GOP presidential candidates prepare for SC debate

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Associated Press

Posted on January 19, 2012 at 6:00 AM

Updated Thursday, Jan 19 at 11:02 AM

The five Republicans seeking their party's nomination for president are preparing for the last televised debate before Saturday's South Carolina primary.

The two-hour debate in Charleston, S.C., is set to air on CNN at 8 p.m. EST Thursday. It's sponsored by CNN and the Southern Republican Leadership Conference.

Ahead of the debate, Newt Gingrich is speaking at two town hall meetings Thursday in Bluffton and Beaufort and is visiting Walterboro.

Mitt Romney plans to visit his campaign headquarters in Charleston on Thursday morning, and Rick Santorum has events scheduled in Mount Pleasant and Charleston before Thursday night's debate.

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