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Thursday, June 21, 2007

Price of Politics: Giuliani Leaves Health Advocates Feeling Sick

Excerpted from this post at Price of Politics

Some health advocates (most with the Partnership for Better Health, I
believe) say they got the brush off from Rudy Giuliani during his
campaign stop in Des Moines (his first visit to the state since his
campaign announced he would not take part in the Iowa Republican Straw
Poll). They weren't pleased from the start since the event began more
than a half hour late. Giuliani took no questions from the crowd, and
according to the health care'ers, he walked past them as they tried to
talk with him about his commitment to improving health care for people
with chronic disease. One woman did tell me she didn't completely get
ignored. As she tried to hand the Mayor a packet of health care
packet, he instead reached out and grabbed her "12 Commitments"
handout from his campaign. Then, he signed it and gave it back to her.
I could also mention the post-speech debacle in an adjacent room where
we reporters were permitted to speak with Rudy G. Unfortunately, there
was no podium for our several dozen microphones. We were told the
campaign also didn't want lights illuminating the event (at least
according to one of the equipment workers).

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