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SC Democratic Party’s ‘Chair Chats’ drawing national attention

The S.C. Democratic Party’s interviews of 2016 presidential hopefuls gained national attention this week after a chat with frontrunner Hillary Clinton hit the web.

The state party released Chairman Jaime Harrison’s video-taped interview with Clinton on Monday – the latest in a web video series called “Chair Chats,” featuring political leaders, including 2016 presidential hopefuls, rocking chairs and lemonade.

Harrison has had three other Democratic presidential hopefuls as guests: U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee, and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley. Harrison also interviewed Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Johnston Mayor Terrence Culbreath.

The videos are available on the state party’s website, except O’Malley’s, set for release August 17.

The goals of the Chair Chats series is to provide a more personal look at candidates and elected officials.

Harrison’s first question to Clinton was whether being a grandparent is better than being a mother, which launched a several-minute conversation about parenthood, diaper changing and, eventually, politics.

Clinton’s positions on issues including race, foreign policy and her favorite television shows were cited in several national media reports.

Clinton’s casual responses also caught the attention of The Weekly Standard which rated her southern accent on a scale of one to five cowboy boots in an edited version of the interview.

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