Campaign 2000: George W.'s Rescue Squad

If he stumbles, South Carolina could save him

South Carolina was the first state to secede from the Union, so it's the kind of place that might like a rebel like Senator John McCain. In fact, the symbol of that rebellion still flies above the statehouse today. But the Confederate flag also stands for a tradition that is likely to help Texas Governor George W. Bush even more: resistance to change. Conservatives who like the established way of things have kept the state's senior Senator, Republican Strom Thurmond, in Washington for 45 years, making him the longest-serving member.

For now, South Carolina Republicans have yet to hear McCain's rebel...

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