COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CNN) - Here's a quick look at what's making political news this morning in South Carolina:
Rudy Giuliani popped into West Columbia for about 45 minutes Wednesday afternoon to meet a small group of supporters at his headquarters. SC Hotline has the video, in which he talks about his Pat Robertson endorsement.
But perhaps more relevant to today's news cycle: There was a lone protester in a Giuliani mask outside the event, holding up a "FREE BERNIE" sign. Bernie Kerik, that is. Which rival campaign put him up to it?
Bill Richardson's campaign is re-directing staff from South Carolina to Iowa, signaling that Iowa is a must-win for Richardson.
Dan Hoover examines how Fred Thompson is pitching himself as the real conservative in the Republican race, despite several high-profile Christian endorsements for his opponents this week.
John O'Connor at The State asks: "Will surging Thompson run out of steam?"
Thompson also likes grits.
And in case you missed Mitt Romney's appearance with Big Eddie on Wednesday morning, check out the photos here.
– CNN South Carolina Producer Peter Hamby
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