At a June 12 town hall meeting in Bedford, N.H., former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani outlined his list of 12 promises to change America, which he plans to promote at campaign stops this summer. His first commitment is to “keep America on offense” in the war on terror.
Over the past week, Giuliani addressed the Police Officers Association of Michigan and the International Association of Airport and Seaport Police in Washington, D.C., where he continued to focus on terrorism. He also introduced PortStat, a component of his proposed FedStat program, to measure the performance of federal government departments. FedStat and its components PortStat, BorderStat, TerrorStat and IraqStat are modeled after CompStat — short for computerized statistics — which he used to cut crime while mayor.
Giuliani has coupled his anti-terror message with a renewed call for government reform. “We need a change in thinking and the way Washington works and the way Washington has to be made accountable,” he said at a town hall in New Castle, N.H., on June 6.
He has announced a health care plan, an issue that is widely debated on the Democratic side but has not gained traction with GOP candidates. The plan, set for formal release this summer, proposes to move Americans from an employer-based insurance system to allow individuals to make their own choices in the market, according to a Wall Street Journal article .
In the early primary state of Iowa, Giuliani’s campaign just opened campaign headquarters in the city of Clive, about a week after his camp announced he would not compete in the Iowa straw poll in August.
Lately, Giuliani has also taken on top-tier Democratic candidate former Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C., over President Bush’s war on terror. After Edwards said, “It’s a bumper sticker, not a plan,” Giuliani responded that the Democrats are in denial.
Edwards shot back: “If Mayor Giuliani believes that what President Bush has done is good and wants to embrace it and run a campaign for the presidency saying ‘I will give you four more years of what this president has given you,’ then he’s allowed to do that. He’ll never be elected president of the United States, but he’s allowed to do that.”
Giuliani’s spokeswoman Katie Levinson said in a June 7 statement, “We are glad to see Rudy’s criticism of the Democrats not understanding the terrorists’ war on us is starting to register with them. John Edwards’ track record of predicting election outcomes speaks for itself.”
On the speculated entry of former Sen. Fred Thompson, R-Tenn., to the Republican race, Giuliani said he’s not concerned about the other candidates. “Fred will be a very, very good candidate. I’m sure he has a lot of important views that he wants to express. From my point of view, the more, the merrier.”
Giuliani plans to attend the Delaware GOP rally in Wilmington, Del., on Thursday and on Friday expects to meet with supporters in Portland, Ore. at the restaurant Flying Elephants at the Fox Tower.