Alvin Greene Hits The Campaign Trail

America’s most unlikely Senate candidate made his first campaign appearance yesterday:

South Carolina Democratic Senatorial candidate Alvin Greene urged voters Sunday to “get South Carolina and America back to work” in his first major public speech since surprising the political world last month by capturing his party’s nomination.

“My campaign is about … moving South Carolina and America forward,” the 32-year-old Greene told a friendly audience in his hometown of Manning during a brief, halting speech that at times jumped from one topic to the next.

The speech, given at a meeting of the local chapter of the NAACP, was voters’ first glimpse of Greene’s campaign vision as he mounts an unlikely challenge against Republican incumbent Sen. Jim DeMint.

“South Carolina and America cannot afford six more years of my opponent,” Greene said of DeMint. “We cannot let my opponent keep this country hostage.”

And here’s Alvin Greene on the issues:

“Now is the time to implement alternative forms of energy such as solar, wind and methane,” he said of his energy platform. “These efforts will create green jobs and save Americans money. For example, Americans can save money on their electric bill and at the gasoline pump.”

Of education, he said: “We need better education for our children. Parents need to take a more active part in their child’s education — especially parents of under-performing students. … Instead of doing less for education, we ought to be doing more.”

And then, there’s this:

“Tourism is the leading industry in South Carolina, and most people that travel to South Carolina get here by vehicle.

As opposed to, what, the walking tour ?

It will be fun to watch this guy.

Anyway here’s a CNN report on the speech:

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