Some may think that January 2010 may be too early to begin thinking about Presidential candidates, and if you live in Kentucky or Oregon or Georgia you may have a point. But ... I live in SC and SC has the distinction of having not only the "first in the South" primary, but we were also awarded the honor of hosting the 2012 Southern Republican Leadership Conference AND the SCGOP will be hosting the first Republican presidential debate in May. So we've already seen some hopefuls making appearances in SC ... Haley Barbour was at Nikki Haley's inauguration, Rick Santorum was at this weekend's March for Life in Columbia, and Newt Gingrich was the speaker at last month's Spartanburg GOP Bronze Elephant event.
National pollster Scott Rasmussen told members of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry that the search is on for a candidate to challenge Barack Obama in 2012. "I have no idea who the Republicans will nominate next year," the keynote speaker at LABI's annual meeting said.
He surprised some business leaders by saying "it's not one of the big names" — Sarah Palin, Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty or Newt Gingrich. Instead, he said it will be someone who hasn't previously been involved in a national campaign but has some national recognition.
South Carolinians will have an extraordinary opportunity to provide a tipping point for some of these candidates by our responses to and interactions with them while they are visiting our state. Hopefully tea party patriots and liberty group members, as well as GOP voters feel empowered and excited by that responsibility! To that end ... I want to share this video of Herman Cain, who has announced the formation of an exploratory committee, as he schools Bill Clinton the last time around on health care. When you begin to see Herman interviewed and spoken about as a potential nominee, know that he had it right on health care way back when.