Politics & Government

Graham to hold Columbia town hall on Saturday

FILE - In this March 10, 2016 file photo, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington.
FILE - In this March 10, 2016 file photo, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. AP

Residents of the Columbia area will have a chance to talk face-to-face Saturday with the Palmetto State’s senior senator.

Lindsey Graham, R-Seneca, will hold a town-hall meeting at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, 1101 Lincoln St.

Seating will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. Doors for the event will open at noon.

But you should get there early if you want to be sure of having a chance to ask a question.

Sometimes raucous town-hall meetings have greeted members of Congress across the country since the inauguration of new President Donald Trump. As a result, some representatives have limited themselves to phone-in town halls or interacting with constituents on social media instead.

Graham held a similar town-hall meeting in Clemson earlier this month. There, he told voters he didn’t yet know what the GOP health-care plan would be and joked with the combative crowd that he “didn’t know there were this many liberals in South Carolina.”

Participants will not be allowed to carry signs inside the town hall. Graham’s office said signs would obstruct the view of other audience members.

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