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CBS: Evangelicals find Giuliani's three wives 'one too many'
David Edwards and Muriel Kane
Published: Wednesday August 22, 2007


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CBS News reported on Tuesday that "Rudy Giuliani has widened his lead in the race for the Republican nomination" but that he continues to struggle with questions about his three marriages and reports of his "strained relationship with his two children from his second marriage."

"When he ran for mayor [in 1993], he paraded his family around," Wayne Barrett, author of two critical books on Giuliani, recalled. "Now that he's got a very troubled personal life, he says, 'Oh, we've got to build a barrier around this. You can't talk about my personal life.'"

Giuliani's marital history may be a particular issue for Christian conservatives. Richard Land of the Southern Baptist Convention told CBS, "While evangelicals are much more tolerant of divorce than they used to be, three wives is one too many for most evangelical voters."

"In this post-9/11 world, the Giuliani campaign and his supporters argue, leadership trumps character," continued CBS, pointing out that polls show only a small minority of Republican primary voters saying that Giuliani's personal life might affect their vote.

However, Richard Land emphasized that "when a social conservative, if one arises that demonstrates electoral viability against Hillary Clinton, you're going to see social conservatives and other Republican primary voters dropping off Giuliani like fleas off a dead dog."

The following video is from CBS's Evening News, broadcast on August 21.