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On the air in New Hampshire, on the ground in Florida

Rudy Giuliani is campaigning today in Florida, but he begins airing his very first TV ads in New Hampshire - stumping in two states at once.

Giuliani's new spot, Tested, touts his accomplishments as New York City mayor.

It marks a bit of a departure in strategy for Giuliani's campaign, which has held off spending television dollars in the early primary state, under the belief that it didn't necessarily need a major victory in Iowa and New Hampshire because it could count on wins in mega-states like Florida on Jan. 29, and New York and California on Feb. 5.

But pundits say going 26 days from the Jan. 3 Iowa caucus without a strong showing could damage Giuliani's campaign and the ad reflects Giuliani's bid to boost his numbers in New Hampshire, where a recent CBS News/NY Times poll shows he's tied with Arizona Sen. John McCain, both of them trailing frontrunner Mitt Romney, who campaigned in New Hampshire on Monday.

As Naked Politics on the Road departs New Hampshire (in rainy 61 degree weather, maybe Florida and New Hampshire are not so different after all) McCain arrives in New Hampshire for a four-day swing. He'll make a pilgrimage Friday to tiny, remote Dixville Notch, a Republican stronghold and home of one of the state's most fabled political events: Every four years, Dixville Notch voters - all 30 or so of them - gather at the stroke of midnight before the primary to cast their ballots in the ballroom of The Balsams, a resort hotel.

McCain lost there to George W. Bush in 2000 by 2 votes out of 23 cast. Giuliani will be closer to home, campaigning today in The Villages in Central Florida and mingling with NASCAR fans Sunday at the Ford 400 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Finale at Miami Speedway in Homestead.

Posted by Lesley Clark at 10:25 AM on November 15, 2007 | Permalink


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