The candidates are all starting to appear in South Carolina Friday as they prepare for Saturday’s CBS debate at Wofford College in Spartanburg.
Rick Perry and Michele Bachmann marched in the Veterans Day parade in Columbia. Mitt Romney held a roundtable meeting with veterans at Mutt’s BBQ in Mauldin. Rick Santorum continues his marathon tour of the state with stops in Ridgeway, Florence, and Society Hill. The last stop is a $50-per-plate barbecue fundraiser hosted by former Governor David Beasley.
Bachmann had a rude welcome awaiting her in Mount Pleasant. During a foreign policy she gave on board the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Yorktown, about 30 Occupy Wall Street protestors interrupted her, chanting “mic check!” The protestors continued for a few minutes until Bachmann eventually left the stage.
On Saturday, Santorum plans additional stops in Mount Pleasant, Summerville, and Spartanburg. Newt Gingrich plans to meet with Furman University Republicans and open his state campaign headquarters in Greenville. Ron Paul also plans to host a veterans rally in Spartanburg.
Also on Saturday, Texas First Lady Anita Perry will participate in a neighborhood block walk in Spartanburg, which begins at the intersection of Fairlane Drive and Fernwood Glendale Road
The debate will be at 8:00 at Benjamin Johnson Arena on the Wofford campus. It will be televised by CBS and will be hosted by anchor Scott Pelley. The debate is billed as primarily focusing on foreign policy and national security.
Speaking of debates, South Carolina Congressman Jim Clyburn was not pleased with what candidate Herman Cain said during Wednesday night’s CNBC debate in Michigan. Cain answered a question about healthcare legislation by criticizing House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, “You didn’t hear about it in the previous Congress because Princess Nancy sent it to the committee and it stayed there.” Cain later apologized for the “Princess” comment.
“He ought to be very, very careful how he reacts to or treats women going forward,” Clyburn told MSNBC Thursday, noting that Cain is accused of sexual harassment, “That was a disrespectful comment about one of the outstanding women in our great country.” He said Cain’s comments were “unbecoming of a Southern gentleman.” Cain is from Georgia.