Leftovers: Giuliani's First Post-Election Stop
I didn't cover this earlier in the week, but the timing of Rudy's November 12th visit triggered the same bell with NYDN's David Saltonstall as it did with me. I think Saltonstall goes a bit too far with his other implications though:
But the former mayor plans to dive headfirst into presidential waters on Nov. 12 - five days after the upcoming election - when he hits northern Pennsylvania, one of the most hotly contested battlegrounds in the U.S.
Giuliani is headed to Wilkes-Barre to deliver a college lecture on leadership, at a forum headlined last year by former Secretary of State Colin Powell.
In 2004, both President Bush and Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry made the Wilkes-Barre area their first postconvention stop - a sign of how up for grabs votes are in the region, which voted for Republican Ronald Reagan in the '80s but Democrat Bill Clinton in the'90s.
It's significant to note that Rudy is already planning his schedule for after the election. I don't think it is to point out the general election voting tendencies of the states he's going to. He's got to get through the primary first after all.
Nonetheless: This is a reminder that the official decision period for Giuliani '08 is about to begin. If you thought '08 speculation was rampant now, wait until after the election. As soon as the votes are counted, Rudy (and everyone else) is on the clock to jump into the race, a process that will likely extend into early next year. (In 1999, the then-frontrunner George W. Bush didn't officially form an exploratory committee until March.)
Rudy will be making plenty of appearances both before and after the election, and if he happens to be in your town, it's important to attend the event and show your support for his campaign. Normally, Rudy also takes questions from the audience. In August, GB blogger Kavon Nikrad got to ask Rudy a question about judicial nominations which yielded a very revealing and encouraging answer. If you're in a position to attend a Giuliani event, show your support with a button or a homemade sign, and be sure to ask the Mayor a question.
Email rudyblogger+events at gmail.com if Rudy will be in your town for ideas on what you can do to show your support and to send us a report after the event.