January 6th, 2008
12:02 PM ET
6 years ago

Giuliani: Campaign's New Hampshire showing is no surprise

Giuliani is tied for third in the most recent CNN/WMUR poll of New Hampshire voters.

Giuliani is tied for third in the most recent CNN/WMUR poll of New Hampshire voters.

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."

–CNN New Hampshire Producer Sareena Dalla

Filed under: New Hampshire • Rudy Giuliani
soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. Mike, Fredericksburg, VA

    "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."

    Huh? How can McCain be at the top and in third place?

    January 6, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  2. Jonathan, UT

    "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."

    ...Huh?

    January 6, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  3. Erdie

    Giuliani is not a bad guy, if he stay as Mayor he will be fine, but not for president, to risky for our nation. Like Obama, who is so likable for the moment. America should think that you can love or like someone, but not ot elect him, because it to pity to elect someone who only served the senate for less than 2 years then campaign for presidency, hey are you crazy. Emagine you will be dealing with problem s of the entire world. No experience, no way, we should not gamble our nation just to say, I like this guy, are you crazy. Vote for Hillary, buy one take two. clinton will be a bonus package.

    WAKE UP AMERICA, MY FELLOW CITZEN WAKE UP. DONT BE TO STUPID TO VOTE FOR OBAMA OR GIULIANI.

    VOTE FOR HILLARY FOR PRESIDENT.

    January 6, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  4. Cole, Lexington MA

    It doesn't matter what McCain or Rudy say. Look at the delegate totals. Who's leading? Neither of those two. So strategy means exactly squat.

    January 6, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  5. anon

    McCain is tied for first and third?

    January 6, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  6. Lionel Stutz

    How can the CNN/WMUR poll place McCain and Romney at the top of the Republican field with Giuliani and McCain in a distant statistical tie for third?

    January 6, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  7. Lionel Stutz

    How can the CNN/WMUR poll place McCain and Romney at the top of the Republican field with Giuliani and McCain in a distant statistical tie for third?
    McCain cannot be in first and third place at the same time. If he can he gets my vote.

    January 6, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  8. Val Siman

    I love Mike Huckabee. Hey all, vote for a man with integrity, high morality/integrity, and have gut to run for President not because he has a lot of money, but because he trust in God only.

    val

    January 6, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  9. Andrea Thorn

    Rudy is just a guy with no respect for tradition. I hope he flames out soon.

    January 6, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  10. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Unconventional, hmm, Giuliani must have stayed up late last night trying to "coin" that phrase. But he doesn't get to tell us that this is "unconventional election" just because his so called "strategy is unconventional", which by the way isn't working.

    January 6, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  11. LagunaDave

    There is a typo – it is Huckabee and Giuliani in a statistical tie for 3rd.

    To say "strategy means squat" because somebody else has a dozen or so delegates now is kind of ignorant.

    It is the number of delegates at the end, not after 3 small and rather unrepresentative states (IA, WY, NH) out of 50 that matters. There are 12 delegates at stake in NH, and it takes 1259 to win the nomination.

    Florida, where Rudy has a lead, will select 57 on January 29, and on February 5, 982 delegates will be chosen, including 201 in winner-take-all states NY, NJ, CT and DE where Rudy has double-digit leads. He also has a double-digit leads in California and Pennsylvania – both states with a lot of delegates that vote on Feb. 5.

    I am on the mailing list of his campaign here in CA, and they are very well organized. By not squandering tens of millions of dollars in small states with almost no delegates, Rudy is poised to do very well in the bigger ones that have many, and the scenario he planned for – in which the early states split between 2-3 other candidates – is exactly what we are seeing unfold.

    January 6, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  12. Matt

    I think they meant to say that Giuliani and Huckabee are tied for third. John McCain is in the lead by 6 points, I just saw that on the news, so it is supposed to say Huckabee is tied for third.

    January 6, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  13. Patty D.

    I believe Rudy's chances are getting slimmer by the day. By surrounding himself with the same neocons that brought us Iraq and depending only on Florida, he blew it.

    January 6, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  14. Tannim

    Rudy has a strategy? Early tanking is a strategy? That's sure unconventional all right, as in it won't get him to the convention at all!

    Fact is, anti-NY sentiment in NH is at a fever pitch right now, between Hillary, Rudy, and now the Fox News debate fiasco with Dr. Paul, that it is very possible to see Rudy get skunked on Tuesday, just like he got schooled by Dr. Paul in the ABC debate yesterday. Once again, Rudy came across as a condescending and pompous idiot.

    But then again, the 9/11 horse he's riding is long dead yet he continues to beat it. He was a lousy mayor, a lousy prosecutor before that, and he's a lousy candidate. People are realizing that.

    January 6, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  15. FAIR TAX,LA.

    GEAUX FAIR TAX , GEAUX HUCK!!

    January 6, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  16. Alice Newman Center Harbor NH

    Rudy says that he will be president of all 50 states ... but in ignoring the voters in Iowa and NH, he's down to 48 ... or maybe that's how mayors do math ....
    seems the only numbers he knows are 911 and how much the taxpayers had to pay the state troopers for walking his mistress's dog ...

    January 6, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  17. pollster

    Guys, this first part of the poll is describing NH, the second part of the poll is nationwide... So in NH it's McCain and Romney, nationwide McCain and Giuliani are in tied for third...

    January 6, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  18. Cable King Pittsburgh PA

    Listening to Rudy makes on ponder whether or not Bernie Kerik is his campaign manager.

    January 6, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  19. Tom NY

    Rudy is sounding like a future war criminal

    January 7, 2008 12:46 am at 12:46 am |
  20. HW

    I'm from Brooklyn NY, who lived through the Crown Heights Riots, after Rudy got in office the difference was night to day.

    I can actually walk down my block without being afraid!

    Rudy is the man!

    January 7, 2008 01:57 am at 1:57 am |
  21. Lame McCain

    McCain is so Lame, his one line insults are Lame, we have heard them all before in 1960.

    McCain and Hillary should go back to the past they are both embarssing.

    January 7, 2008 02:07 am at 2:07 am |
  22. billybob

    I'm in Florida and in 2 weeks Rudy will win here and all those "pundits" will be gloating about how they new his strategy would work...

    January 7, 2008 05:33 am at 5:33 am |
  23. billybob

    sorry - "knew"

    January 7, 2008 05:33 am at 5:33 am |
  24. Key

    If he wins the nomination, will all of you guys posting snarky comments take them back?

    Do you really think that Mitt, McCain or Huck will beat Rudy? Those guys are all seriously flawed.

    January 7, 2008 06:33 am at 6:33 am |
  25. Ed,Ellenville,New York

    Rudy would have been smart to go Paul's direction. He pandered to the anti-islamic simpletons and lost credibility. Paul's the only one on the republican side now that isn't retarded and still he's not that bright. If Ron Paul breaks away to another ticket,the republicans are no longer a viable party. McCain is for defense contractors,Thompson is for big oil, Romney is for pharmaceuticals, Huckabee is for whacko-gelicals,and Rudy is for the vatican. None of them are for americans.

    January 7, 2008 06:43 am at 6:43 am |
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