Politics & Government

May 8, 2014

SC politics: Bowers unveils his first ad in Senate race

Columbia pastor Det Bowers Thursday unveiled his first television ad in his bid to unseat U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham in June’s Republican primary.

Bowers unveils his first ad in Senate race

Columbia pastor Det Bowers Thursday unveiled his first television ad in his bid to unseat U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham in June’s Republican primary.

The 30-second ad will run statewide and is part of a “significant ad buy,” according to Bowers’ campaign.

In the ad, Bowers says, “I’m running for Senate because Washington politicians lack the courage to do what’s right for South Carolina and America. We need to repeal Obamacare, balance the budget, limit the terms of senators, cut taxes and secure our borders.”

Bowers ends the ad by saying, “I believe in American exceptionalism, and while I breathe, I hope,” a reference to one of the state’s mottoes.

Bowers is one of six Republicans challenging Graham, who has spent more than $1 million on ads this year, in the June 10 primary. Asked for details on how much the ad cost, when the ad will start running and for how long, Mike Biundo, a Bowers consultant, declined to answer. Instead, he said, “The ad buy is a sustained, significant, statewide buy that will include broadcast and cable.”

House advances bill affirming ’12 vote on lieutenant governor

A S.C. House panel has advanced a measure affirming voters’ decision to put candidates for governor and lieutenant governor on the same ticket starting in 2018.

The vote Thursday by a Judiciary subcommittee comes 18 months after voters approved the ballot question by 55 percent. The Senate passed the measure 39-1 in March 2013.

The measure would ratify voters’ decision and change the state Constitution.

House Judiciary chairman Greg Delleney, R-Chester, says there was no need to rush approval since the change would not take effect until 2018. It will be on his committee’s agenda next week.

The amendment also changes who presides over the state Senate and how a vacancy in the lieutenant governor’s office would be filled. It calls for the Senate to choose its own presiding officer, starting in 2019.

Jamie Self, The Associated Press

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