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SC attorney general to moderate GOP presidential town halls

gmelendez@thestate.com

Attorney General Alan Wilson will moderate a series of forums on judicial issues with Republican presidential hopefuls.

Sixteen GOP presidential candidates have agreed to the forums, hosted by the Conservative Leadership Project, which Wilson said he helped form.

The nonprofit, which can accept unlimited contributions and does not have to disclose its contributors, is a conservative group interested in talking about the impact of Supreme Court nominations and other federal legal issues, said executive director Brielle Appelbaum, a former intern for the Republican Attorneys General Association.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee will take part in the first hour-long forum in the series on Sept. 3 at Winthrop University in Rock Hill.

The purpose of the forums is “to discuss candidates’ views on federalism, judicial philosophy, rule of law, executive orders” and the U.S. Constitution, according to the organization’s website.

The next president “will have the opportunity to shape the rule of law” through potential U.S. Supreme Court appointments, the site says.

Wilson said he will raise money for the nonprofit to pay for the forums. His hope is to produce videos of each event to post online.

U.S. Sen. Scott, R-North Charleston, also is hosting a series of town-hall meetings with the 2016 GOP presidential primary candidates.

The forums give S.C. GOP voters more chances to hear from the candidates. The Republican National Committee moved earlier this year to limit the number of debates.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, retired surgeon Ben Carson, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, former business executive Carly Fiorina, U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, former New York Gov. George Pataki, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, businessman Donald Trump and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker also have agreed to participate in the forums.

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