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2nd District debate will be shown live on YouTube

U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, R-Springdale, left, and 2nd District Democratic candidate Arik Bjorn.
U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, R-Springdale, left, and 2nd District Democratic candidate Arik Bjorn.

South Carolina’s 2nd District constituents can watch their congressional candidates debate live on the Internet next Friday.

River Bluff High School, home of the 9:30 a.m. debate, will broadcast the showdown on YouTube Live, according to Michael Burgess, the event’s organizer and a teacher at River Bluff’s Center for Law and Global Policy Development.

Republican U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, Democrat Arik Bjorn and American Party candidate Eddie McCain months ago agreed to the debate, set four days before election day.

Lexington 1 Teacher of the Year Meg Huggins will moderate the student-centered debate, which features three 20-minute segments.

The first segment will focus on on national security, the U.S. military and foreign policy; the second on job creation, the economy and trade; and the third on social and constitutional issues.

River Bluff students wrote every debate question and will fill most of the roughly 900 seats in the Lexington County high school’s performing arts center.

“Our students, teachers and staff have invested a ton of time into making this a high quality, dignified, meaningful debate of ideas and issues,” Burgess said. “We are excited about starting a new tradition at River Bluff High School of being a center for civic discourse for our community with events like this one.”

Avery G. Wilks: 803-771-8362, @averygwilks

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