COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CNN) – Here's a quick look at what's making political news in South Carolina this Thursday morning:
Mitt Romney will give "The Speech" about his Mormon faith at 10:30 a.m. in Texas. And while Romney is in Aggie country, his speech is aimed right at skeptical Christian voters in Iowa and South Carolina. Watch the speech live on CNN.
And speaking of Mormonism, Cyndi Mosteller, co-chair of Fred Thompson's South Carolina steering committee, told the Palmetto Scoop yesterday that the faith is "inconsistent with so many basic Christian doctrines and it’s very unusual to the point that it’s almost unbelievable." Ouch.
Asked if he agreed with Mosteller's comments yesterday while campaigning in Columbia, Thompson tip-toed around the issue: "I don't know, let's what and see what he has to say without prejudging his comments, and if i have any comments to make, it will be made with full information."
An October poll by CNN showed that 50 percent of Americans see Mormons as Christian, while 41 percent do not. 10 percent were unsure.
Thompson was in Columbia Wednesday picking up the endorsement of South Carolina Citizens for Life, which is an affiliate of the National Right to Life Committee, which endorsed Thompson last month.
Thompson said he does not have a hunting license.
And he caught flak from some Confederate flag fans for his comments about the flag at the CNN/YouTube debate.
John Edwards will campaign in South Carolina today, stopping in his hometown of Seneca, then Walhalla, and after that heading down to Charleston, where he will appear with actor and outspoken activist Harry Belafonte.
Oprah/Obama-palooza will move from the Colonial Center to Williams-Brice stadium.
Ron Paul will return to South Carolina on Saturday, speaking at the Peace Center in Greenville.
How jammed up is the early primary calendar? The South Carolina Republican Party has chartered a 737 from New Hampshire the day after the Jan. 8 primary to make sure journalists can be shuttled down here for the Republican debate in Myrtle Beach on Jan. 10. There are 189 seats available.
– CNN South Carolina Producer Peter Hamby