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Alvin Greene says he doesn’t regret running for Senate despite Democrats’ request for his withdrawal from race

Alex Pappas Political Reporter

Alvin Greene says he doesn’t regret running for the Senate.

During two short phone interviews with The Daily Caller, the surprise Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate in South Carolina — who has been asked to withdraw from the race by the state Democratic Party — said he’s still glad he made a run for the seat, despite all the negative attention directed at him.

Greene has been overwhelmed by media coverage since he won the nomination to run against Republican Sen. Jim DeMint. Greene, who is black, didn’t campaign or spend any money on the race. He defeated former state legislator Vic Rawls, who is white.

He’s set to face DeMint in November.

The Democratic Party there has called for Greene to step down as the nominee after it was revealed that Greene is facing a pending felony charge for allegedly showing pornography to a college student.

He’s an unemployed veteran, who has claimed in some media accounts that he paid for his $10,400 filing fee with money saved up from that job. Some — including Democratic Rep. Jim Clyburn, who has suggested that Greene may be a plant meant to wreak havoc on the race — are doubtful.

Asked by The Daily Caller where the money came from, Greene hung up. When called back, Greene briefly listed several issues he said he feels strongly for, like “getting South Carolina back to work.” He did not elaborate, when pressed.

The Daily Caller also attempted to quiz him on several other questions — like how he feels on the country’s foreign policy with North Korea and Iran — but Greene chose not to answer.

“I’m very busy right now, I have to go,” he said.

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