Palmetto Sunrise: Draft Biden gets serious in SC

The Draft Biden movement has made several hires in South Carolina. (AP Photo/Molly Riley, File)

COLUMBIA — Buzz surrounding Vice President Joe Biden’s potential presidential run is getting louder.

On Wednesday, his supporters who are running Draft Biden, announced that Sen. Gerald Malloy, D-Hartsville, and former South Carolina Superintendent of Education Inez Tenenbaum would join as co-chairs of the South Carolina Draft Biden effort.

Draft Biden also announced Isaiah Nelson will serve as the State Director. Nelson previously served as the 2014 Coordinated Campaign Director for the South Carolina Democratic Party. On Wednesday, Tyler Jones, spokesman for the Democrats of the House of Representatives, said on Twitter Nelson’s hire “is a big sign Biden is serious.”

Other names known among political circles that will join the Draft Biden team include: Kendall Corley, as political director; Morgan Allison, as outreach director; and Lauren Nastoff, as field director.

Election related:

Haley: ‘I will sit down and talk’ if offered vice presidency (The Post and Courier)

Santorum visits Spartanburg Methodist College (Herald-Journal)

Fired Up Evangelicals Could Tilt 2016 (Free-Times)

CNN amends debate criteria, Fiorina may get in (The Associated Press)

Biden testing political waters in Florida (The Associated Press)

Tinkler ends his mayoral bid (The Post and Courier)

Haters for Trump (Politico)

Clinton touts plan to combat drug addiction (USA Today)

Inside Jeb Bush’s fall strategy to deflate Trump and court conservatives (The Washington Post)

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Scott blasts transferring Gitmo terrorists after touring brig (The Post and Courier)

Haley to honor S.C. World War II POWs (The Herald)