With less than two weeks to the start of the caucus and primary season, candidates from both parties are spread from New Hampshire to Iowa, glad-handing as fast as they can. Campaigning across Iowa, while her husband stumps for her in New Hampshire, Hillary Clinton knows the days are winding down and the tone, amping up. "I'm on a 99-county blitz covering the state," Clinton said. But if Mrs. Clinton is focused on covering the state, the other democratic frontrunner, Barack Obama, is intent on covering the issues, saying that policy discussions are fair ground, but personal attacks are more like what one of his campaign staffers was about to toss his direction in Iowa. Republicans are also in the fight. Rudy Giuliani takes most of today off after a health scare in Missouri forced his plane to turn around so he could seek medical attention. The former New York mayor who suffered a cancer scare seven years ago, sent his wife out to reassure supporters. Judith Giuliani said, "I spent most of the night with the doctors and wonderful nurses at Barnes Jewish Hospital, and they assured me, Rudy is in very good health." Giuliani is scheduled for an appearance tonight, considered vital after the frontrunner lost nearly ten polling points since November. Most of those losses were to Mitt Romney, but most recently to former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee. "I'm the only candidate running for president who's actually had to run against the Clinton political machine and beat it not once, but four times, I'm the only one who fully understands what we're going to be up against next year," Huckabee said. For candidates, the holidays this year may be less about spending time with family than trying to include voters into their family of supporters.
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