***UPDATED at 4:31 p.m. on Tuesday, July 7, 2015***
EDGEFIELD, S.C. – People in two local South Carolina towns got their chance to hear from one of the many politicians making a run for the White House.
It is a crowded race on both the Democrat and Republican sides, but Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee believes he’s the right man for the job.
Former Gov. Huckabee shared a lot of issues with people in Edgefield and Aiken Counties. Everything from fair tax to fish and wildlife conservation was on the table and the folks who spoke with News Channel 6’s Renetta DuBose afterwards said the conversation helped narrow their list of candidates.
Hukabee packed the General Store on the square in Edgefield with hopes of gaining support for his quest to the White House.
“I hear sometimes people say, ‘well we need a candidate in the Republican Party this year who can take on the Clinton machine’ and I’m thinking, well there is only one guy I know who has actually done it, succeeded at it and lived to tell about it and that would be me,” said Huckabee, who served as Arkansas governor from 1996 to 2007.
About 100 people, including the Edgefield County GOP and the public heard many issues. Huckabee talked about how a lot of debt was incurred under President Barack Obama’s watch and he feels solving the economic crisis in America must start with morality.
He explained, “Getting a good education, going to work and holding a job and living in a stable family where kids are raised by both a mother and a father. That’s how we build a future for our kids and our grandkids.”
Trenton resident Rickey Brunson agreed with Huckabee’s talks about family.
“We’re so far apart as a people. He talked about let’s come together as a people, as a whole. If this country can come together then guess what, it can spread out through the whole world,” Brunson said.
Linda Smith, of Johnston, added that she thought Huckabee is the right person to lead this country.
“He is a fine Christian man and that’s what we need in the White House.”
After a short Q & A, some made their decision.
Will Darrow was a huge supporter.
“I’m big on the fair tax and if he’s going to push that then I’m going to push for him,” the Trenton resident said.
Robert Scott disagreed with the lack of diversity the candidate pulled and blamed the message Huckabee gave.
“There are just so many questions that weren’t answered from social questions that were one sided.”
Huckabee also addressed the recent Supreme Court decision to allow gay marriage in all 50 states.
“If America really does wish to change the definition of marriage, which is what this is about, then it needs to happen through the political process where people persuade their citizens,” he said.
Following the talk in Edgefield, Huckabee traveled to Aiken where he had lunch with the GOP there.
***POSTED at 12:54 P.M. on Tuesday, July 7th***
EDGEFIELD, S.C.- About one hundred people came out to the General Store in Edgefield this morning to get a glimpse of the Presidential Candidate.
Former Arkansas Governor, Mike Huckabee, met with members of the Edgefield County GOP about 8:30 a..m.
In about a half hour, the general public got a brief chance to learn a little more about the man who wants to be the Republican nominee for the highest office in the land.
Huckabee voiced his views on a number of issues, including the economy, the fair tax and morality.
‘If people steal from each other, all the rest of us pay for that. We don’t just pay in the court cost, the cost of prosecution, the police and the prisons, but all of us pay in increased insurance rates, increase prices of the things on the shelf because if someone steals $1000 worth of merchandise the business owner will have to absorb that thousand dollars in higher prices for anyone else who walks in the store.”
From Edgefield, Huckabee traveled to Aiken.
Right about now, he should be having lunch with members of the Aiken GOP at Newberry Hall.