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Three of the Democratic presidential candidates gathered in Orangeburg to share a similar message: Limit President Trump to one term.

“The way we’re going to win is we’re going to out-organize them and we are going to show up,” candidate Tom Steyer said.

Sen. Cory Booker, Sen. Kamala Harris and Steyer all appeared at the Betty Henderson Elected Officials Cook-off on Friday evening. The fundraiser for the Orangeburg County Democratic Party was held at the Orangeburg County Fairgrounds.

Steyer, who made his first appearance in Orangeburg, said, “2020 is going to be about telling the truth, getting the biggest turnout in American history, by far, and sweeping these people away from the top of the ticket to the bottom of the ticket.”

Steyer said that the key to defeating Trump lies in a group of voters who are often not discussed.

“I keep hearing that we need to get the 2 percent of people who can’t decide if they like Mr. Trump,” Steyer said. “Why don’t we get the 50 percent of people who don’t vote because they don’t think it’s worth it, who are all Democrats and when we do that we win absolutely everything.”

Sen. Cory Booker, who made his second appearance at the cook-off, reminded those in attendance that America has overcome far greater circumstances.

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“We have the power. We have the strength. We have come this far as a community, over more difficult challenges, over more high mountains,” Booker said.

“This election is not a referendum on one guy in one office. This presidential election is a referendum on who we are and who we are going to be to each other,” Booker said.

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Booker said he’s running to unify Americans.

“We’ve got to rise up to the challenges, we’ve got to make sure we ignite a chorus of conviction again because there is no problem in this country bigger than the people of this nation if we stand together, if we come together, and stand together and work together,” Booker said.

Sen. Kamala Harris, who has made numerous stops in Orangeburg, stated that justice lies within the ballot that will appear during the 2020 election.

“Justice is on the ballot in 2020. Justice is on the ballot in America when the family that owns Walmart makes more in 60 seconds than the average American family makes in a year,” she said.

“Justice is on the ballot when the 60 biggest corporations of America paid no taxes last year,” Harris said. “Justice is on the ballot when the teachers in our public schools have to hold down two and three jobs just to put food on their table and have a roof over their head.”

“Justice is on the ballot when we have a criminal in the White House who has run the most corrupt administration. And basically, he is, as far as I’m concerned, a walking indictment in a red tie,” Harris said.

“I know unified, and with our ability to unify people around our common hopes and dreams, that we will win this election,” Harris stated.

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Bradley Harris is a Government and Sports Reporter. The Irmo, SC native is a 2018 graduate of Claflin University and recipient of the 2018 South Carolina Press Association Collegiate Journalist of the Year Award.

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