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Giuliani strategy taken from a piece of airline luggage?

Political antics, lost airline baggage, and a cool $100 million. Welcome to politics in America...

Linked from http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/01/02/giuliani.strategy.ap/
The presidential campaign strategy for former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani includes a $100 million fundraising target for this year.

The 140-page schedule for the Republican's budding presidential bid was reported in Tuesday's editions of the New York Daily News.

The paper said an anonymous source obtained the document after it was left behind on a campaign trip in 2006, but Giuliani spokeswoman Sunny Mindel claimed it was taken from a piece of airline luggage.

"This wasn't left in a hotel," Mindel told The Associated Press. "This is clearly a dirty trick. The voters are sick and tired of this kind of thing."

Mindel said a Giuliani aide lost a piece of luggage containing the paper.

"After repeated requests over the course of a few days, the bag was finally returned with the document inside," she said.

"Because our staffer had custody of this document at all times except for this one occasion, it is clear that the document was removed from the luggage and photocopied."

Mindel did not say where or when the paper was lost, but she played down its importance, saying it is "simply someone's ideas which were committed to paper over three months ago."

The Daily News said the schedule includes a plan to raise at least $100 million in 2007 by reeling in big Republican donors like Fred Smith, the CEO of FedEx, the paper reported. Smith is already supporting the bid of Sen. John McCain of Arizona.

The document also predicts some $100 million could be spent against Giuliani to highlight political vulnerabilities like his three marriages and moderate stances on social issues, including gun control and gay rights.

Giuliani is a hugely popular fundraiser for his party, due largely to his response to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, for which he was called "America's mayor."
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