by LEE BANDY
S.C. Republicans love Rudy Giuliani. But will they go so far as to vote for him for president?
Probably not. Why?
Because the former New York City mayor is a moderate Republican who supports gun control, same-sex civil unions, embryonic stem-cell research and abortion rights stands that put him at odds with the majority of the GOP conservative base.
"We are a pro-life party and proud of it," state Republican Party Chairman Katon Dawson said.
In presidential election years, South Carolina is one of the most Republican states in the nation, ranking up there with Utah and Idaho.
Giuliani spent two days in South Carolina before the mid-term election, campaigning for GOP candidates and raising money for the state party. He drew large, enthusiastic crowds.
"Rudy has been a tremendous asset to us in this election cycle," Dawson said. "Everywhere he went, there were big crowds. I like him."
So do other Republicans.
Dubbed "America's mayor," Giuliani achieved wide recognition for his handling of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on New York. He became a hero in the eyes of many.
The love affair often ends there.
The Sun News