Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will participate in a Monday forum in Columbia hosted by U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint.
The announcement came on the same day a new poll from Public Policy Polling
showed Romney, the one-time front runner for the Republican presidential nomination, trailed Texas Gov. Rick Perry by 20 percentage points in South Carolina.
The poll surveyed 750 usual South Carolina primary voters and had a margin of error of 3.6 percent. Public Policy Polling is a Democratic polling company.
Romney had previously declined an invitation to participate in the forum because of a scheduling conflict.
"He was able to move his event to Sunday night, which allowed him to fly out of New Hampshire in the morning and as such he could be here," said Luke Byars, who is organizing the forum. "We're thrilled. We're really looking forward to it because now we've got the top six candidates, as polled in that Real Clear Politics poll.