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Rudy Giuliani went to Pennsylvania this weekend to try and shore up Rick Santorum’s tottering campaign for re-election to the Senate. “He really is something very, very special,” Giuliani said of Santorum. “We can’t afford to lose someone like that.”

“After September 11, there is no excuse for not adequately seeing the threat,” Giuliani said in a Wilkes Barre speech Friday. “If Rick Santorum is not re-elected and his opponent is elected and people like his opponent are elected, they are going to push us very, very hard to go back on defense against terrorists rather than being on offense the way we are now.”

In an accompanying “Dear Conservative” fund raising note, Santorum pleads, “The stakes in this race are incredibly high! The choices voters will make on Tuesday will decide which party leads our country — the common-sense, conservative leaders dedicated to defeating Islamic fascists and those who want to kill Americans, or the far-left liberal defeatists like John Kerry who will cut-and-run in the War on Terror and demoralize our troops by implying they are ‘uneducated.'”

“P.S.,” says Santorum, “The pundits and polls have given up on me, but I know that together we can defy the odds.”

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