Giuliani: It's the delegates ...
Let the expectations game begin. As Rudy Giuliani tries to rev up his presidential campaign while not winning early contests, his campaign has put out a "strategy memo" -- wink, wink -- on why his plan will work. It reinforces the Giuliani strategy to bank on Florida's Jan. 29 primary instead of building momentum out of Thursday's Iowa caucuses (where he is trailing). The Giuliani campaign, which has seen its Florida lead drop, notes 40 percent of the delegates by Jan. 29 come from Florida.
"In Iowa, one could anticipate that Mayor Giuliani might finish outside of the top 3. Governors Huckabee and Romney are battling it out for first, Senator Thompson is spending a lot of time in the state over the closing days of the campaign and Senator McCain received a recent boost from the endorsement of the Des Moines Register. While placement in Iowa will be a focus of the media, it should be remembered that Senator McCain came in 5th place in Iowa (behind Bauer and Keyes) before winning New Hampshire [in 2000]."
And: "Also, by the time we get to Florida, the field of candidates and the race will look remarkably different than it does right now. Florida will be the important battleground not only for our campaign but for the race itself."