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Rudy Giuliani Crashes And Burns In Iowa

Obama, Clinton and Edwards are all huge draws in Iowa. For the three of them it's usually more an issue of less space than people. Rudy Giuliani, supposedly the Republican front runner can't fill a high school gym.

Rudy Giuliani and an empty high school gym


The couple hundred people listening in the high school gymnasium gave him a polite but hardly rip-roaring reception. A partition divided the gym to make it appear better attended than it was.

Dozens of those who showed up didn't look old enough to vote. Handmade signs hung from a blue curtain behind the podium. Just before the candidate took the stage, a few in the audience tried to start a "Rudy, Rudy, Rudy" chant. It was a halfhearted effort that died quickly.