South Carolina Democratic Party Convention

C-SPAN video

Saturday, June 22, 2019 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center in Columbia, SC.

23 CANDIDATES: Bennet, Biden, Booker, Buttigieg, de Blasio, Delaney, Gabbard, Gillibrand, Harris, Hickenlooper, Inslee, Klobuchar, Messam, Moulton, O'Rourke, Ryan, Sanders, Swalwell, Warren, Wells, Williamson and Yang.

Background: Following on the SCDP's Blue Palmetto Dinner and Jim Clyburn's World Famous Fish Fry the night before, the Convention was the culminating event of South Carolina Democratic Weekend.  SCDP had initially planned to limit live coverage of the Convention exclusively to MSNBC, but this prompted complaints from other networks (1).  Candidates spoke for seven minutes.  Longshot candidates Wayne Messam and Robby Wells were late additions to the speaking program.  After consideration of resolutions took less time than expected, SCDP chairman Trav Robertson made the decision to allow them to speak although their campaigns had not responded to earlier outreach from the party.

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This June, join the South Carolina Democratic Party for a weekend full of special guests and events. This weekend will kick off a thrilling few months leading to South Carolina’s Primary election in February of 2020.

Currently, we have 21 presidential candidates confirmed to visit Columbia this June. This will be the largest gathering of Presidential candidates ever assembled. History will be made in South Carolina this June. You aren’t going to want to miss this!

Senator Michael Bennet
Vice President Joe Biden
Senator Cory Booker
Mayor Pete Buttigieg
Secretary Julián Castro
Congressman John Delaney
Mayor Bill de Blasio
Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
Senator Kamala Harris
Governor John Hickenlooper
Governor Jay Inslee
Senator Amy Klobuchar
Congressman Seth Moulton
Congressman Beto O’Rourke
Congressman Tim Ryan
Senator Bernie Sanders
Congressman Eric Swalwell
Senator Elizabeth Warren
Marianne Williamson
Andrew Yang

Blue Palmetto Dinner
Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center
1101 Lincoln St.
Columbia, SC 29201
Friday, June 21st, 2019
The program is scheduled to begin at 7:00 PM

2019 SCDP State Convention
Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center
1101 Lincoln St.
Columbia, SC 29201

Saturday, June 22, 2019
9:00 AM

Convention Program:

7:15 AM - Yellow Dog Breakfast (USC Alumni Center Patio)

9:00 AM - Chair gavels convention to order

9:00 AM Hour -
— Prayer
— Call to Order and Welcome
— National Anthem
— Pledge of Allegiance
— Remarks by Congressman Jim Clyburn
— Credentials Report (1)
— Report / Vote on Convention Rules
— Treasurer’s Report
— Election of Convention Chair
— Credentials Report (2)
— Nomination of SCDP Chair

10:00 AM Hour -
— Election of SCDP Chair
— Remarks by Congressman Joe Cunningham
— Tribute to Senator Ernest Fritz Hollings
— Remarks by Senator Kamala Harris
— Remarks by DNC Officers

11:00 AM Hour -
— Remarks by Johnnie Cordero
— Remarks by Senator Elizabeth Warren
— Remarks by Mayor Pete Buttigieg
— Remarks by Secretary Julian Castro
— Remarks by Senator Amy Klobuchar
— Remarks by Marianne Williamson

12:00 PM - Adjourn for lunch

12:00 PM - Luncheon (Lexington Room)

12:50 PM - Reconvene

1:00 PM Hour:
— Remarks by Senator Bernie Sanders
— Nomination of SCDP First Vice Chair
— Election of SCDP First Vice Chair
— Remarks by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
— Debate of SCDP rule changes
— Remarks by Andrew Yang
— House Caucus remarks

2:00 PM Hour:
— Remarks by Governor Jay Inslee
— Debate of SCDP Rule changes
— Remarks by Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard
— Nomination of SCDP Second Vice Chair
— Election of SCDP Second Vice Chair
— Remarks by Congressman Eric Swalwell
— Legislative Black Caucus remarks
— Remarks by Governor John Hickenlooper

3:00 PM Hour:
— Debate and vote on SCDP rule changes
— Remarks by Congressman Tim Ryan
— In Memoriam Video
— Remarks by Congressman Seth Moulton
— Senate Caucus remarks
— Remarks by Senator Michael Bennet

4:00 PM Hour:
— Continued cote on SCDP rule changes
— Remarks by Mayor Bill de Blasio
— Nomination of SCDP Third Vice Chair
— Election of SCDP Third Vice Chair
— Remarks by Congressman John Delaney
— Report of PRC and intro / debate of floor resolutions

5:00 PM Hour:
— Remarks by Congressman Beto O’Rourke
— Debate and vote on floor resolutions
— Remarks by Senator Cory Booker
— Continued vote on floor resolutions
— Remarks by Vice President Joe Biden
— Closing Remarks by SCDP Officers

— Benediction

After each candidate speaks, they will be interviewed by MSNBC on their stage in the rear of the hall.  After this, the candidate may choose to go to the designated press avail area.  There will be no scrums in the Convention Hall, or outside of the area designated by SCDP staff inside the Convention Center.  Footage taken outside the convention hall is not under embargo.  Members of the press are free to speak to convention attendees throughout the convention hall, so long as they are not disrupting normal business or interfering with the counting of delegate votes. Please do not enter the delegate or alternate seating areas near the front of the conventional hall.

South Carolina Democratic Party
June 21, 2019


Columbia, SC - Today, South Carolina Democratic Party Chairman Trav Robertson announced an
historic number of reporters who are credentialed to cover the 2019 Dem Weekend featuring the SCDP State Convention to be held on Saturday, June 22, 2019 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.

“We are so excited to welcome over 60 outlets and over 150 credentialed reporters who will have full access to every state party event during the 2019 Dem Weekend.” said SCDP Chairman Trav Robertson.  “Even though we are almost at capacity for the weekend, we have honored every
credentialing request from the media. The officers and I look forward to showcasing the South Carolina Democratic Party and our 2020 Presidential field for what will be the largest gathering of South Carolina Democrats.”

The list of media organizations who have been credentialed representing 155 individual reporters are:

ABC News

AFP news agency

Al Jazeera Media Network


Bloomberg News

BuzzFeed News

CBS News


Colorado Public Radio

Democracy in Action []

Fox Carolina

Fox News

Getty Images

Huffington Post

Los Angeles Times



Media Organization

Myrtle Beach Daily News

National Journal


New Republic

News19 Photographer

Nippon Television


Podmetto Politics


Recursos Estatales


News Pictures

Reuters Television

Rights for All (ACLU)

Roll Call

Rolling Stone

Ruptly News Agency


Showtime’s The Circus

Sky News

South Carolina Public Radio


The Associated Press

The Atlantic

The Community Times Newspaper Group

The Daily Gamecock

The Greenville News/Anderson Independent Mail

The New Yorker

The Post and Courier

The State

The Wall Street

The Washington Post

The Yomiuri Shimbun

Vanity Fair // Snapchat

Vanity Fair's The Hive



Washington Examiner


WCSC - Live 5 News

WIS News



WYFF News 4

Yahoo! News


South Carolina Democratic Party

Here are the events for the week:

Monday, June 17

Aiken County Democratic Women's Club Monthly Meeting 6:30 - 7:30 PM. Activity Room at Friendship Baptist Church, 515 Richland Avenue East, Aiken, SC.

Tuesday, June 18

Tell Them Tuesday 12:00 - 1:00 PM. 130 South Main Street, Greenville, SC. Join us every Tuesday!

York County Precinct Officers Meeting 6:00 - 7:30 PM. York County Democratic Party HQ, 858 Cherry Rd, Rock Hill, SC. All precinct officers are invited to come and receive tips, tools, and training that will help them be more effective precinct officers. This is also a time for asking questions and sharing among each other. For more information, contact  Michele Horne at 8039848371 or

Blythewood Area Democrats (Richland County) 7:00 - 8:00 PM. Sweet Pea's Ice Cream Parlor, 412 McNulty St., Blythewood, SC. Conversation / Get to Know Your Neighbors. Let's talk about listening, canvassing and how to save our country.

Sun City Monthly Meeting (Beaufort County) 6:30 - 8:00 PM. Lakehouse Hall, 1251 Sgt. William Jasper Boulevard, Okatie, SC.

Thursday, June 20

Democratic Women of Horry County Meeting 5:30 - 7:00 PM. Lombardo's Restaurant 7604 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach, SC. For more information, contact Mary Max Neely

Greenville, SC Drinking Liberally Meeting 6:00 - 8:00 PM. Iron Hill Brewery, 741 Haywood Rd., Greenville, SC. We are a nonpartisan left-leaning social group that meets every Thursday from 6:00 to 8ish. For more information, contact Amanda J Garrett at 8648849128 or

Aiken County Democratic Party Monthly Meeting 7:00 - 8:00 PM. Odell Weeks Activity Center, 1700 Whiskey Road, Aiken, SC.

Charleston County Democrats Meeting 6:30 - 8:00 PM. North Charleston City Hall, 2500 City Hall Lane, North Charleston, SC.

Friday, June 21

Our Revolution Reception 4:00 - 7:00 PM. Columbia Marriott, 1200 Hampton St., Columbia, SC 29201 Tickets:

Blue Palmetto Dinner 7:00 PM. Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, 1101 Lincoln St., Columbia, SC 29201. Tickets are currently SOLD OUT. Learn more here:

Jim Clyburn’s World Famous Fish Fry Doors open at 7:30 PM. Coble Plaza, behind EdVenture Children’s Museum,  211 Gervais St. Columbia, SC 29201. This event is free and open to the public, however a digital RSVP is strongly encouraged. Learn more and RSVP here:

Saturday, June 22

Yellow Dog Breakfast 7:15 - 8:15 AM. USC Alumni Center Patio, 900 Senate Circle, Columbia, SC 29201. This breakfast will be exclusively for both new and previous Yellow Dog Democrats. Members of this club make monthly contributions to the state party and receive cool things like our T-Shirts, lapel pins, stickers, and more. Purchase tickets here:

SCDP State Convention 9:00 AM. Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, 1101 Lincoln St., Columbia, SC 29201.

The Annual convention will hold elections for SCDP Officers and feature speeches from 2020 Presidential Candidates. The 2019 SCDP State Convention is a free event. Convention Center seating is on a first-come, first-served basis for guests. Please sign in and pick up credentials at the check-in table in the first floor lobby of the Convention Center. Credentialing begins at 8:00 AM. Learn more here:

Sign up as a guest:

Millennial Voter Meet & Greet (Richland County) 4:00 - 7:00 PM. Truth of Columbia, 1004 Gervais Street, Columbia, SC. The Democratic Black Caucus of South Carolina will host a Millennial Voter Meet and Greet.   This event is being hosted in conjunction with the South Carolina Democratic Party Convention and is designed to create an opportunity for candidates to talk directly with millennial voters. This event is free and open to all members of the public. However, space will be limited and those interested in attending are encouraged to arrive early. For more information regarding this event contact Michael Bailey, Public Relations Officer for the Democratic Black Caucus of South Carolina at 803-238-7121 or

Indivisible Charleston Monthly Meeting (Charleston County) 4:00 - 6:00 PM. Mt. Pleasant Public Library, 1133 Mathis Ferry Rd, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

Blues, Berries, and BBQ Festival 4:00 - 7:00 PM. Harbison State Forest, 5600 Broad River Road, Columbia, SC 29061. More information can be found at