TAMPA -- At Square One Burgers in South Tampa, about 250 people turned out to see former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani.
Two of them were New Jersey residents Carl Ceragno and A.J. O’Connor, who happened to be in town. They hadn’t been to any McCain rallies yet, but didn’t want to miss a chance to see their neighbor. "We really wish he could’ve stayed in the running,” Ceragno said.
"But we love McCain, too,” O’Connor quickly added.
Giuliani entered walked through the standing-room-only restaurant crowd to cheers of “Ru-dy! Ru-dy!”
He didn’t stick to a speech. He started off with audience questions.
"Why does Obama say I’m selfish?” a woman asked.
"Because he doesn’t like you,” Giuliani cracked. The crowd laughed. “Because you want your own tax money? I think you’re a very intelligent American."
He said polls that show Obama in the lead are “just trying to psych you out,” and he said he expects McCain to pull off “the greatest comeback victory” in history. “Right now,” he told the crowd, “we need John McCain more than he needs us.”
“This sharing the wealth thing,” Giuliani said, criticizing Obama's tax plan. “What the heck is that all about?”
-- Alexandra Zayas, Times Staff Writer