(CNN) – After a last place finish in New Hampshire, a state Texas Gov. Rick Perry didn’t compete in, the candidate vowed that his campaign’s focus on South Carolina would pay off with a strong finish.
Speaking to CNN’s Piers Morgan early on Wednesday, Perry didn’t fret the latest CNN/ORC International/Time poll that shows him finishing behind four other candidates in the Palmetto state.
“The fact is that there's a lot going to happen in the next two weeks in South Carolina. People are now just starting to focus on this,” Perry said.
“South Carolina is a place where campaigns are going to be made or broken. They pick the president,” continued Perry. “South Carolinians are looking for a conservative candidate that will get this country back working again and I am it.”
Perry also continued what has become a chorus of attacks on Mitt Romney’s time at the private equity firm Bain Capital.
Many of Romney’s rivals have called into questions the companies specialized, rough-and-tumble brand of investment where, at times, firms that Bain invested in laid people off.
“There is a real difference between a venture capitalist and a vulture capitalist,” Perry said. “Venture capitalists are good… Bain Capital, on the other hand, it appears to me, were vulture capitalist all too often.”
After a disappointing fifth place finish in Iowa, Perry opted to forgo New Hampshire and head straight to South Carolina, a state that was better suited for the governor’s social conservative platform.
The South Carolina primary will be held on January 21. And even with Romney’s strong New Hampshire finish, all other contenders will join Perry in the state.
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