It’s @scdp convention weekend, which’ll be the largest single gathering so far of 2020 hopefuls. Tonight I’ll be at @WhipClyburn’s “World Famous Fish Fry,” a SC Democratic politics mainstay that’s become a popular stop on the road to the White House. https://t.co/zMGTgLUT0R
— Meg Kinnard (@MegKinnardAP) June 21, 2019
The sun is setting in Columbia, SC as hundreds of people line up for fried fish and a chance to hear from the 2020 Democratic field at Rep. Jim Clyburn’s fish fry. pic.twitter.com/oDo2VLVxM8
— Grace Rauh (@gracerauh) June 22, 2019
Warren, Harris, Sanders and Booker clearly have the most fired up supporters outside tonight’s Clyburn Fish Fry. Small showings for Biden and Buttigieg. Others with none at all. pic.twitter.com/KdzZlhU6i2
— Dan Merica (@merica) June 21, 2019
Dan Merica, at CNN:
… It was the first time most of the sprawling Democratic field has appeared together on one stage. Clyburn’s grand gathering was short on private moments — or quiet spaces — as the candidates bounced up against each other as the program stretched late into the Columbia night.
By the time host kicked off the speeches, the fish was out of sight and the beating sun was a memory. As the humidity lingered, thousands of onlookers shuffled toward the stage for the candidates they liked — and away when some of the lesser known hopefuls took their turn…
… The evening began in earnest with representatives from 21 campaigns standing in a backroom, Clyburn presiding, trying to hash out the Democratic Party’s most pressing issue: The speaking order.
Beto O’Rourke, lagging in the polls, emerged at the top of this contest. It was the second random draw a week that began with a lottery that decided how the 20 qualifying candidates would line up, and when, during next week’s hotly anticipated debates…
If there was a clear winner on this night, it was Clyburn. The third-ranking House Democrat’s Fish Fry is a long-running rite of election season, but the turnout — of candidates and voters — seemed to exceed even his most optimistic prediction.
Asked if he’d ever planned for the scenes all around him, Clyburn’s couldn’t hide his delight.
“No!,” he said. “I never thought so. But I always hoped!”…
21 Democratic presidential candidates take the stage with House Minority Whip Jim Clyburn at the conclusion of his World Famous Fish Fry event in Columbia, South Carolina, on Friday. pic.twitter.com/JNmNHDINOl
— Al Drago (@Al_Drago) June 22, 2019
— Jake Webster (@JakeDaveWebster) June 22, 2019
Every candidate gets a t-shirt at the Clyburn Fish Fry and, per some aides, each campaign had to pre-submit their candidate’s size to Clyburn’s team.
— Dan Merica (@merica) June 22, 2019