>>>Texas Gov. Rick Perry has picked up two important endorsements in South Carolina for his 2012 presidential campaign.
Longtime state legislator David Wilkins, who played a big role in George W. Bushs White House races, says hes signing onto Perrys bid. And Harvey Peeler, majority leader in the state Senate, is jumping on the Perry bandwagon, too.
Wilkins, who rose to House speaker before Bush named him ambassador to Canada, and Peeler are the most notable backers to announce their support for a candidate in early primary-voting South Carolina.
Both endorsements came even though U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint of encouraged fellow leading Republicans in South Carolina to hold off for now on making endorsements.<<<
>>>>>Rick Perry picks up big endorsement in South Carolina>>>>COLUMBIA, S.C. Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry stayed on script during two appearances in Florence Friday morning, attacking President Barack Obama on job creation while touting his own record for job creation as governor of Texas.
In doing so, Perry, governor of Texas, picked up a key endorsement from Florence physician Eddie Floyd, one of the states most influential Republican fundraisers. Floyd introduced Perry at Carolinas Hospital Systems as “the next president of the United States.”
......About 500 people crowded into Bazens Family Restuarant for Perrys appearance in Florence.
Another 300 had to wait outside because of fire safety rules. <<<...........