The small gathering of Occupy Myrtle Beach, brandishing signs and chanting slogans, was joined by several Ron Paul supporters, exchanging talks about corruption in government and the presidential primary process.
Occupy Myrtle Beach expects groups from Charleston, Columbia and New York City to gather prior and during the debate.
"We're making sure they see us and possibly hear us," Occupier Mike McParland said. "This is a gift that they have given us by coming here — they came to us! They came to us! It's like going hunting and the bear came to us."
Brandon Thompson was one of the Ron Paul supporters who joined the Occupiers in the street near the convention center.
"Everybody has a voice," Thompson said. "Ron Paul, he appreciates that I believe."