Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, currently on the rise in the polls for the 2012 GOP presidential race, will visit Charleston in two weeks to join U.S. Rep. Tim Scott for a town hall.
Gingrich is the sixth Republican hopeful to hold a joint town hall with Scott, a first-term congressman who has vowed to remain on the fence until he gives all the candidates a chance to meet with voters in South Carolina's First Congressional District.
The event is set for 7 p.m. Nov. 28 at the College of Charleston's Sottile Theatre, 44 George St.
As with the previous town halls, audience members will have a chance to ask questions — and questions also may be submitted via the Internet at www.timstownhalls.com.
Scott praised Gingrich's recent debate performances. "Speaker Gingrich has a command of the issues and an ability to articulate — and fight for — conservative values that is second to none," he said.
Gingrich campaigned a little with Scott during Scott's 2010 race. In a statement, Gingrich said Scott "has shown himself to be a positive, ideas-oriented conservative leader for the people of South Carolina."
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas are the only major GOP candidates who have not taken Scott up on his town hall offer — so far. The state's presidential primary is Jan. 21.