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University to Host SC Congressional Candidates Oct. 24

U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-S.C.) will be among the congressional candidates to visit Furman.

Furman University will host a conversation with four South Carolina Congressional candidates Monday, Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. in the Watkins Room of the Trone Student Center.

The event will feature Rep. Trey Gowdy (R) and Democratic challenger Chris Fedalei in the 4th Congressional District race, as well as Sen. Tim Scott (R) and Democratic candidate Thomas Dixon in the U.S. Senate race.  The conversation will be moderated by Furman political science professor Danielle Vinson.

“A Conversation with South Carolina Congressional Candidates: An Experiment in Civility and Substance” is free and open to the public.  All tickets for the event have already been claimed.  The program will be recorded and available for viewing on the Furman website following the event.

According to Dr. Vinson, there will be 40 minutes of conversation with the two House candidates, 40 minutes with the Senate candidates, and 20 minutes with all the candidates together on stage.  An invitation was extended to current candidates that contested either Senator Tim Scott’s Senate race or the 4th Congressional District race in 2014 and received at least 20 percent of the vote in that election.

“This will be a wide-ranging, in-depth discussion with the candidates and not a timed debate,” Vinson said.  “We want the candidates to come together and show that it’s possible to have a civil, substantive conversation about important political issues even when we disagree with one another.”

For more information, contact Paige Blankenship at 864-294-3547.

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