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Huntsman Quits: Why it Matters

Huntsman Quits: Why it Matters

ABC/Donna Svennevik(COLUMBIA, S.C.) — Jon Huntsman’s campaign was running on fumes, down in the polls and out of money. So does it matter that he is dropping out and endorsing Mitt Romney?  Yes.A few points to consider:Huntsman’s depa…

Perry and Santorum Make Appeal to Social Conservatives

Perry and Santorum Make Appeal to Social Conservatives

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.) — Rick Perry and Rick Santorum, two of the Republican field’s social conservative heavyweights, made their pitches Sunday morning to a crowd of evangelical voters.When Perry entered the race in ea…

Perry and Santorum Make Appeal to Social Conservatives

Perry and Santorum Make Appeal to Social Conservatives

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.) — Rick Perry and Rick Santorum, two of the Republican field’s social conservative heavyweights, made their pitches Sunday morning to a crowd of evangelical voters.When Perry entered the race in ea…

SC Republicans Boo Newt Gingrich Over Romney Attacks

SC Republicans Boo Newt Gingrich Over Romney Attacks

ABC News(CHARLESTON, S.C.) — At a forum hosted by Mike Huckabee with 800 undecided South Carolina Republicans, Newt Gingrich was loudly booed when he criticized Mitt Romney’s record at Bain Capital, according to a Republican who attended the clo…

Pro-Santorum Super PAC Releases New Ad in South Carolina

Pro-Santorum Super PAC Releases New Ad in South Carolina

ABC News(COLUMBIA, S.C.) — The super PAC supporting Rick Santorum’s presidential bid is out with a new ad Friday, on the heels of its recently announced $600,000 ad buy in South Carolina before the state’s Jan. 21 primary.The 30-second ad …

Romney Defends Free Enterprise During S.C. Campaign Stop

Romney Defends Free Enterprise During S.C. Campaign Stop

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(AIKEN, S.C.) — At a rally in western South Carolina Friday, Romney defended free market principles, telling the group of 300 gathered in a university’s gymnasium that the answer to creating jobs is “not to wal…

Sen. Jim DeMint: Mitt Romney Should be More Empathetic

Sen. Jim DeMint: Mitt Romney Should be More Empathetic

ABC News(NEW YORK) — Republican Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina, who has yet to endorse a GOP presidential candidate, said Friday he thinks Mitt Romney needs to work on his empathy.

DeMint dismissed attacks that portray Romney as a greedy capitalist, calling them “political talk” but he told ABC News Romney needs to better explain layoffs that occurred while he ran Bain Capital and express empathy for those workers.

“I know I had to do it a few times in my career and I had sleepless nights and it killed me to do it but I was doing it to save the other employees in my company and keep it going,” DeMint said. “If he doesn’t explain this well he’s going to see this again if he’s the nominee in the general election.”

Romney has repeatedly said companies Bain invested in went on to create 100,000 jobs but his campaign has declined to say how many employees were laid off during that time.

Any political attack ad that targets Mitt Romney’s tenure at Bain “really bothers” DeMint.

“Successful companies have leaders who are willing to make hard, difficult, unpopular decisions for the good of the company,” DeMint told ABC News Radio in an interview to promote his new book Now or Never: Saving America from Economic Collapse.

Sen. DeMint said he would not endorse a GOP candidate before Saturday’s primary in South Carolina, though he said he would not completely rule it out.

“The only way I could have been dragged into it is if we had two candidates and one was just completely on the wrong track and the other was moving in the conservative direction.”

DeMint said he has not talked to Romney in a while but emails frequently with him and with Ron Paul.

“I think he is in it to win or at least in it for the long haul.”

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Stephen Colbert’s Super PAC Buys South Carolina Airtime

Stephen Colbert’s Super PAC Buys South Carolina Airtime

ABC/Ida Mae Astute(CHARLESTON, S.C.) — Stephen Colbert is putting his money where his super PAC is.On his Comedy Central show Thursday night Colbert announced “an exploratory committee to lay the groundwork” for his “possible candida…

Stephen Colbert: A GOP Contender?

Stephen Colbert: A GOP Contender?

Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — TV host and comedian Stephen Colbert might be adding a new title to his already long resume: presidential candidate for the United States of America of South Carolina.“I am proud t…

Stephen Colbert: A GOP Contender?

Stephen Colbert: A GOP Contender?

Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — TV host and comedian Stephen Colbert might be adding a new title to his already long resume: presidential candidate for the United States of America of South Carolina.“I am proud t…

Super PAC Supporting Santorum Steps Up Ad Buys in South Carolina

Super PAC Supporting Santorum Steps Up Ad Buys in South Carolina

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — The Red, White and Blue Fund, the super PAC supporting former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum’s bid for president, announced a new $600,000 ad buy in South Carolina on Thusday. The group, formed in December, had previously…

Romney Takes Campaign South, Fresh off Iowa and NH Victories

Romney Takes Campaign South, Fresh off Iowa and NH Victories

JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images(COLUMBIA, S.C.) — Mitt Romney took his anti-President Obama message down south Wednesday, making his first appearance in the Palmetto State since his back-to-back wins in Iowa and New Hampshire.Catering his stump speech to…

Romney: South Carolina Primary Will Be ‘Uphill Battle’

Romney: South Carolina Primary Will Be ‘Uphill Battle’

Toni Sandys/The Washington Post(COLUMBIA, S.C.) — Fresh off his primary night win in Manchester, N.H., Mitt Romney told press aboard a flight to South Carolina that he knows a win in the Palmetto State will be “an uphill battle.”“Cle…

Santorum Betting Hard on South Carolina, But Won’t Readily Admit It

Santorum Betting Hard on South Carolina, But Won’t Readily Admit It

AFP/Getty Images(COLUMBIA, S.C.) — Rick Santorum is betting heavily on South Carolina, buying up $1.5 million worth of television ads ahead of next week’s primary, but one would be hard-pressed to get the former Pennsylvania senator to admit jus…

Ron Paul Predicts ‘Top Tier’ Finish in South Carolina

Ron Paul Predicts ‘Top Tier’ Finish in South Carolina

Yoon S. Byun/The Boston Globe via Getty Images(COLUMBIA, S.C.) — A confident Ron Paul Wednesday predicted a “top tier” finish in the South Carolina primary.Fresh off his strong second-place showing in the New Hampshire primary, Paul said his cam…

Ron Paul’s Looking Forward to South Carolina

Ron Paul’s Looking Forward to South Carolina

Jason Merritt/Getty Images(MEREDITH, N.H.) — Ron Paul is already looking forward to the next presidential contest in South Carolina, though New Hampshire hasn’t yet cast a single vote in the first-in-the-nation primary.Speaking to a packed house…

Santorum Plants Flag in SC, Thinks He Can Win State’s Primary

Santorum Plants Flag in SC, Thinks He Can Win State’s Primary

Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call(GREENVILLE, S.C.) — Rick Santorum returned to South Carolina on Sunday — two days before New Hampshire’s first in the nation primary — to send a signal to voters that he’s competing in the Granite State, but it&rs…

Rick Perry Tells SC Voters ‘I Am Going to Stay in This Race’

Rick Perry Tells SC Voters ‘I Am Going to Stay in This Race’

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(SPARTANBURG, S.C.) — Five days after he expressed hesitancy about continuing in the presidential race, Texas Gov. Rick Perry made his awaited return to South Carolina on Sunday, sending a message to voters in the state tha…

Perry Releases New TV Ad in South Carolina

Perry Releases New TV Ad in South Carolina

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(AUSTIN, Texas) — Before even setting foot in the Palmetto State this weekend, Texas Governor Rick Perry will make his presence known with a new ad buy starting Friday in South Carolina.Instead of producing a completely new…

Back on the Trail: Perry Eyes SC After ‘Reassessing’ Campaign

Back on the Trail: Perry Eyes SC After ‘Reassessing’ Campaign

Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images(AUSTIN, Texas) — In a matter of twelve hours, Texas Gov. Rick Perry wavered from being “all in,” to “reassessing” his campaign, to finally settling on soldiering on in the Republican nominating contest, with his eye on Sou…

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