South Carolina’s seven gubernatorial candidates met for a family-values-themed debate Tuesday as the campaign entered its final three weeks.
The Republican half of the twin 30-minute debates started with sparks, based on state Rep. Nikki Haley of Lexington’s first gubernatorial ad hitting the air Tuesday. That ad takes a shot at each of her three opponents, Attorney General Henry McMaster, Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer and U.S. Rep. Gresham Barrett.
Haley has criticized Barrett for voting for a federal bank bailout, but Barrett fired back at Haley for voting for using about $350 million in federal stimulus money in this year’s state budget before voting, and campaigning, against the money. Haley said two earlier votes were “procedural” and she voted against final passage of the bill.
“I never said I never voted for it,” Barrett said of his Troubled Assets Relief Program vote. “Procedural votes do matter and the record is very clear.”