Saturday, January 21, 2012
The Greenville eatery has become a popular stump site for those hoping to get elected.
The path to the White House runs through the ham house, or at least that’s the story that Tommy Stevenson likes to tell. Stevenson, the owner of Tommy’s Country Ham House in Greenville, serves up country ham, eggs, grits and a side of politics — at least during election season. Tommy’s Ham House opened 26 years ago in Greenville, moving just once, to its location at 214 Rutherford Road. And while Saturday mornings are normally busy at the restaurant that touts country cooking, Saturday’s crowd set records. Stevenson said he would guess there were more than 1,000 people who filled the eatery and spilled into the parking lot. Why? Well, it seems there was a bit of confusion on the political circuit. Both Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich were …
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Former Massachusetts governor is continuing to add to his list of supporters.
On Thursday, Mitt Romney continued to add more supporters from the business community. The list of supporters adds the names of a former Bachmann adviser, Ron Thomas, and four businesses to the list of growing supporters in South Carolina leadership. “I’m very proud to earn the support of even more conservative leaders here in the Palmetto state,” Romney said. “They realize that we need to replace the President with someone who knows how to grow the economy. I look forward to working with them to create jobs for South Carolinians and people all across the country.” O.L. Thompson, CEO of O.L. Thompson Construction Company, said he was happy to endorse Romney. "We need a president who not only shares our conservative principles, but also is …
Wilkins, who had endorsed Perry earlier in the campaign season, said that he would now back former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.
Just hours after Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced he withdraw as a candidate for the GOP nomination as president, one of his biggest supporters in the Upstate announced that he would support his rival, Mitt Romney. Perry, in his announcement, threw support to former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. But a campaign announcement this evening confirmed that former United States Ambassador to Canada and former Speaker of the House David Wilkins of Greenville would support Mitt Romney for president. Wilkins endorsed Perry in August in front of voters at Tommy's Ham House in Greenville in August. During the introduction, Wilkins said, "Gov. (Rick) Perry is one of us. He is someone we can relate to, he is someone we can connect with, he is someone we …
The new television ad says that former Massachusetts governor is ready to lead the country down a new path.
Thursday, January 19, 2012
On Thursday, Romney for President released a new television advertisement in South Carolina titled “Ready To Lead.” In the ad, the campaign says that President Barack Obama’s policies have led our country down the wrong path. The ad also says that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will lead the country down a different path and will end job-killing regulations, restore the AAA credit rating, repeal Obamacare and balance the budget.
Saturday, January 14, 2012
Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum reconnects with former classmate and hopes to connect with voters during a stop at Tommy's Ham House in Greenville on Saturday.
After 37 years, Madalen Spence of Taylors finally asked someone to sign her yearbook. A kid they called, "Rooster." Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum was greeting supporters on Saturday at Tommy’s Ham House in Greenville. Spence was seated just yards from where Santorum would enter the popular eatery that has become a stumping ground for politicians. While Spence admits she didn’t know Santorum well, she grew up in the same hometown and knows his background. “He was in the band, Junior Achievement and was a manager for the baseball team,” she said. “And now, he’s a candidate for president.” Spence flipped open her Butler (Pa.) Senior High School yearbook to the marching band and in a neat cursive Santorum’s name was …
Friday, January 13, 2012
While all six GOP candidates were invited to participate in a Candidate Forum sponsored by the Greenville and Spartanburg GOPs, only Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich took them up on the opportunity.
Onlookers could have called them Rick Gingrich. Or Newt Santorum. At least on Friday. Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich, the only two candidates to take part in a conservative forum at Byrnes High School in Duncan, played nice Friday, echoing sentiments against Barack Obama, while imploring the audience of more than 500 to consider the vast importance of the 2012 election. "This is the most important election of your lifetime," Santorum told the crowd at the conclusion of the event. "South Carolina very well may decide who the next president of the United States is going to be." Santorum and Gingrich are vying for South Carolina's precious "conservative" vote, while former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney continues to enjoy a lead in the …
Thursday, January 12, 2012
A presidential candidate forum will be held on Jan. 13 at Byrnes High School in Duncan. Rick Santorum, Rick Perry and Jon Huntsman have confirmed their attendance.
A political forum sponsored by the Greenville and Spartanburg Republican parties will focus attention on the Upstate just days before the primary. The forum to be held on Jan. 13 at Byrnes High School in Duncan, just eight days before the first-in-the-south South Carolina Republican Primary. It will be broadcast live on WORD at 6:30 p.m. "This close to the primary, this will be the last time many of them will be in the Upstate or at least appearing together," according to LaDonna Ryggs, chair of the Spartanburg County Republican Party. Ryggs said they began preparing for the forum earlier this week and have confirmed Rick Santorum will attend. At this time, Rick Perry and Jon Huntsman are expected to attend the event, she said. Mitt Romney…
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Based on criteria for upcoming CNN debate, Perry doesn't qualify.
The waning success of one-time frontrunner Texas Gov. Rick Perry seemingly makes him ineligible for one of two upcoming debates in South Carolina, but officials say he's still invited. The criteria for the upcoming CNN Southern Republican Presidential Debate released on Jan. 3 gave candidates four different ways to qualify. Candidates must place in the top four in either the Iowa Caucus or the New Hampshire Primary, place at seven percent or above in the average of national polls, or place at seven percent or better in the average of S.C. polls. Perry placed sixth in the New Hampshire Primary with only seven-tenths percent of the vote and took fifth place in Iowa with a slightly more impressive 10.3 percent of the vote. Neither contest …
Speaker Pro Tem Jay Lucas, Greenville Mayor Knox White among the list of notables supporting the former Massachusetts governor.
Hoping to garner support in the Palmetto State and to win his third primary state victory, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney released a list of notable South Carolinians who are backing him in his run for president. Just two months ago, few gave Romney a chance to win in South Carolina. But the latest polling averages from Real Clear Politics give Romney a 10-point lead over both former Sen. Rick Santorum and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. Romney already has the support of the state's first female leader, Gov. Nikki Haley, though many question its impact. On Wednesday, Romney added to his list of supporters: Robert Bolchoz, a businessman and former prosecutor; Henry Brown, former representative of the 1st Congressional District; …
Sunday, January 8, 2012
The group is operating independently of the Romney for President campaign and needs volunteers.
The day after former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney won the Iowa Caucuses, the Friends of Mitt Romney office in Spartanburg was strangely quiet. There were no ringing phones, no bustling office workers and no campaign volunteers. The office was opened on Wednesday, but only a few supporters gathered at 1002 S. Pine St. in Spartanburg. But that’s something the independent organization of Friends of Mitt Romney hopes to change. COMING MONDAY: Supporters of Rep. Ron Paul are working on their SC grassroots campaign, hoping for another strong finish. The group is quickly organizing volunteers with the first meeting to be held from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. “This is a chance for volunteers to meet and to volunteer for activities for the …