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At Mike Huckabee’s South Carolina undecided voter candidate forum Saturday, Jon Huntsman suggested it’s unavoidable that his Mormon faith will become part of the campaign if he’s the GOP nominee. But he’s not worried about it.



“I intend to defend who I am, my faith my family and my beliefs by being who i am, because in the end the good voters and the good people of this country are going to know the nominee if every way shape and form…all you can do is be your best and and when you are you best and you radiate whatever values you have, the good people of this country are going to come to know you and come to appreciate that.”

Asked to defend his pro-life bona fides, Jon Huntsman points to his adopted Chinese daughter: “I have a daughter sitting right there in front of you – she comes from China. From a country that isn’t always pro-life. She was abandoned age two in a vegetable market.” He concludes that this is a sign of of his commitment to the principle of life. Enforced abortions often stipulated by China’s “one child policy” are a particular cause celebre with evangelical “pro-life” voters.

A self-described conservative voter asks Romney to convince her in a minute that he’s a real conservative. “I don’t know if in a minute I can convince you I have a conservative record,” Romney says. In the same answer he mentions his budget-cutting as MA governor and how he wrote a book called “No Apologies.”

“You hit the mark exactly,” Huckabee tells him as Romney ends his answer.

At an undecided voter forum in South Carolina Saturday, Mitt Romney made a promise to an evangelical voter concerned about what she said is a creeping anti-Christian bigotry: “I will stand up for the ability of Americans to worship as they choose,” he said.

“I will not proceed down the path that i think you’re seeing across this country, which is to try and secularize America,” Romney said.

Talk of anti-Christian bigotry has been a big part of the race in South Carolina, with Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum in particular mentioning the issue at every campaign stop.

Mitt Romney tells Mike Huckabee that one reason for Obama’s “failure” as a President is that he came into office with both parts of Congress in the hands of the Democrats, so he never had to reach out across the aisle. “He doesn’t like it any more. He doesn’t want to have to work with both parties.” He contrasts this with his own experience as a Republican governor of a state where Democrats dominate the legislature.

Before he interviews the GOP candidates (not including Ron Paul, whom he says Fox “repeatedly” invited but to no avail) Mike Huckabee says the reason so many South Carolina voters are undecided is not because the candidates are bad, but because they’re all so good. “Have you ever been really hungry and wandered round a grocery store?” he asks the audience. “You know how everything looks good and it turns out to be really hard to decide. That’s what it’s like with these candidates.”

Fox News aired a taped version of Mike Huckabee’s undecided voter forum in South Carolina Saturday night. Huckabee kicked off the event with a joke about how South Carolina has chosen the GOP nominee for the last 30 years.

“Believe me, I know,” Huckabee said, referring to his 2008 loss in the state’s primary.

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But you wouldn't have known that if you watched the lastest undercover sting video from James O'Keefe's Project Veritas, which featured a man with an Irish accent attempting to obtain a ballot on behalf of a Robert Beaulieu who lives on Cassandra Lane.

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The Obama Administration on Saturday took a stance on two pieces of anti-online piracy legislation moving through Congress -- the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House and the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) in the Senate --- saying it would not support the bills as currently written, handing the biggest victory yet to a growing chorus of critics of the bills.

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COLUMBIA, SC -- When you watch the homestretch to the South Carolina primary, you're really watching the latest round of a fight between old campaigning and new.

Mitt Romney and his allies are spending a fortune to win here, and the current polls show he's pulling it off. But ask around among the political professionals here in the state's capital and you'll hear the same thing over and over: Romney's headed to victory without the robust, retail-style campaigning past winners have relied on.

And that could make the next few days more exciting than you might think.

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