July 19th, 2007
12:44 PM ET
3 years ago

Top Republican embraces Democrats' visit to Charleston

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

soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Linda Rooney, Liberty, NY

    Frightened by the Democrats? We should all be frightened by even the thought of another Republican administration. I remember the night when Bush was given the presidential office because I felt a bit sick but even I never thought that in six short years Bush would do the damage he has done. I now feel as if I understand how some of the citizens of ancient Rome must have felt as they watched their country fall to ruin. I guess some in this country would rather see the Republicans "give away" to war and rich corporations then to the average American city. Southern Republicans are pitiful.

    July 19, 2007 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  2. Kevin, Philadelphia, PA

    I thank Linda for keeping NY the great Blue state that it is. And I thank Bubba and Skeeter even more for being refreshing for their respective states. Don't be afraid to be in the minority down there.

    July 19, 2007 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  3. we still love Dubya in Wichita KS

    Skeeter wrote: Why are conservative so fearful of being responsible for someone other than themselves and something other than their own money?

    Think about what you just said here?? What is wrong with being responsible for ones self?? Shouldn't we all be resposible for ourselves and not be standing around with our hands out waiting for someone to take care of us?? I am all for equal opportunity, healthcare etc etc. I just wish the liberals wouldn't stand around pointing fingers (like they did in New Orleans) and expecting someone to take care of them instead of TAKING RESPONSIBLITY and getting off there Government fed behinds and do something for them selves for a change. I Dont see hords of tv cameras pointing out all the injustices being done to the folks of Greensburg KS. You know the town that was wiped out by a tornado. That is because the folks of this town are not standing around waiting for someone else to fed them.

    July 19, 2007 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  4. Mark, Charleston, South Carolina

    Give me a break! The Republican rhetoric is falling on deaf ears, even in SC. Hey Katon, a (not so) wise man once told us:

    "Fool me once... shame on... shame on you... get fooled, won't get fooled again."

    July 19, 2007 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  5. Ken Reichel Los Angeles, CA

    Glad to hear the chairman is still living in 1865.

    July 19, 2007 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  6. B. Chen

    A Republican Administration of Ron Paul will be better than any Democrats, who are only pretending to stop the war. Democrats and Republicans are but two wings of the War Party, with its disastrous and destructive policy of intervention.

    July 19, 2007 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  7. HAWK,TX.

    YOU KNOW. THOSE SOUTHERN REPUBLICANS MIGHT JUST BE IN FOR A RUDE AWAKEING.

    July 19, 2007 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  8. Rose, Charleston, SC

    It was done in 1976 and can be done again.

    July 19, 2007 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  9. M Randois, Los Angeles, CA

    Hmm – A South Carolina official takes pride in how closed-minded and fearful of progress his state is...
    I'll be sure to make vacation plans elsewhere.

    July 19, 2007 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  10. Bob, San Francisco, CA

    That's real sweet, there, Dawson. Considering the state has some of the worst rankings in poverty, home foreclosures, graduation rates, pay equity, and a history of intolerance and racism, I don't think you have much to stand on.
    The Democrats care about more than the rich elite, and if most self-claimed conservatives could see beyond single issues (i.e., abortion, creationism, etc.), they would realize that they vote against their own interests by voting for Republicans. Low graduation rates and a large percentage of a manipulated public kind of makes sense, doesn't it?

    July 19, 2007 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  11. B. Prosser Maine

    It's hard to watch INFIDELITY and DISLOYALTY. retch

    July 19, 2007 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  12. Sweet William/Wild Bill

    As a native Sandlapper I cannot understand how people in my state consistently vote against their own interest. I am reminded of an instance when DeMint was running for election to the Senate. In a republican primary debate he said that we should stop worrying about job losses to other countries. A man who worked in the textile industry, now gone with his job, said he liked what DeMint said about abortion. This man had to be aware that the textile jobs were going overseas and eventually his would be gone, yet he voted for a man who said we shouldn’t be worrying about such things.

    July 19, 2007 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  13. Skeet, West V.

    we still love Dubya in Wichita: on self responsibility, we may agree that one must be responsible for their own self, but the question here is not whether or not self-responsibility is admirable or necessary, we can agree that it is. The point I make, and the point that your example in fact proves, is that while we are all ultimately responsible for ourselves, we also are responsible to and for our communities. I advocate not the "big government handout" strawman so often used to critique appeals to social responsibility, but rather the notion that we are responsible for not _just_ ourselves, but our brothers and sisters as well. This is a basic tenet of Christianity, and, I would add, social contract theory. Your attempt at critique is admirable, but is predicated on a misunderstanding of the point being made.

    July 20, 2007 10:32 am at 10:32 am |