Rice gets warm welcome from Baptists

June 15, 2006 at 4:31 PM
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GREENSBORO, N.C., June 15 (UPI) -- When U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice spoke to the Southern Baptists, there was little sign that U.S. President George Bush's popularity had plunged.

"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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