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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Republican Presidential candidates are hot on the campaign trail. Two of the GOP potentials were in our backyard Friday looking for support.

Republican Presidential hopefuls Rick Perry and Michele Bachmann stopped by to see our neighbors to the south. Both candidates are trying to win the hearts and votes of South Carolinians as it’s set to be the first southern state to hold a primary at the beginning of next year.

“South Carolina is incredibly important in this primary,” Republican Presidential candidate Rick Perry said. “I want to ask each and every one of you to work like you’ve never worked before to deliver South Carolina to us, the Palmetto State.”

Texas Governor Rick Perry made his way through Florence, speaking and shaking hands at a restaurant and touring the Radiation Department at Carolinas Hospital.

“We wanted to show our support for him and give our students an opportunity to perhaps meet the next President of the United States,” said Florence teacher Adam Hinson.

Hinson said he likes Perry’s principles and wanted his students to experience democracy firsthand.

“I like that he’s so conservative and his morals and just that he took the time to talk to us and take a picture with us,” said high school senior Hannah Driggers.

Driggers is excited to be able to vote for the first time in the upcoming election.

South Carolinians seemed to be impressed with their politics but also with the candidates’ personal lives.

“He met his wife when he was eight years old,” Florence County GOP member Barbara Shirley said. “She’s the only woman he’s ever dated. They’ve been married a long time. He’s got a wonderful family.”

Bachmann supporters are impressed with her home life as well.

“If she’s had 23 foster children, she’s got to be a woman of real character,” supporter Janet Whitfield said.

Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann held a town hall forum at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.

“I’ll be doggoned if I’m gonna let Socialism take my country over,” shouted an excited supporter.

Janet Levengood is from Pennsylvania. She said she’s been following Bachmann’s campaign and just happened to be vacationing in Myrtle Beach this week. Levengood likes what Bachmann stands for and the fact that she’s a woman.

“Oh, I think that’s wonderful! But I don’t vote for people based on sex, race, color or anything like that,” Levengood said. “I think you need to back a person for what they stand.”

Both conservatives focused primarily on doing away with the President’s health care reform plan, working to decrease America’s debt, cutting spending and creating jobs.


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