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Rudy promises full delegation, but then again ...

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Speaking to reporters following a fund-raising lunch in Tampa on Thursday, Rudy Giuliani promised that he would restore any of Florida's delegates cut in nominating process. Because Florida moved its presidential primary earlier to Jan. 29, the national Republican Party can cut the number of delegates in half to 57.

But an alternative appeals to Giuliani, too. One option is making the primary a winner-take-all affair, instead of assigning delegates proportionately to determine the nominee.

"We're very much in favor of the winner-take-all primary in Florida. There have been numerous polls, and I don't think there's been one that we haven't been substantially ahead," Giuliani said.

Giuliani chided top rival Mitt Romney for the mandatory health insurance program approved while Romney was governor of Massachusetts, calling it a "very good indication of Hillary-care."

Giuliani also accused Romney of abandoning the program now that Romney is running for president. Massachusetts faced a deadline of Thursday or likely face penalties for not signing up for insurance.

"Why did he abandon it for the whole country? Because it's not a good idea," Giuliani said.

 

A Romney spokeswoman noted Romney supports a market-based policy that is not the same as Clinton's (though certain pieces are). And Romney is "not running away" from the Massachusetts initiative.

Romney has said he would allow states to decide how to improve health insurance.

Giuliani also accused Romney of abandoning the program now that Romney is running for president. Massachusetts faced a deadline of Thursday or likely face penalties for not signing up for insurance.

"Why did he abandon it for the whole country? Because it's not a good idea," Giuliani said.

 

A Giuliani spokeswoman noted Romney supports a market-based policy that is not the same as Clinton's (though certain pieces are). And Romney is "not running away" from the Massachusetts initiative.

 

Romney has said he would allow states to decide how to improve health insurance.

Giuliani also accused Romney of abandoning the program now that Romney is running for president. Massachusetts faced a deadline of Thursday or likely face penalties for not signing up for insurance.

"Why did he abandon it for the whole country? Because it's not a good idea," Giuliani said.

 

A Giuliani spokeswoman noted Romney supports a market-based policy that is not the same as Clinton's (though certain pieces are). And Romney is "not running away" from the Massachusetts initiative.

 

Romney has said he would allow states to decide how to improve health insurance, and a spokeswoman said.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 12:27pm]

    

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