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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Back Roads to the White House: The invisible front-runner

Excerpted from this post at Back Roads to the White House

The national Republican front-runner, former New York City Mayor Rudy
Giuliani, is going to try a new strategy to gain traction in the
first-in-the-nation caucus state of Iowa. He's going to show his face.
At the moment, he trails former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in the
Iowa polls, thanks in part to Romney's television advertising
bombardment and frequent visits to the Hawkeye State. By contrast,
Giuliani has made only one quick, in-and-out visit to Des Moines
recently, and he's fighting a perception that he has conceded the
traditional kick-off state -- ever since he, and later Sen. John
McCain of Arizona, announced they would not compete in the non-binding
Ames Straw Poll on August 11. But while Romney is away on Wednesday
(stumping in the conservative stronghold of El Paso County, Colorado)
Giuliani is launching his first full-fledged, full-state barnstorming
across Iowa on Wednesday and Thursday. He's hitting some critical,
conservative bastions -- Council Bluffs, Sloan, Le Mars and Sioux City
-- and then heading east toward Fairbank, Waterloo, Cedar Rapids and
Davenport.

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