Posted: July 23, 2007 6:47 PM
Giuliani Targets Radio Spots to Iowa, New Hampshire
Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani released three radio ads Tuesday to air exclusively in the early caucus and primary states of Iowa and New Hampshire.
Titled Garbage Can, Will Do, and Out of Control,, the new ads tout Giuliani’s promises to restore fiscal discipline in Washington, cut taxes and reform the tax code, along with his accomplishments as mayor in the areas of crime, taxes, welfare and budget.
According to Giuliani’s strategy director Brent Seaborn, the ads are “the first of many ads our campaign will release in the months to come.” Although Giuliani earlier launched radio ads on conservative talk radio stations, Tuesday’s are the first to air in specific states.
Although Giuliani opted out of participating in Iowa’s Aug. 11 straw poll in Ames, he made several stops across the state last week focusing his call for energy independence, one of his 12 commitments.
He released his energy plan after visiting an ethanol plant in Fairbank, Iowa on Thursday, saying, “Every potential solution must be pursued — from nuclear power to increased energy exploration to more aggressive investment in alternative energy sources.”
Again tying in the war on terror with energy independence, Giuliani said, “If we can become energy independent or energy diversified, meaning we don’t have to rely on the Middle East or rely on it as much as we do or the rest of the world does, we can defeat them. They won’t have the economic power that they have today.”
In one write up about Giuliani’s visit to Cedar Rapids, the Iowa Independent described his talks on energy independence, health care and AIDS.
After establishing a Judicial Advisory Council last week, Giuliani renewed his promise to appoint strict constructionist judges at a campaign stop in Council Bluffs.
Giuliani also addressed the South Carolina State Firefighters’ Association in Myrtle Beach on Friday, following the opening of campaign offices in Lexington and Charleston counties. South Carolina, which holds its primary Jan. 29, is the only state where the campaign has opened two regional campaign headquarters, according to Giuliani’s team.
Although Giuliani still leads in national polls of GOP contenders, an article on Pollster.com by Charles Franklin questioned whether Giuliani’s campaign could suffer the same problems as Arizona Sen. John McCain’s, which is struggling to retain staff and has fallen behind in fund raising. But Giuliani’s strategist Seaborn responded that the former mayor’s campaign is “in a very strong position at this point.”
Giuliani’s travel schedule included San Francisco on Monday, and the Coffee Depot in Riverside, Calif., on Tuesday, then some stops in Texas, including Houston on Thursday and Dallas on Friday.