WALTERBORO, SC (WCSC/AP) - Texas Governor Rick Perry made stops in Summerville and Walterboro visiting local businesses and campaigning for votes in next weekend's primary.
Perry spoke to folks at the Grillen and Chillen in Walterboro, a city he called the "heart and soul of America."
During his visit, the governor stressed an overriding theme of less government and a cutback on regulations. Perry told crowds that he wanted to do away with regulations and cut the deficit.
Perry also addressed his criticism of Mitt Romney, saying that the GOP will be better off airing concerns over Romney's business record now than letting Democrats exploit it this fall.
Perry says his criticism of Romney over businesses that failed under the control of his equity firm Bain Capital has gotten attention in South Carolina.
The Texas governor has felt blowback from conservatives who saw his criticism of what he called "vulture capitalism" as an affront to free-market values. A prominent Perry supporter has switched his allegiance to Romney over the issue.
In speeches the last two days, Perry has toned down his criticism of Romney, the front-runner for the GOP nomination. Perry says he stands by his point that Republicans should be about creating jobs, not destroying them.