Romney will skip forum organized by DeMint

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) will skip a South Carolina forum for presidential candidates hosted by Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), scheduled for Labor Day.

Romney will spend the day in New Hampshire instead, a campaign official said Wednesday; the former Massachusetts governor has concentrated heavily on winning the first-in-the-nation primary.

Five candidates — Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Rep. Michele Bachmann (Minn.), Rep. Ron Paul (Texas), former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (Ga.) and businessman Herman Cain — are slated to attend the Sept. 5 American Principles Project Palmetto Freedom Forum. DeMint organized it along with other state Republican officials and Iowa Rep. Steve King (R).

The event's seen as a major showcase for candidates in front of a Palmetto State audience, especially DeMint, whose endorsement would be influential in the state's primary.

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