06/07/14 11:36 PM

Bright, Cash & Connor were effective in hammering Lindsey's horrendous record.
Bright has the passion, the conservative voting record, and the grassroots support to finally oust Lindsey! Go LEE BRIGHT!
Paula Kinziger

Paula Kinziger wrote on 06/07/14 11:52 PM

Lindsey Graham looked very shaken in the debate tonight and didn't answer 3 questions directly for him…. he also, was lying about the reasons why our Medicaid and SS are broke… it's not because the people are retiring at a record pace, it's because of the fraud, waste and abuse along with government spending the money on their crony adventures. Stop the lies Lindsey and you do not represent the people of South Carolina anymore and have done nothing to protect our borders or the rule of law or help our veterans! Your time is up!
Paula Kinziger

Paula Kinziger wrote on 06/08/14 12:05 AM

Lindsey's for the Chamber of Commerce, which loves the illegals that pushes our wages down. Is that American or Cronyism? This is what we're sick of and Lindsey takes the cake with that. Banker Bailouts, which we're still trying to recover from, low interest rates, that we cannot afford, yet he does nothing about it. Not everyone can or should own a home. Cap and Trade, where our electricity prices will sky rocket… Lindsey's for that as well. Is that the American way? Not my America! Borders closed? Yea right, whats Lindsey doing about our borders today? Not a damn thing, with 60,000 plus illegal Mother's dropping their children off at our borders and we pay for them, while our Marine sits in a Mexican gulag for over 65 days, yet we give our hard earned money to that country…. are you serious Lindsey???
Elizabeth Jean

Elizabeth Jean wrote on 06/08/14 12:08 AM

Senator LEE BRIGHT did a beautiful job today in proving that he's both qualified and capable for this job! Thanks to all of the debaters for doing such a remarkable job of showing Senator Graham for what he is, a phony Republican! ;-)
Janet

Janet wrote on 06/08/14 12:41 AM

I appreciate SCETV putting this debate on. I only wish it had been longer and more issues were covered and time for rebuttals. Graham did seem nervous or frustrated. Bill Connor has the most knowledge about foreign policy issues and stands by the constitution. Bill has my vote on Tuesday.
jed

jed wrote on 06/08/14 1:23 AM

Lee Bright was the one who seems most willing to fight for the constitution and individual liberties, against the pit of vipers in DC who have grown the government out of control.
James J.

James J. wrote on 06/08/14 1:59 AM

Although I stated my preference earlier, I will take ANY of them to replace graham.
David

David wrote on 06/08/14 3:20 AM

I became of age to vote whe Ronald Reagan ran for his second term. I remember a decisive leader who made America the shining city on a hill, a president who took his concerns to the people over the voice of liberals who opposed him and a genuine conservative who kept his word.

In my view, Lindsey Graham is NOT a Reagan Republican. Rather, I believe Lindsey Graham is a John McCain Republican. Need I say more?
Steven Long

Steven Long wrote on 06/08/14 8:16 AM

Lee Bright did awesome!! He showed that he is the clear choice for the US Senate. He is the only candidate with a conservative record and he never backs down from a fight.
Brett

Brett wrote on 06/08/14 8:31 AM

The only thing that was certain last night was Graham looked nervous and defensive and had no real solutions to fix the mess he has helped create in DC. Bright, Connor and Mace stood out as the most conservative and the best choices to be our next Senator.

If the people of SC watched this they would see that Graham is out of touch with the voters of SC. With all the challengers doing a good job last night,there should be enough support for each to force a runoff election, keeping Graham under 50%. That being said, Bright is the only one that has the momentum to stick it to Graham in the runoff and be our next Senator.

All the challengers should throw their support behind the the one who gets closest to Graham on the 10th. If they are true conservatives they should stick to their values and not endorse Graham.

Time has come for a change!
Kathy Shea

Kathy Shea wrote on 06/08/14 12:18 PM

Lindsey did indeed look weak and defensive but his voting record tells the whole story that he is not a principled conservative and is willing to make back room deals with the democrats to the point that there is very little difference between establishment Republicans and Democrats.

I thought Bright, Connor and Cash did equally well in the debate by holding Graham's feet to the fire.

Reading the previous posts it appears that it is a toss up of Connor vs Bright with many supporting Connor because of his veteran status and knowledge of Islamic extremists which I too agree would be an asset but my support goes to Lee Bright because he has a stellar conservative record and has proven himself to be uncompromising in his principles. Connor is untested.
Concerned Citizen

Concerned Citizen wrote on 06/08/14 1:14 PM

Benjamin Dunn seemed to be most intelligent, well-educated, and logical candidate. Lee Bright did NOT appear to have any of these qualities. I didn't care for the attacks on Graham by any candidates. Bill Connor, being a military guy, surely won't reduce the military budget which is badly needed to be reduced. We don't need bases all over the world. We need to stop being the world's police. But none of these folks are the real problem anyway - the real problem is Obama, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, and the like.
David

David wrote on 06/08/14 2:21 PM

I was impressed with Lee Bright. He was on the issues and repeatedly called Lindsey Graham out on his poor and liberal record. By contrast, Lee Bright has not done a great job educating the people of South Carolina about Senator Graham's failings. This may be as a result of limited political funding.

As I see it, the goal should be to keep Senator Graham below the 50% mark and force a runoff.

I believe it is imperative that people committed to defeating Senator Graham send financial assistance to whoever opposes Senator Graham in a potential runoff. I would also recommend that everyone should contact at least five people to make sure they are voting in a potential runoff.

Today we live in an age where thirty second commercials allow one to see what a politician wants them to see which rules today's political world unfortunately.

In my view, Lindsey Graham has let his constituency down in a number of ways:

A. Senator Graham allowed the confirmation of two of the most liberal activist Justices to ever occupy seats on the Supreme Court when he was in a position to stop the confirmations.

B. Senator Graham was recently in a headline stating that Republican members of the Senate will call for the impeachment of Barack Obama if he conducts another prisoner exchange without Congressional approval. (If everyone who breaks the law could get a second chance without ever being held accountable for breaking the law initially, the justice system would fail. Senator Graham, in the aforementioned headline, sounded like a parent disciplining a child. This is deplorable!)

C. Senator Graham voted for cloture on legislation paving the way for the funding of Obama Care. South Carolina's conservative senator, Tim Scott voted against this measure as did Senators Ted Cruz of Texas and Mike Lee of Utah among many others.

D. Senator Graham supports amnesty for illegal aliens. The idea of granting amnesty to illegals is not in keeping with the law or good judgment. Illegals who are in the United States should be identified, photographed and fingerprinted. After the aforementioned processing, they should also be provided with expedited transportation home with a letter in their native language stating that if they are ever caught in the United States illegally again, they will NEVER be eligible for worker's permit or citizenship and may face imprisonment.

In closing, my message to Senator Graham is that I voted for Ronald Reagan. Ronald Reagan was very direct about where he stood on the issues and he was a man of principle i.e. "Peace through Strength." President Reagan worked hard to do what was best for the people of this nation.

Senator Graham, in my view, you have a long way to go before you can make references to being in the same class of public servants as Ronald Reagan or your peers Tim Scott, Ted Cruz or Mike Lee. I hope you have learned from this election process regardless of the result on June 10th.
BenAMarine

BenAMarine wrote on 06/08/14 2:56 PM

I don't know what debate the rest of you were watching but, Nancy Mace won this debate hands down.
David

David wrote on 06/08/14 3:01 PM

Lee Bright all the way.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVOYQaZ-IMg&feature=youtu.be
David

David wrote on 06/08/14 6:26 PM

Another thing I don't understand is how Lindsey Graham referred to Hillary Clinton as "a role model" and "me."

Senator Graham referred to himself as a Reagan conservative in the June 7th primary debate. At an earlier time in his term Senator Graham referred to Hillary Clinton as "one of the "greatest ambassadors for the American people that I've known in my lifetime."

You can't have it both ways!
David

David wrote on 06/08/14 6:30 PM

CORRECTION TO POST ABOVE

Another thing I don't understand is how Lindsey Graham referred to Hillary Clinton as "a role model."

Senator Graham referred to himself as a Reagan conservative in the June 7th primary debate. At an earlier time in his term Senator Graham referred to Hillary Clinton as "one of the "greatest ambassadors for the American people that I've known in my lifetime."

You can't have it both ways!
Bernie Gay

Bernie Gay wrote on 06/08/14 7:43 PM

There is no doubt that Mr. Graham needs to be retired.

Of all the candidates, only one, Sen. Lee Bright, has 'walked the walk' and is not only 'talking the talk'.

I can respect the others, but the reality is that Sen. Bright has a proven track record, not just a bunch of conservative ideas.

Senator Bright is the real deal.
Norm

Norm wrote on 06/08/14 9:40 PM

All the challengers performed better than I expected, and even the less familiar candidates - such as Det Bowers, Richard Cash, and Benjamin Dunn - contributed some great comments. Still, I think Connor and Bright are the strongest. I'm leaning toward Bright.
John Nelson

John Nelson wrote on 06/08/14 9:42 PM

Bill Connor is clearly the best choice to replace Lindsey Graham. He has a firm grasp of the issues across the board and is a true constitutional conservative. The other challengers have individual strengths, but Bill brings it all together. Another huge reality is that Bill has served in actual combat and understands how/when forces should be employed. Bill Connor is the complete package, constitutional conservative and he should replace Lindsey Graham.
Will

Will wrote on 06/08/14 9:54 PM

There was not nearly enough time to actually discuss the topics. Then again look who funds the network we watched it on. I'm a veteran myself so of course the CIB caught my attention and I was disappointed it was Dunn who brought up the VA issues and not the veteran himself. I knew since the race started Graham was not the person to make things happen, he has been on the defense from the start. Why so defensive Lindsey? We need a strong and well spoken representative of our state and I believe Lee Bright is our man!!!
Kris

Kris wrote on 06/09/14 12:29 AM

I was impressed with all the candidates...except for our current senator, Lindsay Graham. On Tuesday, I'll be voting for Lee Bright because he has a record...conservative all the way! Mr. Graham has a record as well...and I hope every conservative voter will take that in consideration when voting on Tuesday...if they do...we will have a run-off...and hopefully, a new senator to send to Washington!!!
R Key

R Key wrote on 06/09/14 4:42 AM

After watching the debate I'm down to two and that is Connor and Bright...My decision is made for Connor because I do believe he presented him self as a Senator. I as impressed with his looking Graham face to face and calling him out on Foreign Policy issue...I believe Lindsey Graham was very nervous and not confident and tried to cover up what he knows he did wrong. Also he did not answer some question that were asked directly.
BenAMarine

BenAMarine wrote on 06/09/14 6:09 AM

I've watched this debate three times, Nancy Mace clearly won it.

Something else I came away with was realizing what it is like to be in a room full of crazy folks.
Wade

Wade wrote on 06/09/14 8:58 AM

Lee Bright has much the same good platform as the other graham opponents. But Bright is now a senator and he has a record that We The People can refer to. Graham definitely has to go. Lee not only has the numbers, and the record to back it up, he is the best choice IMO. I will vote Lee Bright tomorrow!
SCRed

SCRed wrote on 06/09/14 8:59 AM

BenAMarine must be Nancy Mace's brother.
Katchoo

Katchoo wrote on 06/09/14 10:57 AM

Graham must go. The problem is (I say this with no disrespect) uneducated people vote. They see Graham as a fixture and a challenger to democrats. He smiles, puts up pretty well-worded ads and they buy into his "show". Please talk to family and friends and spread the word to vote him out. We need a change...I should know I am an old South Carolina native. Graham is an embarrassment. If he gets back into office and unfortunately I think he will, he will show even more of his true democratic colors. I fear for this nation.
TigerlandSC

TigerlandSC wrote on 06/09/14 1:36 PM

I'm voting for Lee Bright!! Kick Lindsey Graham to the curb!
PHILIP KAGAN

PHILIP KAGAN wrote on 06/09/14 2:47 PM

IT IS APPARENT THAT WE HAVE A FIELD OF WELL INTENTIONED CANDIDATES OPPOSING SEN. GRAHAM.
UNFORTUNATELY, IF YOU COMBINED ALL OF THEIR EXPERIENCE, THEY WOULDN'T HAVE ANY CHANCE TO GET ANYTHING ACCOMPLISHED IN THIS CRITICAL TIME.
IF YOU LISTEN TO ALL OF THEM , YOU CAN ONLY EXPECT NEGATIVISM THAT WOULD NOT ACCOMPLISH ANYTHING EXCEPT TO BE AN OBSTUCTIONIST.
WE ARE EXPERIENCING WHAT "ON THE JOB" TRAINING HAS DONE TO THIS COUNTRY WITH 6 YEARS OF A 2 YEAR EXPERIENCED SENATOR TRYING TO RUN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT...THE LARGEST OPERATION IN THE WORLD.

ARE SATISFIED WITH HIS PRODUCT?

THEN LET'S NOT ENTRUST OUR SENATE SEAT TO A WANNABEE.

SEN. GRAHAM, THANKS FOR RUNNING AGAIN AND SERVING OUR COUNTRY IN A CONSERVATIVE WAY BUT WORKING TOGETHER WITH ALL TO ACCOMPLISH OUR GOALS.

GOD BLESS THE UNITED STATES!
David

David wrote on 06/09/14 4:22 PM

@ Philip Kagan

After reading your post, I reflected on what many people were saying about Ronald Reagan, "an actor," and "a wannabee" when he decided to run for president in the 1980 election.

Meaning no disrespect, but I have to wonder if you applied the same logic to the 1980 election as you are applying in your comments above with your support for Senator Graham who, in my view, has failed to represent South Carolina values in the political jungle of Washington DC. If you applied the same belief you just applied in support of Senator Graham, you likely voted for Jimmy Carter in 1980.

Please don't feel any obligation to answer. I am simply offering a contrast to your post.
James J

James J wrote on 06/09/14 4:36 PM

I'll take ANY of the so-called 'wannabe's' over a proven turncoat and liar.

He voted for cloture on debate which gave us obamacare, when Rand Paul was standing against surveillance, grahmnesty was dining with mccain and obama and other turncoats then miss lindsey took verbal sissy-swipes at Paul over that same filibuster that he didn't support because, HE WAS HAVING DINNER WITH PRESIDENT ZERO!

We know who grahmnesty stands with and it is NOT us!

I stated my preference earlier and have no need to drone on about it but I will take ANYONE in that debate instead of grahmnesty.

I swear that if he does get a primary victory I will absolutely vote for the democrat opponent because he MUST go. I am sick of someone that is supposed to be on my side constantly stabbing me in the back.
Edith

Edith wrote on 06/09/14 6:57 PM

Lindsey Graham is against the constitution. He supports the indefinite detention of American citizens for merely being suspected of a crime. He said America is part of the battleground of the war-on-terror, and supports federal government spying on innocent citizens. I don't trust an out-of-control federal government run by the likes of Obama, Harry Reid and Hillary Clinton, to spy on me. I have nothing to hide, but they do! Lindsey Graham said, "when they ask for a lawyer, you tell them to shut up!". He means you or me, my fellow Americans. Don't like ObamaCare, or gun-control? Lindsey Graham thinks you're a 'terr'st'.
This administration has recently perpetrated Fast&Furious, NSA spying, IRS scandal, Benghazi, and now the Bowe Bergdahl thing... Meanwhile Lindsey Graham eats dinner privately with Obama and supports many of his policies, with nothing more than token condemnation of the administrations criminal violations. And he goes right back to schmoozing with them and compromising conservative principles... And he calls it "getting things done". For you and me? No, for the establishment.
If you're a regular conservative American like myself I hope you vote for Lee Bright, or anyone but Graham tomorrow, and again two weeks later.
LND

LND wrote on 06/09/14 7:04 PM

Tomorrow is the big day. I support Lee Bright, but I will support anyone in a run-off other than Graham. Let's get this done South Carolina. FIRE GRAHAM!
A Parker

A Parker wrote on 06/09/14 10:35 PM

After watching the debate..3 People stood out...Connor, Bright and Cash....I have reviewed all candidates and seen all speak in different venues.. I will put my vote and those in my household on BILL CONNOR..
Michael

Michael wrote on 06/10/14 2:31 AM

Lee Bright was very good But I liked Mr. Conner. He will get my vote tomorrow. Graham has to be fired!
Martha Goldhorn

Martha Goldhorn wrote on 06/10/14 9:55 AM

I will not vote for Lee Bright simply because he followed someone's advice to offer a gun in a raffle at the beginning of his campaign. I forgot him then and there
Wade

Wade wrote on 06/10/14 10:25 AM

The gun raffle was a plus for me, inasmuch as the 2nd Amendment is one of, if not THE most crucial right that we as Americans have. It is the one right that protects all others. It is the "teeth" of the whole of our Declaration of Independence, Constitution, AND Bill of Rights! One of the simplest ways to decide whether a politician is worthy of the position of serving the people, is how that man/woman feels about our right to keep and bear arms. For if the candidate does not trust the people with a firearm, then why on God's green earth should We The People ever trust that person to be our representative? This is one of the most important factors in my easy decision to vote for Lee Bright. He proposed the bill for Constitutional Carry to regain a right that many other states enjoy. And it is worthy of note that in each of those states who enjoy the most free gun rights, the crime is the lowest. While the opposite is true of those states who have the strictest rules and gun restrictions. Detroit has only recently taken over the title "Murder Capitol of the Nation" from our very own Washington, DC. choosing to ignore the facts will not make them go away. Go Lee Bright! And shame on any who would would infringe on our 2nd Amendment Rights, the very rights that allowed us to become the free nation we have become. The loss of gun rights will run parallel to the loss of all freedom and liberty in this nation. So, as goes the national opinion on guns, so goes the welfare of our nation's very existence! I will be voting for Lee Bright today and again in November. And my decision is based in no small measure, on his respect of the Founders' intent and on Liberty and Freedom itself, which was secured and is kept by the ability to defend oneself and one's country against agression, but more importantly, tyranny!
David-Upstate

David-Upstate wrote on 06/10/14 10:42 AM

I have no issues with a gun raffle as long as it is conducted within the law.

Looks like the turnout today is going to be light in my area. Anybody else have any reports.
sherryl dan walley

sherryl dan walley wrote on 06/10/14 12:22 PM

i beleive in the right keep and bear arms if you beleve the same you will have my vote.
Wade

Wade wrote on 06/10/14 12:37 PM

I am on the way shortly. Hoping to hit the "after lunch lull", but I'd be happy to see a long line. As far as our Right to Keep and Bear Arms, Lee Bright has probably the strongest record. And that means actions, not words. Graham talks the talk, but then votes for obama. Graham says he is pro 2ned Amendment, but is in reality, is with obama in anti-gun votes! Lee Bright will stand for our gun rights as well as ALL rights. The man carries a Constitution around with him at all times and fights for our freedoms. Check his record. You don't have to take anyone's word for how Bright votes. The others, while seemingly good folks, have no record to refer to. Today, the most important thing is to have enough votes for anyone but grahamnesty to achieve a runoff! I hope it ends up being a landslide! But then we'll have to decide on one candidate to vote for in November to have a hope of defeating Graham in the main election. Splitting our votes in November will simply allow graham to purchase the seat with his deep pockets. Bright has the record that stands as proof.
James J

James J wrote on 06/10/14 4:59 PM

My vote and the votes of the 6 I took to the polls are in!

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