Rep. Jim Clyburn Invites Presidential Candidates To South Carolina For Fish Fry

Pete Buttigieg announces he will not attend to deal with issues in home city of South Bend, Indiana.

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| June 22 2019,

8:04 pm

Senators Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, Bernie Sanders and Kamala Harris are among the 2020 Democratic nominees that will be gathering in South Carolina this Friday and Saturday for Rep. Jim Clyburn's "world famous" fish fry.

A tradition that started in 1992, Rep. Clyburn's fish fry has evolved from a thank you to his congressional campaign volunteers to what is now seen as a must-attend event for those seeking office in South Carolina and nationwide.

The fish fry has given South Carolina voters the opportunity to meet the politicians they will potentially be choosing from in the election cycle, without the $150 price tag of the Democratic Party Convention's Blue Palmetto Dinner. Each candidate will be introduced to the crowd with a pre-selected song of their choosing and given an opportunity to address the thousands projected to be in attendance.

One candidate who has announced that he will not be attending the fish fry is South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who will instead be attending a march in hopes of calming tensions between the local Black community and police in his city after a fatal police shooting.

With the South Carolina primary months away, taking place February 29, 2020, candidates hope that Rep. Clyburn's fish fry will allow them to make an impression on potential voters and boost them as it has for candidates in the past.