CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Senator Vincent Sheheen made a stop in Charleston Tuesday to talk about deepening the harbor and to address the Rotary Club of Charleston.
The democratic candidate for governor spoke at waterfront park in downtown charleston at 11 a.m. He demanded that his oppononent for governor, Republican Nikki Haley, take a stand on the harbor deepening needed to secure the future of the port.
"If we don't succeed, we will suffer a competitive disadvantage that will permanently place the port in a 2nd-tier status, costing us billions for generations," Sheheen said. "The people of South Carolina deserve to know where Representative Haley stands - time is of the essence and we can't wait any longer for her answer."
His visit comes a week after Sen. Lindsey Graham came to town to stress the need for deeper ports in Charleston to keep up with increased business. The process to deepen charleston's ports will cost $300 million dollars.
Meanwhile, most other East Coast port has already secured the federal funding necessary to handle the increased traffic that will occur as a result of the impending expansion of the Panama Canal.
"The Port of Charleston is a fundamental piece of our state's economy," Sheheen said. "There will be no stronger engine for South Carolina's economic recovery than our port. There is no greater opportunity for business and job growth potential and extended future prosperity than our port. And, as governor, there will not be a more dedicated promoter and supporter of our port."
From Waterfront Park, Sheheen heads to The Citadel to address the rotary club of Charleston. He will be at the Holliday Alumni center across from the football stadium at 12:30 p.m.
Sheheen faces Haley and green party candidate Morgan Reeves in the November general election.