Perry's Labor Day in South Carolina
August 30th, 2011
03:58 PM ET
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Perry's Labor Day in South Carolina

Columbia, South Carolina (CNN) – Rick Perry will face questions from South Carolina voters at a Myrtle Beach town hall Monday morning before taking the stage at Republican Sen. Jim DeMint's highly anticipated Labor Day forum.

Tea party favorite Congressman Tim Scott is hosting the town hall with the Texas governor at 10 a.m. ET in his conservative coastal district, according to Scott's Chief of Staff Nick Muzin. Perry is the third presidential candidate to participate. Earlier this month, Scott featured Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann and former U.S. Ambassador to China and Utah Governor Jon Huntsman at separate events in Charleston.

Scott and DeMint are among conservative leaders in the critical Southern primary state who said they will "keep their powder dry" and remain neutral through the early part of the primary process.

An endorsement from either leader will be a coup for any White House hopeful.

DeMint pulled in five GOP presidential contenders to participate in his Palmetto Freedom Forum, to be held in downtown Columbia, including Perry, Bachmann, Texas Rep. Ron Paul, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, and businessman Herman Cain.

Romney initially declined the Monday invitation to the DeMint event, citing a scheduling conflict. But late Tuesday the campaign reversed course and changed his schedule so that he could attend the event, choosing to appear at a tea party rally in New Hampshire Sunday evening instead.

Filed under: 2012 • Jim DeMint • Rick Perry
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  1. AEK

    Probably lots of hardball questions from that group! At least those nice people in South Carolina have something in common with the nice folks in five status on the worst schools in the country list! Go them!!!!!

    August 30, 2011 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  2. Ed Texas

    Dr God, Please protect us from false profits like Rick Perry and the gang of Extreme Right Wingers like Sen DeMint, so called followers of you that call themselves "a tea party" who will be attending the so called Labor Day forum in SC. Please give Americans the ability to see this is nothing but a GOP extreme social issues hate rally disquised as a economic event. Help them see there are Americans who happen to be Democrats, Liberals, Socialists, Feminist, African American, Hispanic, Gays, Lesbians, – all made by you and deserving of the same rights as them! Amen

    August 30, 2011 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    Isn't it ironic that people with such anti-union ideology would use an occasion like Labor Day to promote their ideologies. It would be like some national Atheists Society of America holding a campaign event on Christmas Day.

    August 30, 2011 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  4. Matthew

    Mittens is an incredible coward if he does not change his mind on this. But what do you expect from a morman. I lived in Utah for a year & I gotta tell ya, They are some weird people. I will never foget when they all turned their heads when it came to those girls getting raped just a few miles away in Hilldale. Mormans have 0 backbone when it comes to Integrity.

    August 30, 2011 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  5. Aaron

    That should be an easy town hall meeting sponsered by Fox News and SC's infinite number of religious fanatics.

    August 30, 2011 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  6. bb

    Jim DeMint is a good ole boy bigot who has done absolutely zero to better the plight of his state. Perry is also a good ole boy bigot who fits DeMint's mold to a 'T'. This is NOT, I repeat NOT, what we need, America.

    August 30, 2011 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    The man spends so much time with his feet in his mouth I bet he poops cowboy boots.

    August 30, 2011 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  8. MTATL

    I want an explanations from Mr. Perry regarding these issues.

    1 – Texas went from surplus to approx $27B in debt.

    2 – Took stimulus money for a variety of projects and then criticizes President Obamas stimulus package.

    3 – Continues to borrow money from Federal government & still criticizes that the Feds for spending.

    4 – Texas dropped from 39th to 40th in heath care (United Heath Foundation)

    5 – Texas is #49 in verbal SAT scores in the nation (493) and #46 in average math SAT scores (502). Texas is #36 in the nation in high school graduation rates (68%).

    6 – Help the drought stricken farmers of Texas by thinking outside the box. (look up OPERATION PLUTO – 75 mm diameter pipes laid across the English Channel to France. January, 1945, 300 tons of gasoline were pumped Great Britain to France). He could have laid the 75mm pipes from the flood zones and pumped that water to Texas.

    7) – How much money did he make on the shady Horseshoe Bay deal with his friends

    8) – How come so many of his campaign supporters were able to side step the committee process and receive millions for their companies from the

    Texas emerging technology fund

    After researching Mr. Perry's policies he does not seem like a good leader, Governor and would make an even less good President.

    August 30, 2011 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  9. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    If Republicans think Rick Perry was so great for job creation in the State of Texas why didn't the other Republican Governors confide in him so they could help their States? Furthermore, if Perry is qualified as President to lead in job creation and he's so religious and loves this country so much why didn't he offer a helping hand to American families instead of now putting his hand out for Americans to help him. Think about it.

    August 30, 2011 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  10. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Perry will begin by firing on Ft. Sumter, join a group of secessionists, and tell everyone he loves America more than our president. South Carolinians will sip their mint juleps and dream of the good ole antebellum days.

    August 30, 2011 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  11. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    Just for the record, can someone tell us which branch of the military Rick Perry served in? He says he has oodles of military expertise to share with America, and I'd just like to know where he trained to get it. Anyone?

    August 30, 2011 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  12. The Greedy Old Pigs have lost their minds!

    Nice, a Christian Taliban version of Woodstock! Maybe Perry can explain the porn company he invested in (not to mention the enormous budget deficit he created for Texas).

    August 30, 2011 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |