In his first campaign speech over the weekend, U.S. Senate candidate Alvin Greene pledged to get South Carolina back to work and decried the state's bottom-of-the-barrel employment and public education rankings.
But an analysis by The Associated Press shows that Greene's claims don't always match up with the facts.
Greene - who won a shocking victory over a former state lawmaker in the June 8 Democratic primary - avoided any major gaffes during his 6 1/2 minute speech Sunday before the local NAACP branch in Manning. Absent also were references to his suggestions that actor Denzel Washington should play him in a movie, or that creating a line of action figures modeled after him could give South Carolinians jobs.
But Greene did talk about the issues, saying the state's employment and education pictures are at their dimmest. Reached at his home in Manning on Monday, Greene said he relied on several sources for information.
"Research, multiple sources, everything, news. All of the above," Greene said, adding that he had help with the speech but refusing to say from whom.