In his first campaign appearance, South Carolina's surprising U.S. Senate candidate Alvin Greene made his first public speech, in which he tackled education, jobs and justice. He started off with a joke and moved into those issues quite quickly, rattling off statistics. In the 6 1/2-minute speech given at the local NAACP's monthly meeting, Greene urged parents to become more involved in their children's education. He also argued that the state should bring more jobs to South Carolina and tighten up the evacuation routes, and called for giving first-time offenders a chance to do community service and pay a fine to have their records wiped clean. This last suggestion may apply to him, since he is currently facing a felony charge of showing obscene Internet photos to a University of South Carolina student. Greene received a standing ovation from the hometown crowd at the conclusion of his speech.
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