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Alvin Greene explains his strategy for victory in South Carolina

Despite being down 37 percent in the polls to Republican South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint six days out from the Election Day, Democratic Senate candidate Alvin Greene remains in high spirits — and is continuing to push his key message: “DeMint started the recession!”

This morning, in a phone conversation with The Daily Caller from his South Carolina home, Alvin Greene explained his strategy for winning the race.

“I am getting around to the fairs around the state — this fair season — and reminding the folks there that DeMint started the recession,” he said. “That’s the bottom line.”

Greene’s campaign manager, Krystel Reid (who is working for Greene pro bono) told TheDC that since the Democratic Party has abandoned Greene, the South Carolina Democrat has had to adopt unconventional methods to get out the vote.

“We are focusing on having direct vocal contact. We are not doing mailers, we are doing phone calls. Our main goal is to talk to people directly,” she said.

According to Greene, people should vote for him because all blame for the recession lies squarely at DeMint’s feet.

“That is a fact because we know things like his support of the Bush tax cut plan — that we have to reverse that — it helped start the recession. Also the mismanagement of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan,” he said. “See, things like that, and record cuts to education, cuts to education. So we just look at how he started the recession, we see that.”

As to the number of people rallying to his side in the face of almost sure defeat, Greene was coy, shifting the conversation to explain that people were understanding his message.

“They know that this is fact, they know they can’t get around it but still I’m saying too it makes no sense to send someone back to Washington to screw things up,” Greene said. “His explanation for it is gridlock, gridlocks. And so I’m telling them, you know we have the gridlock, you know he has to be gridlocked.”

Though Greene is down in the polls and his party has effectively left him with little more than a kick in the teeth, Greene still has some supporters. Krystel Reid, who has been a political consultant for about three years, said that her support stems from her respect for the Constitution.

“The reason I decided to get into politics is because every single person, regardless of their lot or disposition in life, is entitled to basic constitutional rights,” she said. “Some people would argue that he has a pending felony charge, but what ever happened to being innocent until proven guilty? I chose to support Mr. Greene because for me it was a civil liberties issue… he has the constitutional right to run.”