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Here we are less than a week -- the South Carolina primary let's take a look at the recent polls showing Mitt Romney slightly ahead of Newt Gingrich with Ron Paul and third place so.
Despite the lead Romney currently has can he still lose the social conservative vote in South Carolina joining us this morning Fox News contributor and former governor.
A South Carolina mr.
Mark Sanford good morning to you governor.
-- more back to you the development over the weekend is that social conservatives.
Rallying around Rick Santorum as they are guy.
Will this have any impact on the South Carolina voters or -- they determined to make up their own mind.
Well -- -- determined -- and I think that they'll be fairly determined to make up their own minds I think it's an important indicator and frankly not all that surprising.
I mean I think you would expect a group of social conservative leaders to to back somebody -- Rick Santorum given his credentials on that front.
I think that the bigger question though is.
It will social conservative is zoom.
Could exit from the say that English will the social conservative in essence -- this election South Carolina think that the interest -- it'll be important factor but I felt.
Don't think -- we -- the election.
Should it because earlier we talked to David Webb he is now Tea Party leader.
And radio host and he said that Republican voters should not put social consider social values.
First in this election if they do that he says it will lead to President Obama be reelected.
Do you think Republican voters should first vote the economy.
And then social values.
I don't think that there's anything should or shouldn't do -- -- I think they think again I go back to the individual nature of the twelve south Carolinians or for that matter Americans.
We're gonna make up our minds as we see fit.
I think that the reality of this election cycle is it's the economy and jobs that are gonna lead to -- for you could be a social conservative.
But if you live in Greer Gaffney -- -- -- you picked the spot in South Carolina.
And at the -- debate you lost your job.
Or your cousin lost his job and your wife is struggling in terms of where she's gonna work next.
We -- -- what's gonna drive your train I suspect -- jobs and the economy so again I think it's an important factor but jobs the economy and frankly the debt and the deficit.
-- probably going to be bigger issues this year in South Carolina.
And when it comes to jobs Newt Gingrich again last night in South Carolina hammering on Mitt Romney's time -- Bain Capital though he's changed his direction.
A little bit is that resonating with the estimated third of South Carolina voters that are still -- -- -- Yet but I I think frankly the negative way and I think his rise in the polls -- been despite.
Those -- a super -- -- against vulture capitalism etc.
You know I think he you know he's certainly being talked about and maybe that's helped them the but I think that you know them for a long time here in the states.
People have been looking for -- Romney alternative and and that's why you've seen sort of musical chairs of flavor of the week of the month as we went to this election cycle both in our state in other states.
But this is crunch time and and in turn of the last Stanford and number of these candidates.
They have their shot and end in South Carolina to very conservative state more so than New Hampshire Iowa.
And so I think to what you're seeing in terms of the tightening of the polls is look for somebody else we'll see if they get there should be -- -- the debate on fox tomorrow night former governor Mark Sanford thanks for being with us.
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