Giuliani Begins Florida Swing

LARGO, Fla. (AP) _ Republican presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani says the United States needs a larger military and better care for those who have served.

Flanked by veterans yesterday in Largo, Giuliani said wars in Iraq and Afghanistan underscored the need for more troops. Giuliani says any buildup should be done with volunteers, not a draft.

The former New York mayor's remarks came during his first public event on a three day tour of Florida. He conducted a private discussion with about a dozen veterans at the American Legion Post Number 119.

Yesterday's appearance along Florida's Gulf coast is part of Giuliani's strategy to put less emphasis on voters in Iowa and New Hampshire, and instead focus his campaign on other states. Florida moved up its presidential primary to January 29th, placing its election between earlier primaries and Super Tuesday, when 20 states vote.

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