NORTH CHARLESTON (WCSC) - Former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum is backing Curtis Bostic for the SC 1st District Congressional seat. He showed his support with campaign stops in North Charleston and Summerville Wednesday afternoon.
Santorum said, "Washington needs some fresh faces. At this critical time for the country and I'll make the argument, very critical time for our party, put forth a strong principal conservative."
Santorum and Bostic share the same views on hot topics like health care and government spending.
Bostic is now gaining attention from some members of the religious community.
Rick Scarborough President of Vision America said, "We need men who are unashamedly Christian conservatives and that's what he is."
Vision America is an organization that encourages pastors to have a voice in politics and Scarborough said voters should look for one thing above all.
"Go for the man who hasn't betrayed your trust," said Scarborough.
Ann Coulter a political commenter often seen on Fox News is also endorsing Bostic. She tweeted out her support yesterday. In an opinion article Coulter said Mark Sanford is a high risk candidate, while Bostic agrees, he wants voters to also consider him for other reasons.
Bostic said, "I'm not looking for people to vote for me because they don't like Mark. I want them to vote for me because they believe in new fresh faces and new fresh ideas."
Mark Sanford's campaign spokesman released a statement that reads:
Governor Sanford has been endorsed by six of his former competitors and dozens of local leaders who live, work, and vote in the 1st District, and who run the gamut of having known him from years or just over the course of the campaign. This district is where we'll continue to build our base of support, rather than from the DC Beltway from people who neither know him nor the district. In fact, while Mr. Bostic is receiving these DC endorsements, Governor Sanford is headed to Beaufort to participate in yet another candidate forum that Mr. Bostic declined an invitation to.
April 2nd is when voters will decide between Curtis Bostic and Mark Sanford. The winner faces Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch in May.