PRESIDENTIAL HOPEFUL DOESN'T GET TO MEET WITH SCHWARZENEGGER
By Kevin Yamamura
SACRAMENTO - Rudy Giuliani did not visit Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Thursday, even though he was mere steps from the state Capitol and held a fundraiser in the governor's Sacramento hotel home.
No matter. The former New York City mayor and Republican presidential candidate made do with a downtown lunchtime mix of high school girls, legislative aides, ladies meeting for lunch and activists on break from college.
Giuliani swept through Ambrosia Cafe on Thursday, disturbing the usual lunch-hour murmur at the gourmet sandwich shop a block from the Capitol. He shook hands, wished patrons a "good Fourth of July" and scarfed down part of a salad before diving into a scrum of television cameras.
Some diners praised Giuliani for his work as mayor after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, even if they were less acquainted with his political positions.
"I don't want them just to look at Sept. 11," Giuliani said. "I want them to look at my entire record as mayor, taking a city that was the crime capital of America and turning it into the safest large community in America."
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