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Mark Sanford and Curtis Bostic debate for the U.S. District 1 GOP nomination

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"Consider this your job interview," David Webb, the debate moderator, said to the candidates as they took to the stage in Porter Gaud auditorium Thursday.

With just a few days left before the run-off election, they are moving forward in their fight for the job.

"If you look at my track record in trying to do something about just that, I think that you'll find somebody who will fight on behalf of your interest," said former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford.

"I'm asking for a new, fresh opportunity," former Charleston County Councilman Curtis Bostic said. "Somebody with news ideas, a fresh face, a relationship builder, to go to Washington."

During Thursday's S.C. GOP debate, Sanford and Bostic spoke on their strengths and weaknesses.

"The events of 2009 absolutely represent a failure on my part for which there were and always will be at some level consequences," said Sanford. "But that does not mean because you've had a failure in your personal life, that you cannot step back into life again."

"A compromised candidate is not what we need," added Bostic. "It's just not what we need. We need to secure this seat. It needs to be red."

The candidates shared their thoughts on the deepening of state ports and earmarks, debt, jobs and the economy, a debate which for the most part, remained amicable.

Sanford repeatedly referred to his time as governor, while Bostic touted his time in the U.S. Marine Corps. They had opposing views on many issues.

"I think you gotta deal with the big rocks, if you wanna call it that, and the big rocks are entitlement spending," explained Sanford.

"You gotta focus on all the rocks, big rocks and small rocks," Bostic said.

But when it comes to one question -- how they plan to beat Democratic-nominee Elizabeth Colbert Busch -- they agree.

"I think given the complexion of this district, whether it's you or me, the Republican's gonna win this I believe based on issues," said Sanford.

The winner of the run-off election on Tuesday, April 2 will face Colbert Busch in a special election on May 7.

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