MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.—In what was billed as a political forum but felt more like an old-fashioned tent revival, Mitt Romney did his very best to fit in.
Standing on a stage before hundreds of evangelical voters on hand for a cattle call of presidential candidates sponsored by the South Carolina Faith and Freedom Coalition, Romney did not attempt to mimic the fire and brimstone of Rick Perry, who appeared on stage before him.
“Get the firehouse out because I’m gonna put ‘em on fire out there!” an unusually energetic Perry had exclaimed, amid wild cheers. “You’re going to have to wet down the whole crowd. God and country! God and country!”
Romney instead kicked off his remarks with a corny joke about how he wore jeans that day because it was a revival—even though he wears jeans almost every day on the campaign trail. He then proceeded with the tried and true, the now well-tested and highly familiar lines of his usual stump speech, in which he trashes President Barack Obama’s handling of jobs and the economy.
Romney makes overtures to social conservatives in South Carolina