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Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani marches along Fifth Avenue during St. Patrick’s day parade in New York, Saturday, March 17, 2007.

MARCH ON RUDY’S ‘TURF’

GIULIANI GETS HIS IRISH UP VS. HILL

Rudy Giuliani laid claim to New York over his possible presidential rival Hillary Rodham Clinton yesterday, saying the Empire State had been “my home turf” longer than it’d been hers.

The Republican Giuliani, who has kept his comments about Clinton to a minimum in the campaign so far, spoke just before he marched in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade up Fifth Avenue.

Asked how he’d do in a general-election matchup against Democratic front-runner Clinton on her “home turf,” a chuckling Giuliani replied: “I have to just remind you that it’s my home turf, too. And in fact, it’s been my home turf longer than Hillary’s.

Well, Rudy has a point. Hillary is a “carpetbagger” from Illinois via Arkansas via Washington.

“I was born in Brooklyn, I grew up in Nassau County for part of my life, I lived in Queens, I’ve lived in Manhattan, I went to school in The Bronx, and I did the best in Staten Island,” Giuliani added. “So [it’s] my home turf, too.”

Where does Hillary call home?

Wherever it is politically expedient.

Unlike McCain, Romney or any of the other GOP candidates for President, Rudy will put New York into play in November 2008. And why not? Rudy is a native New Yorker.

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