Three Republicans who are rumored to be considering runs for president in 2016 will be in South Carolina this week.
As the first southern state to hold its presidential primary every year, South Carolina frequently plays host to candidates dipping their toes into presidential runs. Prior to the 2012 election, the winner of South Carolina’s GOP primary had gone on to become the eventual nominee in every election since 1980.
While that streak ended with South Carolina’s choice of Newt Gingrich over Mitt Romney in 2012, the Palmetto State is still seen as a proving ground for candidates’ running on their conservative credentials.
On Monday night, Florida Senator Marco Rubio is scheduled to be the speaker at Congressman Jeff Duncan’s Fourth Annual Faith & Freedom BBQ at the Anderson Civic Center in Anderson. The event, scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m., is billed as a tribute to members of the U.S. military and their families.
This will be Rubio’s first South Carolina appearance in the 2016 cycle.
At the same time, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul will be in Rock Hill attending a GOP fundraiser hosted by another South Carolina Congressman — Rep. Mick Mulvaney. The “Liberty BBQ” will be held from 6:00-7:00 p.m. at the Magnolia Room.
Texas Governor Rick Perry will be in the Midlands on Wednesday and Thursday — keeping to his schedule despite an indictment two weeks ago (it may help that Perry’s alma mater Texas A&M is playing South Carolina on Thursday). Perry will be attending an SCGOP “Victory Tailgate” at the First Citizens Café in downtown Columbia Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.
The next day, Perry will then appear at a fundraiser for State Rep. Kirkman Finlay, R-Columbia, at Doc’s Barbecue at noon. The Texas A&M-South Carolina game starts at 6:00 p.m. Thursday.