The nation had never executed a woman, and until Surratt heads to the gallows, Aiken thought he could save her.
So far, national Democrats are staying out of the picture and letting Aiken make up his mind.
Hixon has endorsed Texas Gov. Rick Perry, but he sounded like a Newt man Tuesday after Gingrich spoke to a packed house in Aiken.
The question is whether Aiken would be a competitive candidate.
Even so, Aiken would still likely be the best candidate that Democrats could attract.
That night the town was desolate, for all who could do so fled to Aiken or Columbia.
How awful that this should have to happen in Aiken of all cities.
Aiken lifted the child, whispered soothingly to her not to be afraid.
In Aiken where we never have felt hitherto that it was ever necessary to lock the door.
Mr. Aiken assumed a responsible and mature manner, rather like that of a paterfamilias on his beat.