September 27th, 2007
10:14 AM ET
11 years ago

Inside a Giuliani house party

Wednesday night was National House Party Night for the Giuliani campaign.

LEXINGTON, South Carolina (CNN) - As part of Rudy Giuliani's National House Party Night to raise last minute cash before the third quarter fundraising deadline, the Giuliani campaign helped organize a handful of gatherings across South Carolina.

There were about 30 people at a House Party in Lexington on Wednesday evening, and the party host urged a donation minimum of 20 dollars, some of which covered pizza and drinks.

At 8:30 p.m., eyes turned to a wall-mounted plasma television that was connected to a laptop, on which Giuliani appeared to speak in a national Web cast to thank supporters. The former New York City mayor took questions from the Web, and spent several minutes excoriating Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, whom Giuliani said lives in "a fantasy world."

Giuliani got his biggest response from the Lexington crowd when he said immigrants to the United States should understand the language and civics of the country.

At the end of the Web cast, hosts were urged to FedEx their donations overnight to Giuliani headquarters. The Giuliani campaign raised $207,000 in South Carolina in the second fundraising quarter, and $118,000 in the first quarter.

With CNN present, several Giuliani supporters noted that they were big Anderson Cooper fans as well.

- CNN South Carolina Producer Peter Hamby

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