South Carolina Congressman Tim Scott, who has reportedly been chosen to replace Jim DeMint as that state’s senator by Governor Nikki Haley, has had a heavenly helping hand during his time in Washington. A volunteer named Tim Taylor has led a group of “prayer team warriors” who have organized on Mr. Scott’s campaign website and prayed for God to give the congressman guidance and protection. Mr. Taylor told Politicker the team has been praying for Mr. Scott, who was elected to the House of Representatives in 2010, throughout his career.
“The prayer team has been active for many years now and we’ve prayed for Tim consistently,” said Mr. Taylor. “I’m just committed to it. I’ve known Tim for a long time and, you know, I’ve just felt led to pray for him.”
Comedian Stephen Colbert has made a tongue-in-cheek push for South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley to appoint him as the Palmetto State’s senator now that Jim DeMint is leaving the job to work at the Heritage Foundation. This afternoon, Ms. Haley responded to The Colbert Report host’s campaigning and high poll numbers by releasing her findings from “vetting” Mr. Colbert.
“Mr. Colbert, clearly a whole lot of people felt you needed a second look for U.S. Senate, and because I believe in doing my full due diligence … this is what our vetting process came back with,” Ms. Haley wrote in a post on Facebook that included a link to a document containing information about Mr. Colbert.
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A new poll indicates South Carolina voters want Governor Nikki Haley to make comedian Stephen Colbert their senator now that Jim DeMint is leaving Capitol Hill to become president of the Heritage Foundation. The survey, from the liberal-leaning Public Policy Polling, found 20 percent of South Carolinians want Mr. Colbert, who is a grew up in the Palmetto State, to get the job.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich surged to the front of the pack and pulled out a victory in South Carolina’s Republican primary tonight. Mr. Gingrich, whose performance in the polls over the last year has been a roller coaster of ups and downs, was immediately declared the winner by Fox News, ABC News and MSNBC when polls closed at 7pm.
The defeat is the second set back for Mr. Romney in two days. In addition to losing the Palmetto State, his win in Iowa was reversed yesterday to former Senator Rick Santorum, who finished tonight towards the bottom of the four candidates still competing for the Republican presidential nomination, along with Congressman Ron Paul.
During tonight’s Republican presidential debate in South Carolina, all the candidates weighed in on the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act.
Newt Gingrich began his answer with a joke.
“Well, you’re asking a conservative about the economic interests of Hollywood and I’m weighing, I’m weighing it. I’m not rushing in, I’m trying to think of all the many fond left-wing people who we’re so eager to protect,” Mr. Gingrich said.
After his swipe at Hollywood, which is one of the main industries supporting SOPA, Mr. Gingrich expressed his opposition to the bill.
Tonight’s CNN Republican debate in South Carolina started off with a bang as Newt Gingrich got into a heated exchange with moderator John King about a pair of interviews in which his ex-wife, Marianne, claimed he asked her to enter an open marriage prior to their divorce.
“I am appalled that you would begin a presidential debate on a topic like that,” Mr. Gingrich said.
Super PAC’s took center stage at the Fox News/Wall Street Journal Republican debate in Myrtle Beach last night when Rick Santorum accused Mitt Romney of using the controversial campaign committees to sponsor “inaccurate,” negative ads.
“I’ve run a very strong and positive campaign, my ads have been positive the only ad that I’ve ever put up contrasted myself with the other candidates and does so in a way talking about issues,” Mr. Santorum said. “Governor Romney’s super PAC has put an ad out there suggesting that I voted to allow felons to be able to vote from prison.”
Texas Governor Rick Perry returned home to Texas to “reassess” his campaign after his fifth place finish in the Iowa caucus Tuesday night. Though he left the campaign trail, Mr. Perry hasn’t decided to give up just yet. He released a 30 second ad in South Carolina today highlighting his bonafides as a traditional family man as part of a last stand in the Palmetto State.
“This TV ad highlights Gov. Perry’s perfect-for-South-Carolina status as a principled conservative, man of faith and proud military veteran,” Perry campaign communications director Ray Sullivan said in a statement announcing the ad.
In the final day of campaigning before the Iowa Caucus tomorrow, Mitt Romney compared President Barack Obama to the Kardashians, Michele Bachmann invoked Margaret Thatcher, Newt Gingrich lamented his fall from the front of the pack and Ron Paul plotted a path to the White House. Mr. Romney is currently leading in the latest Iowa polls followed by Mr. Paul. Mr. Santorum is ever so slightly ahead of Mr. Gingrich in third place.