Romney stepping up South Carolina presence
May 19th, 2011
11:51 AM ET
3 years ago

Romney stepping up South Carolina presence

(CNN) – He hasn't been spotted in South Carolina since the fall of 2010, but Mitt Romney, the presumptive frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination, is making his campaign debut in the pivotal early primary state this weekend.

The former Massachusetts governor will hold an event in the Columbia area on Saturday to discuss the economy with small business owners, a Romney aide told CNN.

Romney's exploratory committee also announced a new hire Thursday to help steer his campaign in the state: David Raad, who will serve as Romney's senior adviser in South Carolina. It's the first staffing move Romney has made in the state ahead of an expected presidential bid.

Hiring Raad, who has deep South Carolina roots but hasn't been an active player on the state's political scene since doing fieldwork for George W. Bush's 2000 campaign, represents a strategic departure from Romney's last presidential campaign.

In 2008, Romney hired a team of veteran consultants and poured millions of dollars into South Carolina, only to finish fourth in the Republican primary.

Still, Raad has a long political resume and won praise from GOP insiders during the 2010 election cycle as National Field Director for the Republican National Committee.

CORRECTION: The article originally stated Romney hasn't visited South Carolina since the summer of 2010, when he campaigned with Gov. Nikki Haley. He visited the state in October in support of then-House candidate Mick Mulvaney.


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  1. REG in AZ

    The Republican Party is owned and controlled by “big money”, especially by the oil industry and by Wall Street, and over the last eleven years that just couldn’t be more obvious. All their excited talk about ‘conservatism’ and about fighting ‘socialism’ and everything else is just that, talk to cover and disguise their only reason for existence as being ‘puppets’ for those who strongly support them and who ‘pull their strings’. Everything they do benefits the few and is hidden behind the subterfuge given to the majority. To not see that, to not recognize that, to not understand that is an act of stupidity. Their effort is completely unified, with their concentration being stubbornly and arrogantly on their political ambitions, which they are convinced are gained in serving the few who back them with power, money and influence; the people just get the deceptive rhetoric. This isn’t the cry of some crazy it is simply recognizing and accepting the obvious, seen in the consistency they demonstrate and the deception that is always apparent from the results. To not realize this and instead to be manipulated by the con, is to actually be co-responsible for our own duping and abuse.

    May 19, 2011 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Good luck, Governer. You're gonna need it in South Carolina. They have a political history in SC that is rife with unusual stories, rumors of corruption, and just weird stuff. Like that guy last year running for Senator as a Democrat.

    May 19, 2011 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  3. Four and The Door

    Romney's time is arriving. With the issues important to Americans in this election, including the economy, the debt, unemployment, health care, foreign policy and effective management of the federal government, Mitt Romney is stepping up with knowledge, experience and the capability to get things done and make them work.

    Obama's programs and policies were a series of expensive mis-fires until he actually started working with the Republicans sometime just after November last year. After extending the across-the-board tax cuts, unemployment finally started dropping. No surprise, because this was exactly why they were extended and for no other reason. And it worked.

    May 19, 2011 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  4. NJfinest2009

    Showing up now, cause he needs them

    May 19, 2011 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  5. Lynda/Minnesota

    @ Four: "After extending the across-the-board tax cuts, unemployment finally started dropping. No surprise, because this was exactly why they were extended and for no other reason. And it worked."

    Care to explain why those same tax cuts didn't work in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, or 2010? Apparently these same tax cuts were in effect then as well?

    May 19, 2011 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    @Four and The Door who wrote:
    Romney's time is arriving. With the issues important to Americans in this election, including the economy, the debt, unemployment, health care, foreign policy and effective management of the federal government, Mitt Romney is stepping up with knowledge, experience and the capability to get things done and make them work
    -------------–
    I agree with you when you say that his time is arriving. He left companies and MA in debt. Governers, by definition, have no foreign policy experience. You don't manage a government (which means you let others do the work, while you sit back and oversee it like GWB). You lead a government (isn't that what you always ride Obama about?) And if Romney was so good at getting things done, how come is announcement is over and done with by now?

    May 19, 2011 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  7. Debbie

    Hmmm....An elitist. Big money. Mormon....anti-people of color, poor history of treatment of women, magic underware, gold plates, men can reach God-hood... Bringing that to South Carolina is a hoot!

    May 19, 2011 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  8. fayse

    @ four, you are merely repeating the same old talking points of Fox, Limbaugh, Beck, etc. which are in fact, a lot of misleading unfactual "spin". The GOP has one objective and that is to g et back into the White house. They absolutely do not care about the well being of the Middle class not the Country. They will spread their lies, and obstruct the recovery of the economy no matter who it hurts. In the words of Boehner regarding job loses "so be it". They can run but they cannot hide from the truth.
    Obama / Biden 2012

    May 19, 2011 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  9. Newt Gindrich

    Make sure you stop by the Beacon in Spartanburg. One of my favorites!

    May 19, 2011 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  10. Sarah Palin

    Maurice's Piggy Park is better than the Beacon.

    May 19, 2011 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  11. GI Joe

    That's his orange dunce hat sitting in the floor beside him. I WILL NOT VOTE FOR SOMEONE WHO HAS JOSEPH SMITH AS HIS IDOL. NOT NOW, NOT EVER.

    May 19, 2011 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  12. thomas

    Mitt Romany will never be commander and chief !
    For the reason that none of his four sons did and military service.

    We have experienced lacking policy from reactionary Hawks in a pin strip suits.

    May 19, 2011 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  13. LacrosseMom(real one)

    @ GI Joe: Right. And that's the problem with Mitt Romney! He can raise all the money he wants........ but he is not a viable candidate! The Conservative Christians will never........ ever......... repeat......... never........ vote for a Mormon!

    May 19, 2011 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  14. Four and The Door

    Lynda/Minnesota
    Care to explain why those same tax cuts didn't work in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, or 2010? Apparently these same tax cuts were in effect then as well?
    _________________________________________________________________________________________________
    Who's to say they didn't? Taxes of course are only one part of the entire collection of things that make up an economy...resources, logistics, demand, technology, investment, trade agreements and so many other things. I will not say tax cuts are the largest factor in an economy, but certainly tax increases drag an economy down. We were facing tax increases with the Bush Tax Cuts expiring and a Democratic Administration willling to let that happen. Businesses were running lean and had plenty of room to hire, but tax increases were looming in the near future so business owners were wary of making the financial commitments to hire. When the decision came down to extend them, hiring began immediately. Check the data. That's a fact.

    May 19, 2011 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  15. Lynda/Minnesota

    @Four:

    Lynda/Minnesota
    Care to explain why those same tax cuts didn't work in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, or 2010? Apparently these same tax cuts were in effect then as well?
    ___________________

    Who's to say they didn't?
    -------------–

    I cry Uncle. Your comments are beyond logic.

    May 19, 2011 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  16. Once upon a horse

    @ Four and the Door.....

    if you have the tape, and being a conservative I think you may, look st what Ann Coulter said would happen if the GOP selected Mitt Romney. And she is about the MOST conservative out there. Quote Ms. Ann at C-PAC "elect Mitt Romney and we LOSE!"

    May 19, 2011 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  17. Same old, Same old...

    @Four and The Door who wrote:
    Romney's time is arriving. With the issues important to Americans in this election, including the economy, the debt, unemployment, health care, foreign policy and effective management of the federal government, Mitt Romney is stepping up with knowledge, experience and the capability to get things done and make them work
    -----–
    He's just another talking head, with the same failed ideas. He isn't "change". At some point America will wake up, if you want change, true change, look at Ron Paul. He has been called crazy because his ideas are different. Different ideas = CHANGE. Dr. Paul's ideas are right and his time is now, do some research and you will figure that out yourself.

    May 19, 2011 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  18. Four and Four More

    @Four – So, tax cuts had no benifit to job creation in 200 – 2010 due to other economic factors but other factors (like Obama's policies) didn't factor into job creation this year?

    You are delusional and self-righteous, which preceeds metaphorically flying your life into the side of a cliff. Elect a Republican to handle economic matters and we might as well change the name of the country to Jonestown.

    I'll let the election speak for itself.

    May 19, 2011 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  19. gt

    so many reason not to vote for mitt...son not in the miliary ... thats a new one ....

    May 19, 2011 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  20. Four and The Door

    Once upon a horse

    @ Four and the Door.....

    if you have the tape, and being a conservative I think you may, look st what Ann Coulter said would happen if the GOP selected Mitt Romney. And she is about the MOST conservative out there. Quote Ms. Ann at C-PAC "elect Mitt Romney and we LOSE!"
    __________________________________________________________________________________________________
    She's not my favorite commentator. She also has no crystal ball.

    May 19, 2011 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  21. Peggy - TX

    Tax Cuts for the wealthy never helped the enconomy, except for the small market in luxury good. Tax cuts for the lower and middle class quickly help the economy as this money is quickly enters circulation and stimulates demand that increases jobs. Be honest, after Ragan started the war on the Middle class, the Top 2% moved from having 8% of the wealth of the Natiopn to having 25% and that fact, all by it, self contributed more then any other factor to the destabilization of the enconomy. I would have no problem with the very Wealthy paying 25% on income taxes and keeping capital gains low, but now, becasue of the recession, the top income earners need to pay 33% , capital gains should be treated as any other income, Home interest deductions should be limited to one house for the value under 500k, and social services need to be fully funded.

    May 19, 2011 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  22. LMN

    How dare he come to SC now, when he refused to show up to the debate? Did he really think SC will forgive him after he claimed it was bigotry that cost him the last primary? No Mr.Romney what cause you the primaries was Romneyare and your socialist views. Slimming those who see through you as bigots just reveals who YOU really are.

    May 19, 2011 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  23. robert

    You,ll fit in well their,Mr.Romney! They like Gop/Tp folks their "All you need is "To call yourself evangelical, discriminate on Women Health,Medicare,and destroy this countrys Entitlements,and your IN?????

    May 19, 2011 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  24. Max Spencer

    Unfortunately Mitt Romney for so long has dressed like a boss instead of like a leader that he is not likely to escape the taint. Indeed it may not be a taint but a truth.

    May 19, 2011 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  25. LacrosseMom(real one)

    @ Lynda/Minnesota: BRAVO!!! Your comments are great!

    The GOP/Teas will never nominate Romney........ they will put up a sacrificial candidate in 2012....... they know they are going to LOSE!

    YES WE DID........ AND YEAH WE CAN DO IT AGAIN! OBAMA 2012!

    May 19, 2011 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
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