U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint and Columbia will take center stage Labor Day as hosts to a presidential forum of the top Republican candidates.
Called The Palmetto Freedom Forum, the event takes place on Sept. 5 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, and will be aired by S.C. ETV with former Midlands news anchor, David Stanton, serving as moderator.
DeMint, a Greenville Republican and Tea Party favorite, said he is seeking more thoughtful answers than what is achieved in many forums.
Candidates will appear on stage one-at-a-time and take part in a question and answer session with three panelists: DeMint, U.S. Rep. Steve King of Iowa and Robert George, a Princeton University professor.
"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 in a statement. "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."