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Mark Sanford, Elizabeth Colbert Busch Declare War on Allegiances

Thousands watched as the only debate between the Republican and Democratic candidate aired Monday.

S.C. First Congressional District candidates came ready for a fight Monday night during the Patch/S.C. Radio Network debate held at The Citadel. 

Watch the full replay of the debate here.

More than 500 people packed the Holliday Alumni Hall as former Gov. Mark Sanford and businesswoman Elizabeth Colbert Busch took the stage for the only debate of the race. . 

Each candidate pushed on the other — Colbert Busch came ready to question Sanford's time as governor when he left the country unannounced, and Sanford came ready to question Colbert Busch on the alleged $1 million she's received from liberal donors. 

See how the crowd reacted to the candidates here.

Colbert Busch hit Sanford with two main zingers of the night. While rebutting on the question of sequestration, she hit hard at the tail end of her comments.

"When we talk about protecting the taxpayers, it doesn't mean you take the money we saved and leave the country for a personal purpose," Colbert Busch said, alluding to Sanford's international and extramarital affair. Sanford subsequently returned taxpayer money to the state. 

Moderator Brendan Clark of Count on 2 News said, "She went there, Gov. Sanford," and threw the comment to Sanford for rebuttal. Sanford said he didn't hear her comment and continued onto policy. 

Colbert Busch's second zinger came during closing remarks when Sanford said "This is a tipping point in civilization," and she shot back "The sky is not falling, Henny Penny." 

Sanford hit Colbert Busch on her own support of his candidacy as governor more than a decade ago, and continued linking her to unions and outside liberals. 

When Colbert Busch questioned Sanford's role as governor in keeping the Charleston Port viable, Sanford said her $500 donation to his campaign during his time as governor proved she approved of the job he did. 

Several times during the debate and in his closing remarks, Sanford said $1 million of campaign contributions to Colbert Busch have come from outside, left-leaning contributors.

"Who's voice will you carry?" he asked, and then hearkened back to his own, proven record of his own fiscally conservative behavior in Washington, D.C., and in Columbia's governor's mansion. 

"I'm an independent business woman and no one tells me what to do," Colbert Busch said a number of times during the debate in response to Sanford's zingers linking her to unions and liberal donors. 

joe May 01, 2013 at 02:55 AM
reg I forgive you for posting today that 'jo jo is making a fraudulent claim' in regards to Sanford addressing the 'deletion' of material on social media accounts by the ECB Campaign in last nights debate.You are obviously aware and informed they couldn't delete all of those tweets/posts -even by deactivating those social media accounts without MANY of those potentially embarrasing(?) tweet/posts being accessed by someone. Watcha think, 'May Suprise'??? :-)
JoSCh May 01, 2013 at 03:30 AM
My name is JoSCh and I'm a Troll Apologist. I have a hobby. I'm an internet troll per the Urban Dictionary Definition # 5: http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=troll One of many unsung internet heroes who are almost entirely misunderstood. Contrary to popular belief, many trolls are actually quite intelligent. Their habitual attacks on forums is usually a result of their awareness of the pretentiousness and excessive self-importance of many forum enthusiasts. As much as people may hate trolls, they are highly effective - their actions bring much of the stupidity of other forum users out into the great wide open. The best advice is to ignore the trolls. Comment sections of blogs like this are where you find the detritus of society. You'll find hatred, political extremism, and willful ignorance abound and it's the job of the troll to stir the pot and show these people the idiocy of their ways. A troll cannot be defeated. Whether subtle, obvious, or downright stupid, the troll will always exist. Your best bet is to ignore troll comments and stop feeding them. Of course, there will always be the one comment that is well-disguised that will invoke a firestorm of replies and that troll will laugh happily. Remember: Trolls do it for the lulz and we're impossible to kill. But if you stop feeding us, we'll move along to a different forum. Or stop trolling if our work is done... but it never is.
JoSCh May 01, 2013 at 03:32 AM
I was asking Bob, Gunny. He apparently vanished when his troll was called.
Ajay Jain May 04, 2013 at 08:17 AM
Watch Colbert and Sanford debate and you can decide who to vote! https://www.youtube.com/watch?...
Brash Brazen May 05, 2013 at 05:01 AM
Mark Sanford's integrity would still be infallible if his girlfriend had been inflatable !!! This of course doesn't mean that he hasn't kept one in the trunk of his car for a quicky between campaign stops,because no one actually knows how low this perverse pariah is capable of stooping ! Maybe inflatable sheep are more to his liking,anything's possible with someone who's lost control of their hedonistic sexual behavior like he has demonstrated ! Someone should also examine that cardboard cutout of Nancy Pelosi that he takes everywhere with him for strategically placed holes & Sanford's DNA ! I understand that thousands of voters have seen him arguing with this inanimate object in public places,so perhaps it's part of some sick & twisted role-playing game he enjoys ! On the other hand the First District would be a safer place for all of us with him in Washington D.C. where he'd fit in nicely with all the other Republicans who pay lip service to the conservative family values crowd !

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