News 12 at First at Five / Monday, Aug. 13, 2012
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. -- As convention signs go up in Tampa, an Aiken man will soon have an important role there.
Dr. Mike Vasovski, a general practice physician from Aiken, will be one of South Carolina's 25 delegates at the Republican National Convention in Tampa at the end of the month. He'll be there as Gov. Mitt Romney and running mate Congressman Paul Ryan accept the nomination for president of the United States, and Vasovski says the people of South Carolina, who rejected the Massachusetts governor in the 2008 and 2012 primaries, are finally supporting Romney.
"Whether or not people are doing this because they really believe in him or not is one thing or another, but it's definitely shifting over," Vasovski said.
However, Vasovski himself hasn't shifted over. He supported Congressman Ron Paul during the primary, and as a GOP delegate, he plans to support him in Tampa, too.
"If we're unbound, I will be voting for Congressman Ron Paul," he said. "I'm not convinced in my heart of hearts that Mitt Romney really is committed to the things he says because he has flip-flopped so many times."
But he says he will support Romney if Paul endorses him before the convention, and when Romney becomes the nominee for certain, Vasovski will support him then, too.
Meanwhile, South Carolina State Rep. Bill Hixon of North Augusta is ready for Romney.
"I'm 100 percent Romney-Ryan," Hixon said.
This comes after he supported Texas Gov. Rick Perry at first. He even managed to attract Perry to Aiken and North Augusta for a campaign stop. After Perry dropped out, Hixon supported former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, who went on to win South Carolina's First in the South primary.
"I guess we felt more of a comfort level with Gingrich, but now, we have to play the hand we've been dealt," Hixon said.
For Hixon, that hand of cards is clear.
"America, wake up, and let's go vote Romney-Ryan in November," he said, holding up a Mitt Romney bumper sticker.
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