Across South Carolina

Huntsman takes shots at Romney's record


GREER, S.C. --- Trailing in polls, Republican presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman has started slapping at GOP rival Mitt Romney and his job-creation record as Massachusetts governor.

Huntsman, who has pledged to run a civil campaign, opened a two-day trip to early voting South Carolina by urging Republican primary voters to compare his record as Utah governor with those of his opponents.

"Some people run from their record; I am running on my record," he said.

He told voters at a packed barbecue restaurant Monday night that Utah ranked No. 1 in creating jobs during his tenure, and he contrasted his record with Romney's, though he didn't mention his rival by name.

"Utah led the way in the United States in terms of job creation. That, compared and contrasted with certain other states -- like, we'll say, Massachusetts -- that I'll just pull out randomly, not first, but 47th," he said.

On Tuesday, Huntsman announced that he had received endorsements from the widow and two sons of former Republican Gov. Carroll Campbell.

Santorum calls for balanced budget law

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. --- Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum said Tuesday the ongoing debate over the federal debt ceiling is a chance to finally pass a balanced budget amendment and avoid such debates in the future.

"If Republicans aren't willing to move, ultimately I believe there is enough support in the country and will be enough support in the Congress to do something big and that is to pass a balanced budget amendment," the Republican presidential hopeful said as he started a two-day swing through South Carolina.

The former Pennsylvania lawmaker spoke with reporters after visiting a pregnancy clinic in North Charleston. Fellow GOP hopeful Newt Gingrich was also in town for a town hall meeting Tuesday night sponsored by the Charleston Tea Party.

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