But his criticism of former Republican president George W Bush’s actions has aggravated some in his party, including in SC, which holds its Republican primary on Saturday. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) can win the general election. “I’ll never let you down!”
Most South Carolina polling has not shown that Trump’s long-running double-digit lead in the state is slipping. But if Cruz can place close to Trump in SC, it might be a sign that Trump is a vulnerable front-runner, whose outrageous attacks and break-the-rules behavior is finally catching up to him.
But, South Carolina has other important roles to play in the GOP field.
“He could have lied – maybe he did, maybe he didn’t”, Trump said on NBC’s Today show.
Saying he is backed by traditional conservatives, evangelicals, Ronald Reagan Democrats, and young people, Cruz said he is re-assembling “that old Reagan coalition”. There are many religious conservatives in SC, and Cruz is hoping to keep their momentum going.
Cruz will not be in the state for part of primary day itself – he will fly to Washington to attend the funeral of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Ted Cruz, whose campaign headquarters is packed with volunteers.
Rubio, a Florida senator, toured the state with high-profile SC supporters, including popular Gov. Nikki Haley.
With Kasich’s ad, which appears to be his campaign’s first public comments on the issue, four of the six remaining Republican candidates for president are on the record supporting the transfer of ownership of American public lands and energy resources to state or private control. He’s honest. He is modest.
The simple fact, as I have noted in this space before, is that Bush has to have a top three finish in SC on Saturday to continue on in the race as a serious candidate. State Director James Merrill said the campaign expected to have 250 volunteers in each of the state’s four regions in the final days before the primary.
Carson, a retired neurosurgeon, also said he plans to stay in the race until a gaggle of primaries in mostly southern states on March 1.
“We just need to take our policies to people that haven’t regularly voted for us in the past, communities that would benefit from what we stand for, but perhaps have been told that Republicans don’t care about people like them”, he said.