December 3rd, 2007
08:30 AM ET
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Giuliani draws a mixed reception in the Peach State

Giuliani went stumping for votes in a Southern Super Tuesday State this weekend

– Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani, banking on a strong showing in this Super Tuesday state, picked up words of praise but no endorsement from Sen. Johnny Isakson during a southern campaign trip Sunday.

Isakson, R-Georgia, joined Giuliani during a photo op in suburban Atlanta. The two greeted each other warmly, with pats on the back, before a row of cameras. Isakson told reporters, "This gentleman came down to Georgia and campaigned for me in 2004. I'm happy to welcome him to this county. He'd be a great president of the United States.”

But Isakson stopped short of backing him, saying, “We've got great candidates and I'm for the Republican candidate."’ After the event, Isakson spokesman Joan Kirchner said the Senator is not backing any candidate, and has indicated he will not make an endorsement. “He wants to keep his powder dry,” she told CNN.

The former New York mayor’s visit to the historic square began in Brumby’s Chair Company. Owner Otis Brumby told Giuliani the store, opened 1875, sent four of the chairs to the White House when Jimmy Carter was in office. Pronouncing the chairs “very comfortable,” Giuliani said, “we’ll do six.”

Giuliani backers on hand had to compete with a vocal group of Ron Paul supporters gathered in a nearby park. As the Paul supporters moved closer, chanting and holding signs, Giuliani backers tried to drown them out with chants of “Rudy.” Giuliani told one well-wisher as he made his way through the crowd, “that’s all right. That’s what democracy is all about.”

The demonstrators appeared to change the campaign’s plans. Giuliani was scheduled to walk through Glover Park, making his way to a large Christmas tree display. But as the Paul supporters held signs and yelled, Giuliani instead stopped at stores and never went to the park.

–CNN's Steve Brusk

Filed under: Rudy Giuliani • South Carolina
soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. GaVoter

    Georgia will not vote for Hillary, you can bank on it..

    December 3, 2007 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  2. AJ

    Bad behaviour Paulies... and while the Rudy backers would never vote for your man perhaps Huckabee, Fred, Tancredo, and Hunter backers might be persuaded.

    Maybe next time you can hold the signs quitly and inform attendees about all of Rudy "the Bible is my favorite book" Giulliani after the rally.

    December 3, 2007 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  3. Tim

    When Georgia finds out about Rudy's "secrets" they won't vote for him either. Sounds like that Senator from Georgia is pretty smart by not endorsing Rudy..

    December 3, 2007 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  4. Andrew, Haslett, MI

    And this is why Ron Paul is strong than the polls indicate and can beat Giuliani in the primaries. Giuliani and Romney are falling fast and other candidates are rising up to take their place in the front of the pack. Sorry Rudy, your goose is cooked and good riddance!

    December 3, 2007 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  5. Jim, Atlanta

    It's the Peach state, not the Peachtree State.

    December 3, 2007 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  6. Sarah, San Diego, CA

    Jeez guys... Chill it with the yelling next time, eh? No wonder they call us "Paultards."

    (But I'll admit it's funny to picture. And Giuliani's grammatical flub is amusing, too.)

    December 3, 2007 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  7. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Giuliani – A New York, Italian, Roman Catholic. Yeah, that'll play well in Dixie!!!

    December 3, 2007 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  8. Pete, Jacksonville, FL

    please, Rudy, just go away. you're an embarrasment.

    December 3, 2007 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  9. Surrealist, Fort Myers, FL

    Don't you wish he just fall asleep under a peach tree and not wake up until after the primaries.

    December 3, 2007 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  10. Anonymous

    Guiliani = Liar. Cheater. War Monger. False Hero.

    Next time get somebody else to pay your expenses when you slip out to the Hamptons for an affair Rudy. Don't make the taxpayers do it.

    Shame on you. Really.

    December 3, 2007 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  11. Chris M (Boston, MA)

    There's the Ron Paul supporters for you – loud, annoying, and disruptive. The latest debate was a real eye opener. By the shouts, there were only a handful of Ron Paul supporters. You can practically count them. Sorry guys, being loud is not a path to the nomination.

    December 3, 2007 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  12. Surrealist, Fort Myers, FL

    If you look at non-agricultural America (which is the vast majority) where both parents struggling to juggle 2.5 jobs, 2.4 kids, 10-15% increases in utilities, insurance, tuition, etc…and a declining standard of living really live, I think the reality will be much different from the polls. No other candidate has the potential to restore America's prestige abroad and have a positive and lasting impact at home than Hillary. Family issues: healthcare affordibility, child and adult education,–are being totally skirted by the Republicans as "irrelevant". If we want to help build an empowered well-educated citizenry to power the economy of the future (5-10 years)we need to get started now–and the President needs to be leading the charge.

    December 3, 2007 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  13. Chris, Middletown, CT

    Tim....share the "secrets" – because without proof its called rhetoric...and that is something the liberal bloggers love to toss....baseless Tim....share with vast provable wisdom – also Ron Paul supporters....he's a registered Republican and practicing Libertarian – his ideas are 90% good...but the 10% are need to take him as a package....embrace all libertarian ideas....or not..

    December 3, 2007 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  14. Bubba, Swainsboro GA

    Georgia is tired of loony politicians. We'd vote for a Democrat, but the votes are all counted by GOP/Diebold voting macines anyway.

    Chris...what's with the ... ellipses...did you have a ...stroke? Are you ... on medication? Look ...up ... rhetoric ... please . . . you're dead right on L.Ron Paul though. He's barking mad.

    December 3, 2007 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  15. bean counter, Motor City, MI

    Rudy is going to win.

    December 3, 2007 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  16. therealist

    As a representative of a middle class American family with, "2 jobs, 2.4 kids and 10-15% increases in utilities, insurance, tuition, etc…", the last think I need is for Hillary to increase the governments take out of my wages, tips and gifts. Hillary's "strenght and experience" also includes the biggest tax increase in America history.

    Fool me twice, shame on me..

    December 3, 2007 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  17. Karl, Orange County California

    Good job Ron Paul fans! We need to make our presence know at all Neocon rallies.
    Remember Ron Paul's top donors are We the People, US ARMY, US NAVY, US AIR FORCE, & Dept of Defense.

    December 3, 2007 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  18. Sarah, San Diego, CA

    Chris and Bubba:

    Why, exactly, is Ron Paul "crazy?" If you're talking about the departments he wants to eliminate, actually read up on them – most of them are complete money-sponges, and hurt instead of help. For his foreign policy, he's simply following the sound advice of our founding fathers. (I don't know of many candidates that can quote Jefferson and Washington to support their beliefs.)

    I still don't think the Paul supporters should have yelled at the Giuliani rally; a quiet, respectful representation would have had a better impact. However, that people just dismiss his ideas as crazy instead of actually researching why he wants to do the things he does drives ME crazy!

    December 3, 2007 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  19. Robert W. Cranston, Sitka, Alaska

    I'm as conservative as Rudy Giuliani or more so but I'm strongly in favor of abortion and think every woman should have the opportunity of abortion if she wants it for every pregnancy. It is her decision and no one elses. Abortion solves very serious problems often of huge financial consideration. Abortion's complications are inconsequential when it is carried out by a gynecologist and is simplified by earlier operation. The consequences of unwanted childhood are major for an unmarried woman and for a mother with other children and a nonsupporting husband. Presently womanhood in the US indicate that 43% have had a previous abortion or abortions. Abortion is a very positive event in unwanted pregnancy. God bless abortion.

    December 3, 2007 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  20. Cade Thacker, Roswell, GA

    Like with anything you read in the news, please take with a grain of salt. I have talked with the some of the Paul people who attended this rally, and they were passionate, but not rude. They waved signs and passed out literature about Dr. Paul. By what I heard there weree 75 of them give or take. How many folks did Giuliani bring in? Probably not as many.

    With anything, don't believe everything you read. There are always two sides to the story.

    December 3, 2007 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  21. Clay, San Jose Ca

    When you ignore people, they will get louder until you quit ignoring them. It's that simple.

    December 3, 2007 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  22. Derek Grand Rapids, MI


    I guess 500+ supporters, two ariplanes, and a yacht are only a handful now a days. Read the articles about the scene at the debate. Ron Paul supproters were everywhere and you could only find a handful of Rudy McRompson supporters.

    December 3, 2007 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |