Politics & Government

Sanford, Moore include Rock Hill on statewide tours

Gov. Mark Sanford and challenger Tommy Moore did some last-minute campaigning in Rock Hill on Friday but avoided direct attacks on each other in a pair of morning appearances.

Sanford, the Republican seeking a second term, was among several GOP lawmakers and candidates to speak at a rally in the parking lot of Carolina Energy Solutions on Mount Gallant Road.

An hour earlier at the Rock Hill/York County Airport, Moore and his campaign staff stepped off a small airplane and were greeted by U.S. Rep. John Spratt, D-S.C., state Rep. Herb Kirsh, D-Clover, and about 20 supporters.

Polls show Moore, a state senator from Aiken County, trailing Sanford. The gap has led to criticism that Moore didn't campaign hard enough in the weeks after winning a three-way primary.

"When they said we weren't working, I wish they would've been in the car with me," Moore said during the stop. "I understand someone said something about a vacation. That may have been someone uninformed in (my) office."

Moore added the real reason he had to take time off from the campaign trail was health -- he had a kidney stone operation, and his wife needed tests at the Medical University of South Carolina.

Sanford sought to frame Tuesday's election in terms of continuing the reforms made during the past four years in areas such as education and spending. Moore says Sanford has proven ineffective at reaching compromises with the state Legislature and is set on a school vouchers plan that will weaken public education.