U.S. Senator Jim DeMint Announces 2012 Presidential Forum to be Held in Columbia, South Carolina on Labor Day, 2011
Palmetto Freedom Forum to Feature Top GOP Candidates
Columbia, SC – Today U.S. Senator Jim DeMint announced a Presidential Forum – The Palmetto Freedom Forum – to feature the top Republican candidates for President. The Forum is being sponsored by the American Principles Project and will take place on the afternoon of Labor Day (Monday, September 5, 2011) in Columbia, South Carolina, at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. South Carolina ETV will broadcast this innovative event live on the South Carolina channel. Informational letters will be sent to current and prospective candidates this week and formal invitations will be extended in August, based on objective polling criteria (see below).
The Palmetto Freedom Forum will follow a unique format, designed to allow invited candidates to engage in a thoughtful, substantive discussion of their stances on the critical issues facing our country. Candidates will be featured on stage one-at-a-time and will engage in a question and answer session with three panelists: U.S. Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC), U.S. Representative Steve King (R-IA), and Dr. Robert P. George, founder of the American Principles Project and a professor at Princeton University. The event will be moderated by David Stanton, a veteran of South Carolina presidential events and former local news anchor.
“I am pleased to be part of this exciting event that will help Republican primary voters make their choice for president,” said Senator DeMint. “America faces enormous challenges in the years ahead, and primary voters must thoughtfully select a candidate with the courage and conviction to fight to save it.”
“This event will present a vital opportunity for the 2012 presidential candidates to discuss their positions on a number of key issues and to outline their vision for the future of our nation,” said DeMint. “Instead of looking for ‘gotcha’ questions and sound bite answers, this event will offer candidates the opportunity to deliver their message directly to undecided primary voters in South Carolina and beyond.”
Representative Steve King (R-IA), who will join Senator DeMint on the panel, said, "Thirty second responses do not allow the candidates to properly spell out their understanding of our founding and their vision for our way forward. I appreciate Senator DeMint creating a venue that will let the candidates separate themselves on the issues."
A Palmetto Freedom Forum
Advisory Committee has been formed to facilitate the event and is
comprised of key South Carolina leaders including former SCGOP Chairman
Barry Wynn, Columbia businessman Peter Brown, leading SC Republican
Election Law Attorney Kevin Hall, former Public Policy Director for the
South Carolina Baptist Convention Joe Mack, and former DeMint State
Director Luke Byars. It will be sponsored by the American
Principles Project (www.
Founder of the American Principles Project, Robert George, concluded, “The South Carolina presidential forum rests on a conviction---the belief that the way forward for our country is a renewed fidelity to the foundational principles of our civilization and the constitutional principles of our democratic republic. The forum will give those aspiring to the presidency an opportunity to demonstrate the depth of their understanding of our nation's core principles, and the strength of their commitment to governing in accordance with them.”
Participation Criteria: The Palmetto Freedom Forum Advisory Committee will invite those individuals to participate who have achieved a 5% threshold in the realclearpolitics.com 2012 Republican Presidential Nomination RCP Average as is posted on that site on August 22, 2011 at 1PM Eastern Daylight Time. Those individuals who meet that criteria will receive a formal invitation.
PRESS RELEASE from American
September 1, 2011
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Labor Day Presidential Debate to Be Broadcast LIVE by CNN
GOP Candidates Will Descend on All-Important South Carolina
Washington, DC— Today, the American Principles Project announced that CNN will broadcast the “American Principles Project Palmetto Freedom Forum” live in Columbia, S.C. on Monday, September 5 at 3:00 p.m. EDT. The event’s unique format will cut through the talking points and put the candidates to test in a crucial early nominating state. The website www.Townhall.com will live-stream the event, including a roundtable immediately following it with analysis from the three panelists.
Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney will join Texas Governor Rick Perry, Rep. Michele Bachmann (MN), Rep. Ron Paul (TX), former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, and businessman Herman Cain are set to participate. They be on the stage one-at-a-time and will participate in a question and answer session with three panelists: Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC), Rep. Steve King (R-IA), and Dr. Robert George, founder of American Principles Project and McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University.
The event will be moderated by David Stanton, a veteran of South Carolina presidential events and respected former local news anchor
Invitations were also sent to former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and
former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani. The criteria set was at or
above the 5 percent threshold in the RealClearPolitics.com 2012
Republican Presidential Nomination average at 1:00 p.m. on Monday,
August 22, and therefore all qualified for invitations to the
Day afternoon event.
The American Principles Project is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to preserving and propagating the fundamental principles on which our country was founded – universal principles, embracing the notion that we are all, “created equal, endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights, and among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
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