Giuliani Campaigning above the Fray

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Less than a year ago, former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani seemed a shoe-in for securing the Republican Party nomination in the battle for retaining the White House.

But as the field became crowded with other GOP hopefuls, Giuliani chose a risky campaign strategy: he opted to stay out of earlier races in Iowa, New Hampshire, Michigan, Nevada, and South Carolina.

Instead, Giuliani staked his entire race on winning Florida's winner-take-all 57 delegates.

Florida To Vote Tuesday

Now, as Floridians are about to make their will known to the world, the former front runner is fighting to get back on top, as polls have him falling behind Arizona Senator John McCain and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney.

By tomorrow night, Republicans and Democrats alike will know if the American mayor's strategy in Florida was a success.

CBN News' David Brody sat down with Giuliani for a one-on-one as the mayor raced through his final full day of campaigning in Florida.  For more on Brody's interview with Giuliani, click here.

"My message to the people of Florida is one that I'm the only candidate who really turned around an economy in crisis. I mean I've actually done what the people in Florida want to see done and want to see done by a President," Giuliani said, addressing the economy -- an issue many consider the most important one of the election.

"I'm Better Prepared"

"I've led during difficult times, had the safety and responsibility of other people on my shoulders, and I think that people should vote for me because I would be best at those things," he said. "The other candidates are good men and they've done good things. I think that I'm better prepared because of the things that I've done to be President and that's how I'm going to the voters of Florida."

Giuliani told CBN News he's using the "Iowa nice" Huckabee strategy to stay above the McCain/Romney fight. When asked about how Romney had called some McCain-sponsored legislation "liberal," he simply would not join in the attack.

"We're trying to stay on a very positive message rather than some of the negative campaigning that's gone back and forth between some of the other candidates," he said.

And that message has resonated with voters in Florida, even though the race is considered too close to call between McCain and Romney.

Who Knows about Polls?

CBN News spoke with supporters at a rally in Sanford, Fla.

"I think he's the best man for the job," said Linda Moore of Altamonte Springs, Fla. "There is no second choice for me."

"It's a roller coaster ride,' said Madeline Werner of Orlando, Fla. "If we paid attention to the polls we'd realize they don't take into account early voting."

Early voting has been going on in Florida for the last two weeks. While other GOP candidates were running races in states where delegates are shared, Giuliani has been on the ground, asking for support -- and he believes he's got it.

"We're going to prove it in the election booth," he said. "I mean polls are polls. I mean who knows about polls. The polls had Barack Obama winning in New Hampshire and Hillary Clinton won. Gosh, we're doing very well here in Florida. I think our message is getting through and it's a positive message and it's a clear one and it's one about leadership," he said.

Close Race

But even if Giuliani doesn't pull it out, supporters still believe he has a chance at winning the nomination.

"If he doesn't win Florida it's not over," said Barbara Hughes of Sanford, Fl. "He is still competitive."

"It's a close race," Giuliani said.

"I think it's going to be a very close race. It's going to be a very close vote and I think we're going to come out on ahead."

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