Romney will campaign in South Carolina this week
January 2nd, 2012
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Romney will campaign in South Carolina this week

Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) – In a sign of his confidence across the early state playing field, Mitt Romney will leave New Hampshire and campaign in South Carolina on Thursday.

Two GOP sources informed CNN of travel plans on Monday, the eve of the Iowa caucuses.

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Romney will make two stops along the South Carolina coast, where voters tend to care more about Romney-friendly fiscal and military issues rather than social ones.

With Romney currently far ahead of his Republican rivals in New Hampshire, several of his opponents look to be shifting their time and resources south to the more socially-conservative Palmetto State, which holds its primary on Jan. 21.

But a crowded primary fight in South Carolina could boost Romney's chances there by dividing the conservative vote.

Arizona Sen. John McCain – like Romney, not exactly a favorite son of conservative activists - won the South Carolina primary in 2008 with a slim plurality.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry has decided to skip the New Hampshire primary contest, aside from two debate appearances next weekend, opting to campaign exclusively in South Carolina after Iowa.

Perry announced Monday that he will barnstorm through every part of South Carolina starting the morning after the caucuses.

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, riding high after a late surge in Iowa, plans to campaign in both states before New Hampshire votes on Jan. 10.

"We are not only going to New Hampshire this week, we are going to South Carolina," Santorum adviser John Brabender told CNN. "If you look at the schedule that Rick Santorum keeps, it's double what the other candidates do, so it gives us the ability to do both, with a that kind of energy and stamina."

"We are running a national campaign not just a regional campaign, as the Perry camp and others have apparently decided to do," he added. "We will be in both places later this week."

The campaigns of Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul have signaled that they intend to head to New Hampshire after Iowa.

Like Perry, Michele Bachmann plans to bypass New Hampshire and head to South Carolina, unless her campaign falters badly in Iowa and she is forced to abandon her bid.

Also see:

Gingrich mulls strategy shift after Iowa

Leading Perry backers head to Iowa for final push

Bachmann: Polls not a good measure of support

Romney goes on offense

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soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. James

    "We are running a national campaign not just a regional campaign."

    Really? I suppose that's why Santorum has spent all his time in the United States of Iowa thus far...

    January 2, 2012 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  2. Woman In California

    Not that I really care which republican wins in Iowa but I sure would like to see Willard go down. I don't think the people in Iowa are going to be fooled by him. Why would you vote for a person who didn't even want to come to your state until the last minute? In the end, I think President Obama will be the real winner in Iowa and Willard won't even be a footnote in history.

    January 2, 2012 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  3. Small Business

    The Path to Presidency and America's Success

    – Limit government spending (good for everyone)
    – Limit taxes (especially in our economy)
    – Protect our borders (illegal aliens)
    – Support small businesses (the job makers and our future)
    – Promote job growth (good for everyone)
    – Reject SOPA (keep the internet open)
    – Use War as a last and final resort (mutually assured destruction)
    – VOTE RON PAUL for PRESIDENT (honest, cannot be bought, against corruption)

    P.S. As a Taxachusetts resident, trust me, you don't want Mitt Romney.

    January 2, 2012 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  4. .Ralph

    Mitt Romney is the only presidential candidate to take a stand on an urgent matter: scrap the Dream Act legislation! Passing that legislation will encourage and exacerbate aliens to violate USA laws, which will undermine and divide the USA.

    The Dream Act is Amnesty and does nothing to discourage future illegal immigration. Indeed, the Dream Act will result in an exponential increase of illegal aliens.

    The DNC/ Democratic National Committee recently commented, that “Mitt Romney ... is out of touch ... of his own party, [ie, opposing citizenship for illegal Aliens]...". Actually, the inverse is correct, ie, the DNC is out of touch with what the majority of the USA voters want.

    Mexico will exploit the Dream Act to essentially make the USA economy the economic development program of the Mexican government. This will flood the USA with people who do not want to become citizens of the USA, but rather, they will be here to exploit the USA's generosity for the benefit of the dysfunctional economy of the Mexican government.

    January 2, 2012 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  5. BeverlyNC

    Romney and South Carolina?? Dumb and Dumber!!

    January 3, 2012 01:24 am at 1:24 am |
  6. Anonymous

    Expect the Robot to start running his Radical RIghtwing Idealogue program while in SC.

    January 3, 2012 06:25 am at 6:25 am |