Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, who was an ambassador to China for the Obama administration, apparently wasn’t joking about his intention to avoid Iowa. A Hawkeye State-based social pledge found him responding that he doesn’t do pledges, but he was the first of all candidates to respond to a South Carolina “Family ’12 Challenge.”
The South Carolina Focus on the Family affiliate, the Palmetto Family Council, is communicating its top issues to 2012 hopefuls as a part of their state’s status as one of four designated early presidential contests. As reporter Sofia Resnick noted on behalf of our national sister site, The American Independent, the influential group is utilizing its “first-in-the-south” primary to issue a missive to candidates.
"Since it formed in 1994, PFC has pushed a political agenda relative to its conservative Christian attitudes, especially on issues related to marriage and abortion rights. A featured link on Palmetto’s homepage jumps to a reprint from the Columbia, S.C.-based Christian magazine Reach Out Columbia, which lists 24 state legislative issues that the group was “actively involved in” between 2005 and 2008. The top issue on the list is the constitutional amendment prohibiting marriage between gay men and lesbians that was passed in 2007. In 2006, Palmetto stated its “top priority” was South Carolina’s anti-marriage-equality amendment."
Complete article at Iowa Independent : http://bit.ly/qoxoYn