5 GOP candidates compete at South Carolina forum
September 5th, 2011
07:53 PM ET
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5 GOP candidates compete at South Carolina forum

Columbia, South Carolina (CNN) - Five of the Republican Party's leading presidential contenders traveled to South Carolina on Labor Day to kiss the ring of tea party kingmaker Jim DeMint at a first-of-its-kind forum devoted to the Constitution and the role of government.

DeMint, a South Carolina senator who rose to national prominence during the 2010 midterm elections as a power broker of the tea party movement, joined with Iowa Rep. Steve King and a Princeton law professor at the Palmetto Freedom Forum in Columbia.


Filed under: 2012 • DeMint Labor Day Forum • Jim DeMint • Republicans • South Carolina
soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. The Lone Okie

    The teapublicans want to "downsize" the U.S. government, I would rather "upgrade" it.

    September 5, 2011 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  2. GI Joe

    Bachman AGAIN is having major problems trying to keep staff. She's a "prima donna" that is VERY difficult to be around. Just look at her history even as just a representaive - people/staff ALWAYS quitting. Couldn't take the witch.

    September 5, 2011 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  3. los60

    as I said before, you got all these fools who had voted for the Bush plans, taxes & cutes with the most cost on a lying war in Iraq, can't really prove about Afghan but Iraq was nothing but a big impeachment lie that cost the nations lifes & money on everything, beside Mr. Cain, people who thinks america is only one color and religous and to run the same policys they help reck the dam country and to say President Obama is the problem BUT he's has of congress of NO that nothing can't get done because it's worse because of him, NOT THE NO REPUBS ON ANYTHING,

    September 5, 2011 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  4. diridi

    They all look like nation's number one thugs, except they are supposed to be in Jails....

    September 5, 2011 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  5. Discernment

    Jim DeMint = Jesse Helms (2.0)

    September 5, 2011 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  6. T'sah from Virginia

    Boring Ticker Day – First each one of these candidates go a full Ticker each. Now they are still TICKERing with yet another Ticker!! All right already!!!

    September 5, 2011 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  7. Wise1Speak


    Cain traveled to South Carolina to kiss the ring Jim DeMint, who is the head of Jesse Helm's old "Jim Crow" party that is newly revised and half-polished and renamed to the "Republican Tea Party".

    September 5, 2011 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  8. Wise1Speak


    Cain proudly ran to South Carolina to kiss the ring of Jim DeMint; who is the head of Jesse Helm's old "Jim Crow" party that is newly revised and renamed the "Republican Corporate-Owned Grand-Old Tea Party".

    September 5, 2011 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  9. Rick McDaniel

    Ya know........this was way better than most debates where media people ask the questions. Makes you wonder why this kind of format isn't used a lot more. Those presenting the questions, had much better questions than the media do, and we learned a lot more about what the candidates really think.

    September 5, 2011 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  10. lb8825

    You forgot to mention how Ron Paul got a huge applause when he mentioned ending the wars and bringing the troops home. Our government policies have brought on attacks such as 9/11.

    September 5, 2011 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  11. Mark in St. Louis

    This was the oddest thing I've ever seen in presidential politics! It reminded me of an American Idol audition! Is this what our political system has devolved into???

    September 6, 2011 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  12. J.V.hodgson

    Gosh, I could have written the whole script and answers to all this before it was held.
    What a lot of wasted time hot air and wind we have heard 100 times already, and by real election time maybe half of it will no longer be relevant any way.

    September 6, 2011 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  13. TEA PARTY Mike

    After all of Obama's BS the last few days, if a majority of voters do not wind up supporting his jobs plan, he has no chance in hell of winnig in 2012. And if voters reject Obama's plan and House Republicans write a bill that a majority of voters do support and Senate Democrats kill it, the Repubicans will take back the Senate by a landslide.

    September 6, 2011 02:21 am at 2:21 am |

    On Labor Day not one of these GOP Tea Party clowns talk about jobs, just what they will cut. The Tea Party already made America a laughing stock of the world. Just image how a Tea Party President will scare world financial markets and foreign policy.

    September 6, 2011 02:53 am at 2:53 am |
  15. Marie MD

    Guess I missed that show. Just like I will miss all the other ones of these clowns.

    September 6, 2011 06:23 am at 6:23 am |
  16. Name king

    The war on consumer spending by the repugs goes unabated. America is now a giant store for crying out loud!!! Since the manufacturing plants have moved to china because of the global markets, and then china doesn't have a middle class to pay big salaries to, so big corporations are taking their jobs their. The only thing we've got in our advantage is quality over china quantity. We've got to focus on our advantages as a country, because if we lose our middle class their won't no one left to support our housing industry, high end item industries, and our transportation industries. We don't have the population to compete with these countries without our middle class. The only entity that is keeping our middle class in tact is the unions. Lesson folks the more we spend to small companies that keep the jobs here, is the best hope we've got.

    September 6, 2011 07:16 am at 7:16 am |
  17. enough of lies

    all smoke and mirrors, if you really want peoples votes, then pass a message to that idiot in the white house, the message should read, Thanks for destroying my American Dream and Thanks for ruining my retirement, May God have NO mercy on your soul.

    September 6, 2011 07:29 am at 7:29 am |