Defecting S.C. senator backs Santorum
January 17th, 2012
01:20 PM ET
2 years ago

Defecting S.C. senator backs Santorum

Mt. Pleasant, SC (CNN) - Aboard the USS Yorktown Tuesday morning, South Carolina State Senator Larry Grooms made his political defection official by announcing his endorsement of Rick Santorum.

"Just a couple of day ago I was still saying Rick Perry should be President of the United States," Grooms told a crowd of reporters. "I endorsed him early and I believe he is a good man. I believe he would make a fine president, but let's face it. It's time for the conservatives of South Carolina to rally around our best choice to have a true conservative as President of the United Sates."

Tune in Thursday at 8 p.m. ET for the CNN/Southern Republican Presidential Debate hosted by John King and follow it on Twitter at #CNNDebate. For real-time coverage of the South Carolina primary, go to CNNPolitics.com and on the CNN apps for iPhone, iPad, Android or other phones.
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Filed under: 2012 • Rick Perry • Rick Santorum
Santorum tough on Romney aboard USS Yorktown
January 17th, 2012
11:01 AM ET
2 years ago

Santorum tough on Romney aboard USS Yorktown

Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina (CNN) – At a press conference aboard the USS Yorktown here this morning, Rick Santorum found himself at a loss for words when asked about Mitt Romney's consistent defense of a super PAC ad criticizing Santorum's support of voting rights for former-felons.

"If Mitt Romney believes that an ad that says that I voted to allow felons to vote by showing someone in a prison uniform which gives the clear impression that it means people serving in prison should be able to vote –and he says that is accurate– that is, I, I, I am stunned," Santorum said, visibly upset at Romney's continued defense of the ad. "I am actually stunned."

Tune in Thursday at 8 p.m. ET for the CNN/Southern Republican Presidential Debate hosted by John King and follow it on Twitter at #CNNDebate. For real-time coverage of the South Carolina primary, go to CNNPolitics.com and on the CNN apps for iPhone, iPad, Android or other phones.

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Filed under: 2012 • Rick Santorum • South Carolina
Perry on Huntsman and his daughters
January 16th, 2012
04:39 PM ET
2 years ago

Perry on Huntsman and his daughters

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (CNN) – During a town hall here this morning sponsored by the website CafeMom, Rick Perry reacted to GOP rival Jon Huntsman's decision to suspend his presidential campaign and endorse Mitt Romney.

"Well I was hoping that I'd get the Huntsman girls [endorsement]," the Texas governor joked, referencing Huntsman's daughters who had been actively campaigning for their father on various social media websites. "We love the Huntsman girls. Our kids get along well and Mary Kaye [Huntsman] and Anita are best friends. Jon's a dear friend too."

Tune in Thursday at 8 p.m. ET for the CNN/Southern Republican Presidential Debate hosted by John King and follow it on Twitter at #CNNDebate. For real-time coverage of the South Carolina primary, go to CNNPolitics.com and on the CNN apps for iPhone, iPad, Android or other phones.
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Filed under: 2012 • Jon Huntsman • Rick Perry
Tim Scott, the ultimate undecided voter
January 14th, 2012
01:47 PM ET
2 years ago

Tim Scott, the ultimate undecided voter

Charleston, South Carolina (CNN) - Just one hour before heading into the Sottile Theater at the College of Charleston to host a presidential forum for South Carolina voters, Republican Congressman Tim Scott told reporters that he still hasn’t decided who he’s going to vote for –let alone who he might endorse.

“My goal is really not to figure out Romney versus the anti-Romney, which is what’s shaping up,” Scott said, before laying four specific qualities – character, competency, values and faith – that will ultimately shape his decision. “Those four qualities, I’m going to sit down and create a little matrix for myself and come to a decision in the next few days.”
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Filed under: 2012 • South Carolina • Tim Scott
Santorum begins S.C. push by contrasting with Obama
January 13th, 2012
12:22 AM ET
2 years ago

Santorum begins S.C. push by contrasting with Obama

Charleston, South Carolina (CNN) - Rick Santorum aimed to make good on his promise to work harder than any other candidate in the Republican race, trekking to four stops in southeastern South Carolina on Thursday where many communities are isolated on islands or cut off by ocean inlets.

It was Santorum's first full day of campaigning since finishing near the bottom in the New Hampshire primary earlier this week.
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Filed under: 2012 • Rick Santorum • South Carolina
Santorum warns voters of scary rhetoric
January 12th, 2012
01:22 AM ET
2 years ago

Santorum warns voters of scary rhetoric

Springdale, South Carolina (CNN) – During a question and answer session here Wednesday evening, Rick Santorum was forced to be more candid than usual about Mitt Romney's chances in a general election.

After calling Romney the "establishment" candidate in his opening remarks and comparing him to Bob Dole and John McCain - two candidates who won South Carolina but lost the general election - Santorum was asked at the end of the event to be a bit more specific about the differences between himself and his competitors.

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Filed under: 2012 • Rick Santorum • South Carolina
Santorum takes on Perry and Romney
January 11th, 2012
05:07 PM ET
2 years ago

Santorum takes on Perry and Romney

Ridgeway, South Carolina (CNN) - Rick Santorum dismissed GOP rival Rick Perry's claim that as a governor, he's the only true outsider in the race, following a crowded town hall here Wednesday.

"Rick Perry requested 1,200 earmarks as governor of Texas, and Rick Perry's been in politics in Texas for 25 years, so he's been in public life more than anyone else running for president," Santorum told a group of reporters on his way out of Yesteryears Restaurant.
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Rick Perry • Rick Santorum
Obama campaign hopes to capture buzz in energized New Hampshire
January 9th, 2012
09:56 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama campaign hopes to capture buzz in energized New Hampshire

Chicago (CNN) - While the political world is focused on the Republican primary in New Hampshire on Tuesday, President Barack Obama's re-election campaign is also getting out the vote, quietly testing its organization in what promises to be a key swing state in November.

Just like in Iowa last week, Obama for America plans to use Tuesday as a kind of trial run, a chance to test the strength of the campaign's existing volunteer base and recruit new supporters who might be energized by the state's political mood.

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Filed under: 2012 • New Hampshire • President Obama
Perry moving staff to Iowa
December 16th, 2011
05:53 AM ET
2 years ago

Perry moving staff to Iowa

Sioux City, Iowa (CNN) – Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s presidential campaign will increase its Iowa staff in the coming weeks, according to a senior campaign adviser, who told CNN the new staffers would be coming from their Florida, South Carolina and Texas offices.

Rather than a major strategic decision, the adviser portrayed the move as a way to satisfy eager staffers who specifically asked what more could be done in the run up to the Iowa caucuses.
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Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Rick Perry
Perry hits the road
December 14th, 2011
12:07 PM ET
2 years ago

Perry hits the road

Neola, Iowa (CNN) - Welcome to the first day of Gov. Rick Perry's Iowa bus tour. With three stops across the Western part of the state Wednesday beginning with a town hall meeting in Council Bluffs, Perry kicks off a three-week trip around the Hawkeye State that will go right up until the caucuses on January 3.

While the campaign has yet to announce all of the stops, there are currently 47 events on the governor's schedule, including a mix of rallies, meet-and-greets, walks down Main Streets, lunches, fundraisers and even a few church visits.
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Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Rick Perry
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