McMaster, Smith clash on tariffs, guns, selling Santee Cooper – The State

The candidates running to be South Carolina’s next governor found some common ground Friday but clashed when it came to tariffs, selling the state-owned Santee Cooper utility and whether new gun-control laws are needed.

The two major party candidates — Republican S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster and Democratic state Rep. James Smith — answered questions at a Spartanburg forum hosted by the S.C. Economic Developers’ Association.

Asked to say something nice about Smith, McMaster called the Democrat “a good man from a very nice family,” whose military service he respects. But, the Republican added, he and Smith have “stark disagreements” on political issues.

Similarly, Smith said McMaster “is a good man who deeply cares about our state. We just have different views.”

Those differences Include their views on the risks and harm posed to South Carolina’s export-reliant economy by tariffs imposed by the administration of Republican President Donald Trump, a McMaster ally.

McMaster stressed — again — that state and business leaders must be patient and let trade negotiations play out. “Don’t be hasty in too much doom and gloom” over Trump’s tariffs, he advised. McMaster said the president needs time to negotiate favorable international trade deals, noting a recently concluded U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement.

The governor, too, cited success in getting an exemption from Trump’s tariffs for Fairfield County TV maker Element Electronics.

Element made national news in August after it blamed Trump’s tariffs on imported Chinese components, used in its TVs, for its decision to close and lay off 126 workers. However, Element last month told local officials it would keep its Winnsboro plant open after receiving a critical exemption from the latest tariffs.

“We’ve been in contact with the administration on that,” McMaster said. “We have to work and guide and provide facts as much as we can. And

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