Monday, August 27, 2012
Former Massachusetts governor will accept nomination on Thursday night.
For the second time in a row, the Republican National Convention is disrupted by a hurricane. Hurricane Isaac has caused most of Monday's opening day schedule to be canceled (the revised schedule is posted below). In 2008, Minneapolis-St. Paul was struck by Hurricane Gustav, which led to a shortened schedule. But the wet weather has done little to dampen South Carolina Republicans’ enthusiasm for the event. More than 80 percent of the 41 Red Palmetto survey of GOP insiders said late last week they plan on following the convention regularly or 24/7. The enthusiasm for presumptive nominee Mitt Romney is another matter, however. While Romney is expected to carry the Palmetto State with ease, there is an excitement gap. That gap is in …
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Former presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio are the other big-name speakers Thursday night from Tampa.
The shortened Republican National Convention comes to a close tonight with Mitt Romney accepting the nomination for president. Other big-name speakers include former candidate Newt Gingrich, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. We will be live-streaming the event here starting shortly after 7. Please chat with us about what you're hearing. Here is tonight's schedule, according to the Washington Post: From 7 to 8 p.m. Call to order Introduction of Colors US Central Command Joint Forces Color Guard Team Pledge of Allegiance by Dylan Nonaka National Anthem sung by SEVEN Invocation by Ken and Priscilla Hutchins Remarks by Republican Senate candidate and U.S. Rep. Connie Mack, R-Fla. Reagan Legacy Video Remarks by former …
Friday, July 20, 2012
Our Red Palmetto survey of influential South Carolina conservatives finds Florida Sen. Marco Rubio the best option.
As GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney prepares to pick his runningmate in a matter of weeks — if not days — South Carolina Republicans say Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is the right choice. In another in a series of our Red Palmetto surveys, where Patch asks nearly 100 influential conservatives in South Carolina their opinion of political matters, 56 responded in a short survey week. Of those who responded, 28.6 percent said Romney should pick Rubio. And 31.5 percent predict Romney will indeed pick Rubio. "Romney needs to generate some excitement with his choice," said one respondent. Running a close second is former Secretary of State Condeleeza Rice. Twenty-five percent said Romney should pick Rice, while 18.5 percent believe he will. The …
Friday, July 6, 2012
More than 100 gather for book signing by Florida senator
COLUMBIA — Marco Rubio drew a crowd of more than 100 excited book buyers Thursday night as he signed his book “An American Son: A Memoir” at a Columbia bookstore on the tail end of his tour. Customers at Books-A-Million at the Village at Sandhill took numbers and stood in line to await the Florida senator’s signature. Long-rumored a potential vice presidential candidate, Rubio has stated that he would not talk about the issue on this book tour, though most in the crowd seemed excited by the idea of Rubio getting the nomination. “Because I am Cuban, I admire anybody who can come to this country like I did,” said Claris Soler. “I came to this country in 1961 - the church brought me over - and we’re very proud of [Rubio]. We’d like to see him…
Thursday, July 5, 2012
Live coverage of the Florida senator's book-signing stop at Books-A-Million.
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, a popular name in discussing vice presidential candidates, comes to Columbia tonight as part of his book-signing tour. He is scheduled to be at the Books-A-Million at the Village at Sandhill at 8 p.m. Do you think he would be a good GOP VP pick for former Gov. Mitt Romney?
The Florida senator, still a hot name in GOP vice presidential circles, will sign copies of his memoir at Books-A-Million at Village at Sandhill.
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, a hot name in circles predicting vice presidential candidates for the GOP, returns to South Carolina this week. Rubio will sign copies of his memoir, "An American Son," at the Books-A-Million at the Village at Sandhill at 8 p.m. tonight. Rubio was the guest of honor at the Silver Elephant dinner, a SCGOP fundraiser, earlier this year.
Monday, May 21, 2012
With Rubio making headlines in S.C., former governor raises subject of diversity on the ticket.
Former S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford appears anxious for something different on the GOP presidential ticket in 2012. Speculation is growing about the names on Mitt Romney's vice presidential shortlist, including Republican Sen. Rob Portman in make-or-break Ohio. Asked about Portman on Fox News on Monday morning, Sanford had a frank analysis. "The question is: Do you have another white-bread sandwich and, you know, is it just going to be boring to voters out there? I think that that's the question with Portman," Sanford said. GOP12.com at The Hill has the video. The comment comes two days after Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) made headlines during a visit to South Carolina. The son of Cuban immigrants, Rubio has been lauded as a possible vice-…
One of the favorites to be the Republican vice presidential candidate spoke Saturday in Columbia.
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), one of the favorites to be former Gov. Mitt Romney's VP choice in the upcoming presidential election, was in Columbia over the weekend to speak at the Silver Elephant fundraiser. Introduced by Sens. Lindsey Graham and Jim DeMint, as well as others, watch the video to see what Rubio had to say. Rubio takes the stage at the 16-minute mark, if you want to skip all of the introductions.
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio to speak at Silver Elephant dinner May 19
The South Carolina Republican Party announced Tuesday that Florida Sen. Marco Rubio would be the keynote speaker at its Silver Elephant dinner on May 19. "This year's Silver Elephant dinner will honor our party's proud heritage, as the first Silver Elephant dinners attracted Republicans from all walks of life," SCGOP Chairman Chad Connelly said. "Senator Rubio's personal story, combined with his outstanding leadership in Washington, make him a perfect choice for the occasion." Rubio, who was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2010, has become one of the Republican Party's top young leaders and his name has been floated as a possible vice presidential candidate. According to a release from the party, "the May 19 dinner will celebrate the state's…