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November 16, 2013

ELECTION 2014: Vincent Sheheen tells volunteers 'this election is not about me' + video

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Sen. Vincent Sheheen told a group of volunteers Saturday morning that "this election is not about me and getting me elected, this election is about changing South Carolina for the better."

"This election is about you," Sheheen told a group of about 25 volunteers at the state Democratic Party headquarters on Lady Street. "And this election looks tremendously, tremendously optimistic and hopeful."

South Carolina Democrats across the state are knocking on doors on Saturday to register voters as part of the party's "We Can't Wait weekend of action." Volunteers will be tweeting throughout the day using the hashtag #wecantwait.

"We've been stuck in a rut for over 10 years now," Sheheen said. "For the last three years we've seen our income in South Carolina decline per person, we've seen unemployment through the roof -- and you guys are the future. When we look at people in the eye and say we care about South Carolina, we want to make a difference, they are going to see it's because a new generation of South Carolinians are stepping up to take charge to make a difference."

South Carolina's household income has declined by 5.12 percent over the past three years, according to the U.S. Census. But on Friday, the Department of Employment and Workforce said South Carolina's unemployment rate dropped below 8 percent for the first time in five years.

Also on Friday, Republican Gov. Nikki Haley touted her record of job creation at an event sponsored by the S.C. Chamber of Commerce, saying her administration has overseen the addition of 39,000 jobs in 45 of the state's 46 counties.

South Carolina's unemployment rate is 7.9 percent, compared to the national unemployment rate of 7.2 percent.

Sheheen speaks to volunteers

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