US Sen Graham, challenger Hutto meet for 1st time

US Sen Graham, challenger Hutto meet for 1st time

By JEFFREY COLLINS

Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Republican U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham is meeting his Democratic challenger face-to-face for the first time at a forum sponsored by the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce.

Graham and state Sen. Brad Hutto will take questions from the state's business leaders at a Columbia forum starting at noon Monday.

Organizers say they expect the candidates will be asked questions about tax and environmental policies, the national debt, making sure America is using its schools to prepare its workers and unions.

Hutto debated independent candidate Thomas Ravenel on South Carolina ETV earlier this month. Graham did not go to that debate because he felt the inclusion of former treasurer, convicted felony and reality TV star Ravenel would make it a circus.

Libertarian Victor Kocher is also running.

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