COLUMBIA, S.C. — Our staff was on the ground to interview voters about what South Carolinians think of the contenders in Saturday’s presidential ballot. Here’s what they found:
“I have people in my family who have been hurt and beaten for the right to vote. We have gone through too much to sit on our butts and see what happens. No. Read my lips: Get out to vote.” — Timothy Brown, 29, student worker
Eric Winter, a 66-year-old psychologist, said he was supporting Bernie Sanders and that his most important consideration was “getting Putin’s right-hand man and his wormy sidekick (Vice President Mike Pence) out of the White House.”
Donald Trump is the “worst president in the world. … I want someone to take care of our country.” — Herbert Curtis, 62, a Columbia landscaper, who said he was backing Joe Biden.
Robert Spencer, a 22-year-old college student, voted for Bernie Sanders on his Iowa absentee ballot because his grandfather had been an industrial worker and his brother wants to be an electrician. “Those are good working-class jobs that I believe … Sanders supports, I believe he values.”
Bernie Sanders is “the one who’s put the most progressive platform into the national conversation. He’s the reason we’re talking about a national health care plan.”— Sonam Singh, 46, New York City, a Sanders volunteer in Iowa and New Hampshire.
E.J. Johnson, 31, a civil engineer from Columbia, said Bernie Sanders is “for everybody. You can see that today as far as … you have black, white, gay, straight, little bit of everybody is out here. He really brings people together.”