South Carolina back in 2016 spotlight
August 25th, 2014
11:50 AM ET
3 weeks ago

South Carolina back in 2016 spotlight

(CNN) - This week, South Carolina gets a piece of the action.

While Iowa, the state that kicks off the presidential caucus and primary calendar, and New Hampshire, which holds the nation's first primary, have seen numerous visits this summer by many of the potential 2016 candidates, things have been quiet in South Carolina.

But that changes on Monday in the state that holds the first southern nominating contest.

Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida headlines a major fundraiser for Rep. Jeff Duncan in Anderson. Duncan's fourth annual Faith and Freedom barbeque is a big draw with many of the Palmetto State's top Republicans expected to attend. This is Rubio's first visit to South Carolina in the 2016 presidential cycle.

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Last year, another potential GOP White House contender, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, was the main attraction at Duncan's "Upstate" event. It was one of two trips Paul made to South Carolina last year.

Paul's also back in the state on Monday, about 120 miles to the east of Rubio. He'll headline a fundraiser in Rock Hill for Mick Mulvaney, another Republican congressman up for re-election this November.

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On Wednesday, Rick Perry pays a visit to South Carolina. The longtime Texas governor, who made a bid for the 2012 Republican nomination and is flirting with another run in 2016, will help raise money in Columbia for the state GOP. The next day Perry will attend the SEC's college football opener, pitting his beloved Texas A&M Aggies vs. the University of South Carolina Gamecocks.

This is Perry's second swing through South Carolina this year. He joined Gov. Nikki Haley, who's up for re-election in November, on the campaign trail in early July.

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This spring South Carolina enjoyed a bunch of visits from potential Republican White House contenders such as Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, as well as two previous GOP presidential candidates who may run again: former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.

But the action moved to Iowa and New Hampshire this summer. This week's trio of visits is putting 2016 spotlight back on South Carolina.

"These are three folks with solid conservative records who should have some built-in appeal in South Carolina. So they all have an opportunity to succeed here. The question is who is going to the best job over the next couple of years in convincing South Carohttp://cnn.it/1nu9Qn8linians they're the best person for the job, and a couple of years is an eternity in presidential politics," longtime South Carolina GOP consultant Joel Sawyer told CNN.

While the state has seen some GOP traffic over the past 18 months, visits by potential Democratic presidential candidates have been more sparse.

Vice President Joe Biden gave the commencement address at the University of South Carolina in May, and last year he keynoted the state Democratic Party’s Jefferson/Jackson dinner and showed up at longtime Democratic Rep. Jim Clyburn's annual fish fry. And early last year, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley spoke at a Democratic Party event in Charleston.


Filed under: 2016 • Marco Rubio • Rand Paul • Rick Perry • South Carolina
soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Gurgyl

    Is this Cuban Fedal Castro for WH bid? Is that that cheap....

    August 25, 2014 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  2. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Did you know that a man was arrested by St Louis County police for aiming a rifle a passing cars on the interstate? Did you know that not a shot was fired at him, and the *white* man was disabled with a taser and taken into custody? How come they didn’t shoot first and ask questions later? Can you name one incident of a black police officer shooting an unarmed white civilian and killing them?

    Same thing happened in MI a few years ago. The guy was shooting at motorists on the Interstate. Guy was apprehended and not a shot fired.

    August 25, 2014 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    It looks like the best part of the Republican race is heating up. Everyone is trying to get a head start on the field on box checking, and crossing the burning sands of the right wing base.

    August 25, 2014 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  4. Al-NY,NY

    watch and enjoy as the freak show begins. who can pander to the zealots the most and earn their support, thus ensuring their defeat in the overall election?

    August 25, 2014 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  5. Tampa Tim

    I just read that in Illinois senate race, Durbin may be running against the Pillsbury Doughboy version of Ted Cruz. Check out Oberweis.

    August 25, 2014 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  6. Tampa Tim

    I don't think Big Sugar has anyone more clueless than Rubio, working for them. Oh wait, Rick Scott and the entire FL GOP, ......never mind.

    August 25, 2014 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  7. CALIFORNIA

    Democrats showing their obvious racism here today.

    August 25, 2014 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    "Faith and Freedom barbeque "

    LOL...gotta love the oxymoron.

    God gave us free will, and the GOP/Teatrolls think they were put on this Earth to use government and "God's word" to take it away.

    August 25, 2014 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  9. Gary

    Kinda reminds me of the guy speaking to the audience of alcoholics and drug addicts. He brings in a slobbering fool as an example.
    Here they are talking about whats rotten and corupt in politics and where do they do it. South Carolina. Great example.

    August 25, 2014 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    CALIFORNIA

    Democrats showing their obvious racism here today.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Where? Examples please?

    August 25, 2014 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  11. realty check please!

    Faith that alleviates your guilt in restricting others freedom, yeah GOP.

    August 25, 2014 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  12. Silence DoGood

    @Sniffit
    "Faith and Freedom barbeque "

    LOL...gotta love the oxymoron.

    God gave us free will, and the GOP/Teatrolls think they were put on this Earth to use government and "God's word" to take it away.
    -------------
    "Faith and Freedom" says it all. You notice the huge assumption that The Faith is Their Faith and the Right Faith.
    I ticked off a right winger the other day by talking about a friend who is a man of Faith and practices his Faith and seems like a good person. The rightie asked which church he went to and I listed the local mosque. He really became upset that I was phrasing Faith in the context of the wrong religion. It is an oxymoron as you say because they don't any freedom outside their faith. God forgive them.

    August 25, 2014 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  13. Klutch Cargo

    Humm,
    Look like democrats on here getting desperate and in not even close to 2016 election. Did you say Rotten Politics? Gosh sorry Lyndon Johnson is dead but nice try. But remember, We have to Pass This Bill to see what's in it! If you like your Health Plan, you can keep your Health Plan, Period. If you make below $200,000.00 your Taxes will not go up one thin dime. Well since nobody make any money, that one safe! And!, You will save $2800.00 on your Health Bill, P.S. You won't have a Health Plan, Obama Care see to that!! But Nanny State save you!!

    August 25, 2014 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    "Faith that alleviates your guilt in restricting others freedom, yeah GOP."

    Faith that provides the justification for restricting others freedom, yeah GOP.

    FIFY

    They feel no guilt about it. They feel self-righteously justified and ENTITLED to impose their faith's beliefs and code and dogma and rules upon the rest of us.

    August 25, 2014 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    "CALIFORNIA

    Democrats showing their obvious racism here today.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Where? Examples please?"
    ===

    Haven't you heard? According to the Teatroll Rosetta Stone, "racist" is the new "n-bomb" and therefore you prove yourself a racist by accusing anyone else of being racist or supporting or enabling racism.

    August 25, 2014 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  16. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Marco Rubio can forget about it. Really can't wait to see Thad Cochran,Kevin McCarthy,Thom Tillis,Sheldon Adelson,Rupert mourdoch,Karl Rove,Lindsey Graham,John McCain,Susan Collins,Hayley Barbour,Grover Norquist and the GOP stuff Jeb Bush down the tea potty's throats EXACTLY like they stuffed Romney down. Straight no chaser. Hillary will drink to that!

    August 25, 2014 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  17. Lolo

    All of the GOP Candidates are counting on the racist votes to win. The first place they run is to the racist south telling lies to win their votes and they fall for it.There is no way on this earth a republican will ever get my vote. They are now trying to change their tune before November gets here. A leopard does not change their spots and the GOP has not changed,period, they have just toned it down because they know that it is a osing strategy for them. See how Romney talked so boldly around his rich friends about the 47 percent, because he thought that no one else would hear about it. Stupid is what stupid does and the GOP still are trying to put the same ols idiots in the White House. I am waiting for Dumb Palin to throw her hat in the ring again, but they are going to deny her, because they definitely know that she is a kook and would never stand a chance against a dog for office.

    August 25, 2014 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |