WASHINGTON (CNN) - Republican Rudy Giuliani defended his campaign strategy of focusing on primary states that vote later in the nominating calendar, telling CNN Wednesday that the compact primary schedule meant those voters would head to the polls far sooner than in earlier presidential cycles.
“[I]t's a big primary season compacted into a month," he told CNN's Wolf Blitzer. (Watch the interview)
The former New York City mayor also brushed aside polls from Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina - the first round of states that lead off the Republican presidential primary process - that show him trailing his GOP rivals. He also noted that he leads in most of the states that are set to vote February 5.
“Right now I'm ahead in probably 18, 19, 20 of the 28, 29 states [to vote February 5 or earlier]," he said. "That's a pretty good position to be in."
But Giuliani refused to concede he may lose the first round of contests, saying of the primary process, "I kind of look at it as a nine-inning game."
– CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney