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Today, in anticipation of Mitt Romney's big speech, was former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s day to appear before the New York delegation. After arriving with his small entourage close to an hour into the Clearwater Hilton breakfast – a delay attributed to a Fox News interview way across town -- Giuliani stumped for the Romney-Ryan ticket on the basis of not only the economy, but national defense, as did ex-Sen. Alfonse D’Amato a couple of days ago. Giuliani stressed the importance of keeping the state Senate Republican, and alluded briefly to that caucus’s relatively good working relationship with Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.

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He was asked afterward in a press scrum to elaborate. “Obviously,” Giuliani said in partisan mode, “we’d prefer a governor that was more in favor of the private sector and not as dominated by some of the Democratic special interests. But I think when I compare him to some of the other governors, like in Connecticut and Maryland, who are like, falling off the charts left-wing, I think there’s been a pretty good balance and if we were going to continue that balance, we’re going to need a Republican Senate.”

In the photo, he waits to take the rostrum.