MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (CNN) - Instead of feasting on bacon and eggs, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani was served up a dash of media frenzy, peppered with questions about his standing with social conservatives.
"I don't worry a lot. I learned a long time ago, there are things to worry about. Political pluses and minuses are not one of the things to worry about," Giuliani told reporters at the Red Arrow Diner, a Granite state hotspot. "I worry more about how much money the Democrats are going to cost us if they get elected."
On the role of the evangelical vote, Giuliani was brief, stating, "We'll find out who will be influential in this election when it's over." Moments later, Giuliani was asked how he would reassure religious conservatives that his stance on social issues would not threaten their beliefs. He replied, "I'm not a threat at all. I have great respect for religion. I have great respect for religious freedom, religious toleration. I think people of faith make a tremendous contribution to this country."
Giuliani and wife, Judith, entered the cozy diner where the presidential hopeful attempted to meet patrons, shake hands and sign autographs. Outside, a man wearing a Giuliani plastic face and holding a fake phone sported a sign reading, "Hold on my wife is on the phone," alluding to the Mayor’s decision to answer cell phone calls from his wife during two campaign events this year.
The Giuliani impersonator would not answer questions, but did pose for the cameras.
- CNN New Hampshire Producer Sareena Dalla