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Republican presidential hopeful former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani greets the crowd following his speech during a campaign stop Saturday, Dec. 15, 2007, in Tampa, Fla.

It is being reported that the Giuliani campaign is reducing its media buy in New Hampshire and moving these campaign resources to Florida (voting by absentee ballot presently and at the polls January 29) and Super Tuesday February 5 states.

Jonathan Martin has the poop from the Rudy campaign:

A top Giuliani aide tells me that the decision was made to retain flexibility in a still very fluid race – a tacit acknowledgement that the uncertainty of the early races has given them the confidence to rely on delegate-rich Florida as a springboard.

“An important objective throughout has been to keep the race wide open until February 5th,” said this source. “With the increased spending and negativity of Gov. Romney’s campaign, the rise of Gov. Huckabee and the staying power of McCain, the fluidity looks like it will keep this race wide open past the first few states.”

Unsaid but implied is that they’re not as worried about Romney running the table in the early states and building up enough momentum to render Giuliani’s Sunshine State and Tsunami Tuesday strategy irrelevant.

Well, there are a few obvious observations:

  • Mitt Romney will either lose Iowa or squeak out a small victory against Mike Huckabee after spending over $8-10 million there.
  • John McCain with the endorsement of two major New Hampshire area newspapers and his strength from beating George W. Bush in the 2000 primary WILL challenge Mitt Romney and hold any victory down.
  • Mike Huckabee is running strong in South Carolina and will deny Mitt Romney a win there.
  • The longer the primary season lasts the more large states will be able to vote their delegates to Rudy Giuliani. In this primary season the SURVIVOR will win. You need campaign cash in order to survive and contest later primary elections.
  • Rudy Giuliani is more popular in the larger states where his moderate social views are more mainstream GOP than in early states dominated by Evangelical Social Conservatives.

So, why not manage your campaign cash efficiently and concentrate on states like Florida, Illinois, California, Missouri, Ohio and Pennsylvania. All of which have many more delegates than New Hampshire and have much more expensive media markets.

This is a common sense, pragmatic move.

And, one born out of necessity if this and the Rasmussen poll hold up in Florida.

Stay tuned……

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Mitt Romney on Meet the Press Today calling on Mike Huckabee to Apologize to President Bush for criticizing his foreign policy

But, Mitt Romney lied again and this time to Tim Russert on Meet the Press about the National Rifle Association.

The Money Quote:

  • In answer to questions about whether he would sign an assault weapons ban, Romney said: “Just as the president said, he would have, he would have signed that bill if it came to his desk, and so would have I. And, and, and yet I also was pleased to have the support of the NRA when I ran for governor. I sought it, I seek it now. I’d love to have their support.”


Later in the interview, he added the following:

  • “I just talked about, about guns. I told you what my position was, and what I, what I did as governor; the fact that I received the endorsement of the NRA.”

The problem is the National Rifle Association has NEVER endorsed a Romney candidacy.

So, is this a GAFFE of the moment on Meet the Press? If so, then Mitt should apologize and move on.

Here is the video of Mitt on Meet the Press:

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Or is this another in the series of lies, flip-flops and oddities like these:

Remember:

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Mitt Romney will say and do anything to be elected President. Flap will NEVER vote for Romney and would lead the GOP into a 40 plus state loss in November 2008.

And, isn’t Mitt being HYPOCRITICAL to ask Huckabee to apologize when all Huck did was express his opinion while Mitt told a deliberate falsehood?

Stay tuned…..

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Breaking news: Independent Senator and former Democrat nominee for Vice President Joseph Lieberman will endorse Republican Senator John McCain for President.

Sen. Joseph Lieberman (Conn.), who was on the national Democratic ticket in 2000, will cross the aisle to endorse Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) tomorrow, Republican sources said.

The two will appear together on NBC’s “Today” show tomorrow, then at an 8 a.m. town hall in Hillsborough, N.H.

Don’t think this will help McCain any place except in New Hampshire where Independents may vote for him. In fact, it very much reminds the GOP base why they mistrust McCain’s GOP values in the first place.

This endorsement in the short term may hurt Mitt Romney in New Hampshire, help Rudy Giuliani in Michigan and help Fred Thompson in South Carolina.

John McCain will be the net loser in this latest deal.  But, what does he care?  McCain lost this battle for the Presidency long ago.

Stay tuned…….

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Day By Day by Chris Muir

Flap and Mrs. Flap are off to West Lafayette, Inidana to daughter Ashley’s graduation at Purdue University. There is a severe winter storm warning and there is snow and ice on the ground.

Blogging will resume when we return to Indianapolis.

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