December 6th, 2007
08:28 AM ET
15 years ago

South Carolina Thursday news roundup

COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CNN) - Here's a quick look at what's making political news in South Carolina this Thursday morning:

Mitt Romney will give "The Speech" about his Mormon faith at 10:30 a.m. in Texas. And while Romney is in Aggie country, his speech is aimed right at skeptical Christian voters in Iowa and South Carolina. Watch the speech live on CNN.

And speaking of Mormonism, Cyndi Mosteller, co-chair of Fred Thompson's South Carolina steering committee, told the Palmetto Scoop yesterday that the faith is "inconsistent with so many basic Christian doctrines and it’s very unusual to the point that it’s almost unbelievable." Ouch.

Asked if he agreed with Mosteller's comments yesterday while campaigning in Columbia, Thompson tip-toed around the issue: "I don't know, let's what and see what he has to say without prejudging his comments, and if i have any comments to make, it will be made with full information."

An October poll by CNN showed that 50 percent of Americans see Mormons as Christian, while 41 percent do not. 10 percent were unsure.

Thompson was in Columbia Wednesday picking up the endorsement of South Carolina Citizens for Life, which is an affiliate of the National Right to Life Committee, which endorsed Thompson last month.

Thompson said he does not have a hunting license.

And he caught flak from some Confederate flag fans for his comments about the flag at the CNN/YouTube debate.

John Edwards will campaign in South Carolina today, stopping in his hometown of Seneca, then Walhalla, and after that heading down to Charleston, where he will appear with actor and outspoken activist Harry Belafonte.

Oprah/Obama-palooza will move from the Colonial Center to Williams-Brice stadium.

Ron Paul will return to South Carolina on Saturday, speaking at the Peace Center in Greenville.

How jammed up is the early primary calendar? The South Carolina Republican Party has chartered a 737 from New Hampshire the day after the Jan. 8 primary to make sure journalists can be shuttled down here for the Republican debate in Myrtle Beach on Jan. 10. There are 189 seats available.

- CNN South Carolina Producer Peter Hamby

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soundoff (2 Responses)
  1. La'Kitgum, NH

    Hillary just addressed the Mortgage crisis facing America. Excellent. Thanks Hillary for talking issues that matter to America wearing your own skirt unlike Obama who is hiding under Oprah's skirt. Talking issues that matter is the reason Clinton will be elected. Hillary cares more about America than simply winning.

    Democrats will regret the next 4 years if they elect Obama to stand against Guliani or Romney. These 2 Republicans have resumes that only Clinton's and all other Democratic candidates except Obama's can withstand. Guiliani and Romney will will hit Obama with a type of experience that he will not resist.

    Some Democrats simply want to see Obama beat Clinton for the wrong reasons. But let them wait for an Obama slap by Guliani or Romney. Republican know they can get back the Whitehouse if any of the 2 candidates stood against Obama because Obama has nothing to show for experience which will be the cornerstone of Republican assault. Then Democrats will be biting their fingers having first thought the next Prez would be Democrat by hook or crook after the Bush debacles.

    December 6, 2007 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  2. Bot, Cambridge, Mass.

    The Church of Jesus Christ (LDS) is often accused by Evangelical pastors of not believing in Christ and, therefore, not being a Christian religion. This article helps to clarify such misconceptions by examining early Christianity's comprehension of baptism, the Godhead, the deity of Jesus Christ and His Atonement.

    The Church of Jesus Christ (LDS) adheres more closely to First Century Christianity and the original New Testament than any other denomination. Harper’s Bible Dictionary entry on the Trinity says “the formal doctrine of the Trinity as it was defined by the great church councils of the fourth and fifth centuries is not to be found in the New Testament.” The Church believes in the New Testament, not the man-made Creeds.

    Perhaps the reason the pastors denigrate the Church of Jesus Christ (LDS) is to protect their flock (and their livelihood).

    December 6, 2007 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |