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Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani speaks during a ‘town hall meeting’ at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta Wednesday, May 16, 2007 to reinforce a point he made earlier in South Carolina: that Republicans are best equipped to combat the threat of terrorism.

The American Spectator: Rudy Reborn

It is axiomatic that presidential candidates in the primary run toward their base- to the right for Republicans and left for Democrats — and then veer toward the center in the general election. This playbook is being carefully followed by candidates such as Mitt Romney and Hillary Clinton. Both have abandoned moderation as he runs to the right on social issues, guns and campaign finance reform and she curries favor with the anti-war left by suggesting we “un-declare” war and immediately withdraw troops from Iraq. However, Rudy Giuliani is trying something quite different and if this week was any indication it may be the best shot he has at securing the nomination.

Jennifer Rubin has it RIGHT.

But, a multi-state early primary shift has made Rudy’s campaign strategy a reality. The traditional GOP primary states of New Hampshire and Iowa will dim in importance to the more diverse and moderate states of Florida and California.

Any appeal to the center and independents without offending the RIGHT will reward Rudy in November 2008.

After all, isn’t that the goal?

More Jennifer Rubin:

“Giuliani Tries to Set the Record Straight” – Human Events, May 8th, 2007

“Recap and Awards for Debate Winners” – Human Events, May 16th, 2007

The Rudy Giuliani Files

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