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Oliver North speaks at GOP event

Retired U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. Oliver North told the crowd at a Republican fund-raiser in Myrtle Beach tonight he's proud to be a Republican.

North, who has a house in Pawleys Island, stepped up to the podium to a standing ovation at the GOP dinner at the Hilton ballroom at Kingston Plantation Wednesday night.

About 600 people attended the $75-per-plate dinner, state party spokesman Rob Godfrey said.

North was asked last-minute to fill in for the scheduled speaker, conservative talk show host Sean Hannity, who canceled due to a family emergency.

North said he came to Myrtle Beach as "an agent of change."

"If the other party wins this contest in November, change is all we'll have left in our pockets," North joked to laughter and applause.

He also said he's concerned about how soldiers overseas will be treated if "the other party" regains the White House.