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A familiar face -- Giuliani -- in Hopkinton

Posted by Martin Finucane June 12, 2007 06:37 PM

HOPKINTON

Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani stopped in Hopkinton today for a fundraiser at the home of billionaire Richard J. Egan, founder of Hopkinton-based EMC Corp.

In a quiet neighborhood of immaculate homes, cars lined the streets for the invitation-only event.

It was an odd location for a news conference, but before heading into the fundraiser the former New York City mayor spoke to the media.

Flanked by Egan and former Massachusetts Republican Gov. Paul Cellucci, Giuliani pledged to run a forward-looking campaign and charged Democrats with having a “campaign in the rearview mirror.”

New approaches to healthcare, energy and immigration will be among the hallmarks of a Giuliani presidency, he said, though he offered no specifics.

When asked about the possible campaign of actor and former Sen. Fred Thompson, Giuliani said he is unfazed.

“From my point of view, the more the merrier,” he said. Giuliani took time to thank Cellucci, referring to him as a “most effective spokesperson” who has been actively promoting the Giuliani campaign since endorsing it in January.

Giuliani did not have any other stops to make in the area after the fundraiser, which was attended by several hundred people, according to Cellucci.

Egan, who founded the data storage giant EMC in 1979, has been a staunch supporter of the Bush presidency and served as the U.S. ambassador to Ireland from 2001 to 2002.

-- Kyle Alspach

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