In some parts of the country, Libertarian Party candidates have been struggling to appear on the ballot and to be invited to the debates. But that's not true for South Carolina where Steve French, Libertarian Party candidate for South Carolina governor, announced that he will be participating in both political debates sponsored by local media.

French told's Joshua Cook, "It took a month of backroom maneuvering to get into the debates so it wasn't easy."

On Oct. 21, four of the five candidates will spar in the second debate in the Upstate. According to The Post and Courier, Democrat Vincent Sheheen had a potential schedule conflict.

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Governor Nikki Haley, independent Tom Ervin and United Citizens Party candidate Morgan Bruce Reeves all agreed to take part.

Libertarian candidate Steve French appears to be reaching out to fiscal conservatives who are frustrated with the Republican Party.

"Republicans have been in charge in South Carolina for 20 years. We still have the 12th highest income tax in the country, very few options for school choice, and possibly the least transparent state in the country," said French via Facebook.

French asked, "Why would any fiscal conservative vote Republican in SC?"

The debate is a huge win for the Libertarian Party, especially in light of other candidates who struggle to be included in debates in other state races.


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