Giuliani Confident in Last Florida Push
By Michael D. Shear
ORLANDO -- Rudy Giuliani told a small crowd at an airport rally Monday morning that he intends to confound conventional wisdom by winning Florida and using the victory in the Sunshine State to become the Republican nominee.
"We're going to win Florida tomorrow," he said. "If we win here in Florida, we're going to win the Republican nomination. And then we're going to win the presidency. And once again it'll be Florida that determines the president of the United States."
As his rivals continued a bitter, name-calling feud, Giuliani tried to stay above the fray while traveling on his first-ever plane tour with press. His schedule called for five rallies across Florida, ending in a 10 p.m. rally in Miami.
A new poll released Monday showed Giuliani trailing badly in the state he has bet his campaign on. The Quinnipiac University poll showed John McCain at 32 percent, Mitt Romney at 31 percent and Giuliani in third place at 14 percent.
But the former mayor dismissed concern about such polls, as did his supporters who gathered here.
"Just because he's down in the polls doesn't mean I'm not going to be loyal to him," said Barbara Hughes, of Orlando, who took personal time from her job at the University of Florida to see Giuliani. "I'm voting for him. Hell or high water."
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