The Daily Gamecock
By: Larissa Johnson
Gov. Henry McMaster managed to connect an anecdote about his bulldog to Samsung’s expansion in South Carolina, all in response to a question about improving higher education. He met casually with a group of about 50 students, mainly members of the College Republicans, in Russell House Tuesday night to talk about his career and answer questions on major state and local issues.
“College students are at the perfect age to get involved in … public policy and government,” McMaster said. “It’s a great opportunity for me to encourage people to get take an interest in it. It’s your state, it’s your country, and you need to know what’s going on.”
His campaign requested that the event be small and informal and during the College Republicans’ normal meeting time. McMaster sat in the audience for the beginning of the meeting. The organization’s chairwoman, Lauren Boals, said that she liked the intimate town hall format.
“National news takes a lot of the attention of people, and the state and local politics get lost in the mix,” she said. “So to have him come in and be able to actually answer questions that are relevant to people’s hometowns and where they live or our school directly, it’s nice to hear a real, personal answer.”
McMaster, who’s running for re-election, ended up answering about 10 questions, ranging from a question about a local highway in Horry County from CR member Robbie Anderson to a question on SCANA and the nuclear debacle from Student Government Attorney General Frank Halloran…
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