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Giuliani making the diner rounds in New Hampshire today. (AP).

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Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani insisted today that he can appeal to evangelical voters because they know where he stands on issues even if they disagree with him.

Giuliani started a one-day swing through the state at the Red Arrow Diner, where a quick walk through the tiny eatery ended at the center of a crush of reporters, most of whom asked about threats by some religious conservatives to run a third-party candidate if Giuliani is the party's nominee.

"I don't worry a lot" about that threat, Giuliani said. " You know when we will find out who will be influential in this election? When it's over."

Giuliani's position on abortion -- he is pro-choice -- and questions about his commitment to conservative social issues such as gun rights have dogged his campaign since it began. But Giuliani said today that he can still appeal to voters who care about such things.

"I'm not a threat at all," he insisted. "I have great respect for religion. ... With me you know me what you're going to get. I mean, I explain to you who I am. I tell you who I am. You can figure out the areas you agree, the areas you disagree. It's not like five different positions on every issue."

That last line was a thinly disguised swipe at his rival, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, whose positions on abortion and other social issues have changed since he first started running for office in his state in the 1990s. Giuliani did not critique Romney by name, but it was clear who he was talking about.

Explaining what he said are polls that give him an edge with evangelical voters, Giuliani said: "Maybe it is respect for the idea that I'll be straight with you."

Giuliani also took the opportunity to bash Democratic front runner Hillary Clinton, mocking the New York senator's idea for a $5,000 account for every U.S. child. He likened it to a 1972 proposal by then-Democratic candidate George McGovern to give $1,000 to every person. Giuliani has acknowledged voting for McGovern in 1972, but says he became a Republican when he joined the Justice Department during the Nixon administration.

"It's interesting that Hillary is taking something from a George McGovern playbook," Giuliani said.

Phil Singer, a spokesman for Clinton, responded that "It's unfortunate that the mayor's entire campaign is premised on attacking others instead of talking about what he would do if elected."

Giuliani's latest trip to New Hampshire has the feel of a campaign season that is picking up steam. There was a heckler waving a petition and urging Giuliani to see "Sicko," the Michael Moore movie. ("Sicko is not something I have to see," Giuliani said.) There was a fellow in a Giuliani mask wearing a sign that said "Hold On...My Wife's on the phone," a reference to Giuliani's decision to take a call from Judith during a speech to the National Rifle Association. (Later, Giuliani said he liked the mask because it had more hair than he really does.)

After the Red Arrow, Giuliani, accompanied by his wife Judith, headed to several other lunchtime eateries. At Mary Ann's diner in Derry, the New York couple sat for a half hour, each eating a vegetarian, egg white omelet. Giuliani put a dab of hot sauce and a couple of jalapenos on his and ordered three strips of extra crispy bacon. (He finished the omelet, but never ate the bacon.)

He also cooed over several babies, another indication that the long-drawn-out Campaign 2008 is heading into its final, baby-kissing stage. From there, Giuliani headed to Norton's, a diner in Nashua, and then to a chocolate store in Salem. He was scheduled to hold a town hall meeting in Windham before heading Thursday to Missouri.

Giuliani's NH appearance came as his campaign launched a new radio ad in the state. Entitled "Tested," the ad features Giuliani talking about having been tested in crisis on the two issues he says matter: terrorism and the economy.

"They're not going to find perfection, but they're gonna find somebody who's dealt with crisis almost on a regular basis and has had results, results people thought were impossible," the former mayor says in the ad.

The ad ends with the argument about electability that Giuliani has been making with abandon recently: "The Republican that Democrats just don't want to run against," a voiceover says.

--Michael D. Shear

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By Washington Post editors  |  October 3, 2007; 4:27 PM ET
 
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Ron Paul, the next Ross Perot.

Posted by: mikie44 | December 16, 2007 9:42 PM | Report abuse

Rudy "9/11" Giuliani and wifey Judi (no, her name is not Judith) touring the diners! Hallelujah! That must change them from the champagne and caviar crowd to which they have become accustomed after milking 9/11 for all it's worth.

Giuliani is mentally deranged. And his wife is a social-climbing tart. God forbids that team from hell lands in the WH.

Posted by: Gatsby1 | November 25, 2007 3:53 AM | Report abuse

You gotta love the "Ron Paul Revolution". Raise $5m on the Internet (impressive), then put together a coordinate effort to bash everyone and anything that doesn't shine brilliant sunshine on their campaign. The Red Arrow has brilliant coffee, great pie, and about 2 feet from the counter-sitters to the wall. Cram in 50 members of the media, and you can't breathe in there.

It's a NH tradition.

Oh, yeah--Ron's last big event at UNH drew what, 250 people? No, I'm not guessing, got that number from a supporter who was actually there, not e-mailing from Montana.

Posted by: sdi_nh | November 19, 2007 9:10 PM | Report abuse

A "crush" of supporters? Give me a break! You have to put his guy in a diner to look good. No self respecting Republican will look at this cross dresser, gun grabber, 3 time loser, gay parade marchin, abortion on demand loser! I guess it's getting desperate for the Eastern Establishment. Ron Paul the true Goldwater/Reagan Republican can fill a football field of supporters any he goes yet you don't report it or show it! This article is a joke, just like Judy!

Posted by: mdabfab23 | November 6, 2007 9:46 PM | Report abuse

notice the guys at the counter. They are annoyed their lunch is being interrupted. Rudy G will not win unless an election can be rigged. Hmm I hope not.

Posted by: ecmaher | October 16, 2007 8:40 PM | Report abuse

They are just covering Rudy so they can have the first 'breaking news' when he (or his wife) make their inevitable, campaign ending blunder.

Posted by: taw12970 | October 12, 2007 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Why no report on the 5 million raised by Ron Paul?

That is a big story - I guess the Post is only interested in covering war mongering, big govt neo cons.....

Nothing new here.

Posted by: speed123 | October 4, 2007 2:56 AM | Report abuse

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