January 1st, 2008
11:21 AM ET
15 years ago

Ballot Bowl: Giuliani focusing on Florida

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Watch Giuliani stress National Security at a recent campaign stop.

National security and Florida are both absolutely essential to Rudy Giuliani’s presidential campaign. The former New York City mayor has risen to the top of the national standings thanks in part to his tough-on-terrorism reputation. And Giuliani – who is lagging in the polls in most early-voting states - has wagered his campaign on a strong showing in Florida, whose voters don’t head to the polls until January 29. Watch him talk security with a Sunshine State crowd.

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  1. Charles in Salt Lake City, UT

    Florida is a far more viable indicator of the political value of a candidate than either Iowa or New Hampshire - in spite of the information and entertainment those earlier races can provide to us. More often than not the early caucus/primaries only serve as a means to burn out the flakes.

    The entire process this year promises to be a memorable one. Personally, I haven't found any national political race as interesting since 1968. I hope we can manage without the violence and tragedy of that year, though.

    January 1, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  2. Kevin Tanner

    Rudy can't bring positive change to this presidency.

    With a solid understanding of turnarounds, of improvement, of success in economics and leadership, Romney does NOT need support from other corrupt political dealmakers to win in Florida. Romney will just need votes from citizens who want to improve our country, our standard of living, strengthen our borders and our image abroad!

    Rudy does not have the solid history of success or leadership that Romney has. Rudy does not make the solid decisions in choosing a leadership team.

    Romney is a national candidate with a record of success in Mass, Mich, UT, and California. Much of the Romney family has served our nation without financial reward. This election already has way too much New York for my taste.

    Romney 2008

    January 1, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  3. Patty D.

    I don't think Rudy has a chance. I don't see the religious right voting for him. It is a fact that these republicans have catered so much to religious right that they have painted themselves in a corner. I, for one, would never vote for Huckabee or Romney. By pandering to the right wing they have turned off independents such as myself.

    January 1, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  4. Anne K.

    Remember, Giuliani and his mistress turned wife have six marriages between the two of them and we don't know how many affairs.

    It was bad enough with Bubba Clinton in the White House. Why in the world would we want another adulterous skirt chaser in the White House, especially one who has a wife who has been around the block, also.

    January 1, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  5. Schmidt/ Iowa

    Rudy sure got a failing grade in Iowa!!
    See what the Gators do with him.

    January 1, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  6. Chris, Middletown, CT

    I like the position Giuliani is in.....a social liberal and fiscal conservative – who else meets that criteria? (a moderate) – and the only thing they can toss against him is his marriages and relationship with his children.....his record was rock solid as a mayor – read into any other rhetoric you read...."the police and firefighters hated him" – possibily true....but add the "police and fighters UNIONS" hated him....unions have settled into our municipalities like a cancer....we need them gone....

    January 1, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  7. Adele

    Rudy is out of it,

    He had his 15 minutes of fame with a bull horn: leave the area please

    Gee when is Al Gore going to hug Hillary. Al Gore titled by the WHALES (White Homosexual and Liberal Elites) as being like a rock star, is standing by for the dramtic hug of Hillary.

    The democratic side seems to be all smoke and mirrors and very little substance.

    Why could the Democratic party not attract any serious candidates?

    January 1, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  8. PW Va

    Well, now, that Rudy has snubbed the good people of Iowa and New Hampshire, he's now on his way to doing what he does best...scaring the daylights out of (FL) senior citizens about TERRORISM waiting for them right outside their very front doors. How apropos, Rudy, your MO to a tee!!! You should be ashamed of yourself, but then again how could you? You have no character.

    January 1, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  9. Tim, Minnesota

    If he spends too much time in Florida, I'm sure he'll be divorced again and remarried in no time. 🙂

    January 1, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  10. Ajay Jain

    If you can post "Adele" writing about WHALES then I challange you to post some self criticism:

    Congratulations CNN TV!!!

    By running the "I-Report hour long segment" 10 times in a weekend and New Year Eve, and New Year day. You have shown me the light of the day. Cable has repetition but you have crossed the LIMIT!

    I have discovered my options in FOX NEWS, MSNBC, CNBC, NBC, ABC News, and CBS News.

    Bye bye CNN I have been watching you and reading CNN.com for the past decade since you were the TURNER machine.

    People, pollsters, pundits give undue importance to the IOWA caucus anyway. Isn’t it time to break the back of this myth of IOWA’s importance? They haven’t picked a winner since 1976. I will wait for Super Tuesday on FOX NEWS though I know they are not FAIR & BALANCED! The most powerful name in NEWS?

    Go Hillary44 08! http://hillaryis44.org/

    January 1, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  11. Shelly

    This article has been here all day and only 10 posts...not too many people are interested in Guliani. Ummmm.

    January 1, 2008 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  12. Christian, Tampa FL

    I am pretty sure that the Republican Party has decided to strip my state of its delegates, as the Democrats did. I don't quite understand the strategy of winning a state that doesn't get to send a full complement of delegates...

    January 2, 2008 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  13. Sam Jones

    Those of you who are not from New York City, have *no* idea how bad Rudy is.

    He has absolutely no principles other than: Rudy, first.

    That's it. He will say and do *anything* he has to, to advance himself.

    More on his record will come out if he is still the front-runner in February.

    What kind of a man could he be if his own CHILDREN can't support his candidacy?

    If he can lie and disappoint those nearest him, what will he do to the country?

    He is a martinet who cannot stand any disagreement, who listens only to the call of his own self-interest. He would be an absolute horror as President.

    January 2, 2008 01:58 am at 1:58 am |
  14. Brian D. Elkins, Oklahoma

    "Rudy does not have the solid history of success or leadership that Romney has. Rudy does not make the solid decisions in choosing a leadership team. "

    What???? Is this for real.. Rudy turned New York City around using conservatism. He cut taxes over twenty times, helped those on welfare get jobs, cleaned up the city, closed down the peep shows, and then he showed great leadership also on "that one day" Giuliani supporters aren't supposed to mention (as well as the many days following "that day").

    Mitt Romney has hair..looks good..but who knows what his positions are! He just copies all the other candidates! Moral issues..copy what Huckabee is saying. National Security and the economy..copy what Giuliani is saying. Military issues...copy what McCain is saying. In 1994 he even copied what Ted Kennedy was saying in his run against him! He ended up running to the left of Kennedy and flat out rejected conservatism and the ideals of Reagan. Now..largely because of his hair..he wants us all to believe that he is the next Ronald Reagan. Well we aren't going to buy it.

    After Florida and Super Tuesday our party will have a real leader with proven results on large issues (not on things like managing a winter olympics) A man who was not afraid to take on the Mafia in the 1980's..not afraid to become the first major US politician to label Yassir Arafat a terrorist while the Clinton administration called him a statesman..a man not afraid to take on the corrupt UN that owed NYC millions..and a man not afraid to stand and lead while his fellow New Yorkers were under attack and being forced to jump right before his very eyes landing all around him. He led not only the city, but the entire nation uniting us all. This man has a courage not found in any of the other candidates..and that's why I'm supporting Rudy Giuliani for president.

    January 2, 2008 02:57 am at 2:57 am |
  15. Maeve

    Yikes. Just what America DOESN'T need = another "little man syndrome" sufferer in the White House to embarrass us around the world.

    January 2, 2008 06:59 am at 6:59 am |