NASHUA, New Hampshire (CNN) - Rudy Giuliani told reporters Sunday that his relatively lackluster showing in recent New Hampshire polls is no surprise, but that rival Mitt Romney might be taken aback by his own Granite State difficulties.
"Mitt has his own struggle," Giuliani said of the former Massachusetts governor. "Where we are now is not unexpected to us. It may be in Mitt's case."
A recent CNN/WMUR poll places Arizona Sen. John McCain and Mitt Romney at the top of the Republican field, with Giuliani and McCain in a distant statistical tie for third.
The former New York mayor’s campaign strategy has focused on later-voting states, like California, Illinois, New Jersey, and particularly Florida, whose voters head to the polls at the end of the month. Aides have described that state as his “firewall.”
"I have not been here [in New Hampshire] nearly as much as John McCain or Mitt Romney because they had much more of a focused strategy. I don't want to speak for other candidates. I think Romney's strategy was Iowa and New Hampshire and McCain's strategy has been New Hampshire. Our strategy has been proportionate."
"Frankly, I don't know why you're so surprised," he added. "My candidacy is an unconventional candidacy….We are running an unconventional strategy, we are comfortable with that strategy and we think this is an unconventional election."