Maybe it’s not exactly the Thrilla in Manila, but Jim Rex is touting an upcoming match-up with Henry McMaster with all the hype of a fight announcer saying, “And in THIS coah-nah…“. Today, the superintendent reTweeted the following Tweet from The State‘s John O’Connor:
Just to unwrap that for you a bit… On Friday, I’ll be moderating a gubernatorial debate in front of members of the S.C. Hospital Association. The room at Embassy Suites can’t hold any more people than the association is already expected without the fire marshal having a conniption, but the organization will be posting the video on its Web site afterwards, and when that happens I’ll either link to it or imbed it here on the blog.
While Rex may be touting it like a mano-a-mano between him and McMaster, there will be a number of other manos involved. Right now, six candidates will be expected: Those two, plus Vincent Sheheen, Andre Bauer, Dwight Drake and Robert Ford. I’m told Nikki Haley had at one point accepted the invitation, then bowed out.
But I can guarantee you that the candidates will have the chance to hash out the cigarette tax issue, as that is one that is near and dear to the association’s heart. Henry, in particular, will have some ‘splainin’ to do in front of that crowd (so give him props for showing up). I’ll be the one posing the questions, and while I haven’t finalized them yet, I plan on making that topic one of the first two or three I bring up. You can’t address many issues in 90 minutes with that many candidates on the stage, but we won’t leave without hearing their views on the cigarette tax.