South Carolina party chairs beat vitriol with friendship


Published September 18, 2016 2:15PM (EDT)

FLORENCE, S.C. (AP) — In a year of intense polarization and partisanship — and in a state known for its rough-and-tumble politics — South Carolina's top party leaders are working to cut through the bull.

It doesn't mean dedication for their candidates is any less fervent. But the state's Republican and Democratic chairmen take an amiable approach to helping South Carolina voters figure out how they feel about the issues, not just impress partisan viewpoints upon them. Their public discussions are styled in a plainspoken and rhetorically minimalist way.

GOP Chairman Matt Moore and Democratic counterpart Jaime Harrison have co-taught classes and penned joint op-eds to advocate for issues. They even carpooled to a recent symposium.

The rivals and friends say they often disagree but that their differences don't mean they can't work together.



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