As one of the first presidential primary states in the nation — and the first in the
South — the Palmetto State has historically played a pivotal role in deciding candidates’
fortunes. That’s why the University of South Carolina, the state's flagship university,
is a critical stop for many presidential hopefuls. Whether on campus to give a stump
speech to students or to participate in a debate or town hall, candidates from across
the political spectrum have visited our university — from Donald Trump to Barack Obama.
As the 2020 presidential election draws near, we're keeping a list of who comes through
this season. Check back regularly for updates.
Bernie Sanders, a senator from Vermont, spoke on Dec. 1 in the Russell House ballroom
during an "eat and greet" event. The senator gave a speech and answered questions
from students in the audience. At the time of the event, he was among the frontrunners
in the Democratic candidate race.
Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Indiana, appeared on the Russell House Patio
as a continuation of the College Democrats' presidential candidate town hall series.
Buttigieg gave a short talk and answered questions submitted by the crowd and moderated
by UofSC student Lyric Swinton.
Presidential candidate Julián Castro spoke to an audience in the Russell House Ballroom.
Castro appeared as part of the College Democrats' presidential candidate town hall
series, and was the only candidate of the three that visited campus on Sept. 15 who
qualified for the televised debate on Thursday, Sept. 12.
New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio spoke to an audience in the Russell House Ballroom
as another installment in the College Democrats' presidential candidate town hall
series. DeBlasio spoke and answered questions from students and members of the general
As part of the College Democrats' presidential candidate town hall series, Robby
Wells hosted a roundtable event in the Russell House SEC Room. Wells, who is also
a South Carolina alumnus, sat and answered questions with students.
During an event hosted by the UofSC College Democrats, presidential candidate Beto
O'Rourke addressed a crowd of students and community members on the Russell House
patio. O'Rourke first spoke to the student organization inside the Russell House,
and then he moved outside to give a brief speech and answer questions from the crowd.
Take a look back at some of the past visits from presidents and presidential candidates