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Cunningham Sees SC Governor's Race as 'New Ideas V. No Ideas' Fight During Georgetown Stop

Former U.S. Rep. Joe Cunningham, a Democratic gubernatorial candidate, speaks at Winyah Auditorium in Georgetown on May 21, 2022.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Joe Cunningham took aim at Gov. Henry McMaster during a May 21 campaign stop in Georgetown, contrasting their campaigns as representing “new ideas versus no ideas.”

In a half-hour speech and question-and-answer session at Winyah Auditorium, Cunningham returned frequently to a theme of bringing South Carolina into the future. He called for legalization of sports betting and marijuana, Medicaid expansion and increased pay for teachers — to the tune of a $50,000 base salary by the end of his administration if he’s elected.

Regarding McMaster, Cunningham, a former congressman, said the Republican incumbent administration is “doing every single thing in their power to take away our rights and our freedoms and our liberties.” He particularly criticized McMaster’s stance on abortion {...}