This past Saturday, January 14, 2012, the College of Charleston and the Department of Communication’s Bully Pulpit Series had the pleasure of welcoming the Fox News program, “Huckabee Forum 2: South Carolina Undecided” to our campus.
The program was taped in front of a live audience from noon to 2:00pm on Saturday in the College’s Sottile Theatre on George Street in downtown Charleston. The forum allowed the campus community to participate in a dialogue with five of the GOP presidential candidates. The program was aimed at undecided voters in hopes of helping them reach a decision before the South Carolina Primary on Saturday January 21, 2012. In attendance were candidates Jon Huntsman, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry and Rick Santorum.
In the days leading up to the show’s taping, undecided voters had the opportunity to submit questions for the candidates to discuss on the show. Questions ranged from how candidates will restore the housing industry to how they plan to reduce the federal deficit. Each candidate was allotted the same amount of time to respond to questions and was allowed a few minutes at the end of the program for their closing remarks.
Audience members responded positively to the candidate’s responses, many undecided voters saying the forum had helped them reach their decision on who they would vote for in the Primary on Saturday.
The Bully Pulpit Series was delighted to work with Fox News on their forum. We are especially appreciative of the volunteer experiences they extended to our students, the spotlight they brought to our campus, and the dialogue they invited our community to participate in.
-Tori Bundy, Social Media Coordinator, The Bully Pulpit Series