December 17th, 2007
10:53 AM ET
15 years ago

Giuliani pulls back on Granite State ad buys

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Rudy Giuliani’s campaign is pulling spots from the pricey Boston ad market – a key avenue for reaching voters in neighboring New Hampshire.

Last week, the mayor’s Granite State allies told CNN that the heavy ad buys had not moved poll numbers as much as the campaign had hoped.

The former New York City mayor, who has been the leader in most national polls of Republican primary voters, has struggled in the early-voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire. His campaign has said they are focusing on Florida, which votes January 29, and on states that head to the polls February 5.

Giuliani aides, who say the campaign still intends to compete in the Granite State, told CNN that the decision to cut television ad buys there by almost half is a "resource adjustment" designed to preserve their fundraising war chest for future contests.

"The reality is that one of our objectives has always been to keep the race wide open until February 5. We've always looked at this from a longer-term, national perspective,” said a campaign official. “We have to constantly marshal our resources for Florida and February 5, while keeping options open for changes in the early states.”

This week, Giuliani is scheduled to spend two days out of five away from the trail, fundraising.

–CNN Associate Political Editor Rebecca Sinderbrand

Filed under: New Hampshire • Rudy Giuliani
soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Chris, Middletown, CT

    As a Republican (and perhaps a pipe-dream) – but we need to run a moderate – we cannot run a right wing bible thumper anymore....the Democrats haven't got it through their heads that the left wing of their party is not where the majority of the country is either...if we make a move to the center and show them that a fiscal conservative can also be a social liberal....we have one running....Giuliani...(don't take marital or child rearing advice from him...and you will be golden)

    December 17, 2007 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  2. poop n twig lincoln nebraska

    I dont know how this guy leads in any polls at all...I lived in new york city for awhile everyone you talked to absolutley hated Rudi, everyone...Further more then directly blame him for 9/11 Im fromt nebraska and im asking new yorkers in cabs and people i met over the 2 years i lived there about various crap including him and not one person said anything good...Then if if you read anything outside of CNN or this stuff you read about him dressing in drag and his ties to the mafia which is common knowledge amongst new yorkers, why does anyone like this guy 9/11 9/11 9/11

    December 17, 2007 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  3. lianette

    Guiliani knows he cannot win. His rivals are doing better than him. Anyway, all along I don't see him win. No Republican candudates will win the Presidency. We will have the first woman President in our country. We are ready to have Hillary ot be the President of the United Stated of America.

    December 18, 2007 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  4. JD, Syracuse, NY

    It is wasting his money there, as he is doomed to lose in that state.

    December 18, 2007 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |