Presidential hopeful Santorum stumps in Aiken

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 AIKEN --- South Carolina distinction of making Republican presidential hopefuls actual party nominees already has the state drawing 2012 candidates.

On Tuesday former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum spoke with an eager crowd of 200 at the Aiken Republican Club's 2011 luncheon kick-off. This is Santorum's eighth trip to the state, which included an anti-abortion event this past Saturday in Columbia, S.C.

Aiken residents aren't new to testing Presidential hopefuls with tough questions. During the 2008 election cycle, every major Republican and Democratic candidate made a stop or sent representation to the area.

"Aiken's connection has legs for the whole state," said Det Haislip. "We're politically savvy and it's a typical topic of conversation around here."

Haislip said his interest in Santorum's visit was about just meeting him and having an open mind going into the next election.

"People are really revved up. I don't think the last election wore us out, it just got us more active," he said.


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