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Jim DeMint

GOP hopefuls speak at Heritage forum

GREENVILLE, S.C. Ten Republican presidential hopefuls Friday pleaded their cases to thousands of conservative activists, each candidate trying to burnish his or her "outsider" status to an arena full of voters eager for a fighter.

There were supposed to be 11 candidates speaking at the Heritage Action for America event, but billionaire Donald Trump canceled shortly after noon. A statement from his campaign said Trump had a business deal going down that could not be avoided.

"He sends his regrets and looks forward to being with the great people of South Carolina on Wednesday in Columbia," the statement said.

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