Campaigning's a Family Affair— Except for Rudy

Barack's kids, Fred's grandkids trotted out, but Judith is MIA
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 2, 2008 2:34 PM CST
Campaigning's a Family Affair— Except for Rudy
Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., left, stands on stage with daughter Chelsea as she listens to husband former president Bill Clinton during a New Year's Eve rally, Monday, Dec. 31, 2007, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – Bill Clinton yesterday gave up a precious New Year's Day on the couch watching football games to stump for his wife in Iowa, where he joked to the crowd that his football sacrifice prompted Hillary to say, "Finally, after all these years I know you do love me," AP reports. He was hardly alone: Iowa has been a family affair, with most of the candidates bringing out the extended clan. The exception: Rudy Giuliiani.

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While Barack Obama's daughters made a rare onstage appearance in Des Moines yesterday, and Fred Thompson showed off the grandchildren, Rudy has gone conspicuously solo. In the last six and a half weeks, the Boston Globe reports, Judith Giuliani appeared in public three times—all in Florida. The Globe notes that Rudy's decline in the polls started about the same time press reports emerged on the cost of security details during their affair. (Read more Hillary Clinton stories.)

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