Here's the reality of the race for the GOP's '08 presidential nomination. Mitt Romney won the Iowa straw poll but still draws just 13 percent in national polls. McCain is on the ropes. Fred Thompson is still undeclared, and falling. And Rudy Giuliani is way out front and the candidate to beat for the Republican nomination, according to a brand new CBS poll.
Three times married, anti-gun, pro-gay, pro-choice, the former New York mayor is defying conventional expectations and his take-charge style is even winning over some southern conservatives and evangelicals who oppose him on abortion, gun control, gay rights, and more. That is critical, and remarkable.
Listen to an On Point conversation about Giulianiâ€™s southern charm, and whether it might take him to the winnerâ€™s circle.
What do you make of the former mayor of liberal New York winning hearts and minds in the conservative South? Can a pro-choice, gun control candidate win the Republican nomination?