Ham house showdown?
January 20th, 2012
10:17 PM ET
11 years ago

Ham house showdown?

(CNN) - South Carolina is a state with more than 32,000 square miles stretching from the Appalachian Mountains all the way to the Atlantic Ocean.

So how do two Republican presidential candidates find themselves scheduled to be at the exact same ham house at the exact same time Saturday morning?

Follow the Ticker on Twitter: @politicalticker

Both Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney are slated to be at Tommy’s County Ham House in Greenville at 10:45 a.m. Saturday, the same day as the state’s presidential primary.

Campaign officials said it’s simply a coincidence and neither candidate is trying to hog the spotlight.

It may look out of the ordinary, but a Romney campaign aide said the event—a late addition to their schedule–is no hambush, so to speak.

“It is pure coincidence and we're not changing our schedule,” the aide said.

Team Gingrich isn’t budging either. Press secretary R.C. Hammond said there’s, “no place we'd rather be."

But the former House speaker himself seemed caught by surprise when questioned on the trail about the scheduled run-in.

“Is that right?” Gingrich said after a book signing on the USS Yorktown. “That's going to be wild.”

While Gingrich and Romney aren’t expected to buddy up, Saturday’s event promises to be anything but a boar.

- CNN's Rachel Streitfeld and Shawna Shepherd contributed to this report.

Also see:

Perry drops out, endorses Gingrich

Judge-drawn Texas redistricting map tossed out by Supreme Court

Gingrich releases 2010 federal tax records

Santorum tries to shoulder past Romney, Gingrich in debate

Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Newt Gingrich • South Carolina
soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. sam101

    if Obama VS Romney happens, Obama will ripp off Romney in the weath acculation and the way he accumulated the weath even though OBAMA is the Food Stamp President and even if economy unemployment rate rises 11%..It will be easy victory for OBAMA as MITT don't have any standing in employment creation in USA..He is a employment outscources to make China and India Prospesity

    If it is OBAMA vs NEWT, sorry obama there is 70% chance u will lose even if unemployment rate reduces to 7%...I am NOT a supporter of any candidate and last time I supported OBAMA..this time i am leaning towards republican candidate...Roomney's Problem is He don't have a steady standing..keep chnaging positions..That may be good for CEO of a company But HELL No as a President..And u didn't get the feeling of a middle class america..Because u like to FIRE People through out ur profession, You just didn't create any JOB in AMERICA, but ur shareholders are happy numbers around 10,000 at the same time u bring misery to millions of households in america by laying off there jobs and shipping there jobs to China and India for your wealth..Ya we know how u become a wealthy $ 250 Million man..and we know that Presidency will make u a Bilionaire..America will be happy to get a new Billionaire BUT sorry not at the expense of an average middle class american who make currently 30K/Annum will make 10K/Annum if Romney becomes president..

    America and South Carolina has to decide...

    January 21, 2012 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  2. Thomas

    two pigs and a blanket .

    January 21, 2012 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  3. Jules

    The two staunch repubs in my immediate family said they would vote for Pres. Obama before ever voting for Newt Gingrich. I have a feeling that when we find out all there is to know about Romney's finances they will feel the same way about him. Right now, regardless of what any polls say, neither of these guys can defeat the president in the general election.

    January 21, 2012 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  4. Scottish Mama

    I know why, cause Newt and Mitt little piggies went to the market, this little Perry stayed home, Ron Pault had alot of roast beef, Bachmann was left with none, and this little piggie thinks they alll should go home. weeeeeee weeeeeeeee wheeeeee

    January 21, 2012 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  5. Oodoodanoo

    Let's just hope that all those people hungry for pig don't eat Gingrich by mistake.

    January 21, 2012 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  6. GI Joe

    Romney picking up early morning whole-hog for Chris Christie to snack on (the gov. that killed 3,000 long-term jobs for his state), and Gingrich there to pick up a whole-hog for a face-replacement.

    January 21, 2012 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  7. Jay

    Pigs get fat – hogs get slaughtered!!

    January 21, 2012 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  8. willie floyd

    I'll try again. Romney flip flopped as usual. Showed up very early. Aide "we aren't going to change our schedule". HA HA HA!!

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    January 21, 2012 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  9. Butter My Butt And Call Me a Biscuit

    Am I The Only One Who Remembers The Last Time Newt Gingrich Took on a Democrat? Gingrich Folded After Clinton Chewed Him Up and Spit Him Out – Clinton Left Office With the Highest Approvals Of Any President and Gingrich Left Congress In Disgrace Kicked‏


    Reply ▼

    Becky Scott

    To coachwood35, Ivonne McGee, Jenna Newton, Jennifer Duncan, Lewis Levine, Rene Griffis, Ricky & Christine Riddle, riddle4news@yahoo.com, Sandra Branch, Shari

    Am I the only one who remembers the last time Newt Gingrich took on a Democrat named Bill Clinton?
    You would do well to remember history Republicans. Gingrich doesn't perform quite so well when he is not in front of a rapid, red-meat loving Republican audience. He has had absolutely no competition with the milksops he has been facing in this ridiculous primary. Let Obama have a go.......We will soon see if he has the success rate that Bill Clinton had with old Newt.

    January 21, 2012 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  10. J myer

    Newt might have some historical intelligence, but he is lacking in common sense. We don't need a history teacher for a President, but someone who is honorable, dedicated to our country, and wants the best for us. Newt appears to be only for himself and his current wife. He is so arrogant, angry and delusional about his appeal. He certainly won't get the women's vote if he becomes the Republican candidate. Once, twice, three times a cheater does not change his behavior. He is a most unappealing man and I cannot understand why any decent woman would want to be involved with him. Must be for money! His 3rd wife would not be accepted by the women of the country because of her 6 year affair with him, while he was married. Her character is questionable too.

    January 21, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
1 2