Posted: June 19, 2007 3:48 PM
Giuliani Signs Up for August Debate in Iowa
While maintaining his decision to opt out of the Ames, Iowa straw poll on Aug. 11, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani committed to a Republican debate sponsored by ABC News six days earlier in Des Moines.
After working to build up his Iowa headquarters with the help of former Rep. Jim Nussle, R-Iowa, Giuliani’s campaign said Nussle will not continue as part of the mayor’s Iowa team after President Bush nominated him to replace Rob Portman as director of the Office of Management and Budget. Giuliani, meanwhile, plans to campaign in Des Moines on Wednesday.
Giuliani began to flesh out his “12 commitments to the American people,” telling conservative talk show host Mike Gallagher that remaining on the offense against terrorism is the most important on his list.
As Giuliani continues to campaign as “America’s mayor,” highlighting his leadership after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, firefighters — many of whom were part of New York City’s recovery efforts — are divided in their support of Giuliani, according to a New York Times article . The International Association of Fire Fighters and the Uniformed Fire Officers Association have become outspoken critics of his effort, with some of them questioning his decision to scale back the number of rescue workers to recover the remains of those who died. Other groups, including one called Firefighters 4 Rudy, are rallying behind him.
The campaign intends to step up fund-raising efforts, holding 20 events before the second quarter figures are due June 30 and encouraging supporters to gather at least $25,000 to attend a Team Giuliani Inaugural Membership Retreat, according to the NY Daily News .
Giuliani got a boost in New Jersey , one of the many states holding its primary on Feb. 5, after the Republican State Committee changed its delegate allocation process to “winner-take-all.” The move is expected to favor Giuliani, who is sometimes called the state’s “pseudo son.”
In national polls by Gallup/USA Today and NBC News/Wall Street Journal, Giuliani is holding his position as the Republican front-runner but in a Rasmussen Reports survey released June 19, he fell behind former Tennessee GOP Sen. Fred Thompson who came in with 28 percent compared to Giuliani’s 27 percent.
In South Carolina, which has a Feb. 2 GOP primary, a recent Mason-Dixon poll of likely Republican primary voters has Giuliani trailing Thompson, 21 percent to 25 percent. And in Iowa and New Hampshire, former Massachusetts GOP Gov. Mitt Romney has pulled ahead.
On Tuesday, Giuliani met with supporters at Le Peep in Houston before heading to Iowa on Wednesday. He plans to hold campaign stops in Hialeah, Fla. on Thursday and Jacksonville, Fla. on Friday.