Wednesday, December 28, 2011
GOP Primary loser makes third-party effort.
Correction, 10:51 p.m., Dec. 28: This story originally led with South Carolina's sore loser statute and the complications it could present for Gary Johnson's Libertarian nomination. The sore loser statute does not apply to presidential races. Gary Johnson announced Wednesday that he would seek the Libertarian nomination after a failed attempt to spark interest in the GOP Primary. And he stressed a 50-state vision. "Being on the ballot in all 50 states in the general election — I cannot downplay how significant that is at this time in our country's history," Johnson said. Cliff Warner, Johnson's campaign leader in the South, said the GOP has let conservative voters down. "I personally believe there are a lot of people looking for a third …
Saturday, December 17, 2011
Congressman will hold out for Paul town hall, may run out of time.
In thanking his host at a Charleston town hall Saturday, former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney looked to Rep. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) and said, "You've had a few of these, right?" "Seven," Scott noted. "You're seven." All of these forums have been leading up to something — Scott's endorsement. Romney has secured Gov. Nikki Haley's support and Sen. Jim DeMint says he won't be backing any candidate in the primary. That makes Scott's endorsement now most-coveted in the state in the early Jan. 21 voting. Over the summer, Scott had hoped to have these forums done and a choice made by October. Scheduling challenges pushed it to late November. Now, it appears that he'll announces his endorsement in early January or possibly run out of time all together. …
Friday, December 16, 2011
Political activists, watchers responds to the S.C. governor's support of the former Massachusetts governor.
Most candidates are devoting the final weeks before the primaries stumping for votes in hot contests in Iowa and New Hampshire. But former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney will be spending the weekend in South Carolina, taking a victory lap after the prize endorsement from South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley. It was a decision that likely surprised Haley's Tea Party supporters, said Jeri Cabot, adjunct professor of political science at the College of Charleston. Romney's ideology doesn't match with many of the conservative voters that rallied behind Haley against established GOP leaders in the 2010 gubernatorial race. "Romney doesn't have a Palin outlook," said Cabot. That said, Haley's endorsement will have legs, appearing after every reference to …
Drew Sineath says growth and jobs are issues facing Goose Creek and the state.
Every week until the primary, we'll be asking regular voters in Goose Creek and Hanahan about the major issues in our community, South Carolina and the nation. This week, we sat down with Drew Sineath, the owner of the downtown Goose Creek real estate and mortgage firm Drew Sineath and Associates. Sineath says he is a conservative, but he hasn't gotten too deep into the 2012 primary just yet. Sineath says Goose Creek will have to take on challenges associated with growth, while South Carolina struggles with jobs and economic development. Do you want to share your views on the issues facing our community and weigh in on the 2012 primary? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
The State: S.C. native talks with S.C. GOP fell through.
Charleston native Stephen Colbert is back to playfully meddle in South Carolina's political primaries — this time offering big bucks for the naming rights of the GOP Primary and to get a question on the ballot poking fun at GOP primary candidate Mitt Romney. The State is reporting that Colbert met with Republican Party leaders in South Carolina. The state GOP, trying to raise money to pay for the primary, eventually declined to name the primary “The Colbert Nation Super PAC Presidential Primary.” The host of a satirical news program on Comedy Central, Colbert's faux conservative character made a splash in the 2008 primary with his failed attempt to get his name on the South Carolina primary ballot. He's not just stopping with an attempt to…
Monday, December 5, 2011
Patch stops by Northwoods campaign office.
Monday, December 5, 2011
Patch got a quick look at the Newt 2012 campaign office in North Charleston. We stopped in while GOP primary frunt-runner Newt Gingrich was making comments on his 50-state strategy. Here are a few shots from the HQ. If you get a good picture with a candidate or find an interesting photo on the campaign trail, share it on our easy-to-upload tumblr page.
Saturday, December 3, 2011
Candidate is looking to secure some post-New Hampshire momentum.
GOP 2012 primary candidate Jon Huntsman returned to the Lowcountry on Saturday, speaking frankly about his vision for the executive branch and what we should expect from a Congress when he's in office. A former Utah governor and former ambassador to China, Huntsman has focused most of his attention on a good showing in make-or-break New Hampshire. But he has also put together a solid team on the ground in the Palmetto State. The candidate spoke to a crowd of roughly 80 at the Berkeley County Republican breakfast, spending time working his way from one personal chat to another before speaking to the entire audience. Huntsman said he'd tackle a "trust deficit" in Washington, calling on Congress to do its job and institute term limits for …
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Texas first lady a unique advocate on the stump.
Anita Perry sounds like a worried mother when she tells college students that Social Security as we know it won't be around for them. And she approaches the Occupy movement with far more patience than you're likely to find from many Republicans on the stump. They're troubled, Perry said, and they probably don't have jobs or they can't support their families. She pauses, thinking about her answer. "I feel like that was kind of like a Miss America question," she said, laughing with the crowd. Anita Perry finished her Lowcountry campaign tour Tuesday with a visit to Charleston Southern University. She spoke to roughly 75 of the christian school's students, faculty and neighbors about her husband, GOP 2012 Primary candidate and Texas Gov. …
Candidate will visit Berkeley Republican breakfast.
Presidential candidate Jon Huntsman will be a featured speaker at this weekend's Berkeley County Republican Party breakfast. The monthly event at the American Legion Post 166 on Howe Hall Road in Goose Creek has been a popular stop for presidential candidates reaching out to faithful primary voters. A former ambassador to China and former governor of Utah, Huntsman has focused most of his attention on make-or-break New Hampshire. But he has also built a strong team on the ground in South Carolina when it comes time to pivot to the Palmetto State. "He's effective when he gets out and talks about his record," said Tim Callanan, the Berkeley County Republican Party chair. "He's got a tremendous record and a tremendous resume." With the …
Monday, November 28, 2011
Candidate tries to block criticism from opponents.
Newt Gingrich tried Monday to assuage concerns on the right that he was less than hawkish on illegal immigration, laying out a platform nearly as strong as his GOP Presidential Primary opponents. But he continues to support allowing long-time illegals who have put down roots in U.S. communities to stay in the country under a permanent resident status. At a town hall event in Charleston, S.C., with U.S. Rep. Tim Scott, Gingrich first stressed his support for the state's new immigration reform law and requirements that suspected illegal immigrants prove their residency when challenged by police. The policy has been challenged by the U.S. Justice Department, questioning a state's right to create immigration policy. In one of several attacks …