Confident Rudy: Iowa, Schmiowa

Insists skipping early states all part of the plan
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 4, 2008 4:09 AM CST
Republic presidential hopeful, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, speaks while campaigning in Hialeah, Fla. Thursday, Jan. 3, 2008. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Before the Iowa vote dropped him in sixth place, GOP hopeful Rudy Giuliani told reporters he had no regrets about mostly skipping the state, New York Newsday writes. As other candidates were making a final push in Iowa, Giuliani was already in New Hampshire. He quickly moved on to Florida yesterday to keep step with his strategy of focusing on delegate-rich states.

"No insult to Iowa at all, but we see this as a different primary election," he said, shrugging off his recent slide in the polls and insisting he was still ahead in more states than any other candidate. His made his comments during a morning speech at a New Hampshire Segway plant that drove home his positions supporting increased military operations and reduced taxes.