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“The problem is people have lost the art of talking to each other. They have lost the art of debate,” he said.
He said he would push for a commonsense approach, telling each agency to trim its budgets by a certain percentage. That, he says, is exactly what a business or a family would do during hard times.
With Turner, what you see is what you get, said Hacker Burr, the head of Charleston Collegiate, from which Turner is on sabbatical.
“He’s not afraid to engage political issues,” Burr said. “He wears his heart on his sleeve so it was not a surprise to me that he would want to jump in and see if he could effect real change on a bigger scale.”
Scott Buchanan, the executive director of The Citadel Symposium on Southern Politics, said being an outsider may not work in Turner’s favor in the GOP primary.
“Once people make the association with his father, he has some name recognition. But one obstacle he has is he has not held office before and primary voters generally look to names they are familiar with and (who) have had some political experience,” he said.
Buchanan said he sees little evidence that likely GOP primary voters are willing to be accommodating across the aisle. He gives the early edge to three state legislators in the race, as well as to Sanford.
Turner said his dad is supportive of his congressional bid but that he doesn’t expect him to see him on the campaign trail.
“I think politically we are dissimilar enough that I’m not sure it would benefit me,” Turner said, adding, “He knows our goals are the same. We want a better planet. We want a better country.”
Ted Turner did not immediately respond to a message from the AP seeking comment on his son’s candidacy.
The younger Turner is not a total stranger to South Carolina’s political world.
Turner said not being a politician may be an advantage for his campaign, which began airing its first television ads last weekend.
“What I get asked more often is, `Why would I want to be one of them?’” Turner asked. “I say we can sit on the sidelines and watch the game go on or get out there and put on your pads and hope you don’t get killed.”
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