— From NBC's Domenico Montanaro
The pre-debate buzz here has been the Giuliani expenses story. It was awkward, to say the least, to see members of the Giuliani staff watching CNN's report on the issue in the press spin room, particularly as members of the press approached and called over and over to get the campaign on record to clarify.
For the record, Giuliani spokeswoman Maria Comella told First Read and told reporter after reporter who asked, "This is completely common. NYPD has the responsibility for the mayor's security, round the clock."
CNN reported longtime Giuliani adviser Tony Carbonetti saying, "These were all legitimate expenses."
Rep. Peter King (R-NY) also said he is confident neither the NYPD or Giuliani did anything wrong.