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Perry picks up big endorsement in Florence

Aug 19, 2011 12:02:00 PM - thestate.com
Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry stayed on script during two appearances in Florence this morning, attacking President Barack Obama on job creation while touting his own record for job creation as governor of Texas.

In doing so, Perry picked up a key endorsement from Florence physician Eddie Floyd, one of the state's most influential Republican fundraisers. Floyd introduced Perry at Carolinas Hospital Systems as "the next president of the United States."

Floyd's endorsement is evidence that South Carolina Republican establishment is lining up behind Perry.

Perry will seek even more support before a crowd of Republican donors in Columbia at the Clarion Town House hotel around 12:45 p.m.

About 500 people crowded into Bazen's Family Restuarant for Perry's appearance in Florence.

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