NEWBERRY — This evening a Run Off Debate will take place between Gov. Henry McMaster and John Warren, at 7 p.m. at the Newberry Opera House.
“This will be a Run Off Debate between the top two candidates from the primary, Gov. McMaster and John Warren. We are putting it together in conjunction with SCETV and The Post and Courier, we’ll have a full house of Republican activists from all over the state, and donors as well,” said Drew McKissick, state chairman for the South Carolina Republican Party.
The program will be straight forward, according to McKissick, everyone will be in their seats by 6:30 p.m., there will be introductory comments from McKissick and Charles Bierbauer, with the University of South Carolina. By 7 p.m. the candidates will assemble and Bierbauer and Andy Shain, with the Post and Courier, will be asking questions for about an hour.
“The format has been, random draw who goes first, as far as introductory statement, then taking the first question. Each candidate has so much time to answer a question, and rebuttal, if they are mentioned or targeted by another candidate,” McKissick said.
There will be a reception both before and after the debate, to be held in Downtown Newberry. McKissick said they are making arrangements with restaurants downtown, to keep folks in the downtown area.
“Hopefully a lot of those folks will spend some time in Downtown Newberry, making some money for the city,” he said. “Newberry is a great town, great location, centered in between Columbia and Greenville, easily accessible for both major markets. A lot of smaller counties in and around Newberry.”
McKissick added that this debate will give small town Republican Parties, that don’t get as much attention, a chance to participate.
“This will be easy for small counties to participate,” he said.
For those who cannot attend the debate tonight at 7 p.m., it will be aired on SCETV.
“Whenever you get involved in the party, voting in the primary gives you much more of a say over your government. You are voting for the candidates who are going to represent the party, and candidates that will be on the ballots for everyone else to choose from in November. Those people who do get involved in the party, show up and vote, by virtue of participation, they are more influential than the rest of their fellow citizens,” McKissick said.
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