Campaign Director: Romney Coming To S.C. In Next Seven Days
Ann Romney, wife of GOP candidate, visits Spartanburg
Ann Romney spoke to a small group of supporter Thursday morning in Spartanburg, but her visit is likely to be but a prelude to a visit by her husband, one of the GOP frontrunners, Mitt Romney, within the next seven days.
After she spoke, David Raad, Romney's campaign director for the state of South Carolina, confirmed the candidate would himself be heading to the Palmetto State soon.
"Without a doubt, unequivocally yes, he's coming here," Raad said. "Within the next seven days."
When pressed about when Romney may visit the Upstate, Raad said such a visit would likely be "shortly after that," suggesting that his initial visit to the state will be in the Midlands or Lowcountry.
Ann Romney, a 62-year-old mother of five, visited the Westside Library in Spartanburg as a guest of the Spartanburg County GOP, and spent several minutes telling a group of about 15 people about her family life and how she was coping with the pressures of a presidential campaign.
"I'm just going to enjoy this. I decided the other day - campaigns are hard enough. I'm just going to enjoy it," Romney said. "I'm going to enjoy meeting people, I'm going to enjoy seeing the country, I'm going enjoy whatever happens. Whatever happens is going to happen. I'm just going to be a participant in something wonderful."
"I love this country," she added. "I love this process we're able to have in this nation."
In Simpsonville, Romney drew an appreciably larger crowd of approximately 75 at City Hall. She touched on many of the same topics she had in Spartanburg, after an introduction from state treasurer Curtis Loftis.
CNN has indicated that Romney will spend Thursday evening as a guest of Nikki Haley at the governor's mansion.
Romney's husband Mitt has enjoyed the status of being among the elite candidates in the large GOP presidential field since the beginning of the race and continues to rise in popularity as challenger Rick Perry has struggled to match his rival's polish in the latest round of debates. Meanwhile, the state is vowing to maintain its "first in the South" status as earlier presidential primary for the party in the region, meaning the event may come sooner than later.