Giuliani went stumping for votes in a Southern Super Tuesday State this weekend
MARIETTA, Georgia (CNN) – 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