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Rudy Running His Way

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From CBS News Correspondent Byron Pitts, who's covering the Giuliani campaign:

LINCOLN, N.H. -- Looking as comfortable as a man can in a white shirt, blue suit and tie at a ski lodge full of skiers, Rudy Giuliani made the rounds at Loon Mountain Ski resort.

Perhaps to his credit Giuliani makes little effort to adjust his wardrobe, his words or his message from stop to stop (compared to many of his opponents who seem to 'dress the part' for every occasion).

To chants of "Rudy! Rudy!", Giuliani worked the room his way: long-armed handshakes, half-second eye contact, a big smile and onto the next prospective supporter.

Unless he's in a hurry then he looks at the next person he's about to meet, never keeping eye contact with the person whose hand he's shaking. Giuliani seems more comfortable on stage behind a podium and speaking through a microphone attached to his tie.

So, Giuliani appeared more in his element at the Plymouth Regional Senior Center in Plymouth, N.H. where he spoke to about 100-people at a town hall meeting. Giuliani spoke for a little over 16 minutes. That's about his normal length for what seems more like an opening argument in a white collar crime trial than your standard stump speech.

Speaking without notes, the former prosecutor usually starts off talking about September 11th and the heroes of that day. He shifts a bit to national security and then he launches into growing the economy just as he did in New York. Then he takes about three questions and he's out the door. Based on how he carries himself, while being pleasant enough, Giuliani is not attempting to win a popularity contest. He wants to be chief executive of the free world.

A theme that seems to be developing on the trail is this: "His heart doesn't seem in it." We've heard those exact same words from supporters and undecided voters at his events in Iowa, New Hampshire and even in Florida where the Giuliani campaign believes it will take fire.

Saturday in Iowa, for instance, an older couple and a middle-aged man and his son waited in the cold for several minutes to take a picture with Giuliani. But after taking a few questions from reporters, Giuliani zeroed in on his awaiting town car and dashed for the front seat and he was off.

Perhaps as a symbol of where his campaign stands in the wake of the upcoming Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary, as Giuliani pulled out of the parking lot in Clive, Iowa, his vehicle drove past a red faced supporter sitting in her car. She was stuck in a snow bank. As the mayor rolled down the street, the sound of the woman's car tires spinning in the snow filled the air.

Maybe the Florida sunshine will bring some fire to the Giuliani campaign.