On Oct. 30th, Charlie Hale, field director for the Democratic Party in South Carolina, spoke in Randolph Hall. This was the final lecture of the Bully Pulpit Series before the 2012 presidential election. The speech began at 11 a.m. in which Hale addressed a small group of students and faculty about issues both nationally and locally, as well as the importance of voting.
“We can’t afford not to vote,” Hale said.
Hale discussed the major issues that are constantly in the spotlight in light of the election, such as healthcare and education. He affirmed that the government should be involved in vast matters such as healthcare, education, oil and energy independence, but should not be involved in personal matters.
Hale also believes that America has big strides left to take in order to resurge from the economic downturn, and to believe that America is the best country in the world is frighteningly naive.
Hale said, “We have to demand better from our leaders.”
He then switched his focus to local matters where he deemed ethical reform the biggest issue in South Carolina politics.
“It’s troubling that every week we have a ethical scandal in South Carolina,” Hale said. He also explained to the audience how the state must have a healthy and educated workforce to compete with other states.
After the speech, a question and answer session took place.
Department of Communication Chair Beth Goodier, stated that she does not see a lot of passion within students about political matters and she is trying to figure out a way to change this. Hale suggested that Goodier make the political matters personal.
James Smith, an audience member said, “you have to make politics personal. The issues coming up right now are pertinent to our futures and opportunities, so [people] should get involved.”
Hale encouraged students to get involved with the government locally and nationally, excel academically and to create their own opportunities.