Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney appeared in North Charleston today with his former rival and newest supporter, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty.
Pawlenty praised Romney as “the most capable, most knowledgeable, most electable candidate in the race so far.”
Flanked by screens showing the outline of a jetliner, Romney flew into the Lowcountry today to launch his campaign here by talking labor policy and taking aim at the National Labor Relations Board and its lawsuit against Boeing.
Both Romney and Pawlenty toured Boeing’s new manufacturing plant here, the plant that triggered the board’s action. At issue is whether Boeing illegally weakened unions in Washington state by choosing South Carolina – a right to work state – for the plant.
Romney accused Obama of putting "labor stooges on the NLRB to pursue a political payback strategy," a claim that drew his first applause from the audience.
About 100 people attended Romney’s remarks at North Charleston City Hall, his first campaign appearance here since formally entering the 2012 presidential race.
The audience, a mix of long-time Republicans and tea party types, filled about half the seats in the council chamber. S.C. Treasurer Curtis Loftis also showed up and mingled with the crowd.
Romney is scheduled to travel to Florida later today for a CNN-Tea Party debate with other GOP presidential hopefuls.
Read more in Tuesday’s editions of The Post and Courier.