Here in spirit
Ron Paul is present in South Carolina via his enthusiastic supporters. There will be an official opening of his SC HQ on Thursday and the fans on hand will watch their candidate debate in Iowa. It’s difficult to get an interview with him from South Carolina. In fact, his last visit here to debate, he skipped the press room. We will be talking to his supporters, who are some of the most devoted in this race.
Sen. Lindsey Graham said this weekend that he hopes Paul does not choose to eschew the GOP and run as a third-party candidate in the General Election. Graham says the party must stick together to defeat President Obama.
Newt talks positive
New leader Newt Gingrich sent a note to his staff and volunteers — and a copy to the media—vowing to keep the campaign clean of negative attacks:
“I also want to reiterate to each of you what I have said from the beginning of our campaign, and most recently last Saturday in Iowa: We will run a positive campaign focused on our country’s future. We will not be running any negative advertising. With Ronald Reagan’s eleventh commandment in mind, we will ask our supporters not to contribute to any so-called SuperPAC that runs negative ads against any other Republican contender and we will discourage ad hominem attacks on our fellow Republicans.”
Two Tea Parties endorse Newt
Members of the Myrtle Beach Tea Party voted on Monday night to endorse the former Speaker with 75 percent of the vote. This follows the Laurens County Tea Party, where Newt won with a 80 percent margin a few nights earlier.
Joe Dugan of the Myrtle Beach Tea Party said “Newt Gingrich, alone, has the knowledge, experience and vision to pull our nation back from the precipice of insolvency. We believe that, as he looks at our country and his own grandchildren, he will do everything in his power to restore the true America that we all once knew and loved, for his descendants and ours.”