Circle Up: Friday, Feb. 28
Tomorrow is the day.
The highly-anticipated South Carolina primary is just a few hours away. Polls across the state will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Here's a rundown of this week's debate in South Carolina and things you should know to vote. Also, if you're new to the Circle Up SC fam -- welcome! DEBATE RECAP This week's debate was quite the show -- and tell. Here's our recap. Former Vice President Joe Biden Quote of the Night: “I will win South Carolina.” Compelling Argument: Vice President Biden noted a laundry list of ways he’s contributed to South Carolina, including federal dollars into the Port of Charleston and how his role in President Obama’s Administration allowed him to gain experience in foreign affairs and health crises like the ebola pandemic.
“I’ve been coming here for years and years… The people know me. My entire career has been wrapped up with dealing with civil rights and civil liberties. I don’t expect anything, I plan to earn the vote.” Former NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg* Quote of the Night: “I have the experience, I have the resources and I have the record.” Compelling Argument: Mayor Bloomberg notes his experience as mayor of the largest city in the country and how he responded after 9/11. He also mentions his support among the African-American community in NYC and across the country.
“If you talk to the people in New York City, I have over 100 black elected officials who have endorsed me.” *Please note that Mayor Bloomberg will not be on the ballot in South Carolina.
South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg Quote of the Night: “I’m conscious of the fact that there are seven white people on this stage talking about racial justice.” Compelling Argument: Mayor Buttigieg emphasized his position against Democratic Socialism and the importance of changing the way the POTUS is viewed by the American people and other world powers.
“Folks at home from South Carolina to South Bend are trying to figure out what any of this means for us… There is an American majority that wants to see real change, wants to see wages go up faster than the cost of health and saving for retirement… We have an opportunity to set a different tone.” Sen. Amy Klobuchar Quote of the Night: “I’m the only one up here with the receipts.” Compelling Argument: Sen. Klobuchar highlighted her ability to not only win elections but also to pass legislation in the U.S. Senate. She sponsored the bill coined the “boyfriend loophole” preventing past domestic violence offenders from obtaining a gun.
“It matters who can actually get things done.”
Sen. Bernie Sanders Quote of the Night: “I see there are a lot of people talking about me tonight.” Compelling Argument: Sen. Sanders noted that real wage increases for the average worker were less than 1%, 87 million Americans have no health insurance or are underinsured and 45 million people are struggling with student debt.
“The economy is doing really great for... billionaires… That is not an economy working for the American people; that’s an economy working for the 1 percent. We’re going to create an economy for all.” Businessman Tom Steyer Quote of the Night: “I got into this race because I wanted to fight for economic justice, racial justice and climate justice for the American people.” Compelling Argument: Steyer notes the investment he has made in South Carolina through supporting black-owned banks and having more campaign events here than any other candidate.
“Democrats need to go to the grassroots, tell the truth and organize -- that’s what it’s going to take in 2020.” Sen. Elizabeth Warren Quote of the Night: “We can no longer pretend everything is race neutral.” Compelling Argument: Sen. Warren emphasized that she would make a great President because she knows how to get into the details. She also notes racial injustices that exist in policy matters like affordable housing and the effects of climate change.
“Progressives have got one shot, and we need to spend it with a leader who will get something done.” RECENT ENDORSEMENTS Vice President Biden gained the support of Congressman Jim Clyburn on Wednesday Mayor Pete Buttigieg was endorsed by The State newspaper’s editorial board after Tuesday's debate WHO'S IN TOWN? Events curated by the South Carolina Democratic Party Saturday, February 29 Democratic Presidential Primary — Go vote! Polls are open from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. Primary Night Event with Jill and Joe Biden in Columbia, SC 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM Carolina Volleyball Center at the University of South Carolina, 1051 Blossom St, Columbia, SC 29208 Join Jill and Joe Biden in Columbia on Saturday, February 29 as Joe continues to lay out his vision for America. Bring a friend or two! Doors open at 6:30 PM. Election Night Party with Tom Steyer! 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM. 701 Whaley St, Columbia, SC 29201 Join Tom Steyer on Saturday, February 29th for an election night party! Doors open at 7pm. Take Lyft to or from the event and get $15 off your ride with code: STEYER2020SC. South Carolina Primary Watch Party with Pete Buttigieg in Columbia, SC 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM The Senate, 1022 Senate St, Columbia, SC 29201 Join Pete Buttigieg for a primary night watch party in Columbia, SC. Anyone in line to vote at 7:00 PM can still cast your vote, so please stay in line before you join us. Remember to sign up to volunteer for a GOTV canvass or phone banking shift at p4a.us/scgotv. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TO VOTE Are you registered to vote? Check your status here. Not registered to vote? Register now to vote in November during the general election. What to bring: A photo ID Click here to make sure you have the proper identification. Where are the polls? Find your voter precinct here. FEATURED INTERVIEW Check out our very own Lauren Harper, CEO of CityBright LLC, on Univision News.