Romney weathers attacks in Myrtle Beach debate | Politics
MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBTV) - From the upstate of South Carolina to the coastal low county, fixing the economy is one critical issue keeping many voters in search of a nominee.
That's why the interest was so high in South Carolina's Republican Presidential Primary at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.
Every seat was taken and without question it appeared that just about every candidate was going after front runner Mitt Romney.
Early on he skirted the question about releasing his tax returns, but finally answered after being pinned down by one of panelists.
"Time will tell, but I anticipate that I will be asked to it around the April time period, " Romney said.
Newt Gingrich plans to release his returns this coming Thursday, and as it related to jobs he says unemployment benefits run too long.
The former speaker said, " 99 weeks is an associate degree."
When it comes to the role of the federal government, on this Martin Luther King holiday Texas governor Rick Perry says
the issue of voting is a states rights issue.
"I'm saying that the state of Texas is under assault by the state of Carolina is at war with federal government."
However, Rick Santorum feels the federal government should get out the business of educating children.
"We should repeal the federal governments in the role of primary and secondary education and if you give me the opportunity, I'll do that,"Santorum said.
Ron Paul seemed to get fewest words in, but says national security means spending more it home and trimming expenses overseas.
Paul said, "You spend a billion dollars on an embassy in Baghdad. Bigger than the Vatican, You consider that defense spending I consider that waste."
Those who know voters in South Carolina like Senator Lindsay Graham say their minds of the undecided will soon be made up.
" I really believe the debate tonight will decide the republican primary in South Carolina," Graham said.
The candidates will meet each other for another debate in South Carolina on Thursday Night. Voters head to the polls on Saturday for the first Southern Primary.