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Flattery, it appears, does work. Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole, who praised Mayor Rudolph Giuliani on national television for slashing New York's crime rate, picked up his endorsement Saturday night.

Giuliani, a Republican in a heavily Democratic city, offered his support at a news conference at LaGuardia Airport with Dole's running mate Jack Kemp.

Giuliani said that like many voters, he was making up his mind about whom to vote for in the last 10 days of the campaign. "My endorsement is a very positive one . . . I believe Senator Dole is the right person to be president," he said.

The Dole campaign issued a statement quoting Kemp as saying Giuliani's "strong leadership as mayor has lowered crime rates, reduced poverty, and increased opportunity for every resident of New York."

Giuliani's backing of Dole marks a return to the GOP fold for the mayor, who had angered state Republicans by crossing party lines to endorse Democratic Gov. Mario Cuomo in 1994. Cuomo lost to Republican George Pataki.

After the announcement, Dole and Kemp went to Yankee Stadium with their families for the sixth game of the World Series, which the Yankees led three games to two.

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