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• The Washington Post reports that during a campaign visit to Boone, Iowa, former New York City Mayor and current Republican presidential nomination contender Rudy Giuliani decided to stop at a Wal-Mart. He reportedly was looking for a book by Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf (not in stock), but settled for two boxes of power bars, and a junior-sized football to play with on his campaign plane.

Giuliani said during the visit that he had always supported big box stores while he was mayor of New York. “ I always liked big box stores," he said. "I think they bring the prices down.”
KC's View:
I’d like to know, just for the fun of it, when the last time was that Giuliani did some actual shopping in a Wal-Mart or any other big box store. Y’know, real, actual shopping. Not sending out an aide or one of his wives to run an errand for him. But actually crossing the Hudson River to New Jersey (because despite his support, there aren’t any actual big box stores in Manhattan, which is where he lives) to go pick up some shirts or garden supplies or even some food. Not that doing such shopping ought to be a prerequisite for running for president. I’d just sort of like to know.

I’d also like to know how many Wal-Mart’s in the US actually stock “In the Line of Fire: A Memoir” by Pervez Musharraf. Just a rough count. (To be fair, you can buy it on Wal-Mart’s website for $17.74, a $10.26 discount off the list price.)

Not sure why I just flashed on this, but I remember when another New York City mayor, Ed Koch, was running for governor of New York, he all but destroyed his chances when he made a derogatory remark about how people from upstate were reduced to shopping at Sears for gingham dresses and the like. It’s a pretty good bet that Giuliani won’t make the same mistake.