|| By FITSNEWS || In response to moves by “Republicans” in North Carolina and Virginia, the South Carolina GOP – host of the “First in the South” presidential primary – announced this week that it, too, will impose a loyalty oath on presidential candidates hoping to appear on its statewide ballot next February.
SCGOP chairman Matt Moore affirmed as much in a statement released to reporters released Tuesday afternoon.
Here’s what he had to say …
In response to today’s many media inquiries, SCGOP Chairman Matt Moore reaffirmed that the South Carolina Republican Party’s 2016 Presidential Primary filing form includes a party pledge to not run as a third party candidate in November 2016. South Carolina candidates for state and local office must sign a similar pledge.
All candidates must “hereby affirm that I generally believe in and intend to support the nominees and platform of the Republican Party in the November 8, 2016 general election.”
Thus far, four candidates have signed the pledge and filed for South Carolina’s February 20, 2016 Republican Primary (Rubio, Bush, Kasich, Carson). Three more will sign the pledge and file in the next week (Walker, Cruz, Graham).
Our thoughts on all this?
You can read them by clicking here, but the long and short of it is that the GOP is afraid … very afraid.