Moves to Fore in Florida
By VALERIE BAUERLEIN
January 26, 2008; Page A6
As Florida's Republican primary nears, an issue of acute local interest -- whether the federal government should help insure homeowners on the hurricane-battered coast -- has taken center stage.
Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who has slipped in polls after betting his prospects on a strong showing in Florida, is bidding for votes by touting the idea in campaign appearances and in a new ad. At Thursday's GOP debate in Boca Raton, he pressed Arizona Sen. John McCain and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney to back such insurance.