Who knew Giuliani was moonlighting back at his old job? "Ten months into his presidential bid, Rudolph W. Giuliani continues to work part time at the security consulting firm he promised to leave this past spring to focus on his pursuit of the Republican nomination," John Solomon writes in The Washington Post. "Giuliani's continuing involvement with a firm catering to corporate clients makes him unique among Republican contenders. It also complicates the task of separating his firm's assets from his campaign spending."
With Giuliani talking healthcare this week, he may want to check his math. Per ABC News, he's citing an outdated (and probably erroneous) statistic in his new ad where he criticizes the national healthcare system in Britain, and the campaign said it made no effort to verify the numbers Giuliani found in an article published over the summer. Giuliani pegged the prostate cancer survival rate in England at 44 percent -- some 30 points below the five-year survival rate cited in official statistics.
Barack Obama -- the lost years? Obama "suggests in his book that his years in New York were a pivotal period: He ran three miles a day, buckled down to work and 'stopped getting high,' " The New York Times' Janny Scott writes. "Yet he declined repeated requests to talk about his New York years, release his Columbia transcript or identify even a single fellow student, co-worker, roommate or friend from those years." This from a man who remembers intricate details of his early childhood in two memoirs: "He doesn't remember the names of a lot of people in his life," said Ben LaBolt, a campaign spokesman.l
More Obama tidbits from the MTV/MySpace event: Will Smith would play him in the movie "because his ears match mine," and he's ready for a "grit-off" with Stephen Colbert in South Carolina. "I'm going for the Jon Stewart endorsement to off set the Colbert factor," he said, per ABC's Sunlen Miller. (Factor? Maybe he does know how to tweak an opponent. . . . )
ABC's Jake Tapper and Avery Miller report on the "promise and pitfalls" of the scrambled primary calendar, focusing on Obama's efforts to get college students to caucus on a date that they'll be on break. Said Obama: "We actually want kids in Ames and kids in Iowa City, we want them to go home, we don't need to rack up some huge vote total in just concentrated areas we'd rather have focused all around." Write Tapper and Miller, "Just in case, Obama is also talking about an issue of importance to older Iowans -- attacking rival Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., in town hall meetings and over the airwaves for not being honest about Social Security."
More on the strategy front: Giuliani is doing more than focus on Feb. 5, Mike Allen and Jonathan Martin write for Politico.com. "Rudy Giuliani, whose presidential campaign strategy originally downplayed New Hampshire, is now making a major bid to win the Granite State primary," they write. "The shift in strategy is motivated by both opportunity and fear."
The Wall Street Journal's Amy Schatz looks at Thompson's Southern strategy -- which means Iowa and New Hampshire just aren't big priorities. "Mr. Thompson's 'red-state' focus could have a particular payoff if the nomination comes down to a delegate count competition, since the party gives extra weight to states that voted for President Bush in 2004, or elected Republican governors and members of Congress. Most of those states lie in the South, the Midwest and the Rocky Mountains."