Presidential Contenders Campaign in South Carolina
January 20, 2012
Candidates vying for the U.S. Republican presidential nomination are
making their final push for support in South Carolina just one day
before the southern state holds its primary.
The four candidates are meeting with voters across the state on Friday,
each aiming to show he is the one who can defeat President Barack Obama
in the national election in November.
A week ago, many political polls indicated the South Carolina race would
be an easy victory for former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. But
after sharp attacks from his rivals, and a series of upheavals in the
race this week, many polls and political analysts say the race could be
Former congressman Newt Gingrich, in particular, is rising as a
challenger to Romney. He could benefit from Texas Governor Rick Perry's
decision to drop out of the race Thursday, and to endorse Gingrich.
joined Gingrich, former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum and Texas
Congressman Ron Paul in a volatile debate in South Carolina Thursday
The final four contenders argued over jobs, health care, and leadership.
Gingrich turned angry when questioned at the start of the debate about
allegations by his ex-wife that he asked for an "open marriage" in 1999
to accommodate an extramarital affair. He denied that accusation,
although the former speaker of the House of Representatives has admitted
having affairs during his first two marriages.
For many American voters, the U.S. economy and high unemployment are the
big issues in this election. President Obama has no competition for the
Democratic Party's nomination this year, but many political analysts say
the sluggish economy means he faces a tough race against the eventual