Santorum only Presidential candidate in annual Chapin parade

Santorum only Presidential candidate in annual Chapin parade

CHAPIN, SC (WIS) - While most South Carolinians enjoyed their Labor Day off, some Presidential campaigns were hard at work asking for your vote.

It doesn't get much more traditional than the Chapin Labor Day Parade: you've got sun and heat, fair food, and the biggest parade in the Palmetto State.

It's not just a time for folks to celebrate Labor Day. It's an opportunity for candidates on the campaign trail both local and national to get to know their voters.

"I'm not just saying Chapin is important, but this is one of the largest parades in South Carolina," said spectator Ken Spence.

Which is why the Labor Day crowd is a perfect spot to make an impression. The Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina, Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Lindsey Graham, and Ben Carson campaigns were there, but the candidates weren't.

Only one candidate actually walked the parade route, former Pennsylvania senator and two-time presidential candidate Rick Santorum.

"When you're voting for a leader, you're not just voting for someone who's going to vote on issues, but someone who's going to lead the country. I think you want a level of comfort with that person, and these parades really give an opportunity to do that," Santorum said.

And in a crowded field, walking the parade route could make the difference in the voting booth.

"People were very warm, very receptive, a lot of applause," Santorum said.

"I told Rick that the last Republican candidate who walked in this parade got the nomination," said Spence.

"That's a good response," Santorum said.

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