Bettendorf, Iowa (CNN) - South Carolina voters received a lengthy fundraising plea from former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney over the weekend, a sign that the Republican presidential candidate is ever-so-slightly upping his efforts in the first southern primary state.
The four-page mail piece, penned under Romney's name and provided to CNN by a Republican in Columbia who received it on Monday, says that "America is desperate for strong focused, fiscally responsible leadership."
"Our economy is struggling," reads the letter, the first mailing from the Romney campaign to hit the state. "And South Carolina has been hit particularly hard by the recession."
"I am humbled by the support I am receiving from all over the country, but in order to run a successful national campaign, I will need to build a strong grassroots campaign team in South Carolina," the mailing reads.
The mailing touches on Romney's record as government of Massachusetts and on the "moral tragedy" of the economy under President Barack Obama, particularly an unemployment rate over 9%.
"Liberals should be ashamed that they and their policies have failed these good and decent Americans!," the letter blares.
Romney made just his sixth campaign visit to the state on Tuesday and has done nothing until now in the way of paid advertising or mail.
But even without a large organizational presence in the state, no candidate has so far emerged as a viable mainstream alternative to Romney, leading Palmetto State GOP insiders to see an opening for Romney in the state - even though the conservative bastion has long been suspicious of him and his record in Massachusetts.
Romney's a flip flopped folks. He supported the bail outs. I wouldn't trust him with anything. Also his biggest supporters are wall street and big banks.
After what we have had to experience/live with for almost 4 years---Romney will be a 500% improvement over the current occupant of the White House.
It is time to put experience, intelligence, and ethics into our White House.
Help to make our economy/country number 1 in the world again..........Support and vote for the person who can make it happen. And, that person is Romney!! Mitt Romney in 2012!!
His first mistake in this little endeavor was actually using snail mail to send it out. Not a very green-thinking guy, is he? Drop it, Mitt, we know why you are really running for president–and hopefully America will not give you the power as a follow up to your money.
If Romney wins the nomination, Obama will be defeated in 2012.
That's where you are wrong. Ann Coulter said, "If Mitt Romney gets the nomination then we (Republicans) will lose and President Obama will be re-elected."
I'll be amused to see what the hard-core Christians in South Carolina really feel about a Mormon as a potential President. The Mormons have been pumping money into national advertising to create the illusion if diversity and develop an acceptance of the religion Evangelicals call a "cult". As South Carolina voters actually look at the Mormon religion and see how poorly compatible it is with fundamental Christianity they'll be quite confused. For me – it's all a cult but any politician running without at least pretending to have religion is hosed from the start.
Sue: Not so fast, women are a very large voting group also – over 50%, which makes them an equal match to independents. It may be close, but he will not be elected president. It's a year away, lots can happen, and President Obama will make many more good decisions to win their votes instead of this department store mannequin.
Whatever Flippity-flop. Keep the propaganda flowing. You'll get some of the sheep to listen. The zealots won't because of your religion and they'll goose-step to one of the others' drivel
@Rudy NYC – Ann Coulter is not a very good source. That comment only qualify as her opinion. Not reality!
I am sorry.......But, Coulter said that months ago--before all of the state/national polls began to surface.
Romney WILL win the nomination, and he WILL win the White House.
Your attack against Romney's religion will not work. Romney is currently in a tie in Iowa, so the Evangelicals ARE supporting and voting for Romney. If I were you-–I would be more worried about whether or not Obama will get the same support in 2012, now that the majority realize that he is a Muslim.
I guess that you do not read all political articles or follow all state/national polls closely..eh??
if you did.......you would realize that women also like/support and plan on voting for Romney.
And, this statement that you made REALLY made me laugh............."President Obama will make many more good decisions to win their votes"
WHAT good decisions has Obama made?? Unemployment and the economy will not miraculously recover in 1 year.
If Romney is the nominee-–Obama WILL be defeated and sent back to Chicago in one year!!!!