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Giuliani Confident in Last Florida Push

Giuliani's last dash to reach Florida voters. (AP).

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."

By Washington Post editors  |  January 28, 2008; 10:59 AM ET
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Well, well, what do we see ? All important liemericans together. Anything to explain about building 7 ladies and gentlemen ? Anything to say about using 9 barrels and finding only 1 new barrel ? Keepin up the good news then, cheerio. I whish PRESIDENT OBAMA a lot of wisdom.

Posted by: jwholtkamp | January 29, 2008 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who supports the Born Again, Faith Based, Pro Life Lying War Criminal Mass Murderer Serial Killer in Chief and the VP of Torture should never be in the WH. Anyone who supports wasting a couple of trillion dollars of taxpayers funds in Illegal Invasions of Sovereign States should never be our leader. If one had any courage, one would call for the Axis of Evil to be indicted for War Crimes. People who support Mission Accomplished is equally culpable in the thousands of murders. These Killers need to face Justice at the International Criminal Court. There is no Statue of Limitations on War Crimes.

Who Would Jesus Kill?

All of these Religious Psychos are Frauds. Only Ignorant Idiots would believe any of them.

Posted by: niberg | January 28, 2008 8:57 PM | Report abuse

McCain is a complete criminal liar.
He has a history of lying to the American people.

McCain says he is for tax cuts, but he voted against the Bush Tax Cut.
McCain lied. He is a liar.

McCain says he does not support illegal immigrants, but voted in favor of legislations that support amnesty plans.
McCain lied. He is a liar.

McCain flip flops within a 47 second time. The fastest and world-record holder.
He earned the gold medal for lying within a 47 second time.
He is the fastest liar.

McCain says, "He Has Never Asked For A Single Earmark Or Pork Barrel Project For His State [Arizona]."
McCain lied about that also.

McCain lied about his infidelity that occurred in 1979.
He was still married and sleeping with another woman.
McCain lied about that also.

Do you want a President who is an aggressive and traditional liar?

McCain can not be trusted with foreign affairs.
He will lie.

McCain can not be trusted with the national economy.
He will lie.

We must not put a liar in the White House.
We must not let a liar become the President of the United States.

Posted by: parkeringsljus | January 28, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Rudy Giuliani's political career is over. You can't hope to win the Republican nomination as a conservative if you are not a conservative. See "Rudy Giuliani's Conservative Remake" at Youtube:

Posted by: bactive | January 28, 2008 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Right now, it's too close to call between Romney and McCain -- hopefully, it's Romney and then he gets a bump going into Super Duper Tuesday -- I would be very surprised if Giuliani wins tomorrow.

Posted by: JakeD | January 28, 2008 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Who do you predict will win the Florida Republican Presidential Primary?


Posted by: jeffboste | January 28, 2008 12:08 PM | Report abuse

"We're going to win Florida tomorrow," he said. "If we win here in Florida, we're going to win the Republican nomination."

I love it, "We're going to win.." then "If we win..." Mayor 9/11 doesn't even believe it himself. Put a fork in it Rudy, you're done.

Posted by: PatrickNYC1 | January 28, 2008 12:06 PM | Report abuse

I'd be impressed if he even finishes in front of Ron Paul, whom based on these leading web stats in Florida, may just get double-digit percentages:

Posted by: davidmwe | January 28, 2008 11:56 AM | Report abuse

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