South Carolina GOP cost us delegates

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The South Carolina Democratic and Republican presidential primaries are just weeks away. Please consider the following facts:

The South Carolina Democratic Party originally set its primary date for Jan. 29, which is within the guidelines set by the national party. Later, the South Carolina Republican Party set its date for Jan. 19, which is in violation of its own national party guidelines. As a result, the national Republican Party cut in half the number of delegates South Carolina will be allowed to send to the national convention.

Next, the South Carolina Democratic Party moved its primary date back to Jan. 26 (still within national party guidelines), and invited the Republicans to move to the same date. The Republicans said "no."

The result are (1) South Carolina taxpayers will shell out millions of dollars in unnecessary expenses for having to run statewide primaries on two dates instead of one; and (2) South Carolina will have half the influence at the Republican National Convention that it should have.

Please consider which party showed good citizenship and financial responsibility, and which is responsible for this silly mess.

Sam Crouch Jr., Edgefield, S.C.

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patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 01/10/08 - 05:01 am
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Why not move the Democratic

Why not move the Democratic Party primary up to be the same as the Republicanic Party's primary? Then not only will S.C. be as important as the other early states, but we'd also show good citizenship and financial responsibility. The best of both worlds.

teharper428
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teharper428 01/10/08 - 07:35 am
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Why would the Democratic

Why would the Democratic party move its date up and not meet the state guidelines??? It would have saved the state thousands of dollars to only have one primary, but, no, the republican party wouldn't change theirs. Who is the party of fiscal responsibility?

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 01/10/08 - 07:39 am
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teharper438, I thought the

teharper438, I thought the Democratic party was the party of change. Why change and not coordinate? Change just for the sake of change doesn't seem to have been the right answer.

teharper428
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teharper428 01/10/08 - 07:46 am
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Again, PT, why would the

Again, PT, why would the democratic party change their date and be in violation of the state guidelines? We will have all of our delegates, it's the republicans who won't.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 01/10/08 - 08:31 am
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Isn't that what the

Isn't that what the democratic party calls fair?where's the complaint?

teharper428
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teharper428 01/10/08 - 08:40 am
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Whatever happened to

Whatever happened to following the rules? And having one primary in order to save the state A LOT of money. The republican party had the chance to both follow the rules and save the taxpayers and yet they didn't. Personally, I think the primaries should all be held on one date nation-wide. However, the problem would be that only the biggest delegation states would get the opportunity to actually see and hear the presidential candidates in person.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 01/10/08 - 08:58 am
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The letter writer points out

The letter writer points out an absurdity in the party selection process. Somewhere along the line the parties conned the legislature into using the machinery of state elections to pick their nominees. This is an outrageous attack on the taxpayer. The tax payers in the state (and that includes GA also) should not pay one dime for the parties to pick their nominees. The parties should be free to pick their nominees by any method they choose (convention, caucus, election, smoke-filled room, etc.) as long as the parties pay for it. Any chance the legislatures will fix this travesty?

gagirl40
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gagirl40 01/10/08 - 03:04 pm
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PT..had this been an

PT..had this been an editorial in the other direction I would have seen reason as reason and agreed. Why is it you can't see that and accept it for what it is? Just a question. It does not require some cut or jab about how stupid and pathetic democrats are. I was just wondering, because I KNOW had this been the Democratic party doing this you would have a field day complaining and criticizing the Dems. because of it.

teharper428
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teharper428 01/10/08 - 07:05 pm
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Why would the political

Why would the political parties pay for their own election process? The election process is something that affects all American citizens. We should all participate in the election process. Little Lamb, what are you saying that we should eliminate the primary process and go directly to the election of our presidential candidates? And who should pay for that?

_kpc_
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_kpc_ 01/10/08 - 07:59 pm
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teharper...because this ISN'T

teharper...because this ISN'T and ELECTION.....it's a nomination. The election is in November. It is up to the party to come up with a way to select their nominee.

stampman79
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stampman79 01/11/08 - 02:18 am
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Mr. Crouch get your facts

Mr. Crouch get your facts straight. The taxpayers do not pay the costs of presidential primaries. The cost is paid by the political party.

sam1crouch
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sam1crouch 01/11/08 - 09:38 am
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Last year the S.C. General

Last year the S.C. General Assembley voted 22 Million dollars to fund both presidential primamies. This is the first time for state funding.

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