The Buzz

April 7, 2014

Has your 2016 presidential favorite visited South Carolina?

The Buzz

A blog from The State's political team of Cassie Cope, Jamie Self and Andy Shain. Email tips to

Here's which of the early favorites to run for the White House in 2016 have visited South Carolina -- home of the South's first presidential primary.

The report comes from The Associated Press with some additions by The Buzz:


Vice President Joe Biden: Yes, headlined annual fundraising dinner in May 2013 for state party, appeared at Rep. James Clyburn's annual fish fry, Easter weekend vacation on Kiawah Island.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton: No. (Though a PAC pushing her to run held a Columbia fundraiser in February.)

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo: No.

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley: Yes, April 2013 speech to party activists.


Former Fla. Gov. Jeb Bush: Yes, 2012 speech.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie: Yes, helped Mitt Romney raise money in 2012.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz: Yes, "Pastors and Pews" event in November 2013, cultivating relationship with religious conservatives. Also visited in May, speaking to annual state GOP dinner. (Coming to The Citadel next week.)

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal: Yes, August fundraiser for Gov. Nikki Haley.

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul: Yes, foreign policy speech at The Citadel military college and small GOP fundraiser in Charleston in November 2013 visit; headlined several fundraisers earlier in year.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry: Yes, two-day visit in December 2013, addressed state GOP. In August, raised money for Haley's re-election campaign.

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio: Yes, headlined 2012 Silver Elephant dinner.

Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan: Yes, in 2012 campaign.

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum: Yes. Campaigned in April 2013 for Curtis Bostic in GOP House runoff race; Bostic lost.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker: Yes, attended August fundraiser for Haley, who came to Wisconsin to campaign for him in 2012 recall vote.

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