Posted: July 18, 2007 1:32 PM
Giuliani Woos Conservatives with New Legal Advice Team
In an attempt to try to convince conservative voters at odds with his standing on abortion and gay rights that he will appoint conservative judges, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani announced a Justice Advisory Committee Tuesday.
A Time article said the committee intends to kill two birds with one stone: “The group serves to help assuage conservative fears over Giuliani’s social liberal past while promoting his business credentials.”
In an article for Pajamas Media, Giuliani explained one of his 12 commitments that he will “reform the legal system and appoint strict constructionist judges.”
After last week’s visit to New Hampshire, Giuliani published an op-ed in the New Hampshire Union Leader on Friday. In it, Giuliani wrote that the next U.S. president has an opportunity to restore American leadership and that ” America is at its best when we serve as a shining city on a hill, a beacon of freedom and opportunity to people around the world.”
In the article and on the campaign trail over the past week, Giuliani worked to detail another of his promises to “expand America’s involvement in the global economy and strengthen our reputation around the world.”
Meanwhile, Giuliani’s campaign continued to announce new state organizations. On Monday, it announced a California team with headquarters in Glendale. The campaign appointed a South Carolina state executive director on Tuesday with more positions to follow.
With the Federal Election Commission’s release of detailed campaign fund-raising and spending numbers, a Washington Post analysis showed that Giuliani’s “burn rate” — how much a candidate spends compared to how much he raises — was 75 percent. This is a modest number compared to his Republican rivals, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Arizona Sen. John McCain who have burn rates of 148 percent and 131 percent, respectively.
On the Web, Giuliani asked viewers to respond to his 12 commitments, in YouTube’s YouChoose ‘08 Spotlight.
Last week’s video by the International Association of Firefighters generated some attention on the blogosphere as well as the mainstream media and led the Washington Post’s The Fix to detail how the Giuliani campaign responded to an attack in the viral world of YouTube.
The video has over 180,000 views on YouTube but another video released Monday quickly overtook the firefighters’ documentary: Debate ‘08: Obama Girl vs. Giuliani Girl, the most recent in a series of YouTube videos of actresses singing their love for presidential candidates.
Giuliani is taking attacks from other sites as well. One blogger on Open Left, urged readers to ‘Googlebomb’ Giuliani, a tactic used to raise selected articles — in this case negative ones about Giuliani — to the top of search results.
Giuliani met with supporters Tuesday at Tropical Restaurant in Hialeah, Fla. The rest of the week includes a trip through Iowa attending town halls and meeting with residents in Council Bluffs, Sloan, Le Mars and Sioux City on Wednesday and Fairbank, Cedar Rapids and Davenport on Thursday. On Friday, he plans to return to Myrtle Beach, S.C.