Politics & Government

S.C. voters full of questions heading into first debate

With swelling S.C. voter registration rolls, a tight presidential race and two presidential campaigns working to clinch the Palmetto State for their candidates, tonight’s scheduled presidential debate is anticipated to be one of the most watched in recent S.C. history.

Even on a football Friday. And in a state that’s not considered to be in play, expected to again go to the Republicans in this year’s presidential race.

The debate’s topic, foreign policy/national security, strikes a chord with military-rich South Carolina and is splitting opinions on whether Republican presidential nominee John McCain enters the University of Mississippi event with a competitive edge over his Democratic rival, Barack Obama.

McCain, a former Navy pilot, POW and 26-year veteran of the U.S. Senate, has considerably more foreign policy experience than Obama, a first-term U.S. senator. That plays well with the estimated 413,000 veterans living in South Carolina.

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