SC Tea Party Convention aims for national focus

01/11/2013 12:14 AM

01/11/2013 12:16 AM

If there's a theme for this weekend's state Tea Party convention in Myrtle Beach, it's having more of a national focus.

“That is because we believe we are at a crossroads for the future of America,” said Joe Dugan, state coordinator for the S.C. Tea Party Coalition.

In planning the convention, Dugan said he felt it was time Tea Party members looked at the greatest threats facing America at this point in history and bring together experts who could offer solutions.

He's asked the speakers to be totally honest and forthright, and “take the gloves off and leave them at home.”

Some of the issues, Dugan said, are foreign relations and terrorist threats. On the schedule for that conversation are Frank Gaffney, founder of the Center for Security Policy, and former Navy SEAL Benjamin Smith.

Another hot topic is the current fiscal situation, with one of the speakers being Tim Phillips, president of Americans for Prosperity.

Dugan said the current administration has people boarding a ship that is sailing toward the failed socialism of Europe.

“The people that are calling the shots have their heads in the sand,” he said.

Additionally, a roundtable discussion on President Obama's health care overhaul is scheduled for Saturday, with three doctors scheduled to talk.

Other speakers scheduled throughout the weekend include Congressmen Mick Mulvaney from Indian Land and Jeff Duncan from Laurens, both Republicans, GOP S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson and Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder of Tea Party Patriots.

The convention runs Jan. 12 and Jan. 13 at the Springmaid Beach Resort, located at 3200 S. Ocean Blvd. in Myrtle Beach. Seating is limited to

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