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VIDEO: Anita Perry visits Columbia

Sep 21, 2011 4:55:00 PM - thestate.com
Anita Perry, wife of Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry, spoke at the opening of Perry’s S.C. campaign headquarters Wednesday afternoon, saying her husband has plans to spend a lot of time in South Carolina leading up to the state’s presidential primary early next year.

“South Carolina and Texans are a lot alike. We have the same values, we like the same food and we talk the same talk,” Perry told the crowd at 1529 Washington Street, where Gov. Nikki Haley and Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin also had their campaign headquarters. “And we feel right at home here and we’re planning on spending a lot of time in your state.”

A poll from Winthrop University released Tuesday showed Perry is the frontrunner in South Carolina, but former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney was a close second, within the margin of error of the poll.

While Anita Perry faced a mostly friendly crowd, a small group of protesters gathered outside wearing masks in the likeness of former Democratic Vice President Al Gore (Perry endorsed Gore for president in 1988). Another sign read, “Don’t vaccinate me!” -- a jab at Perry’s decision while governor of Texas to sign an executive order mandating the HPV vaccine for young girls.

Perry has since said he regretted signing that order.

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