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GOP candidates descend on SC, court tea party
Republican presidential candidates visit South Carolina, looking to shore up tea party support
By The Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) ' Texas Gov. Rick Perry says voters at the ballot box are the nation's most effective form of term limits, beginning a busy day of politics that is drawing the top Republicans vying for their party's presidential nomination to the early voting state of South Carolina.

With Labor Day marking the unofficial start to the 2012 campaign, the contenders are set to pitch themselves to tea partyers and the GOP base during an afternoon forum with Senator Jim DeMint in his home state.

The event is designed to probe the candidates on their views of spending, taxes and the Constitution ' bedrock principles for the tea party activists whose rising clout is likely to shape the nominating process.

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