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While in California discussing gang violence with sheriffs and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rudy Giuliani answered some questions about his relationship with son Andrew. The former mayor's 21-year-old son made some remarks to the NY Times about being estranged from his father due to a rocky relationship with stepmother Judi Nathan. Today, Giuliani said:

"My wife Judith is a very loving and caring ... mother and stepmother. She has done everything she can. The responsibility is mine. I believe that these problems with blended families, you know, are challenges -- sometimes they are. The more privacy I can have for my family, the better we are going to be able to deal with all these difficulties."

That's true: Giuliani was the one to announce that he was separating from Andrew's mother Donna Hanover in a press conference (that's how Hanover found out) - and he'd been dating Nathan prior to that. Anyway, it's interesting re-reading Nathan's remarks to Harper's Bazaar over Rudy - it does cast some interesting questions about his skills as a father (and we know he's not running for Father of U.S.A., but he made such a big deal out of his kids previously).

The news of the strained father-son (and father-daughter) relationship comes as Giuliani is on the cover of Newsweek; there's a Jonathan Alter analysis of Rudy's chances and a profile about him called Master of Disaster. In other Giuliani news, the investment consulting arm of his business, Giuliani Capital Advisors, has been sold, probably to make way for his presidential bid.

Photograph of former mayor Giuliani with Governor Schwarzenegger in Monterey Park, CA by Mark Avery/AP