U.S. Rep. Scott to President Obama: Hit the road
U.S. Rep. Tim Scott, a North Charleston Republican, delivered a two-minute speech at the Republican National Convention on Tuesday, telling President Barack Obama to hit the road, Jack.
The freshman African-American congressman from the 1st District spoke of growing up poor in North Charleston, raised by a single mother who believed in discipline. Scott said he was inspired by a small business owner who taught him the value of hard work.
For a link to video of Scotts speech, go to the Election 2012 page on thestate.com.
First gentleman gets a little VIP treatment
Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and his wife, Ann, invited S.C. first gentleman Michael Haley to sit in their sky box in Tampa Tuesday night and listen to his wife, Gov. Nikki Haley, give her speech to the convention.
Michael Haley is scheduled to be deployed to Afghanistan with the S.C. National Guard in January. A first lieutenant, he will serve as a liaison officer between an agricultural-support unit and Afghan leaders.
Tuesday in Tampa, Gov. Haley was asked by reporters about her husbands impending deployment. He is so ready to go. He is so ready to serve, Haley said.
The couple has two children, ages 14 and 10.
As a mom, I have told my children that he is going so somebody elses mom or dad can come home, Haley said.
Haley also said that her children were not enthusiastic about her speech Tuesday night. They said, Mom youre on national TV all of the time. Whats the big deal? And I said, Well this is a little bit different.
Loftis announces S.C. votes for nominee
South Carolinas votes in Tuesday afternoons roll-call for the GOP nomination for president 24 for GOP nominee Romney of Massachusetts and one for U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas were announced by state Treasurer Curtis Loftis, who praised S.C. citizens and Romney as diligent, honorable and god-loving people.
The sole vote for Paul came from delegate Mike Vasovski of Aiken, an unsuccessful candidate for Congress in 2010. (State Sen. Tom Davis, R-Beaufort, a delegate who endorsed Paul leading up to the S.C. presidential primary, was bound by convention rules to vote for Romney.)
Romney finished second in South Carolinas January primary behind former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich.
What will the S.C. delegates be doing?
The S.C. delegates schedule for the rest of the GOP convention includes:
Today: A breakfast with S.C. congressmen, a reception hosted by insurance giant BlueCross BlueShield and a Southern states party at Raymond James Stadium, home of the NFLs Tampa Bay Bucs
Thursday: A breakfast with an unnamed special guest. That night, of course, Romney formally accepts the GOP presidential nomination.