Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich will make his first appearance in early-primary state South Carolina since officially launching his campaign this month.
Gingrich's South Carolina adviser Katon Dawson said Monday the former U.S. House speaker will talk to a Rotary Club lunch Friday in Columbia.
It will also be Gingrich's first visit to the state since he criticized GOP plans for a sweeping overhaul of Medicare.
Gingrich backed away from that criticism as uproar over his comments grew. Republican South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley says Gingrich will have to explain himself to voters in this first-in-the-South primary state.