In SC, Giuliani Targets Newcomers
In a two-day swing through South Carolina, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani's schedule suggested his way to get past concerns of social conservatives about his views on abortion might be very simple: campaign to other audiences.
Giuliani yesterday reached out to what used to be called "country-club Republicans" when he stopped in Rock Hill, a town in the northern part of the state that is increasingly an outlying suburb of Charlotte, N.C.. His speech to the York County Republicans there was actually held at a swim and racquet club. On Friday, the former mayor spoke to a meeting of realtors and home-builders in Columbia, a group that was eager to hear his message of low taxes and reducing spending.
Earlier yesterday, more than a hundred patrons jammed into "Spill the Beans," an ice cream and coffee shop in Greenville that had quotes from Abraham Lincoln and Oliver Wendell Holmes extolling the virtues of coffee on the wall. Several patrons talked about how they liked Giuliani, but also wished they been able to attend the event Barack Obama held in the city earlier this month. It was the kind of moderate crowd that Giuliani might appeal to in a general election, although he was met with silence when he used a few of his Hillary Clinton jokes that more conservative crowds howl at.
The Greenville event was distinct for another reason. Several of the people who attended grumbled about why the GOP front-runner for president had picked such a tiny venue for his event, as Giuliani could barely move through the packed shop as he held babies and posed for pictures. But "Spill the Beans" is located in a newly-developed part of Greenville, one that Deanna Gumpart, a longtime resident of the city, called full of "yankees" and other transplants. Rock Hill is in one of the fastest growing areas of the state and also has a large population of people who are newcomers to the South. Rep. Joe Wilson, a Republican whose district includes Hilton Head, attended one of the Giuliani events and said the state's increasing population of transplants could be a factor in Giuliani's success here, where he has been running second in most polls.
--Perry Bacon Jr.
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