SC Labor Day Candidate Forum Draws Top Republican Presidential Contenders

For Immediate Release: August 22, 2011

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SC Labor Day Candidate Forum Draws Top Republican Presidential Contenders

U.S. Senator Jim DeMint Confirms U.S. Representative Michele Bachmann, Businessman Herman Cain, U.S. Representative Ron Paul and Texas Governor Rick Perry WILL ALL appear in Columbia, SC

Columbia, SC – The Advisory Committee of the American Principles Project Palmetto Freedom Forum extended official invitations to the following top Republican contenders today: Minnesota U.S. Representative Michele Bachmann, Businessman Herman Cain, Former Speaker of the U.S. House Newt Gingrich, Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, Texas U. S. Representative Ron Paul, Texas Governor Rick Perry, and Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. All of these candidates were at or above the 5% threshold in the realclearpolitics.com 2012 Republican Presidential Nomination RCP average at 1pm this afternoon, and therefore all qualified for invitations to the Labor Day afternoon event. Qualified candidates will have until Wednesday, August 24th at 5pm to confirm their attendance with the Advisory Committee.

“I am very excited about the initial response and thrilled to be able to already announce that Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, Ron Paul and Rick Perry have confirmed their attendance in Columbia for this important event. This forum will allow candidates to get past the 30 second sound bites and have an open dialogue with concerned citizens. Hopefully, this event will be an important part of the process to choose the next President of the United States,” said U.S. Senator Jim DeMint.

The American Principles Project Palmetto Freedom Forum will follow a unique format, designed to allow invited candidates to engage in a thoughtful, substantive discussion of their stances on critical issues facing our country. Candidates will be on the stage one-at-a-time and will participate in a question and answer session with three panelists: U.S. Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC), U.S. Representative Steve King (R-IA), and Dr. Robert P. George, founder of the American Principles Project and McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University. The event will be moderated by David Stanton, a veteran of South Carolina presidential events and a well-known, respected former local news anchor.

This forum is being sponsored by the American Principles Project and will take place at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center in Columbia, South Carolina on September 5th at 3pm. It is an invitation-only ticketed event, but South Carolina Educational Television has agreed to broadcast the event live, statewide on their South Carolina Channel.

11 comments
JaneK
JaneK

I agree wholeheartedly, Daisy! This looks like an event to attract BIG $$$ campaign donors, not the ordinary folls. They seem to forget that we vote! We hope the candidates will also be willing to stay in the state to meet and greet some of the "real" people of South Carolina. We will be on hand in large numbers for the three events the Tea Party Express will bring to the people on Friday and Saturtday of this week. Friday the Bus Tour will be in Greenville and Columbia...and Saturday at 12 Noon they do a big Tea Party rally and show in Bluffton SC, where people from all over the Low Country will be on hand to meet the Tea Party Express. If the candidates don't show up for the big "Reclaiming America" Rally in Bluffton, we will be gravely disappointed...Rick Santorum was here yesterday to meet and greet the folks and we were very impressed.

DaisyDeadhead
DaisyDeadhead

A private event that is pointedly NOT opened to the masses, so they can privately talk to each other and suck up to the media in an unfettered fashion, instead of actually addressing the people of South Carolina and our specific concerns. Sums up the candidates and their statist (except Ron Paul) positions PERFECTLY. Ick. Vote Green or another Third Party, folks... they are equally corrupt. Daisy Deadhead (blogger and WFIS radio commentator in the upstate)

TexGirl
TexGirl

On the Facebook page, it says: If you are unable to attend the event, you can still watch it live on 3pm, Labor Day: -SC ETV (South Carolina residents) -CNN (nationwide) -Townhall.com (nationwide, online streaming)

John Hayes
John Hayes

I would love to watch this forum. Is there any where on line or are any networks carrying this major event?

Dana
Dana

sad that the PEOPLE of SC will not be included and tickets are only being given through a contest. We were so excited to learn of this historic event - but disappointed that we will be unable to attend. Many of my family members don't even have a facebook account. Maybe next time....

Marjorie Fellows
Marjorie Fellows

The forum is by invitation only, but please "like" the Palmetto Freedom Forum Facebook Page, http://www.facebook.com/palmettofreedomforum, for a chance to win tickets! Broadcast information will be coming soon, so please continue to check the website. Thank you for your interest in the forum, we are looking forward to it!

Luke Stanek
Luke Stanek

Will this be aired online at any point? I would like to see how Rick Perry fares against the other candidates in his first actual debate; see if he can stand up for his views and make them understandable and less vague.

Jeff Mobley
Jeff Mobley

Senator Santorum should be invited to this forum. I understand you can't invite everybody, but I don't believe an average of national polls is very relevant to a particular candidate's prospects here in South Carolina. Come up with an alternative criteria (perhaps one that includes a South Carolina poll), and get Santorum in there. He always brings something good to the discussion.

Jimbo
Jimbo

ETV (The state PBS network) will broadcast it.

JaneK
JaneK

Rick Santorum was in Hilton Head and Bluffton yesterday (9/3/1011) and we were very impressed. We sure do hope the rest of the candidates will show up for the Tea Party Express Rally on Saturday (9/10) at 12 noon in Bluffton. It's a really big event with Tea Party people coming in from all over the Low Country. This is not an "invitation only" event -- it's open to all citizens! Come one, come all for a good old-fashioned grassroots Tea Party! No admission-- just bring lawn chairs and signs.

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