Bachmann to visit, discuss foreign policy

U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann brings her campaign to Mount Pleasant.

Republican presidential contender and U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann will give a major foreign policy speech Thursday in Mount Pleasant as part of her extensive South Carolina campaign swing this week.

The Minnesota congresswoman's talk is set for 12:30 p.m. aboard the aircraft carrier Yorktown at the Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum.

Today, Bachmann is scheduled to deliver an economic address at a state Republican Party fundraiser in Columbia, and she will return to that city later Thursday for a meet-and-greet in West Columbia. She also is set to participate in the Columbia Veterans Day Parade on Friday.

Bachmann is not the only candidate stumping here this week in the run-up to Saturday night's GOP presidential debate at Wofford College in Spartanburg.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry also will be at the Columbia parade Friday.

At 11:30 a.m. Saturday, U.S. Rep. Tim Scott and GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum, a former senator from Pennsylvania, will hold a town hall meeting at Miler Country Club in Summerville.

Meanwhile, one of South Carolina's most powerful Republicans has vowed to stay on the sidelines for the Jan. 21 GOP presidential primary.

U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint's spokesman, Wesley Denton, confirmed Monday to The Associated Press that DeMint will not endorse a candidate in the primary.

DeMint, who briefly considered running for president himself this year, had backed former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney four years ago.

Another influential Palmetto State Republican, Gov. Nikki Haley, has said she will make an endorsement, but not anytime soon.

Reach Robert Behre at 937-5771.