GOP candidates to swarm to South Carolina

Anita Perry in Aiken today; Rick Perry on Wednesday



As GOP presidential candidates trek across South Carolina ahead of the first-in-the-South Jan. 21 primary, Texas Gov. Rick Perry will be represented by his wife, Anita Perry, today at the Aiken County Republican Party meeting in Aiken.

The Texas first lady worked as a nurse for 17 years in surgery, pediatrics, intensive care, administration and teaching, according to the governor’s Web site.

Her appearance is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at the Aiken Historical Museum, at 433 Newberry St. SW.

On Monday, the Texas governor campaigned in South Carolina’s Upstate region, launching a 15-day tour of the Palmetto State. Today, he will not appear with his wife in Aiken but will instead campaign in Leesville.

On Wednesday, Rick Perry is scheduled to visit Aiken and North Augusta, starting with a walk at 3:30 p.m. from The Gun Rack, at 213 Richland Ave. W., to Lionel Smith Ltd., 132 Laurens St. SW. At 4:30 p.m., Perry will stop at the Aiken Municipal Building Conference Center, 215 The Alley, and at 6:15 p.m., he will visit Al’s Family Restaurant, 611 Atomic Road in North Augusta.

Meanwhile, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has been campaigning in South Carolina with Gov. Nikki Haley and 2008 GOP presidential nominee Sen. John McCain.

This week, former Utah governor Jon Huntsman will also pop up across the Palmetto State. Huntsman has scheduled town halls on Wednesday at the University of South Carolina’s Darla Moore School of Business in Columbia and in the North Charleston City Council Chambers. On Thursday, Huntsman plans to attend a breakfast hosted by the Berkeley County GOP on Daniel Island.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich canceled stops that were planned for Saturday in North Augusta and Warrenville because of a scheduling conflict with a candidate forum in Charleston.


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