Paul, Gingrich expected to attend Aiken GOP presidential candidates forum Tuesday

GOP presidential candidates Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich are scheduled to attend a candidate forum in Aiken on Tuesday, according to an event organizer.

The Greater CSRA Conser­­vative Coalition and the Aiken GOP Party are holding a “Last Word Before the First in the South” candidate forum four days before the South Carolina primary.

The forum will be at the USC Aiken Convocation Center, beginning at 7 p.m. Brian Slowinski, the coalition’s spokesman and chairman of the Columbia County Republican Party, said the Paul and Gingrich campaigns have confirmed they will appear. The campaigns of Mitt Romney, Rick Perry and Rick Santorum have said they will probably attend, Slowinski said, but they will know for sure in a few days. There has been no response from the Jon Huntsman campaign, he said.

“It’s just a matter of getting ahold of everyone while they’re on the road,” Slowinski said.

Each candidate will be given 15 minutes for interview questions from members of local Republican organizations and a five-minute closing statement.

Santorum is scheduled to be the guest speaker Tuesday at an Aiken Repub­li­can Club luncheon.

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