Congressional candidates answer questions in unconventional ‘debate’

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The three candidates for the Fourth District Congressional seat U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy is giving up, got together Tuesday evening for a different kind of debate.

Local company Politically Epic, electric car service Hop-In, and radio station WGTK came together to drive the candidates through downtown Greenville and get to know them on a more personal level.

“Political guys getting together and debating have been going on 240 years,” said Chase Michaels of Politically Epic. “It’s never been done like this before.”

Democrat Brandon Brown, Republican William Timmons, and memeber of the American Party Guy Furay rolled down Greenville’s Main Street in an electric car, hopping out to take questions.

Each of the candidates talked a little bit about their politics.

“The big issues I think are the national debt, immigration, healthcare, public trust,” Timmons said.

“It’s making sure people are working, protecting us from tariffs that could take jobs away from BMW,” Brown said.

“Our health insurance and healthcare system is in crisis,” Furay said. “At a national level, Republicans blame the Democrats. Democrats blame the Republicans.”

However, people got to hear a more personal side of the candidates, as well. For example, Furay spoke about binge-watching “The Office” on Nefllix. Brown spoke about cheering on the Carolina Panthers. Timmons talked about proposing to his girlfriend a few months ago.

For spectators and the participants, it was a chance to get to know the candidates not as partisans, but as people.

The election will be held Nov. 6.

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