Sanford visits North Augusta on campaign trail

By: Lynnsey Gardner
By: Lynnsey Gardner

November 4, 2006

South Carolina's governor made a stop in opponent Tommy Moore's backyard today.

Mark Sanford rolled through North Augusta this morning for some last minute campaigning, and his visit brought mixed reactions.

Sanford rode in on a big bus filled with family.

"It's fairly festive as you can imagine...that many kids jammed in the back having a good time," he said.

The kids weren't traveling the Palmetto State for a field trip; they were helping family member and South Carolina governor Mark Sanford with some last minute campaigning. This morning, they rolled into North Augusta's Gary's Hamburgers.

Not everyone was excited about the visit.

"This is definitely not Sanford territory far as I'm concerned," said Bill Griffin. "If I needed help Tommy Moore would help me, always has. We're mighty proud and happy for him here and we feel like he's got a chance to be victorious."

But many Sanford supporters believe he also has a chance to be victorious, even here in Aiken County.

"I would love to see him carry Aiken County, Tommy Moore's home county," said Clifford Coleman.

"We're a big supporter of all Republican candidates but especially our governor. We think he's doing a good job," said Frank Maurer.

"We think he's a very good governor," said Donald Geckeler. "He's done a good job. He's a man of his word, I believe."

Gov. Sanford says he's also a man for change in South Carolina.

"The bigger changes in any governorship simply take time, and we've spent a lot of time over the last couple years plowing fields and planting fields, and now we hope to harvest a number of those," he said.

But giving the governor four more years to harvest is not what everyone wants.

"Tommy Moore's done more for me than Sanford has," said one Moore supporter.

And one Sanford supporter says he has a plan if Tommy Moore does win on Tuesday.

"I may move to Georgia...and then if Perdue loses I don't know where I'll move to!"

Tommy Moore also did some campaigning today.

He traveled to Berkley and Waterboro and attended the South Carolina State Homecoming Game and USC game in Columbia.

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