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Giuliani Returns to Trail Saturday

Giuliani rested in New York today. (AP).

By Juliet Eilperin
GOP presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani spent most of the day today home in New York City after being treated for flu-like symptoms this week in St. Louis.

Giuliani spokeswoman Maria Comella said the former New York mayor, who is traveling to Rochester tonight for a fundraiser in a private home, decided to rest to ensure he "goes out full throttle" this weekend on the campaign trail.

"It's really nothing more than making sure he's a hundred percent before he goes out on the trail," Comella said, adding that it's not surprising Giuliani fell ill, "considering that he's been on the trail with the intensity he has....The fact remains he has a clean bill of health."

Giuliani, 63, spent Wednesday night in Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis before leaving Thursday for New York. Arriving home in Manhattan Thursday night with his wife Judith, the candidate told reporters camped outside his apartment he was "doing fine. I'm doing great."

"I want to thank my wife, Judith. She's been with me through many different things, and there's one great asset in having a wife that's a nurse: Whenever you have any kind of medical issue, she can calm you, help you," he said. "She stayed in touch with everything."

Giuliani plans to devote both Saturday and Sunday to campaigning in New Hampshire, Comella said.

While campaigning in Missouri Wednesday Giuliani experienced flu-like symptoms, aides said, which then worsened after his plane had taken off for New York.

"A decision was made last night when he had a severe headache and flu-like symptoms on his way home from Missouri to land the plane," Judith Giuliani told reporters Thursday night. "EMS then performed a small evaluation and decided that for precautionary measures they would take him to Barnes-Jewish Hospital."

By Web Politics Editor  |  December 21, 2007; 5:12 PM ET
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