SC Dem gov hopefuls: taxes, energy key to economy

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The three Democrats vying to be South Carolina's next governor take widely different approaches to how they would repair the economy and bring back jobs lost in the worst economy since the Great Depression.

State Education Superintendent Jim Rex says he wants to increase job creation using a regional approach across the state. State Sen. Vincent Sheheen says South Carolina needs a centralized strategy and plans to provide aid to entrepreneurs. State Sen. Robert Ford's strategy is literally a gamble: Much of his candidacy banks on bringing video gambling back to the state and betting movie studios will relocate here.

Creating jobs is a key issue for voters in a state with an unemployment rate of more than 12 percent.

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