WASHINGTON, D.C. - As the presidential race begins to take shape nationwide, local elected officials remain divided on who they support.

Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, is supporting Mitt Romney and has even taken time to campaign for him in Iowa where Romney took second place in the caucus.

McKeon said he first became impressed with Romney when he headed up the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.

Despite criticisms of Romney from other Republican candidates, McKeon said he would rather have someone who changes their mind when presented with new information than someone who doesn't.

"I think he's the man we need at this time to head the country," said McKeon, whose district includes Barstow and Victorville.

Rep. Jerry Lewis, R-Redlands, is backing Rudy Giuliani for president, citing his leadership skills after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Lewis had close contact with the mayor following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and was very impressed, said Jim Specht, spokesman for Lewis.

"(Lewis) believes Mayor Giuliani will strongly back American interests around the world, and has the knowledge and ability to ensure the nation's economic and security well-being," Specht added.

Lewis' district includes Apple Valley, Hesperia and Adelanto.