Gov. Perry campaigns in the Upstate - FOX Carolina 21

Gov. Perry campaigns in the Upstate

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GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Republican presidential candidate and Texas Gov. Rick Perry campaigned in downtown Greenville today.

Perry toured the area with Greenville Mayor Knox White. The Republican is trying to maintain his traction in South Carolina, considering no Republican has gone on to win the nomination without the Palmetto State. Perry stopped and greeted supporters. He also played with babies and dogs during his tour Friday.

Patricia Rush, a Perry supporter, told FOX Carolina she was excited when he announced his run for the presidency.

"I felt like we had a void in not having the kind of leadership and appeal throughout the country that he represents," she said.

Rush said the country is in an economic crisis.

"I think we've lost our incentive and our hope, the things that we were promised," she said.

Others said they came out in hopes of learning more about Perry. Jan Williams said he hasn't decided who he's going to support yet, but does say he wants the spending to stop in Washington.

"Give me my money back and let me give it to a charity and my church and we'll fix the real problems," he said.

While Perry walked down Main Street in Greenville, Mayor Knox White was beside him as he toured the area. He said Perry compared Greenville's growth to the success he's had in Texas.

"Our economy is strong, we have a strong diverse economy a lot of things are happening here and people are energetic and positive. You see that in Texas you see that in Greenville, but you don't see that in many other places in the country," White said.

On Thursday, Perry was greeted by hecklers while visiting a New Hampshire bakery. Some protesters started waiving signs and chanting, "Go back to Texas!" Other protesters could be heard disagreeing with Perry's stance on Medicaid.

Perry also was questioned by a woman about his position on evolution. The woman, through her child, asked Perry the age of the Earth. He responded that he knows it's pretty old, but no one really knows the real age of the planet.

"In Texas we teach both creationism and evolution in our public schools," Perry said.

"Ask him why he doesn't believe in science," the woman instructs the child.

"Because I figure you're smart enough to figure out which one is right," Perry said. "Thank you."

Jon Huntsman, also a Republican presidential candidate, used Twitter to attack Perry's position on evolution and climate change. Huntsman said that he trusts scientists and believes in evolution and global warming.

Perry is the second presidential candidate to visit the Upstate this week. Michelle Bachmann, of Minnesota, stumped in Spartanburg and Greenville on Tuesday.

He will stay in the Upstate until Saturday, when he will stop by Tommy's Ham House at 9 a.m.

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