Palmetto Sunrise: Dems prep for Saturday debate

Democratic presidential candidate former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, left, along with Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Rodham Clinton, center, and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt, right, will participate in the party’s second debate Saturday evening in Des Moines. Pictured here is the trio after the democratic presidential candidate forum at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C., Friday, Nov. 6, 2015. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

COLUMBIA – As several Republican presidential candidates fan out across the state over the next few days, Democratic presidential candidates are preparing for their second debate that will be held in Iowa Saturday evening.

Just last week Hillary Clinton, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley sat down for interviews with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow at a candidate forum at Winthrop University. While many said viewers enjoyed the ability to hear each candidate, expect more talking over each other on Saturday, among other things.

Early last week Sanders sharpened his language on Clinton but softened it on Friday since the two were never answering or rebutting questions face-to-face, but that may change at Drake University in Des Moines.

As the national Democrats battle it out Saturday, Charleston mayoral candidates state Rep. Leon Stavrinakis and businessman John Tecklenberg, continue their final push ahead of Tuesday’s runoff election.

Following their victory over four other candidates in the race to become Charleston’s first new mayor since 1975 Stavarinakis and Tecklenberg have both received significant endorsements.

The Post and Courier’s Diane Knich and Robert Behre kept up with the two as they squared off Thursday during a radio show debate and at campaign stops over growth, traffic and I-526.

Polls in the city will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Nov. 17. Voters are required to bring one of five forms of picture identification to their polling place in order to cast their ballot.

Meanwhile in North Charleston, Mayor Keith Summey retracted retaliatory comments he made after winning reelection by a nearly 2-to-1 margin. “It was a rather nasty election, and I will not forget the nastiness and there will be some retribution in the future,” he said on election night.

Summey, who defeated three black candidates for reelection, angered many in the black community with his comments that he apologized for Thursday.

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