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Adela Pinckney

MOUNT PLEASANT -- Attorney general candidate Alan Wilson was at Patriots Point on Friday for his "Defending the Constitution" tour.

Wilson, who faces Leighton Lord in the GOP runoff Tuesday, talked about his concerns with the federal government, saying he wants to fight legislation that mandates health insurance. "The next attorney general needs to protect the state from erosion of the 10th Amendment," he said.

Wilson also briefly addressed some criticism from Lord. "My opponent is a fine gentleman," he said, "but Lord said that I've surrounded myself with hacks and 'good old boys.' But instead, I am surrounded by nearly 30 sheriffs, a great congressman and many others."

By "great congressman," Wilson was referring to his father, U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, who also attended the event. "I want to support a candidate I have known a very long time," the elder Wilson said.

Retired Rear Adm. Dave Shimp said Alan Wilson is a man of conviction. "Alan's going to be a strong man, a man of vision that can defend the state's rights," Shimp said.

While at Patriots Point, Wilson also received support from retired Maj. Gen. James Livingston, a Medal of Honor recipient. "People like Alan Wilson and (GOP lieutenant governor candidate) Bill Connor can move us to the next level and make sure our children and grandchildren are taken care of."

Wilson visited Myrtle Beach earlier Friday and was endorsed by the Myrtle Beach tea party. He also campaigned in Hilton Head.

The winner of the runoff will face Democrat Matthew Richardson, who was unopposed in the primary, in the general election Nov. 2.