As the 2012 presidential race heats up, candidates are aiming to make ground in the “First in the South” primary state of South Carolina. GOP hopeful Newt Gingrich was in North Charleston Tuesday night for a Charleston Tea Party town hall meeting. Some voters there weren’t exactly supporters–they were just there listening. And, what Pam Lamb is looking for in her choice?
“Someone who can straighten out the economy. We’re in a mess! Two years ago I thought the economy was going to be our biggest problem and I was really looking more towards Mitt Romney at the time because of his business sense and didn’t get that and now the economy is a mess so I’m still looking for somebody to fix that,” says Lamb.
For voter Randy he has a specific type of Republican he’s looking for: “I’m looking for a conservative. I’m a conservative, primarily a fiscal conservative. I want a good fiscal conservative candidate.”
Voter “Joy” (some in attendance did not wish to give out their last name) says she’s undecided among Republicans, but whoever it is–she says she wants someone to stand up to President Obama.
“I’m looking for somebody who is going to get rid of ‘Obamacare.’ I’m looking for someone who is honest, who means what he says and says what he means–has a record of that. I’m looking for smaller government. I’m looking for the American way,” Joy said.
“Joe” said he was in attendance Tuesday night to see if Gingrich had anything that would spark his interest.
“Trying to get information on some of the candidates and he happens to be here, so here I am,” says Joe.
When asked if he could support Gingrich, Joe said, “I could be if he has all the right answers. I like other ones too so I’ll hear all of them out before I decide.”
Burnie Acuff says he was there because his daughter is friends with Gingrich, so he wanted to see if he was going to keep it in the family–as he knew a little bit about Gingrich.
“Knowledge that Newt has about what the workings of Congress and the government are, the history of it is one thing I’m very interested in–that somebody knows there can’t be big government,” says Acuff.
Republican presidential candidates Newt Gingrich, Jon Huntsman and Rick Santorum were all in South Carolina Tuesday.