One of the first lines in the GOP gubernatorial debate on Thursday came from Henry McMaster, claiming that, if elected, he would tell the world that “South Carolina is open for business!”

I can not tell you how many times I have heard that line from S.C. politicians since the Boeing announcement late last year, but it’s a good line no matter who has said it before.

After a failed attempt to hang the failings of the state’s unemployment office on state Sen. Vincent Sheheen earlier this week, fellow Democratic gubernatorial candidate Dwight Drake has turned his attention to Republican candidate Grehsam Barrett.

This time, Drake is claiming that Barrett stole a line Drake had used previously about waking up every morning thinking about jobs.

He is so right, I have never heard anyone promise they would wake up and go to sleep every night thinking about helping people.

Oh, wait, I have. Over and over and over.

In 2008, Hillary Clinton said, “I wake up every morning and I think about what I’m going to do today, what kind of a difference I’m going to make in people’s lives.”

John Edwards really liked using the “wake up every morning” line. In one example from 2003, Edwards told a debate crowd that he would “wake up every morning going to work for working people.”

Here’s a link to jobs plans for the two candidates:

Dwight Drake

Gresham Barrett

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