January 16th, 2008
12:00 PM ET
15 years ago

Giuliani staying focused on Florida, up with new ad

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WASHINGTON (CNN) - Republican Rudy Giuliani is launching a new ad in Florida Wednesday that touts his fiscal record as mayor.

The former New York mayor has said he is committed to his strategy of focusing most of his efforts on winning that state’s Republican primary.

In the new 30-second spot, an announcer declares Giuliani knows how to fix "taxes, insurance, housing, and wasteful spending."

The ad is part of his continued plan to base his candidacy on winning the Florida's GOP primary on January 29 - a strategy that has come under criticism following Giuliani's poor performances in all of the early nominating contests to date.

But following a sixth-place showing in Michigan Tuesday night - he garnered half as many votes as Texas Rep. Ron Paul and only seven thousand more votes than "uncommitted" - the Giuliani campaign insisted their strategy is working as planned, considering the front-runner mantle is up for grabs.

“The race remains fluid and competitive, [and] our strategy remains on track," Giuliani spokeswoman Maria Comella said. "Rudy is going to continue to campaign aggressively in Florida and after the energy we’ve seen on the trail this past week, we’re confident that we’ll be successful on the 29th.”

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

Filed under: Florida • Rudy Giuliani
soundoff (88 Responses)
  1. Benton Nelson, Indianapolis, IN

    I wonder if Rudy is looking for someplace in Florida to retire to after he loes to Mitt, John, and Mike. Looking at peoples comments on here, I agree with everyone about him running on him being mayor of New York during 9/11. People step back and look that he has no real political experense. It takes alot more then being mayor of NYC to run the country. Who ever his running mate would be, would more then likely be running this country like Cheney does for George W Bush. Vote for Hillary

    January 16, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  2. veronica

    I don't understand why he's ignored the American people who live in Iowa, New Hampshire, Michigan....He only feels that Floridians are worthy of his time??
    I guess he doesn't know that the president represents people from all of the states, not just a few hand-picked ones.
    He obviously has nothing to say to the rest of the country
    I've never seen a dumber strategy.

    January 16, 2008 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  3. Dem in Chicago

    Bye bye Rudy.

    Q: "what's your plan for the economy?" A: 9/11
    Q: "What's your view of immigration?" A: 9/11
    Q: "What the first thing you would do in office?" A: 9/11

    pull-ease! How stupid do you think this country is?! Granted, we did elect Bush twice, well really just once. Get lost Rudy. You were a terrible Mayor and would be an awful president. Your 9/11-mongering days are over.

    January 17, 2008 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  4. Economy-Romney

    Economy Romney his passion for America and his strong balance meas whne he says JOBS JOBS JOBS I feel good.

    McCain Dinosaur McCain = WAR

    I need a job not a war.

    Rudy 15 minutes of fame walking around with a bull horn saying clear the area
    is what he should do and say at his next rally.

    Rudy is a non – starter and he doesn't care about the smaller states.

    January 17, 2008 01:04 am at 1:04 am |
  5. billybob

    Giulliani was Mayor of New York for 8 years turning the dirty, bankrupt, welfare ridden, demoralized, crime capital of the world into the well run metropolis that the terrorists targeted not for what it was, but for the "shining city on a hill" it had become.

    Remember there are and were more people in New York City than in the entire states of Arizona (McCain), Massachusetts (Romney), Tennessee (Thompson), and more in just one of the 5 boroughs than the whole state of Arkansas (Huckabee).

    AND Rudy was elected and reelected in a city where Democrats outnumber Republicans 9-1

    I will be going home to Florida next week in time to cast my vote for Rudy.

    January 17, 2008 04:52 am at 4:52 am |
  6. Assissotom

    Hi, nice site! Your hard work paid off

    January 17, 2008 05:41 am at 5:41 am |
  7. Independent in IA


    January 17, 2008 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  8. charlotte

    It's not the people at large, it's the delegates. How many presidents have won the popular vote and sill lost the election?? That my friends is what Guiliani is banking on. Shouldn't he be running as an Italian-American?

    January 17, 2008 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  9. Katharine

    I'm a little angry that Rudy Giuliani has chosen to completely ignore the early voting states to focus on Florida. As a Presidential candidate, how can he justifiably ignore any voter’s right to choose the candidate of their choice? The apathy astounds me. Romney is now my candidate he’s got the strength of character and not afraid to face the challenges ahead plus finally we need a good businessman in the oval office. He’s straight forward and I commend him for changing his mind on an issue after more facts were revealed; I wish more candidates believed that if new facts present themselves and you feel differently about an issue then change your mind, it’s ok, it’s not flip-flopping it’s called becoming educated on an issue.

    I believe Rudy did an amazing job during 9/11, I'm not criticizing him for his brilliant effort, but he’s not Presidential material.

    January 17, 2008 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  10. william walsh columbus ohio

    good god man give it up! youve got to be kidding, why put more money after bad? theres not a campaign manager n the planet that can save you ,go home!!! what do you have a 2% vote? what did you fail math class?

    January 17, 2008 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  11. Chris, Jacksonville

    I am an Independent voter.

    Rudi deserves this drubbing for exploiting September 11 for his personal gain for all of these years.

    I have no respect for this man anymore. He will be history in a week or so.

    He is contemptable.

    January 17, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  12. Cable King Pittsburgh PA


    January 18, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  13. Sensible Cape Coral Fl

    Hey Billybob,,
    Giuliani is like all the Republicans. He takes credit for everything and blame for nothing. I am a former New Yorker and I WAS THERE.

    January 18, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
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