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Presidential Hopeful Rudy Giuliani Comes to Reno

Mariana Hicks
Channel 2 News

He received a lot of credit after 9/11 for helping to rebuild the Big Apple, he was also named Time Magazine's "Man of the Year." Now, Republican presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani is campaigning in Reno.

"We've got to reform education reform, social security reform, health care," Giuliani said. "They've been talking about in Washington for a long time."

Even presidential candidates have to stop for groceries, so we caught up with him at Costco. He told us he is confident about his campaign, saying he decided to run to change America. He says he will stay the course in Iraq, because he believes getting out early will put the country at risk of terrorist attacks.

Giuliani went directly from Costco to a fundraiser at the home of a local business owner. Shoppers were pretty surprised to see him at Costco, taking his picture and getting his autograph.

"It's pretty exciting to come to Costco," Debbie Zener said. "Buy groceries. Thank God I had a camera in my purse."

"Last place I expect to see him," Josh Aguilar said. "Kinda cool, everybody's rushing him."

In case you were wondering, he bought socks, a few DVD's and a book about Richard Nixon.

But with the sweet comes the sour, as people against Rudy Giuliani gathered outside the home where the fundraiser was held.

The anti-war coalition says it is not happy with his visit and is against his stance on the war.

About 10 people lined up near the Lakeridge home, holding signs like "End the War" and "Bring our Troops Home."

"He's a Bush Administration apologist," Bob Tregilus said. "Upset because Northern Nevada leaders like Bob Cashell and Geno Martini are supporting the War in Iraq, which has cost thousands and thousands of lives."

In response to the protesters, Giuliani says they have every right to be out there, but he stands his ground on the war, saying "we can't go back to being on the defense."

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