George W. Bush did pretty well when asked the other day if he knew the price of a gallon of gas -- he fancies himself an old oil man, after all, and gas prices have been a serious political problem for his administration. But it seems that not every national Republican leader has his finger on the pulse of consumer issues.
During a campaign stop in Alabama Tuesday, somebody asked Rudy Giuliani how much it might cost to buy a gallon of gasoline, a gallon of milk or a loaf of bread. America's Mayor was in the ballpark on gasoline -- he said "about $2.89," about 10 cents higher than AAA's latest national estimate -- but he missed the mark on milk and bread. "A gallon of milk is probably about a $1.50, a loaf of bread about $1.25, $1.30," Giuliani said. As the Associated Press notes, the real prices are more like $4 and $3, respectively, in New York, and about $3.39 and $2 in Alabama.