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I Yam What I Yam

In Illinois, in the middle of a campaign swing (for '06 candidates, calm down), Rudy Giuliani defends his social liberalism:

"I am who I am," Giuliani, who is exploring a 2008 presidential bid, said during a Topinka campaign appearance at Benedictine University in Lisle. "There are a lot of things about me that somebody who's conservative might think were very, very good, and there might be some things they don't think are as good."

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"The Republican Party is a very big party. It's a very broad party," Giuliani said. "I think that [GOP governor candidate Judy Baar Topinka] is absolutely right: Nobody gets to define it, the voters--in the case of the Republican Party--the Republican voters get to define it, and they define it based on what's important to them."

I'm not sure the Popeye defense will work. But maybe it's better than doin' the Falwell nuzzle.

MEANWHILE: Rudy's ex-wife does what she can to cause trouble.