Rudy Hits the Heartland

Trailing Mitt Romney in the polls and Fred Thompson in hype, Giuliani decides to care about Iowa after all

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Republican presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani shakes hands with Sloan residents Jill Muenchrath and her children Brody and Katie, left, and Niki Dewald and her children Jackson and Joseph, far right, during a meet-and-greet campaign appearance at the Sloan Cafe, in Sloan, Iowa.

If you're thinking that a city boy from Brooklyn might have trouble making himself at home in rural Iowa, then you haven't spent a day here with Rudy Giuliani. In fact, to hear him talk, the former New York City mayor can hardly tell the two places apart. Ducking into Longhorn Saddlery and Western Wear in Fort Dodge to pick up some cowboy shirts for himself (extra large) and his designer-loving missus (small), Giuliani noted, "They had bull riding this year in Madison Square Garden." At a town-hall forum held at Northern Iowa Area Community College (NIACC), he marveled, "There's a...

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