Ron Paul In South Carolina

Big crowds, growing enthusiasm from disgruntled conservatives and the occasional bongo-drummer:

Maria Brathe, 64, drove from Greeneville, Tenn., to hear Paul.

Brathe, who described herself as a disabled former FBI internal affairs employee, said "the government took taxes from me my entire life and gave me the shaft. I want a man of honor in the White House."

Will Pitts, 38, of Jacksonville, Fla., owner of a construction and real estate company, shrugged off Paul's low standing in the polls, saying, "The campaign is growing" because of its message of free enterprise and returning to the states responsibilities usurped by Washington.

Mark Hipshire, 46, an information technologist with the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, a Ron Paul button on his shirt and yard sign under his arm, said his candidate "is a man of principles than align with mine. I'm a conservative, but I can't go along with the conservatives in Washington."

Greer's Chris Lawton, a Paul organizer, said he was attracted to Paul by "his message of freedom and liberty and getting us back to our constitutional roots."