Thursday, December 22, 2005
Monday, December 12, 2005
Sanford will seek re-election as governor in 2006.
“Should I get re-elected,” Sanford said, “I absolutely am serving all four years, because we just have some huge issues here in South Carolina that are just an immense challenge.”
Sanford has said in the past that he was not planning to run for the White House, but he always had left the door cracked for a possible bid. His name has been mentioned by political observers handicapping the early, early race for the GOP nomination.
That will not happen, Sanford said, and he plans to be South Carolina’s governor until 2011, should he be sworn in again in January 2007.
Thursday, December 08, 2005
"But the reception at a state party fundraiser Wednesday night was overwhelmingly supportive of the lame-duck governor, whose political stardom is on the rise after he led his party to victory in Virginia's recent gubernatorial election."Among the comments:
Former U.S. Sen. Fritz Hollings:
"I believe like the rest of you that we have a real winner here tonight."Former S.C. Gov. Jim Hodges:
"You are going to be one heck of a president."Former SC Democratic Party Chairman Dick Harpootlian:
"I think the people in this room heard the next president of the United States. He was inspiring."
Monday, November 21, 2005
The trip was the senator's first to the important presidential primary state since the 2003 inauguration of the GOP's Mark Sanford as governor. Other stories: WIS TV, WCIV TV
McCain told The Associated Press he has no plans to decide about a possible presidential campaign until after next year's elections.
He said he would make a decision based on "what the mood and the priorities of the country are. I think that's very important. I think I am qualified in certain areas and if those are the same as the priorities of the American people and I would feel most qualified to address them, then that would matter."
Thursday, November 17, 2005
McCain, a U.S. senator from Arizona, is a two-time presidential candidate who may be thinking of a third campaign.
Friday, November 11, 2005
"He did allude to the fact that he's considering doing something else. That's a kind of code word," Fowler said from South Carolina. "I don't think anyone doubted what he was talking about."Warner is expected to be in SC later in the month for a fund-raiser for the Democratic Party as it honors past Democratic governors.
Thursday, November 10, 2005
On Nov. 20, McCain is scheduled to attend two events in Columbia, a book-signing and a military ceremony, before traveling to Charleston for an evening fundraiser for Attorney General Henry McMaster. Gov. Mark Sanford and U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, who supported McCain in 2000, are expected to attend.
Like other potential 2008 contenders, McCain comes under seemingly non-political auspices, but the meaning is unmistakable.
Sunday, October 30, 2005
It is Sanford’s second major event in a key state in as many months. In September, supporters held a fund-raiser for Sanford in Ohio, another key presidential battleground state. The event was sponsored in part by the Cincinnati Reds baseball team....Sanford also visited Iowa in July as part of a National Governors Association conference. Iowa is traditionally the first state to select a party’s presidential nominee.
Sanford’s travels raise questions, said presidential scholar Larry Sabato of the University of Virginia.
“I have to admit, the pattern of travel is suspicious,” Sabato said. “Traditionally, it’s been a dead giveaway” that a candidate is considering a run for president.
Monday, October 17, 2005
South Carolina is a leading candidate to join Iowa and New Hampshire as early birds among the 2008 Democratic presidential primaries.
Working in the state's favor: We're cheap, we're small and we're racially diverse.
S.C. Democrats care because early primaries get more than their fair share of attention from the candidates and national media. Translation: More exposure for the state and more dollars spent here. Some estimates reach into the millions.
Sunday, October 09, 2005
Huckabee, 49, is an intriguing person, just the kind of candidate who could catch fire here.
Having spent a significant part of his adult life as a pastor and denominational leader, he is a darling of Christian conservatives who make up a lion’s share of the S.C. GOP primary vote. He led the Arkansas Baptist State Convention, the largest denomination in the state.
He says those experiences gave him a deep sense of the problems faced by individuals and families.
Friday, October 07, 2005
The health fair was the first in a series of visits Huckabee is making to various states to learn about efforts that could be copied across the country. Huckabee said he visited South Carolina first because the Healthy South Carolina initiative fits that profile.
Huckabee is widely believed to be a potential 2008 presidential candidate, and South Carolina's early presidential primary is considered key for any Republican hopeful.Health care is a vital issue for many governors, including Huckabee and Sanford, who are struggling with the skyrocketing growth of Medicaid, the state-federal health program for the poor. States are looking at increasingly drastic measures for stopping that growth.
Sunday, October 02, 2005
Speaking at a state party meeting and then later at a fundraiser at the governor's mansion, Huckabee thanked the GOP faithful for their hard work. Currently the second longest serving governor in the nation, Huckabee credited party activists in his home state with each of his victories.
"It wasn't because I was a great candidate. It was because we had some wonderful people" helping with the campaign, he said at a meeting of the South Carolina Republican Party executive committee. ...Huckabee is the 10th White House hopeful, and the sixth Republican, to visit the state this year. The lame duck governor, whose term expires in 2007, also has made several trips to Iowa and New Hampshire, two other states with early presidential contests.
Monday, September 26, 2005
-- The State
- 9/26: Sanford given chance in presidential race, Orangeburg Times & Democrat
This weekend will be Brownback’s first trip to South Carolina since he visited to help Republican Jim DeMint in his successful 2004 campaign for the U.S. Senate.7/11/2005: Bandy: Polls show McCain and Clinton early presidential picks, The State
"U.S. Sens. John McCain and Hillary Clinton are the early front-runners for the 2008 presidential election, polls show."