South Carolina state Treasurer Curtis Loftis proudly says he comes from the tea party wing of the Republican Party and he adds some of his GOP friends are giving him a hard time for endorsing Mitt Romney for the GOP presidential nomination.
Many Republicans say Romney is not conservative enough, and they question his seeming shift on issues like abortion and health care. In a recent interview with Greenwood affiliate WLMA, however, Loftis said Romney is conservative enough for him. He said Romney has been the steadiest candidate throughout the campaign in terms of poll numbers and finances.
Loftis says the election does not come down to just winning the South Carolina GOP primary, it’s about choosing the candidate that has the best chance to defeat President Obama. He said that candidate is Mitt Romney, in his mind, whom he says has learned from the battle scars of a previous run for the White House. Loftis says that experience will continue to hone Romney into a formidable opponent for the incumbent president.
Romney’s GOP opponents and democrats have attacked Romney for flip-flopping on several issues in order to take a more conservative lean to appeal to the powerful conservative wing of the Republican Party.
AUDIO: Loftis says Romney is the GOP candidate that can defeat President Obama
Anne Eller of Greenwood affiliate WLMA contributed to this report.