Posted: August 23, 2007 5:08 PM
Giuliani Tangles with Republicans, Takes on Democrats
As presidential campaigns cross swords through press releases, former New York GOP Mayor Rudy Giuliani himself on defense this week, most recently from former Sen. Fred Thompson, R-Tenn., who posted an entry on his Web site blasting New York’s gun control laws. Giuliani’s campaign responded: “Those who live in New York in the real world — not on TV — know that Rudy Giuliani’s record of making the city safe for families speaks for itself.”
Last week, Giuliani tangled with another Republican rival, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, over immigration after Romney called New York City a “sanctuary city” for illegal immigrants. In response, Giuliani accused Romney of ignoring cities in Massachusetts that called themselves sanctuaries for lawbreakers during his time as governor.
During the spat, Giuliani’s campaign released another radio ad titled ‘Fence’ in Iowa and New Hampshire focusing on stopping illegal immigration. In South Carolina, his new ad is titled Out of Control.
Giuliani also targeted Democrats, saying at one campaign stop in San Diego, “The leading Democratic candidates have never run a city, they’ve never run a state, I don’t think they’ve ever run a business of any size.”
A recent fund-raising pitch, meanwhile, takes on one of the Democratic front-runners, New York Sen. Hillary Clinton. A fund-raising letter signed by Giuliani campaign manager Mike DuHaime said contributions “will go a long way in helping Rudy go the distance and beat Hillary Clinton next November,” according to the Swamp.
Giuliani wrote an article for the September/October issue of Foreign Affairs, titled Toward a Realistic Peace. In it, he named three challenges in America’s foreign policy: “First and foremost will be to set a course for victory in the terrorists’ war on global order. The second will be to strengthen the international system that the terrorists seek to destroy. The third will be to extend the benefits of the international system in an ever-widening arc of security and stability across the globe.”
Democratic candidate former Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina also had an article in the same issue in which he quoted Giuliani as saying, “America is seen as a country by too many that wants to have war, or exercises its power too much, pushes its weight around too much.” Giuliani’s communication director Katie Levinson sent Jason Horowitz at the New York Observer a quick response: “Voters will buy this latest political attack about as much as they bought it when Edwards claimed the war on terror was simply a ‘bumper sticker.’ You almost have to feel sorry for the guy at this point as he continues to struggle for relevance in the Democratic primary and is lashing out in all directions.”
Giuliani made some campaign stops in Monterey, Calif. and Los Angeles, where he touted his record for cutting taxes as mayor.
On Saturday, he plans to appear along with Steve Forbes and former Massachusetts Gov. Paul Cellucci at a forum on taxes and fiscal discipline called “Your Money. Your Choice” at the Central Paper Products Co. in Manchester, N.H.