With just under two months to go before the first contest in the Republican race for the White House, the GOP field is mostly in South Carolina and New Hampshire on Veterans Day.
Michele Bachmann, down in the Palmetto State in advance of Saturday night’s national security debate, spent the morning walking a parade route in Columbia to honor veterans.
Also in South Carolina was Mitt Romney, who will host a roundtable with veterans at Mutt’s BBQ in Maudlin Friday afternoon. His campaign sent out this statement earlier today:
“Today, on Veterans Day, we pause to remember – and to take solemn pride in – America’s heroes. Over the last year, and over all the generations of our history, painfully many have given the last full measure of devotion for our country. And so many more have been prepared to sacrifice all – the comforts of home, the daily pleasures of family and friends, and their very lives – for the noble cause of safeguarding the freedoms we hold dear. We owe the men and women who have served in our armed forces our respect, our admiration, and our eternal gratitude.”
Rick Santorum will also criss-cross South Carolina, lunching with the Fairfield County Republican Party at noon. He heads to Florence for a 3 p.m. townhall at Poynor Community Center, and then he is off to Society Hill, where he will host a ‘Barbeque in the Barn’ party at 6 p.m.
Jon M. Huntsman, who is still at the bottom of the polls and still singularly focused on New Hampshire, spent the morning honoring veterans in Boscawen.
He tours Next Step Orthotics and Prosthetics in Manchester at 2 p.m and will head to an American Legion post this evening for a townhall meeting in Hudson at 7 p.m. Ron Paul will also be in New Hampshire, where he hosts a 6 p.m. townhall at Rochester Governors Inn. Newt Gingrich will open his campaign headquarters this afternoon in Manchester at 2:30.
Herman Cain, who has raised as much as $2.5 million in the wake of sexual harassment allegations brought to light recently, will hit the money trail in New York, where he is scheduled to host two fundraisers.