Only one forum set (so far) in 1st District runoff

For Curtis Bostic, there’s no debate about it: Mark Sanford, Bostic’s GOP opponent in the 1st Congressional District runoff, is far better at a podium.

“I think Mark may be the best debator I have ever seen,” Bostic said Thursday. “He presents very well, and I admire his ability in that regard.”

Voters may judge for themselves next week, when the two face each other at a forum at Charleston’s Porter-Gaud School.

That might be the only joint appearance between the two who finished on top of Tuesday’s 16-way GOP primary for Tim Scott’s former House seat.

A second forum, possibly on Hilton Head Island just days before the April 2 runoff, is being discussed.

Many observers have noted Sanford’s high level of polish in public, polish that comes from having waged three successful races for Congress and two for governor.

By contrast, Bostic said he never has debated anyone in his life, and he skipped some of the jam-packed forums this year. Instead, he held his own gatherings where he wouldn’t have to speak for only two minutes, then listen as his 15 competitors talked.

Fox News analyst David Webb, who also has a Sirius XM radio show, will moderate the Porter-Gaud debate at 7 p.m. Thursday, and the party still has tickets available.

The auditorium seats about 400, and the debate will be on regional TV.

The winner of the April 2 runoff will face Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch, Green Party candidate Eugene Platt and possibly others in the May 7 special election.



Reach Robert Behre at 937-5771.

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