DeMint to speak at town hall event

DeMint

Republican U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint will address the national health care debate Monday morning on Daniel Island in an arena where space will be limited.

DeMint is scheduled to be at a Daniel Island Neighborhood Association meeting where priority will be given to those who pay the group's $12.50 attendance and breakfast cost.

Others will be allowed in as space becomes available, said Stacy Lindbergh, president of the neighborhood group.

So far, about 250 people have made reservations for a room that might hold as many as 300 at tables but possibly more, she estimated.

Meanwhile, the Charleston area's elected Republican 1st District U.S. Rep. Henry Brown did not respond to repeated inquiries on whether he planned a public forum on the issue.

With Congress on its August break, the health care debate has become a running story as members of Congress, on both sides of the aisle, have scheduled community gatherings to discuss what's being considered in Washington. An underlying theme includes accusations of uncivil tactics, including shouting matches.

DeMint spokeswoman Ryan Murphy said that given the personal nature of health care, it is not surprising that people are expressing passionate viewpoints.

"Sen. DeMint looks forward to hearing from folks on all sides of the issue and explaining his plan to make health care affordable and accessible for everyone without a government takeover," she said.

IF YOU GO

The Daniel Island gathering is set to begin at 7:30 a.m. Monday. For more information, contact DeMint's Charleston office at 727-4525. The Daniel Island Club is at 600 Island Park Drive. RSVPs also can go to slindbergh@homesc.com.