Enquirer Herald

Presidential hopeful Santorum to speak at York Co. meeting

Rick Santorum will stop in York County on Thursday during a two-day tour of South Carolina.

The Republican Party presidential hopeful will speak at the River Hills Country Club, at 1 Country Club Drive, Lake Wylie, during a joint meeting of the Clover - Lake Wylie Republican Women and the York County Republican Party, Santorum's campaign staff confirmed.

Santorum, a former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania, will speak for about 30 minutes and then take questions.

Dinner will be served at 7 p.m. for those who registered in advance. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for a social hour. Santorum will speak at 7:45 p.m. The public is invited to hear him speak.

Earlier on Thursday, Santorum will hold a closed meeting with area pastors. On Friday, Santorum heads to campaign events in Greenville and Spartanburg.

Rock Hill is Santorum's first stop in South Carolina after a fourth-place finish in an Iowa straw poll this month where he won 9.8 percent of the vote. Santorum trailed straw poll winner U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, runner-up U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, and third-place finisher former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who has since left the race for the GOP presidential nomination.

Santorum's appearance this week marks his second stop in York County since he joined the race. He spoke at Winthrop University in July.