Palmetto Sunrise: Tracking the presidential hopefuls in South Carolina

Texas Gov. Rick Perry

Miss your favorite Republican or Democrat (unofficial) presidential hopeful in the Palmetto State so far? We’ll be seeing plenty of them — with this week giving us a taste of what’s to come. Vice President Joe Biden will be in Columbia and Charleston this week and Ohio Gov. John Kasich will be pushing his own brand of conservatism in the Legislature. The Post and Courier will be keeping track — Texas Gov. Rick Perry has racked up the most visits so far.

Kasich’s visit is expected to also bring attention to a movement that many conservatives — including Charleston Republican state Sen. Larry Grooms — hope catches on: a call for a Convention of States.

Grooms and Kasich want to force the federal government to balance its budget and to impose constitutional wording to protect traditional marriage. Under Article V of the Constitution, if two-thirds of the states agree, a Convention of States to propose amendment additions can be organized.

If it sounds like a long shot or a reprisal of a Civil War argument, Grooms doesn’t necessarily disagree.

“South Carolinians view the Constitution differently than their Northern brethren,” he said. “There have been certain liberties taken with the Constitution.”

Kasich has been pushing the idea in other state legislatures as well. “Who the heck thinks we should keep spending without any regard to the consequences?” Kasich told FOX News. “I don’t care if you’re a Republican, a Democrat or a Martian. This is not what we should be doing as a nation. It’s irresponsible.”

The effort, according to the FOX report, also has support from several other notable Republicans, including Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, 2008 vice presidential candidate and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and former Arkansas Gov. and potential 2016 White House candidate Mike Huckabee.

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