Congressional candidates set to spar Friday in debate showdown

Rep. Joe Wilson, along with challengers Arik Bjorn and Eddie McCain, will face off Friday morning at River Bluff High School

It’s on.

A mere four days before the general election, the candidates for South Carolina’s Second Congressional District – incumbent U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson (R) of Springdale, Democratic/Green party nominee Arik Bjorn of Columbia, and American Party nominee Eddie McCain of Leesville – are set to take part in a moderated debate Friday beginning at 9:30 a.m. at River Bluff High School in Lexington.


U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson (left) and Democratic challenger Arik Bjorn, with his daughter, Kat, shake hands in an August meeting in Pelion after agreeing to a debate. (Photo provided)

The debate is not open to the public. Though members of the news media have been invited, the event is for students only. However, the event will be live-streamed on the school’s Gator Live YouTube channel, and will be available on the channel for playback online at any time afterward for those who cannot catch it live, said River Bluff teacher, coach and debate organizer Michael Burgess of the school’s Center for Law & Global Policy, which is hosting the debate.

The debate will feature questions addressing major issues facing South Carolina and the nation submitted by River Bluff students. Four second-year Center for Law and Global Policy Development students will present the questions. The candidates will have two minutes to respond to each question.

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Third-party challenger Eddie McCain of Leesville hopes to differentiate himself from his major-party opponents Friday in a congressional election debate at River Bluff High School. (Photo provided)

The center’s lead teacher, Meg Huggins, who is also the district’s current Teacher of the Year, will serve as debate moderator of the three, 20-minute-long sections addressing the subject areas of “American Strength, American Prosperity, and American Society.”

The full-length debate comes just a week after all three men squared off in a brief half-hour appearance on SCETV’s “Palmetto Scene.”

For those who cannot view the debate on Youtube, check back with Cola Daily for a full report.