Ron Paul says Saturday's South Carolina primary could be a "significant event" that will help propel his insurgent campaign forward.
The Texas congressman addressed the Southern Republican Leadership Conference on Friday. He warned voters not to back candidates who support the status quo and who won't make deep cuts to federal spending.
Paul was leaving Charleston to embark on a multi-city tour of the state. He was set to visit Myrtle Beach, Florence, Aiken, Greenville and finish the day with a rally in Columbia, the state capital.
Paul placed second in New Hampshire behind rival Mitt Romney. He hasn't campaigned as intensely in South Carolina but his campaign has blitzed the airwaves with ads.