Mitt Romney made a rare campaign stop in South Carolina Monday, touring the Boeing facility here with his newest backer for the Republican Partys presidential nomination, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty.
Pawlenty, whose own quest to win the GOP nomination fizzled after he failed to win a straw poll in neighboring Iowa, said Romney was the most qualified and electable candidate in the field.
Electable was the key word. As Pawlenty touted Romney during a press conference at North Charleston City Hall, he repeatedly used the word.
Recent polls show Texas Gov. Rick Perry has knocked Romney from his front-runners perch, but Romney and his backers suggest the former Massachusetts governor is more electable than the fiery and controversial Perry.
Last week, for instance. Perry called Social Security a Ponzi scheme, an illegal criminal scheme that uses the money of newer investors to pay off older investors.