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Romney holds town hall forum in Charleston

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney made a stop in Charleston Saturday morning, following his endorsement from South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley. The GOP hopeful is vying for a chance at the general election. He was introduced by Congressman Tim Scott and Haley during Saturday's town hall forum.

In a question and answer style meeting, Romney answered questions from the crowd for an hour.  Topics included federal spending, job creation, Department of defense.  Romney also commented on South Carolina being a right-to-work state.

"It's working really well for South Carolina. Of the states that are right-to-work, they're attracting more business and more companies," Romney said.

Romney is currently trailing in South Carolina to Newt Gingrich, who has a strong following of tea partiers. Romney said his endorsement from Haley was very appreciated and shows he can bring in Tea Party votes.

Romney stressed he wants to cut Federal spending by 5 percent. He said he wants to redirect money from social programs to defense spending.

"There's a lot of waste in defense spending. I'm going to go after that waste, but instead of using it to pay for social programs, I'm going to make sure we rebuild our navy, air force, and keep care of our troops," said Romney.

Romney continued his trip to Myrtle Beach where he held another Town Hall meeting.

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