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The 2016 Presidential Primary Season is well underway, which has resulted in a lot of attention to the state of South Carolina. The political flurry all started last month when Charleston hosted two huge national debates: the GOP debate followed by the Democratic debate just days later. Since then, presidential candidates have been in and out of the Charleston area - and the rest of the state -trying to sway undecided voters as the South Carolina Primary steadily approaches.

This Saturday, February 20, is the Republican South Carolina primary and has the candidates rallying all across the state, slinging mud left and right. As the clock winds down on the Palmetto State, there is increasing pressure on Senator Marco Rubio as tries to take his first primary election. His competition coming from GOP opponents that have both won a major primary: Cruz taking the Iowa Caucus, and Trump recently stealing New Hampshire, leaving Senator Rubio scrambling behind in third place. 

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Recent news surrounding the stiff GOP competition has highlighted the mudslinging between Senators Rubio and Cruz. Most recently, Rubio launched an attack against the Texas Senator claiming that has been lying about his stances on illegal immigration, planned parenthood, same-sex marriage and several of his campaign tactics. "On this campaign, he is saying things that are not true, and he's saying it repeatedly, and he knows they're not true," Rubio exclaimed to CNN’s Dana Bash on State of the Union. "There's no other way to describe that -- it's a lie. When you say something that's not true, it's called a lie. That's the definition of it," Rubio continued. The two senators have clashed as tension has mounted in the midst of our search for the next president

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Senator Cruz responded to Rubio’s claims with a very bleak remark, "We are not in grade school where you just get to say, 'liar liar pants on fire' and not respond to the substance." Donald Trump, who is doing better in the polls then most would have assumed, also chimed in on Cruz being a “liar” -- often referring to him as a “basket case” and “unstable”. Trump has recently stated publicly that he has been thinking about filing a lawsuit against Cruz arguing that he is not a U.S born citizen, and therefore, has no legal right to run for President of the United States. Cruz is a natural-born Canadian. It seems like Senator Cruz is having mud thrown on him from every angle of the GOP stage, which makes it even more exciting to announce that this Friday, February 19 at 12:30 p.m. we are welcoming Senator Ted Cruz to our campus for a Presidential Rally at Sottile Theatre. It will be very interesting to hear what Senator Cruz has to say to our low country community about the allegations made against him in recent headlines, and to see where he actually stands on topics including illegal immigration, planned parenthood and same-sex marriage.

Regardless of what happens on First-in-the-South Primary Election Day this Saturday, the mud will surely continue to fly as the GOP leaves South Carolina and heads to Nevada.

Written by: Julia Hollings

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