Sanford holds 'debate' with Nancy Pelosi poster

VIDEO: Mark Sanford debates Nancy Pelosi poster
Published: Apr. 24, 2013 at 3:15 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 24, 2013 at 7:06 PM EDT
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Sanford with the Pelosi poster.
Sanford with the Pelosi poster.

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Mark Sanford, Republican nominee for South Carolina's 1st Congressional District Seat, took to the streets of downtown Charleston for a mock debate with an unlikely opponent.

Former Governor Sanford held a debate with a poster of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi Wednesday at 10 a.m. Sanford is running against Democrat nominee Elizabeth Colbert Busch for the vacant 1st Congressional District Seat.

According to Sanford, he chose to "debate" the poster Pelosi after attempts to get the two nominees together for an official debate have failed.

"Nancy Pelosi and other national Democrats have contributed nearly $1 million to her effort and we know what Nancy Pelosi stands for – she is anti-Boeing, pro-stimulus, pro-Obamacare and supports raising the debt ceiling ," Sanford said. "But because my opponent is refusing joint appearances  to answer questions about where she stands on the issues, all we can assume is that she is going to be a reliable vote for the Pelosi-Obama agenda, were she to be elected."

The two candidates will take part in their first debate on April 29 at 7 p.m. in the Courvoisie Room at The Citadel.

Colbert Busch will hold an event Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. at her West Ashley campaign office to announce the launch of Republicans for Elizabeth Colbert Busch.

Her campaign responded to Sanford's latest barbs by stating, "While Mark Sanford continues his desperate campaign to deceive voters, Elizabeth Colbert Busch is spending her time with real people who support her campaign – today alone, she's meeting with a group of Republicans for Elizabeth Colbert Busch and a rally at Burke High School. She doesn't have to resort to phony cardboard cutouts to talk with the people of South Carolina."

The public will choose which nominee gets the 1st District seat during the May 7 special election.

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