Saturday, April 20, 2013
Scott gives address as Senator for the first time.
On Saturday morning Tim Scott gave the Republican Party's weekly address. It was the first time he had done so as a Senator. His complete remarks are in the accompanying video. The full text is below: “Hi, I’m Tim Scott, Senator from South Carolina. “This week, on Patriot’s Day, a day that celebrates the beginning of our country’s journey toward freedom, a horrific tragedy occurred. “The Boston Marathon bombing has left us all with a heavy heart and we pray for the victims and their families. “However, while the perpetrators of this act of terror hoped that they could shake the confidence of a city, they have instead only strengthened the resolve of our nation. “This became apparent immediately as first responders ran towards unknown …
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Should the Republican Party stick to its guns, focus less on social issues, compromise more or something else?
Even while votes were still pouring in across the Midwest, West and Richland County, the pundits were already asking: What's next for the Republican Party. The "experts" on both Fox News and NBC were asking guests and other "experts" to predict what would happen to the GOP in the wake of a looming loss by Mitt Romney. One that ended up occuring in a rout. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina was already questioning the party's "hard-ass" stance before the election, in an article in Politico earlier this week that was posing tough questions for the future of the Republican Party. Sen. John Cornyn of Texas said it was time for a Republican Party "recalibration." What do you think? Should the party get softer? Or harder? Who is the face of …
Friday, August 24, 2012
Governor will talk about roadblocks South Carolina has faced from federal officials.
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. — S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley will be the first prime time speaker on the first night of the Republican National Convention in Tampa on Monday. During a stop in Berkley County Friday, Haley said that she'll talk about South Carolina and her years-long friendship with Mitt and Ann Romney, but she'll also be firing at the Obama administration and federal challenges that state officials have faced. The GOP ticket seemed to abandon the "fight Washington" theme with the selection of longtime U.S. House Rep. Paul Ryan as a running mate. But Haley's message of Washington obstruction will likely be revisited frequently by surrogates at the convention podium next week. "We deserve better," Haley told a crowd of small business …
Thursday, August 9, 2012
Three minority female GOP leaders will speak at the Republican National Convention this month.
When the GOP announced its first round of speakers for its quadriennial convention in Tampa, Fla., later this month, one thing became clear: This is the year for minority women. The GOP announced S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley will join New Mexico’s Gov. Susana Martinez and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice with substantial speaking roles. These women will be joined by other GOP leaders such as John McCain and Rick Santorum, but the emphasis on women and minorities is clear. Martinez is the first female Hispanic governor in the country, while Rice was the first African-American woman to serve as Secretary of State. Haley — who is of Indian descent, and was raised as a Sikh — is South Carolina's first governor who is a minority or woman. …
Thursday, July 5, 2012
The Florida senator, still a hot name in GOP vice presidential circles, will sign copies of his memoir at Books-A-Million at Village at Sandhill.
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, a hot name in circles predicting vice presidential candidates for the GOP, returns to South Carolina this week. Rubio will sign copies of his memoir, "An American Son," at the Books-A-Million at the Village at Sandhill at 8 p.m. tonight. Rubio was the guest of honor at the Silver Elephant dinner, a SCGOP fundraiser, earlier this year.
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has officially pulled out of the race.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich made it official on Wednesday and announced he was suspending his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination. "Finally, I have to thank the voters of South Carolina — and apologize to them. We will have broken their tradition of always picking the nominee," Gingrich said during his remarks. "This will make me feel slightly guilty every time we drift through South Carolina. But they were tremendous. They were welcoming. They were enthusiastic. The size of the victory was historic. And Callista and I both will always remember South Carolina — and I suspect our whole family will always remember South Carolina — because it was a tremendous, tremendous experience." Gingrich made the announcement at a …
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Newt Gingrich is reportedly dropping out of the race, three months after winning in the coveted S.C. Republican primary.
Newt Gingrich's longshot presidential campaign was reinvigorated by an impressive rout of Mitt Romney and the rest of the Republican field in January's South Carolina primary. It was the Palmetto State's contest, Gingrich had said for months prior, that would propel him to the GOP nomination. But as reports of the former Speaker of the House suspending his campaign surfaced Wednesday, Gingrich's run ended with a whimper — having only won one other state (his adopted Georgia) in the three months since. Could a true conservative coalescence behind either Gingrich and Rick Santorum (who dropped out last month) have helped beat back Mitt Romney's well-resourced campaign? We'll never know. "Since we know the conservative votes were split …
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
The governor's "No" met with skepticism and parody.
Editor's Note: This story was edited at 9:10 a.m. April 3 to correct Gov. Chris Christie's state. S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley told ABC News on Monday that she would politely decline an offer for the vice presidential nomination. The comment made news for allegedly pulling Haley off the running-mate short list for likely GOP candidate Mitt Romney. But, just as quickly, media outlets doubted the conviction of Haley's "No." And opponents took the opportunity to take potshots at the governor's national aspirations. Haley is just one of more than a dozen GOP rising stars who will be batting away repeated questions about their vice presidential potential — among them, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen…
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Rick Perry and Ron Paul tie for second place during the vote taken Monday evening.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich received 50 percent of the ballots cast in a straw poll conducted Monday night by the Lexington County Republican Party. Rich Bolen, chairman of the Lexington County GOP, said 86 people participated in the poll which was conducted during the group's Christmas party held at Hudson's BBQ in Lexington. Gov. Rick Perry and Rep. Ron Paul tied for second place with 13 percent support each. Bolen said the poll reflects the sentiments among a lot of the activists in the party, who are looking for someone with strong answers and quality debate perfomances. Gov. Rick Perry has suffered from the most slips in debate performances. "I think it reflects the concern that we have a candidate who has good answers for …
Friday, December 2, 2011
Congressman seeks voter input into the GOP field via 'South Carolina straw poll.'
After hosting six town halls with GOP nominee hopefuls, Congressman Tim Scott, R-SC, is asking South Carolina voters for help in making his possible endorsement. To participate, go to www.timstownhalls.com. Request for voters to participate in the informal poll began earlier this week with ads that only ran for a few days. On Monday, Scott hosted former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. "Throughout this process, thousands of South Carolina voters have attended our forums, submitted questions for the candidates, and displayed a unity and passion to defeat President Obama that encourages me about the future of our country," Scott said in a statement released Thursday. Scott called the solicited input a "South Carolina straw poll" and also asked…