Atwater won’t debate before GOP runoff
One of the two Republicans still vying for the GOP's nomination for superintendent of education has declined an invitation to debate before the June 24 runoff.
Byars added the “vast majority of Republicans all over the state” have seen Atwater at local GOP forums.
Spearman’s campaign said Atwater's refusal to debate was political.
“We hope Ms. Atwater changes her mind, spokesman Ryan Lambert said. “But given her debate performance in the primary and her recent radio interview on WORD-FM, we can understand why she has made this political calculation.”
• You can hear that interview online with this story atthestate.com
Ervin submits ballot signatures, calls for debates
Cue the second take.
So Ervin, a self-described “independent Republican,” submitted the signatures Monday to get on the ballot in the November gubernatorial election.
He needs 10,000 valid signatures to join the race pitting Republican incumbent Nikki Haley, Democrat Vincent Sheheen, Libertarian Steve French and United Citizens candidate Morgan Bruce Reeves.
Ervin then called for monthly debates between the candidates across the state, starting in July.
“I will be sending a letter to Governor Haley and Senator Sheheen proposing a monthly debate schedule for the duration of the campaign,” Ervin said. “So that we can avoid lengthy debate negotiations by their consultants, let’s keep it simple: no fancy rules, no need for a moderator. Just arrive at an agreed upon date and location and the three of us can debate a single topic for 60 minutes.”
Sheheen’s camp said they would be happy to discuss debates with Ervin and other candidates. Haley’s campaign did not respond immediately for comment.
Governor’s schedule, activities
Gov. Nikki Haley’s publicly announced schedule for the rest of this week, released by her staff Monday, is:
According to her staff, Haley’s activities last week included:
Staff Writers Cassie Cope and Andrew Shain contributed.