Baptist Leader Says Evangelicals Don't Like Divorced Giuliani

Nashville (AP) -- A top Southern Baptist official says evangelical voters might tolerate a divorced presidential candidate, but they have deep doubts about Rudy Giuliani.

Richard Land of Nashville, head of public policy for the Southern Baptist Convention, told the Associated Press Wednesday that evangelicals believe the former New York mayor showed a lack of character during his divorce from second wife Donna Hanover.

Land called it "divorce on steroids."

Giuliani married his long-time companion Judith Nathan in 2003, but he was publicly dating Nathan while he was still married to Hanover. His first marriage ended in an annulment.

Land noted that another Republican presidential candidate, John McCain, is also divorced, but that McCain has acknowledged his part in the marriage's failure.

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