U.S. House candidate campaigns in Barnwell

Eddie McCain, who is running against Rep. Joe Wilson in the June Republican Primary, visited Barnwell last week, including eating breakfast at Huddle House.

Eddie McCain, who is running against Rep. Joe Wilson in the June Republican Primary, visited Barnwell last week, including eating breakfast at Huddle House.

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Jonathan Vickery - Staff Writer

The man hoping to unseat U.S. Rep Joe Wilson in June's Republican primary stopped by Barnwell last week.
After spending the night at the Carolina Lodge, Eddie McCain, a retired Army sergeant first class from Batesburg-Leesville, spent April 17 meeting with business owners and residents. This was his first campaign visit to the county.
It's those business owners who motivate him to run for Congress to eliminate big bank bailouts, federal healthcare mandates, and federal education mandates that he said hurts small businesses and jobs.
"I believe career politicians have ruined this country," said McCain.
That's why, if chosen June 10 as the Republican nominee and elected in November, he said he would only seek three terms - or six years. This is outlined in a contract he has written to the citizens of the state, which includes introducing legislation to set term limits for legislators.
McCain said he would also not accept congressional retirement, which lawmakers are eligible for after five years, and would work to eliminate the congressional pension system altogether. He had to serve 20 years before being eligible for pension through the Army.
While he may not have the deep pockets as some politicians do, McCain said "I am not afraid of hard work."
McCain and his wife of 29 years, Sharon, have two adult sons.