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Gingrich Confirmed for Tim Scott Town Hall

Congressman has yet to pick a favorite 2012 contender.

Rep. Tim Scott, R-S.C., said he'll host Newt Gingrich at a town hall on Nov. 28. It's the latest GOP Presidential Primary candidate to line up for a chance to share the stage with Charleston's freshman House member.

After a high-profile exit by his senior staff early in the campaign, the former House speaker has found signs of support in the polls with a string of successful debate performances and recently .

Several candidates have visited with Scott and a few hundred voters in the town hall series in recent months, including , , and . Rick Santorum will be the guest at , this Saturday in Summerville.

Scott's forums have become a key platform for candidates traveling through the Lowcountry. Cain's September event brought out well over 300 — an overflow crowd for the small auditorium at Daniel Island School — an early indication of the support he has found in the polls since then.

"Candidates keep saying, 'I really want to come to your forum,'" Scott said. "The candidates themselves are getting interaction with everyday voters and they want more."

Scott expected to have made an endorsement by now, but he says he's happy to hold off. "We're going to be paying attention to what these candidates are doing," he said. "We'll make a decision on an endorsement after we finish the town hall series — we're about a month away."

Remaining contenders in the field include consistent first-tier candidate Mitt Romney and libertarian Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas).

Scott has yet to settle on a candidate. He won't rule out sitting out this primary. After a high-profile interview process with the candidates, Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., suggested of the weekend he .

"I'm confident I'm going to be looking for a candidate to endorse," Scott said. "What happens will be dependent on the candidates themselves and how confident I am that they represent our value system here."

stanley seigler November 12, 2011 at 07:44 PM
re: newt cheating on his wife when she was dyeing [stanleyseigler] CORRECTION @lewis wray re: Gingrich wife never had cancer. She had a benign tumor removed. She lived AND she divorced HIM. ..You must be confusing Gingrich with Edwards. thank for correcting the record here...for details see newt's daughter account...difficut to tell if tumor was benign or malignant...but definitely is alive and doing well as a "miracle mom" http://www.outsidethebeltway.com/correcting-the-record-newt-gingrich-didnt-divorce-his-first-wife-while-she-had-cancer/
Kim Wanke November 14, 2011 at 05:13 AM
Ron Paul is a REPUBLICAN. Did you notice he is a candidate in the REPUBLICAN primary. He is a REPUBLICAN congressman in the House. He is listed as a registered member in the REPUBLICAN Party. How could a libertarian be included in the REPUBLICAN primary. Better post an update with the correct facts.
Kim Wanke November 14, 2011 at 05:29 AM
Actually the GooseCreekPatch needs to print a retraction.
Greg Hambrick November 14, 2011 at 01:24 PM
Kim that is "libertarian" with a lower case L for a reason, just as we lowercase conservative and liberal and progressive. But, for you, I will add an (R-Texas).
Kim Wanke November 16, 2011 at 01:47 AM
Greg Hambrick, thank you for the clarification and acknowledgment. However I am curious as to why you didn't feel it necessary to label the other candidates with their specific political leanings. Such as conservative republican, neocon republican, establishment republican, tea party republican, Reagan republican, progressive republican etc.

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