Updated 01/18/2012 08:58 PM
Romney stumps at Winthrop
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ROCK HILL, S.C. – Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney made his case to South Carolina voters Wednesday afternoon – especially those still undecided.
Just days before the all important "First in the South" Republican presidential primary, some polls indicate more than a third of likely voters might change their mind by this weekend’s vote.
"Right now, it's a tossup. I just don't have a clue," said Tom Phelps of Fort Mill.
Winthrop sophomore Bethany Foil echoed his sentiments.
"I'm just trying to hear everyone's opinion," she said.
GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney used rallies like this one at Winthrop University to solidify his Palmetto State support – and bring in others still on the fence.
"Looking up where they line up today may not have that much meaning on Saturday.That makes events like these all the more important," said Karen Kedrowski, professor and chairwoman of the Winthrop political science department.
The former Massachusetts governor spent little time directly attacking his four remaining GOP rivals, but repeatedly hammered President Barack Obama's policies, especially those on the economy, to a crowd of about 500.
"Almost everything he's done there had made it harder to businesses to reboot and start hiring people,” said Romney. “Obamacare, that didn't encourage people to hire, cap and trade, that didn't encourage people to go out and hire.
"This president is out of ideas, he's running out of excuses, and in 2012, he's out of town," said Romney.
A new CNN poll in South Carolina released Wednesday afternoon had Romney maintaining his first place lead, 10 points ahead of Newt Gingrich.