REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE ARRIVE AND RALLY THE TROOPS
Rick Perry began the parade of possible nominees, followed by Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul and ending with Newt Gingrich. Each candidate had a partisan cheering contingency in the crowd but by far the most enthusiastic response was to Gingrich.
Two moments of note during this opening barrage first came with the speech delivered by Ron Paul. Outside of the massive tent where the rally was held a Jumbo Tron was showing the event to the several hundred people watching from outside the tent. When Paul was introduced the Jumbo Tron audio stopped and only the picture was available. The moment Paul's speech ended the audio miraculously reappeared without further interruption.
The second moment of note came from Newt Gingrich who had the line of the afternoon as he expressed his plan if nominated to challenge Barack Obama to seven Lincoln/Douglas style debates and even letting Obama use his TelePrompter. Newt said, "he can tell the truth without notes better than Obama can lie with a TelePrompter.
Our photographers snapped pictures of the event which will follow on another post shortly. A great kick off to the evenings activities and a clear sign that the GOP will have a good showing in South Carolina.