"Didn't see much of it here, did you?" asked Richard Land, president of the convention's political policy arm, referring to Bush's poor poll standing, after Rice received a warm welcome.
Rice was so warmly received when she appeared at the SBC meeting in Greensboro, N.C., she got six standing ovations and, as she left, a spontaneous chorus of "God Bless America" from the nearly 12,000 delegates, Knight Ridder Newspapers said.
"The reception Secretary Rice received is indicative that there is virtually no erosion of support for the president and the president's policies among Southern Baptists," Land told Knight Ridder.
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