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Thursday, June 21, 2007

Joe Republican: Giuliani Back After Snub... How did he do?

Excerpted from this post at Joe Republican

Rudy Giuliani returned to Iowa today for his first visit since he
declared he would not participate in the Iowa Straw poll. Since this
announcement he has fallen back marginally in the polls and I was
interested to see how he would use this visit to mend the fences he's
broken in the state. Giuliani did a great job of explaining how he
would cut spending in Washington and remained humble about his past
successes. He's a fiscal conservative who's strong on national
defense, but is that message enough to win the Iowa Caucus? Giuliani's
visit to the state was a great opportunity for him to turn the tide of
his campaign in Iowa and energize his followers. Unfortunately, he
broke one simple rule that only rubbed more salt in the wounds of Iowa
Republicans; he was extremely late. Giuliani was supposed to speak at
10:30, but didn't arrive until 11:20. When holding a late-morning
weekday event, it is imperative to start on time. People have left
work to see you and don't have a lot of time to waste. Iowan's disgust
for this lack of class was evident at the event. I saw a number of
people leave the event before Giuliani arrived, because they had to
get back to work. Many who came to give Rudy a second chance, were
disgusted with the tardiness and grumbled that this wasn't the way to
gain support.

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