Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford and Democrat Elizabeth Colbert (KOHL'-buhrt) Busch are sharing the stage for the first time in their race for the state's vacant 1st Congressional District seat.
The two meet Monday evening at The Citadel in a debate sponsored by the Patch news service, the South Carolina Radio Network and Charleston television station WCBD. The event is being cablecast on C-SPAN and being streamed online.
The candidates have two appearances together Tuesday, a Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce event followed by a forum sponsored by the Goose Creek NAACP.
The candidates and Green Party candidate Eugene Platt compete May 7 in a special election to fill the vacant congressional seat once held by U.S. Sen. Tim Scott.