Entries in University of South Carolina (2)


Romney Defends Free Enterprise During S.C. Campaign Stop

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(AIKEN, S.C.) -- At a rally in western South Carolina Friday, Romney defended free market principles, telling the group of 300 gathered in a university’s gymnasium that the answer to creating jobs is “not to walk away from free enterprise.”

“A lot of people want to talk about how we create jobs,” Romney told the crowd at the University of South Carolina-Aiken.

“By the way, it’s not to walk away from free enterprise,” Romney said. "It’s not to say that there’s something wrong with the free market system. No, instead, it’s to hold fast to that system and make it work for the American system."

While the attacks on his record at Bain Capital have worn off in recent days, Romney’s assertion on the trail that free enterprise is what will turn the economy around has not gone away.

“This has been such a defined race, between those that believe in freedom and free enterprise and the pursuit of happiness and opportunity and merit and those who believe in a European social welfare state,” Romney said. “And that’s the choice America is going to have to make.”

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Jon Huntsman Defends Obama Administration Role

LIU JIN/AFP/Getty Images(COLUMBIA, S.C.) -- Former U.S. Ambassador to China and potential 2012 Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman made a stop at the University of South Carolina Saturday, to speak at the school’s graduation.

During his speech, the former ambassador and Utah governor addressed the issue that both Republicans and Democrats appear intent on using against him if he launches a White House bid -- his service in the administration of a president he may now be seeking to run against.

"Work to keep America great. Serve her if asked. I was, by a president of a different political party," Huntsman said. "But in the end, while we might not all be of one party, we are all part of one nation -- a nation that needs your generational gift, energy and confidence."

That he chose South Carolina and a graduation ceremony is notable. South Carolina is one of the four early primary states, and a graduation ceremony, instead of a traditional political event, allowed him to define himself as a person and not just a politician.

Even so, the South Carolina primary doesn't seem like a natural fit for Huntsman, whose moderate record on issues like cap-and trade-and civil unions for gay couples are not likely to sit well with the evangelical conservative electorate there.

The debate over America's relationship with China is also going to be something Huntsman is going to have to navigate. China was often used as a boogeyman during the 2010 election cycle and potential candidates like Donald Trump have made China's "currency manipulation" a major talking point in speeches to GOP-oriented groups.

"There are many in China who think their time has come, that America's best days are over. And, there are probably some in this country who have lost confidence and think that China is the next big thing," Huntsman said. "But these people aren't seeing things from my earlier vantage point of 10,000 miles away. The way I saw it from overseas, America's passion remains as strong today as ever."

Huntsman has wasted no time jump-starting the preparations for a potential presidential bid. In fact, several key supporters, including veterans of Sen. John McCain's 2008 presidential operation, had already formed a kind of campaign-in-waiting by the time Huntsman touched down in the U.S. last week.

On Tuesday Huntsman set up a federal political action committee, "H PAC." A spokesman for the PAC, Tim Miller, said it was “an organizational step that will allow him to travel the country, discuss issues that are important to him, and support Republican candidates.”

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