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Surprise SC Senate Candidate Makes First Speech

Sunday, 18 Jul 2010 05:08 PM

 

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In his first campaign appearance, South Carolina's surprising U.S. Senate candidate, Alvin Greene, received applause with his exhortations to improve education and fight unemployment.

Greene started his speech Sunday at the monthly meeting of the local NAACP branch in his hometown of Manning by deliberately rattling off national job loss statistics and South Carolina's dismal rankings in standardized tests.

He suggested infrastructure projects put on hold after 9/11 could be restarted, such as an interstate from Michigan to the South Carolina coast.

He said, "Lets get South Carolina and America back to work and let's move South Carolina forward."

The speech appears to be the Democrat's first campaign appearance.

The unemployed Army veteran beat a longtime politician with the full backing of the Democratic party.

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