National political icons James Carville and Mary Matalin will visit Myrtle Beach as part of a 7th Congressional District debate sponsored by the Myrtle Beach Area Chambers of Commerce and the Grand Strand Business Alliance.
Carville and Matalin will lead the predebate program at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 17 at Myrtle Beach High School, with a debate between candidates Gloria Tinubu and Tom Rice beginning at 8 p.m..
Carville, best known as The Ragin Cajun, is a best-selling author, actor, producer, talk-show host, speaker and restaurateur. His ticket to fame has been taking underdog candidates to landslide victories.
Matalin is one of the most celebrated and popular conservative voices in America. As an author, television and radio host, and widely sought after political contributor, pundit and public speaker, she is noted for her straightforward manner and insightful political wit. She served under President Ronald Reagan, and also as George H.W. Bushs Campaign director. Matalin acted as assistant to President George W. Bush, and as assistant and counselor to Vice President Dick Cheney
Phone calls to Chamber of Commerce officials seeking comment on how they lured the political pair to the area were not immediately returned.
This is going to be an outstanding opportunity to hear the two candidates for the U.S. 7th Congressional District House seat address issues that are important to the Myrtle Beach area and entire Grand Strand business community, Richard Singleton, chairman of the MBACC board of directors, said in a release. We are excited to offer this free forum to the general public during this critically important election for our area.
The debate will be televised by WMBF and WPDE. Tickets are not required, but seating will be on first come, first serve basis.