Romney stepping up South Carolina presence
May 19th, 2011
11:51 AM ET
10 years ago

Romney stepping up South Carolina presence

(CNN) - He hasn't been spotted in South Carolina since the fall of 2010, but Mitt Romney, the presumptive frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination, is making his campaign debut in the pivotal early primary state this weekend.

The former Massachusetts governor will hold an event in the Columbia area on Saturday to discuss the economy with small business owners, a Romney aide told CNN.

Romney's exploratory committee also announced a new hire Thursday to help steer his campaign in the state: David Raad, who will serve as Romney's senior adviser in South Carolina. It's the first staffing move Romney has made in the state ahead of an expected presidential bid.

Hiring Raad, who has deep South Carolina roots but hasn't been an active player on the state's political scene since doing fieldwork for George W. Bush's 2000 campaign, represents a strategic departure from Romney's last presidential campaign.

In 2008, Romney hired a team of veteran consultants and poured millions of dollars into South Carolina, only to finish fourth in the Republican primary.

Still, Raad has a long political resume and won praise from GOP insiders during the 2010 election cycle as National Field Director for the Republican National Committee.

CORRECTION: The article originally stated Romney hasn't visited South Carolina since the summer of 2010, when he campaigned with Gov. Nikki Haley. He visited the state in October in support of then-House candidate Mick Mulvaney.

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soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Romney should never back down on his healthcare law because $92 billion of taxpayers dollars goes to medical research and it is wrong that only those who can afford healthcare enjoy the benefits. People around the World enjoy the benefits of our taxpayers dollars for medical research and they haven't contributed a penny. I can't see why Americans don't understand this or is it we are too ignorant to understand.

    May 19, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  2. HAD ENOUGH? 9% unemployment, $4-5/gal gas, $1.7 TRILLION deficits, $14 TRILLION debt, Obamacare

    Anybody, ANYBODY, but the dunce we have in there now will do. 4 more years of Obama and we are TOAST.

    May 19, 2011 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  3. BeverlyNC

    Republicans have NO credible candidates, NO leader material, and all have corruption, sex scandals, or extremist views/legislation in their past. NO ONE is interested in this constant display of losers who have NO chance of winining an election for anything.
    How about some real stories of what Democrats have accomplished for the PEOPLE the past 2 years? Or how educating the American public on the extremist state laws Republican legislatures are passing on voter suppression, ending women's rights to healthcare, ending worker rights, and destroying public education and giving school funding to corporations? How about how supposed deficit-focused Republicans have made every state where there is a Republican governor deficits LARGER since in office? How about constant whining about our national debt but voting yesterday to keep BILLIONS in taxpayer money going to OIL COMPANIES but determined to kill Medicare saying we can't afford it??
    What we cannot afford are any more lying, corporate protecting Republicans in our government – state or national. They are DESTROYING our nation, the lives of the PEOPLE, education for our children, public health and safety agencies, all the while lying and saying they are dong what the PEOPLE want! REALLY? Almost 80% of Americans wanted the OIL SUBSIDIES to END and want corporations to actually pay taxes. Republicans voted AGAINST that and refuse to even consider it – corporations FIRST and PEOPLE come LAST. That is the Republican Party for you.

    May 19, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  4. Texas Doc

    Nothing hardcore South Caolina evangelicals love more than a smooth talking, liberal health care giveaway program creating, Mormon cult member. Good luck Mittens.

    May 19, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  5. Mitt Romney- He Will Say Almost ANYTHING to Get Elected

    Mitt Romney's can not have any credibility until he has the balls to say,

    "Yes, I implemented a comprehensive healthcare program in Massachusetts with an individual mandate. It was the right thing to do". President Obama's plan is the right thing for America also.

    Mitt, you can not RUN AWAY from your record. You must embrace it. You must live or die with it but you can't revised history. As NY Giants coach Bill Parcell's once said – " You are who YOUR RECORD says you are!"

    You are already viewed by many Americans as too slick & too slimey. Simply taking off your tie and wearing button down shirts with an open collar won't get the job done. Stop digging a deeper hole as you flip flop on so called Romneycare. Drop the shovel.

    May 19, 2011 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Four wrote:
    Care to explain why those same tax cuts didn't work in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, or 2010? Apparently these same tax cuts were in effect then as well?
    We generated more jobs in 2009 and 2010 then we did in '03, '04, '05, '06, '07, and '08 combined, which was before the Bush Tax Cuts were extended but after we enacted a Stimulus to pull the country out of the ditch.

    May 19, 2011 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  7. Eli

    Romney's background in economic matters: Creating, funding and launching scores of companies that have employed hundreds of thousands of Americans who, as a result, have paid billions of dollars in income, property, sales and payroll taxes that fund the government programs for which the left has such great infatuation.

    Obama's background in economic matters: Shake down whitey as a community organizer.

    May 19, 2011 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  8. The Real Tom Paine

    @ Four and the Door:

    What jobs, pray tell, did he create? His main talent was making money for investors and himself, not creating jobs. If you are concerned about spending, he also used vast amounts of public funds to complete the " Big Dig" project, so he really can't slam infrastructure spending when he allowed that project to continue, even when it was over budget and years behind schedule. His main talent was rescuing the 2002 SLC Olymics from disaster, which makes him a glorified events coordinator, and all he did was bring in others to complete the job. There is no vision with Romney, no goal beyond padding his resume and stoking his already enormous ego. Conservatives who were very big on Romney a few years ago, like Ann Coulter, slam him at every available opportunity.

    BTW, I can tell you that businesses were already starting to hire long before the decision to extend the tax cuts went into effect. It had more to do with pent-up demand than Obama caving on the tax cuts, and I saw it first hand, not through a FOX News release. When you work in the instrumentation business, you see trends months before they are reported on. I saw businesses starting to hire again months before you saw it reported on, and the tax cuts have had no impact on anyone I've spoken to.

    May 19, 2011 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |

    Wingnuts are putting all of their chips on Romney but they will find a way to bounce him out like in 08.They are so desperate that they are BEGGING Daniels to run. Anyboby but Palin is their motto at this point and they can't control her loose cannon. Snookie Palin will ride down on them on her white horse and really screw their Romney plans up.

    May 19, 2011 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  10. HAD ENOUGH? 9% unemployment, $4-5/gal gas, $1.7 TRILLION deficits, $14 TRILLION debt, Obamacare

    Why do any of these repubs think they can win? They are all losers! Obama/Biden 2012

    May 19, 2011 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  11. vet in texas

    This is all a money grab for the suckers, Romney nor any other Brigham Young/Joseph Smith worshippers will never become the president, the GOP knows they can't win, but can't tell the lemmings the truth, EVERYTHING Obama is getting gigged on by the right has been instituted, suggested, or brought to legislation by the GOP. The purity purge has pushed out all that could win in an electorate and once all the voters vote in 2012 instead of 41% in 10', they will give the GOP a new mandate, that you can't lie and mislead your way to office with BS proposals that take all the branches to do. The money flowing cannot keep up with the internet verifying and exposing the lies and misleading statements, and each potential candidate has that one thing keeping them from getting elected. Name a candidate and they have voted for, done, or proposed something in the past that doesn't fly with the fractured GOP now. All that don't won't make it through the rest of the country. They don't have enough money to sweep the WH, Senate or House, and the infighting purity test won't work either. The GOP completely lost ALL the brown vote (hispanics, muslims, asians, etc), the youth, the public workers, and now thanks to Ryan and the pundits, the senior vote. The only persons to blame are the leaders and radio/tv personalities who keep the hate flowing instead of regular discourse and party lines.

    "turn out the lights the parties over" – Willie Nelson

    May 19, 2011 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    Four wrote:
    Care to explain why those same tax cuts didn't work in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, or 2010? Apparently these same tax cuts were in effect then as well?
    We generated more jobs in 2009 and 2010 than we did in '03, '04, '05, '06, '07, and '08 (and let's throw in '01 and '02, fjust or good measure) combined, which was before the Bush Tax Cuts were extended but after we enacted a Stimulus to pull the country out of the ditch.

    May 19, 2011 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  13. Clwyd

    the next phase of American right wing politics. Elect a cult member to the presidency!

    May 19, 2011 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
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