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State’s Political Climate Hurting Role in Presidential Primary

Columbia Free TimesBY COREY HUTCHINS

Bow-tied men in seersucker suits and women in pumps and pearls were streaming up and down Greenville’s Main Street May 5 on their way to the first presidential debate of 2012.

The Upstate South Carolina city is home to some of the most conservative voters in the country, so it was a fitting choice for kicking off the 2012 Republican nomination race. But this year, it became a scene for something a little different. Before the debate geared up, a man in an elephant mask gyrated in a hula hoop on stilts as a mime juggled beside him and a clown made balloon animals and danced around to carnival music. 

“It’s a circus!” said a little boy. And it was. Sort of. 

GOP Presidential Debate Sideshow Group holds sideshow on day of GOP debate

Lachlan McIntosh of S.C. Forward Progress shares his views on what is needed in the next president.

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CNN: South Carolina Democrats mock GOP debate

Republican Presidential SideshowBy: CNN Political Reporter Peter Hamby

Greenville, South Carolina (CNN) - South Carolina Forward Progress, an independent group formed this week by a group of Democratic operatives, held a carnival-like press conference outside Thursday's Republican presidential debate in Greenville, South Carolina.

Group protests GOP debate in Greenville, calls it a 'circus'

GoUpstate.comGREENVILLE -- A newly formed South Carolina Democratic group called tonight's GOP presidential debate here a “circus” and a “celebration of extremism.”

Standing in front of the Westin Hotel close to the debate site and backed by a pair of mimes, a person on large stilts and a trio of young men holding signs mocking debate broadcaster Fox News Channel and so-called “birthers,” Lachlan McIntosh of the group SC Forward Progress said the debate represents a “celebration of the misinformed and a celebration of pandering.”