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Novakula: Rudy's in

Rudy will make it an interesting 2008 GOP primary, to say the least, but he’ll have to compromise, says the Prince of Darkness.


Well-connected public figures report that they have been told recently by Rudolph Giuliani that, as of now, he intends to run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2008.

The former mayor of New York was on top of last month’s national Gallup poll measuring presidential preferences by registered Republicans, with 29 percent. Sen. John McCain’s 24 percent was second, with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich third at 8 percent. National polls all year have shown Giuliani running either first or second to McCain, with the rest of the presidential possibilities far behind.

Republican insiders respond to these numbers by saying rank-and-file GOP voters will abandon Giuliani once they realize his position on abortion, gay rights and gun control. Party strategists calculate that if he actually runs, he must change on at least one of these issues.

So which of these issues do you expect Rudy to bail on first?

PollingPoint shows these figs, showing Republicans prefer Rudy Giuliani, and Independents prefer John McCain…(h/t, Eva):

And there are clearly a few dunce responses to this poll, since some actually think foreign-born Schwarzenegger is eligible to run for prez.

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