Rudy Giuliani's spokeswoman, Maria Comella, dismissed the Clinton campaign's response to their web ad, in which a Clinton spokesman argued that Giuliani's attack was the lashing out of a desperate candidate sagging in the polls.
"The mayor has been leading consistently in the polls for the last six months," Comella just told me. She also disputed the notion, put forward by the Clinton campaign, that the former mayor had been silent on the issue of Iraq except to echo the Bush administration. "The mayor over the last couple days has spoken rather eloquently about what General Petraeus has said. He actually waited to hear what General Petraeus and others on the ground have said regarding the progress in Iraq and what changes in strategy need to be made."