Palmetto Sunrise: Presidential hopefuls show more personality

Left: Sen. Lindsey Graham with one of the many phones he destroyed. Right: Sen. Ted Cruz playing a character from The Simpsons.

COLUMBIA — The Republican side of presidential hopefuls is so packed that it seems like all of them are searching for ways to stand out from the crowd.

But who takes the prize for connecting with geeks? On Wednesday, the public learned more of at least two candidates’ inner kid.

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham went all Office Space on a series of phones, after Donald Trump released Graham’s cell phone number to the public during a stump on Tuesday in Bluffton. The result was Vivaldi hilarity.

Place your political ideology aside for just a second and laugh with the video. Admit it. Someone has infuriated you in the past to the point that you too have wanted to destroy your phone at times in such an epic manner.

Meanwhile, his colleague, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz told The New York Times Magazine that he is more of a Spider-Man guy, while also potentially drawing the ire of a lot of Trekkies by indirectly calling Jean Luc Picard an incomplete captain.

“Picard was (James T.) Kirk’s rational side, and William Riker was his passionate side,” Cruz told the Times. “I prefer a complete captain.”

That statement comes after Buzzfeed got him to audition for The Simpsons in June. He also told the Daily Beast in May that he’s a secret video game addict and was playing “Plants vs. Zombies” at the time.

Two additional presidential hopefuls will be in South Carolina today. Hillary Clinton will be in West Columbia for an event that starts at 10 a.m., at Brookland Baptist Church Banquet and Conference Center, 1066 Sunset Blvd. She’ll then head for the Upstate, where she’ll participate in a different forum at 2:15 p.m., at Heritage Hall of the Greenville Technical College Northwest Campus, 8109 White Horse Road in Greenville.

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry will also swing by Bluffton at 2 p.m., to participate in a forum on national security issues. That event will be held at Magnolia Hall of the Sun City Hilton Head, 118 Sun City Lane in Bluffton.


Graham pokes ‘The Donald’ with video on retiring a cellphone (The Post and Courier)

Texts from Last Night with Lindsey Graham (IJReview)

Bush spends second day stumping in Spartanburg (Herald-Journal)

Bush talks governor experience in Aiken visit (Aiken Standard)

Perry brands Donald Trump’s campaign a ‘cancer on conservatism’ (The Associated Press)

Does Trump know Perry’s cell phone number? (The Washington Post)

Trump wealth details released by federal regulators (The Associated Press)

Sanders proposes $15 minimum wage (The Associated Press)

In other news:

Weapons ban ahead of KKK rally unconstitutional, AG’s office says (The Post and Courier)

McMaster’s hearing on state ethics charges set (The State)

Civics test coming to S.C. high schools (Bluffton Today)

S.C. State band director dismissed (The Times and Democrat)