Furman Expert Talks SC Debate Importance

Eyes are on South Carolina as the GOP and Democratic Parties  hold debates in Charleston.

The GOP debate will happen Thursday Jan 14 and the Democratic debate on Jan 17.

Fox Business Channel will carry the debate on Thursday and included candidates ranking in the top six nationally or top five in Iowa or New Hampshire polls.

Candidates on the secondary segment will include Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum. Rand Paul qualified for the secondary debate but plans to boycott it.

Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Ben Carson, Chris Christie, Jeb Bush and John Kasich will debate in the main segment.

This means fewer candidates will go head to head but they’re expected to continue to focus on economic, domestic and international policy issues.

Last month we saw GOP candidates focusing on how to fight terrorism economic security.

Candidates also had different opinions on trade and how to best care for our veterans.

7 News Spoke with Furman Professor Brent Nelsen Thursday morning at Tommy’s Country Ham House in Greenville.

Nelsen said the Ham House is one of the most important stops on candidate’s campaign trails because so many conservative voters turn out to see them speak.

He also said he expects Trump, Cruz and Rubio to begin to pull away in the polls and fewer candidates to remain in the race.

He said voters will turn out for the candidate that they agree with on the “bread and butter” issues like creating jobs and keeping their families safe.

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