Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) said Friday that he would participate in the first scheduled presidential candidates debate next week, giving the South Carolina forum a needed boost.
In announcing his participation Pawlenty targeted President Obama, saying his poliices "have seriously jeopardized our nation's future and it's time for Republicans to show leadership and engage in the battle of ideas.
"We have to stand up for America every chance we get, and I for one look forward to doing that on Thursday in South Carolina," he said.
The debate, co-sponsored by the South Carolina Republican Party and Fox News Channel, is set for Greenville, South Carolina. But the criteria established for the event threatened to keep it devoid of participants. Candidates had to do the following to be included: