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Giuliani says he got checked out for headache in St. Louis

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December 23, 2007

HOPKINTON, N.H. - Republican Rudy Giuliani said yesterday he had "a really bad headache that only got worse in the airplane" on Wednesday, and that is why he asked the plane to land and for him to get checked out by doctors in St. Louis.

The former New York mayor told reporters at a press conference that he asked his doctor to release a full report on his health, including an update on any concerns of his prostate cancer coming back. He said he was tested three weeks ago for cancer and that there were no signs of concern in the results.

Giuliani was back to answering questions about energy policy, Iraq, gun control, and healthcare instead of his personal health at his first public campaign event after being hospitalized for what his aides had characterized earlier in the week as "flu-like" symptoms.

The candidate addressed about 100 people at a town hall meeting literally inside the town hall of this small, rich suburb outside Concord. He did not address his illness at the event.

JAMES PINDELL

N.H. newspaper editorial steers voters from Romney
CONCORD, N.H. - The Concord Monitor has not endorsed any candidate for president, but in an editorial for today's paper it is clear the newspaper is far from undecided about Republican Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor.

Its editorial, with the headline "Romney should not be the next president," was posted online yesterday afternoon and ends with these words:

"When New Hampshire partisans are asked to defend the state's first-in-the-nation primary, we talk about our ability to see the candidates up close, ask tough questions and see through the baloney. If a candidate is a phony, we assure ourselves and the rest of the world, we'll know it. Mitt Romney is such a candidate. New Hampshire Republicans and independents must vote no."

JAMES PINDELL

Romney criticizes McCain for opposing Bush tax cuts
NORTH CONWAY, N.H. - Taking aim at a rallying John McCain, New Hampshire front-runner Mitt Romney said yesterday that his GOP presidential rival had failed "Reagan 101" by twice opposing President Bush's tax cuts.

Romney also sought to turn McCain's well-known maverick streak - a central theme in his campaign ads - against the Arizona senator. McCain's go-it-alone attitude, Romney suggested, will breed more divisiveness in Washington if he wins.

"Anyone who's run something, whether it's a small business or a big business, knows that the number one ingredient for success is building a remarkable team of people around you, motivating them, guiding them, insisting on them drawing out their best capacities," Romney told a crowd of more than 100 people at an elementary school.

"I've had occasions to run business, to run the Olympics, and to run a state, and you don't do that by yourself," said Romney, former Massachusetts governor.

The McCain campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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