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SC Gov. Haley agrees to two debates with challengers for governor’s office

09/04/2014 5:39 PM

09/04/2014 5:41 PM

Gov. Nikki Haley has agreed to participate in two televised debates where all candidates for governor are invited, according to the Post and Courier.

The two debates – in Charleston and the Greenville and Spartanburg area on Oct. 14 and Oct. 21 – are being sponsored by the Post and Courier and other media outlets, the Charleston newspaper reported.

Also invited are the four other candidates for governor: Democratic state Sen. Vincent Sheheen, petition candidate Tom Ervin, Libertarian Steve French and United Citizens candidate Morgan Bruce Reeves.

Sheheen's campaign said he would like to participate in both debates, but the Oct. 21 debate conflicts with another debate proposed by the Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce.

Ervin has agreed to participate in both debates.

The first debate, in the Charleston area, will focus on jobs, the economy and growth. The second debate will focus on education and health care, and will be held in the Greenville and Spartanburg media market.

Both debates will take place at 7 p.m. before a live audience. Both will be broadcast live on television and available online.

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