Republicans Gather for Silver Elephant Dinner

Columbia, SC (WLTX) – With less than a week until the June Primary, Republicans from around the state gathered Friday night for their annual Silver Elephant Dinner.

Headlining the event was Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, who many consider being a possible presidential hopeful for the GOP. When we spoke to him, he did not rule out running for president in 2016.

"The honest truth is I am think and praying about what I am doing after being governor, we will make that decision after November," Jindal said. "We need new leadership and the divide is between America and Washington DC and the rest of America outside of Washington DC we see the need for a big change, we need to cut government spending, we need to repeal Obamacare, we need good paying jobs for our families. Unfortunately in DC they tell us they can't do that. They tell us they can't cut spending and they can't balance the budget, two percent growth should not be the new normal."

We also caught up with US Senators Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott.

They spoke about a host of issues, from the problems at the VA hospital, to immigration and reforming the Republican Party to become more accepting of minority voters.

"We need to get immigration off the table. The rhetoric about immigration has hurt the Republican Party. Between the pulpit in the African-American church that talks about social and fiscal conservatism and in the voting booth something happens to republicans, we have a brand problem and I want to fix that," said Graham.

"I hope that my opportunity agenda is something that is transformative because we have an opportunity to pay special attention to the Republican Party and what that means is power in education. Taking a serious look at tax reform but knowing that job skills is the backbone of building a healthy economy. So we are focusing on those issues that we have heard from our folks," said Scott.

The June Primary in our state is next Tuesday. Polls open at 7AM.


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