Manning, S.C. In his first campaign appearance, South Carolina’s surprising U.S. Senate candidate Alvin Greene avoided any major gaffes Sunday as he hit his three major themes of jobs, education and justice.
The speech started with a joke and ended with Greene timidly waving, a shy smile across his face as he got a standing ovation before a friendly audience in his hometown of Manning.
Greene’s 6 1/2 minute speech at the local NAACP’s monthly meeting was mostly serious. Left out was any mention of his suggestion earlier this month that creating a line of action figures modeled after him could give South Carolinians jobs. In their place came platitudes familiar to anyone who has heard a stump speech.
“Let’s get South Carolina and America back to work and let’s move South Carolina forward,” said Greene, one of about a dozen lines that got applause from the several hundred folks crammed into a sweltering junior high gymnasium.
Greene took no questions from the audience and hustled past a group of reporters on his way out of the building without stopping to talk.