November 10th, 2007
03:00 PM ET
15 years ago

S.C. Diary: 2 Days, 3 Republicans and one giant 'Eddie'

Mitt Romney campaigns at the EdVenture Museum in Columbia, South Carolina, Wednesday.

COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CNN) - Three front-runners for the Republican nomination brought three very different campaign styles to South Carolina this week, ping-ponging around the Palmetto State trying to win over the crucial mass of primary voters still unsure about which Republican is the "real" conservative in the race.

One candidate with a gravelly, Southern drawl talked about grits and accused his Massachusetts rival of trying to "buy South Carolina."

That rival was also in the state, managing to work in five campaign stops in just over 24 hours, including a speech in front of a 40-foot indoor plastic sculpture named Eddie, a giant interactive children's museum exhibit touted as the "world's largest child."

And a former mayor from New York City jetted in at the last minute for about an hour, shook some hands, then turned around and left.

It began Tuesday morning in Columbia, when Fred Thompson was nearly 30 minutes late to an event at the State House, where he was to announce a "Vets for Fred" coalition with several decorated military veterans who were not, apparently, supporting decorated military veteran Sen. John McCain.

A dedicated South Carolina field organizer for the "Divided We Fail" campaign looked at his watch and mulled over going back to the office.

"Some of us got work to do," he said.

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- CNN South Carolina Producer Peter Hamby

Filed under: Fred Thompson • Mitt Romney • Rudy Giuliani • South Carolina
soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Bob, San Francisco, CA

    "Divided We Fall" should be the slogan for all of America as we have been reduced to bitter name-calling and have one of the lowest education rates among Western countries. Proof of this manifests daily on the Ticker.
    Thank god for the minority of Ticker posters who don't fall under this category (I can think of a few from both sides of the political divide).

    That said, Fred Thompson seems to be pandering once again to the lowest tier of the Republican base with his Southern drawl and talk of grits. How pathetic.

    Hopefully Southern conservatives will not let past prejudice against Northerners hinder any decision making between the other two candidates. Can this happen?

    November 10, 2007 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  2. Daniel, NY

    The latest poll from South Carolina has Romney leading the field rather comfortably! Link.

    November 10, 2007 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  3. Kyle Indianapolis, Indiana

    That thing is creepy as hell

    November 10, 2007 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  4. Karen,ny

    Oh yes, we should all talk respectful. What a lovely choice of candidates we have. Now which one deserves the chance to become the president. I am so excited, I hardly know which one to pick. I still feel that Joe Biden would make an excellent choice, we really don't want a woman president, they can't be trusted now, can they.

    November 11, 2007 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  5. Michael, Phoenix, Arizona

    Fred Thompson, Mitt Romney, and John McCain are all members of the Council on Foreign Relations, and they have nothing new to offer other then the advance of socialism. If you want real change, vote RON PAUL 2008!!!

    November 11, 2007 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |