Tea Party kingmaker, South Carolina Senator Jim Demint is holding a Republican Presidential candidate's forum in Columbia, South Carolina, the state capitol.
Appearing before the invitation only audience will be U.S. Representative Michele Bachmann who's opposition to government bailouts didn't stop her family business from taking federal and State of Minnesota subsidies of nearly $200,000; Texas Governor Rick Perry who's "Texas economic miracle" shares the honor with Mississippi of being the states with the highest percentage of minimum wage jobs; U.S. Representative Ron Paul, Former New York City Mayor, Rudy Giuliani, half-term Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, and Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Newt Gingrich.
Former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman and Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, whom Demint endorsed in 2008, will not be present to represent the liberal wing of the Republican Party. Former Senator Rick Santorum was also not invited along with Huntsman because neither candidate met the polling requirements set by the event's organizers.
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