Morgan Bruce Reeves was in Charleston Tuesday trying to build his name recognition as a gubernatorial candidate, and he was doing it with enthusiasm.
"I'm big, I'm strong, I'm fast, I have agility, I'm smart," Reeves exclaimed, taking off a white Nike sweatshirt to flex his muscles against a gray T-shirt. "Making me the governor of South Carolina would be like bringing Larry Bird to the Boston Celtics."
Reeves is the S.C. Green and United Citizens parties' candidate. He is on the Nov. 2 ballot with Republican Nikki Haley and Democrat Vincent Sheheen.
Reeves used a basketball analogy in an interview Tuesday, but he was a running back for the Detroit Lions and the Baltimore Colts in the early 1980s.
His website contains newspaper clippings of his football career. He also has a doctorate in theology and owns a construction land-clearing company in Irmo.
He stood at Meeting and Line streets, braving the heat to hold up a big blue-and-white campaign sign and talk to passersby.
Get him started and he'll go on for 30 minutes, rattling off his plans if elected.
It doesn't matter to him that most people are unaware that he's running for governor.
"The polls that they're taking right now are irrelevant because I've never been in a debate," he said. "If I can get into the debates, I will win this election.
"People are disgruntled with Democrats and Republicans. The rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer. I'm a third option."
Reeves said he plans to debate Haley and Sheheen on Sept. 8 at Columbia College.
Neither Haley nor Sheheen had confirmed as of Tuesday, according to the college.
Reeves also said he's been fighting to be included in a debate that ETV plans to televise.
A network spokesman said it has not yet been determined who will be invited to the Oct. 25 debate.
As far as his platform, he said he would push for a high-speed rail system throughout the state and for plants to convert state-grown sweet potatoes and sugar cane into ethanol gasoline. Those industries would provide jobs for residents, he said.
"If I become the next governor, it will be like building the pyramids of Egypt, and I'll be pharaoh," he said.
He also would push for year-round schools and for more trade schools, he said.
To help pay for them, he would raise $400 million by asking every resident to donate $100 over a year.
He would also push for an amnesty bill to forgive bad debts so people hit by the housing and credit downturn can start over.