South Carolina Democrats Revel in the Presence of All Nine Candidates
All nine Democratic presidential candidates were in Columbia, South Carolina for the first Democratic Presidential Debate on the evening of May 3, 2003.   South Carolina Democrats organized a busy Dem Fest weekend that started with the party's Jefferson Jackson fundraising dinner and Congressman Jim Clyburn's Fish Fry on the evening of May 2.  On May 3 there was a Meet and Greet session and the party's annual Convention.  The candidates also fit in a number of retail events during the weekend.  Capping off the weekend the candidates participated in a 90-minute Democratic Presidential Debate at Drayton Hall on the University of South Carolina campus.

"It's just tremendous to get this attention.  And we can really get a first-hand look at the candidates and are able to size them up.  We've got so many good candidates it's hard to make a choice."
--Buddy Johnson 
   Mayor, Little Mountain, SC (29075)
The Confederate flag no longer flies atop the Capitol dome, but it still waves at the Confederate Monument directly in front of the Capitol.  Two views on this: a) Dick Harpootlian's speech, b) the League of the South.

[Posted May 12, 2003]

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