State GOP Leaders: It's All About the Issues

Aug 25, 2020

SCGOP Chairman Drew McKissick during 2016 RNC in Cleveland, Ohio.

Day one of the Republican National Convention was full of the expected, the party officially nominating Donald Trump and Mike Pence as President and Vice President for its presidential ticket, and the unexpected, surprise visits from both Pence and Trump.

State party Chairman Drew McKissick said, despite the significantly-scaled back production, members are still extremely engaged and excited.

“They are excited because of the things the President has done and the things that he will be able to do in another four years.”

Those things, he said, include building the most successful economy in the history of the United States and having record low African American and Hispanic unemployment until the pandemic shutdown.

He said, these and other issues, are what Republicans are hoping will thrust their candidates, up and down the ticket, to victories.

“That was something that was missing from the democrat’s convention; that was more about personality.”

The DNC held its majority-virtual convention a week ago. Unlike the RNC, delegates for the Democratic party performed their official roll call from signifiant locales in their home states.

SC RNC Delegation (L to R) Mark Hartley (Charleston Co.), Shery Smith (Sumter Co.), Governor Henry McMaster (Richland Co.), RNC National Committeewoman Cindy Costa (Charleston Co.), SCGOP Chairman Drew McKissick (Richland Co.) and RNC National Committeema
Credit SC GOP Facebook page

Citizens, as well as convention speakers, delivered video speeches aimed at describing the character and touting the accomplishments of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.  

“People vote on the basis of issues; they get engaged and choose to work in campaigns and help candidates because of issues that they care about,” McKissick said.

He adds, an issues-based election is why Senator Lindsey Graham will be successful in defending his seat against Democrat Jaime Harrison and winning his fourth term in office.

Harrison has said he is challenging Graham for the seat he’s held since 2002, because he is out of touch with what South Carolinians want and need. Recent polls show him closing in on the incumbent and the $29 Million in funds he raised, closing in on Graham’s $30.9 million.

“It’s going to be an expensive race, for sure,” McKissick said “but again it’s going to be a race that revolves around issues,” he added.