For the first time, user-generated video questions will drive presidential debates.
WASHINGTON (CNN) – Katon Dawson is rolling out the red carpet and it is not for his fellow Republicans.
Dawson, chairman of the South Carolina Republican Party, said he is happy the eight Democratic presidential candidates are appearing in Charleston Monday for a presidential debate because he claimed it will highlight the differences between the two political parties.
"What South Carolinians are going to see out of the Democratic debate is who is the most liberal and which one is going to give the most away," Dawson said Thursday in a telephone interview.
Delaware Sen. Joe Biden, New York Sen. Hillary Clinton, Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd, former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards, former Alaska Sen. Mike Gravel, Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich, Illinois Sen. Barack Obama and New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson will participate in the CNN/YouTube presidential debate taking place at the Citadel.
For the first time in presidential debate history, voters will directly pose questions to the candidates using YouTube's video technology. Earlier this week, the Republican National Committee urged Republicans to submit questions to the candidates.
"It is always exciting in South Carolina when the Democrats come in en masse," Dawson said. "It is probably the largest single party building day when there is a Democratic debate because all it does is frighten the majority of South Carolina voters."
The South Carolina Republican chairman noted that no Democratic presidential candidate has won the state, since neighboring Georgia Gov. Jimmy Carter did in 1976.
– CNN Political Editor Mark Preston