Spin Cycle: Rudy: Second Thoughts on Iowa?
Excerpted from this post at Spin Cycle
Is Rudolph Giuliani thinking about skipping the first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses next year? He just might be. On Monday, after a campaign seminar at Harvard University, Giuliani campaign chief Mike DuHaime refused to commit his candidate to competing in the Iowa contest, which officially kicks off the race for the GOP nomination on Jan. 14, 2008. Then yesterday, Giuliani's campaign announced he would indeed make an Iowa swing in April – announcing his travel plans a full month in advance in a bid to head off a spate of Rudy-skips-Iowa stories. ... Giuliani might decide he doesn't want to take his chances with Iowa Republicans who tend to be strong religious conservatives. If so, he'd be betting that the emergence of a mega-primary day on Feb. 5, 2008 – where Giuliani could do well in states like New Jersey, California and Florida – would diminish the importance of Iowa anyway.