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Henry McMaster Is Afraid To Debate

By FITSNEWS || “Republican” lieutenant gubernatorial candidate Henry McMaster appears to be taking a page out of U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham‘s book … The “afraid to debate” book … McMaster reportedly has a “scheduling conflict” that will prevent him from appearing in a debate with S.C. Rep. Bakari Sellers, the…

By FITSNEWS || “Republican” lieutenant gubernatorial candidate Henry McMaster appears to be taking a page out of U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham‘s book …

The “afraid to debate” book …

McMaster reportedly has a “scheduling conflict” that will prevent him from appearing in a debate with S.C. Rep. Bakari Sellers, the Democratic nominee for the state’s No. 2 constitutional office.

The two candidates were scheduled to debate on Thursday October 16 at 7:00 p.m. EDT on S.C. Educational Television (SCETV), but according to reporter Cynthia Roldan of The (Charleston, S.C.) Post and Courier McMaster is now begging off due to his busy schedule.

Really?

We’re curious … aside from gatherings at his “whites only” country club, what exactly does McMaster have going on that’s more important than participating in a statewide debate?

Also … what was the conflict?  Roldan apparently never asked …

As for Sellers, he joked McMaster would be willing to debate him anytime after November 5 (the day after the election).

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55 comments

43lefty October 11, 2014 at 6:27 pm

If he’s inaccessible to debate for the job he wants, how accessible will be if he gets the job?

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shifty henry October 11, 2014 at 6:32 pm

10+

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Wow October 11, 2014 at 8:59 pm

X100

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well-i-am into it October 13, 2014 at 8:31 am

ah belieb hee (McMaster) thunk hee owns dis job…McMaster cannot understand why Bakari is fussing about them doggone elections.

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Walter October 11, 2014 at 6:32 pm

McMaster does not have the brainpower to debate. He is a bumbling fool and he knows it. He is hoping old white people vote straight ticket.

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AARP October 11, 2014 at 7:52 pm

Henry can only hope that his constituency, unlike that of Andre Bauer, has not completed aged out.

Alas, Henry is now of the age that Bauer’s “go to” crowd was in his statewide attempts.

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Disgusting October 11, 2014 at 9:02 pm

These people know, all you need do is put the R behind your name and you will be elected and reelected, no matter if you are a conservative or not!
The Tea Party found out with Haley! The Rs have no fear of rejection, with that magical R!
This is how we get all of our RINOS:
leatherman
Harrell
Ard
White
Martin
Rankin
Peeler
Haley
Eckstrom

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Bible Thumper October 11, 2014 at 10:55 pm

They might vote for a young whipper snapper.

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Deo Vindice SC October 12, 2014 at 10:17 am

Sorry thumper, I know Bakari, please don’t go there. I would vote him over Haley though. Bamberg sucks, know what I mean ?

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ReElect Nikki October 12, 2014 at 10:42 am

They will.

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Vote Haley out October 12, 2014 at 6:34 pm

Foghorn is going to loose this race like he has all others minorities are already lining up to vote.

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shifty henry October 11, 2014 at 8:52 pm

Everybody, please refer to him as “McMaster” and not “Henry” — I’m starting to get insulting calls and hang-ups…thanks y’all

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Bible Thumper October 11, 2014 at 10:51 pm

What about the Bakari hmm Bacardi sellers?

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snickering October 12, 2014 at 3:29 am

Bacardi Rum. So good.

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Mike at the Beach October 12, 2014 at 11:24 am

“Bacardi Sellers!” Quality work, mi amigo! By the power vested in me by the FITS Commenters of the Square Table, I hereby declare this to be his official FITS moniker forever henceforth.

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Deo Vindice SC October 12, 2014 at 11:26 am

And from this forthright, be forgottom tha name of Sellers. He IS a IDIOT from BAMBERG !

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snickering October 12, 2014 at 12:42 pm

I think he is from Denmark, S.C., but maybe not.

shifty henry October 11, 2014 at 8:52 pm

Everybody, please refer to him as “McMaster” and not “Henry” — I’m starting to get insulting calls and hang-ups…thanks y’all

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totally disgusted October 11, 2014 at 8:59 pm

Ohaley refuses to debate, Omaster refuses to debate! What are these people hiding?
The voters deserve to hear from the candidates, in order to cast an informed ballot and see where they stand on the issues!

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no debate, no choice October 11, 2014 at 10:41 pm

Since the republican candidate will win all of these anyway, isn’t it safe to say the debates Ade a waste of time, so I think they are actually saving us time. Are the voters of SC really going to swayed by better ideas, policy objectives et cetera. GOP! GOP! GOP!

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ReElect Nikki October 12, 2014 at 10:47 am

Exactly!

Who cares about these “debates?”

A waste of time.Lets get it over with so all these”Republicans” ,”NonRepublican conservatives, “assorted” Independents(“who always vote Republican) can get back to bitching about all the people they voted for!

it’s a Great Day in SC!!!

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Vote Haley out October 13, 2014 at 6:41 am

When Haley is out of office it will be a great day.

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CapCity October 11, 2014 at 10:39 pm

STFU…When will you quit sucking Bakari (Barack Wannabe) Sellars cock.

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Mike at the Beach October 11, 2014 at 10:53 pm

The debate would be a painful exercise to watch, anyway. It would have ZERO impact on the outcome of the race. Debating is a loser move when a candidate is enjoying a double-digit lead less than a month from the election (unless that lead is ridiculous- 20 points or better). If a candidate can dodge a debate in these circumstances, their political consultants will tell them to do so. In a fairly low-profile race like lite guv, this is easy to do. So, love McMaster or hate him, this is a non-story.

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Bible Thumper October 11, 2014 at 11:16 pm

John C. West is the last Lieutenant Governor (1967-1971) to become Governor or fill any other higher office. I can’t imagine anyone wanting to be Lieutenant Governor who does not have ambitions for higher office. McMaster may have this election won, but the voters may remember being ignored in a future election. It looks weak, not being willing to debate. I understand Graham not wanting to appear in a debate that would turn into an episode of Southern Charm.

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Mike at the Beach October 12, 2014 at 12:33 am

I hear you, but your confidence in the cognitive abilities of the vast majority of voters is, I’m afraid, misplaced. Voters are, for the most part, doing well to remember who’s the freaking Vice-President of the United States. Most won’t remember (or care) who debated who in a pissant lite guv race. Smart, politically active, and aware folks get that it’s a political and tactical campaign decision, and Joe Sixpack doesn’t care and won’t remember.

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Bible Thumper October 12, 2014 at 1:01 am

“cognitive abilities of the vast majority of voters”

Individual cognitive abilities? No. But, I do believe in the “Wisdom of the crowd”. http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wisdom_of_the_crowd

Nations governed democratically are usually more wisely governed than the alternatives.

You and I as well as most people suffer from “Illusory superiority”. Most people think they are smarter than average and if only I was in charge things would be better. If we filled our government posts based on education and intelligence test, we probably wouldn’t be any better off.

I agree with William F. Buckley, Jr.
“I’d rather entrust the government of the United States to the first 400 people listed in the Boston telephone directory than to the faculty of Harvard University.”

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Mike at the Beach October 12, 2014 at 1:21 am

Most of what you said is true (or least in my opinion), but that’s not what we were talking about. First of all, only a little of half of all eligible voters vote (and that number often drops into the teens during primaries). Secondly, history is on my side; simply examine the results of races wherein a leading candidate refuses to debate. There is little evidence of any negative fallout in the vast majority of cases.

As for illusory superiority, I disagree that you and I necessarily fall prey to it. A level of self-awareness which provides for a discussion of the notion is a pretty strong contraindication as to its presence. Besides, believing one is of above average intelligence is correct for half of us, right? I constantly preach self-awareness to my clients and students- I know I’m of above average intelligence, but I also know that I’m not the smartest guy in the world.

Bible Thumper October 12, 2014 at 1:36 am

I have been employed in many jobs where I was more intelligent than my boss, but in most of those situations I wouldn’t have made a better boss.
That is why I believe so much in free markets. Nobody is in charge and even the most ignorant people are deciding for themselves and it doesn’t work perfectly but it’s better than any other system ever tried.
Obama is smarter than you or me, but that may be his greatest flaw. Smart people think they can make better decisions for other less intelligent people than they can make for themselves.

Mike at the Beach October 12, 2014 at 2:24 am

Mostly agree again, with the exception of BHO. All kidding aside, I don’t think he’s as smart as many believe. Eloquence doesn’t equal smarts, and you touched on the other types of intelligence in your post. It’s not all about SAT scores and memorization…

Free markets are great; free elections are great. The beauty (and miracle) in both lies in the fact that they work despite the fact that most people are stupid. ;-)

CorruptionInColumbia October 12, 2014 at 8:17 am

Aye, but his “handlers” are smart people indeeed, or perhaps the people his handlers are working for.

Mike at the Beach October 12, 2014 at 11:27 am

Possibly so…he’s obviously a bright dude, just not savior-of-the-world or Guardians of the Galaxy smart. That construct is a fabrication / deification perpetrated by the MSM back when the love affair was rolling hot and heavy. The bloom is falling from that rose now, partly because (strangely enough) it turned out that he wasn’t a messiah, but just another pol…

Ludwig Von Mises October 12, 2014 at 3:33 pm

“Free markets are great…”

Whatever a “free market” is?

Mike at the Beach October 12, 2014 at 4:07 pm

Ludwig! I’ve read a bunch of your older stuff…you’re not going capital control / economic interventionist on us, are you?!

shifty henry October 14, 2014 at 7:58 am

“I have been employed in many jobs where I was more intelligent than my boss, but in most of those situations I wouldn’t have made a better boss”
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I’ve been in a few of those situations — this subject would be worthy of a future article for discussion…..

snickering October 12, 2014 at 3:35 am

Graham won’t do well in a debate, he has this tendency to babble when he speaks. People don’t have the patience to follow convoluted, or circular logic which Graham does instead of having facts to back his hypothesis.

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nitrat October 12, 2014 at 8:04 am

And, he tends to bare his teeth and sneer a lot while bobbing his head around.
None of that is not very attractive coming from a man with dyed yeller hair who talks like your Great Aunt Lou.

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snickering October 12, 2014 at 1:10 pm

EXCELLENT. YOU HIT IT SPOT ON.

shifty henry October 13, 2014 at 9:12 am

” convoluted, or circular logic ” — which reminds me of this

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“Senator Bluster, what’s the election today for?”

“Well, it is to determine whether we shall have a convention to nominate delegates who will be voted on as to whether they will attend a caucus which will decide whether we shall have a primary to determine whether the people want to vote on this same question again next year.”

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Willie J October 12, 2014 at 8:23 am

The black vote will show us next month. Foghorn McMaster and Queen Haley should be worried. This will be the first black Lt. Governor is the history of South Carolina.

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snickering October 12, 2014 at 5:01 pm

For once I am voting my pocket book. Instead of being so wrapped up in race cards let’s vote on ability, intelligence. This election is more than I’m KKK and I’m NAACP. If you have your foot on someones neck you aren’t going any where.

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Kevin October 13, 2014 at 8:29 am

Alonzo Jacob Ransier was the first black Lt. Governor of SC (1870-1872)! Some of you keyboard cowboy’s need to do your homework before piping off on web sites and truly showing your ignorance!

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nitrat October 12, 2014 at 8:27 am

What’s the deal? Has he scheduled his colonoscopy prep for the same day?

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CorruptionInColumbia October 12, 2014 at 10:24 am

If they give him that maga-laxative they give people before those procedures, whatever is left of him will fit in a match box.

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Commonman October 12, 2014 at 8:42 am

Seems to be a common political strategy. Tell everybody I am a candidate that loves Mom, the flag, and apple pie. I detest immoral behavior (in others) and I trust the sheeple to pull the lever because I am a good member of so and so political party. You go, Henry. Your silence has to be better than hearing you mumble in the affected Southern accent you have perfected. What a JOKE. And we keep electing these people?

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HD October 12, 2014 at 9:11 am

What would they debate, whether they’d don the robe left or right arm first? The impact on our lives occasioned by the results of the Lt. Governor election are nonexistent.

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shifty henry October 14, 2014 at 8:10 am

The odor I’m detecting in the air is “Abandonment” when NIkki bails out in 2016 for something better. She is like Snow White stroking and saying, “Someday my Prince will come,” as she changes hands for the sixth time.

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SC Political Digest October 12, 2014 at 10:25 am

Sellers committed political suicide when he stupidly played the bogus country club card, while his leftwing, ambulance-chasing boss is a member. It showed he is nothing but the same old, lame race-baiting, failed Democrat cliche.

Hopefully this race is over, and Henry has won it.

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snickering October 12, 2014 at 12:47 pm

McMaster reminds me of whole wheat toast smeared with margarine. I also understand he can’t dance (not even the shag).

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35TWW October 12, 2014 at 3:44 pm

I don’t know why I even come to this website. McMaster is presumably leading in the polls by a large margin. And he knows it. Why would he appear on the same stage with his opponent, who is woefully unqualified for the job? Why should he put himself in the position of having to answer an inflammatory question about his club memberships? He’s playing it smart.

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Mike at the Beach October 12, 2014 at 4:05 pm

You’re obviously new here…

Facts and commonly accepted, proven realities don’t necessarily factor into the FITScentric view of the world. That view, however, provides us with a few daily minutes of Zen as we quixotically attempt to educate the less-informed. Come on in…the pain in your head will subside eventually.

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shifty henry October 14, 2014 at 8:02 am

HA! — Fitsnews should use your comment for its promo…..

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Ralph October 12, 2014 at 6:46 pm

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CHARLESTON, S.C.
(AP) – Scheduling conflicts have been resolved and it appears the major
party candidates for South Carolina lieutenant governor will finally
share the same stage.

The Post and Courier of Charleston
reports that Republican Henry McMaster of Columbia and Democratic state
Rep. Bakari Sellers of Denmark will debate on South Carolina Educational
Television on Oct. 27.

The two were to have appeared in a debate this Thursday but the event was rescheduled.

The
newspaper reports the two candidates have yet to appear together this
campaign season. Sellers has challenged McMaster to appear in more than
one debate.

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Larry Bishop October 12, 2014 at 6:46 pm

Foghorn is going to loose badly.

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Ben_Kinlaw October 13, 2014 at 11:02 am

In 2008, a group of students from Denmark Tech. in Denmark invited me to a debate with Sellers. In the end Sellers would not agree to the debate.

In 2012 in Blackville, in front of a Democratic audience, I was the first participant followed by Reps. Sellers and Hosey.

One of the first questions asked was regarding photo ID which I responded the issue was settled. Sellers followed me and stated the Supreme Court would find SC’s law unconstitutional. So much for Sellers knowing how the Supreme Court would rule.

My next statement was the 2012 election should be about; JOBS, JOBS & JOBS. Sellers stated that Barnwell County jobs created. Apparently he has not reviewed the “historical” average of the high unemployment rate in HD #90.

It is apparent Sellers does not know what is going on in his district, so how can he manage a statewide office.

You will note that Sellers does not reference on his signs he is a DEMOCRAT! He believes the gov’t is a job creator and is a avid supporter of the current administration.

Former Attorney General Henry McMaster has served in a statewide capacity before.

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