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Giuliani Makes Campaign Official

Posted on Feb 6, 2007

Rudolph Giuliani decided to take Hillary’s advice and join the conversation, announcing his candidacy for the presidency on Monday. Despite his popularity, the former mayor of New York can expect headaches in the Republican primaries over his very public marital difficulties and a moderate stance on choice and gay rights.

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Giuliani, 62, served two terms as mayor of New York and earned widespread praise for his leadership after terrorists struck the city on Sept. 11, 2001. He leads the field of declared and prospective Republican presidential candidates in national polls and, with Sen. John McCain of Arizona, ranks either first or second in most of the important early states.

But his support for abortion rights and gay rights puts him sharply at odds with the majority of his party, a situation that many GOP strategists think will present a substantial obstacle to his hopes of winning the nomination. Giuliani also remains well behind McCain and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney in building a state-by-state political organization that will be crucial to navigating through early contests in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.

In an interview last night with commentator Sean Hannity on Fox News Channel, Giuliani sought to play down his differences with conservatives by pointing to his record of shrinking government, reducing taxes and fighting crime in New York and to his commitment to staying on “offense” against terrorists.

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By Lynne, February 13, 2007 at 10:25 pm Link to this comment
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He’s a skank. He openly cheated on his wife! How is he any different than Bill Clinton was?! If the Republicans nominate him, they are hypocrites. But then again, we already know that….

Everyone thinks he’s the savior of 911, but he just happened to be there for that tradgedy, and people just needed something/someone to believe in at that time.

I would vote for Micky Mouse before I’d vote for him….and I’m an Independant.

I hate him. Probably because I see right through him…

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By DennisD, February 6, 2007 at 8:32 pm Link to this comment
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YAWN - Wake me up when Mr. Ed announces his candidacy - then it’ll be a real race.

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By Dale Headley, February 6, 2007 at 7:01 pm Link to this comment
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If Giuliani is nominated, which is a strong possibility, it’s going to expose all those right wing fundamentalist Christians for the hypocrites they are.  Giuliani stands for many things the evangelical community despises most: abortion rights, gay rights, multiple divorces, etc.  Nevertheless, they will vote for him because - when push comes to shove - politics trumps God among the righteous.

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By on rudy duty, February 6, 2007 at 3:17 pm Link to this comment
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this dude knew 911 was coming, and it was all right for him for the white supremacist billionaires to nick off 3000 of his constituents in order to ramp up the status quo. and he goes around celebrity steppin’ like nothing happened.
I know you’re guilty of the biggset scam in history, rudy. WE are not going to let your sorry coward ass slide. you and hitler-same damn page in history.
get the fuck out of my country, BOY

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By Trigger finger, February 6, 2007 at 2:56 pm Link to this comment
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Forget it Rudy, you’re too much like the saddle-less cowboy. You don’t have a prayer to win anything. Try again some other time when were not planing a mass exodus of all republicans from government jobs.

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By Jon B, February 6, 2007 at 2:35 pm Link to this comment
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“....Giuliani has to rank as the most oppurtunistic sleaze-ball of them all. He has consistantly been a cheerleader for the performance of this administration..”

100% agree. Giuliani incurred huge amount of debt. His successor the current Mayor Bloomberg has to raise property and other taxes to reduce the unbearable debt. Moreover, he has no stae, federal and foreign experience whatsoever.

Do you trust a man who brought mistress to the mayoral mansion where his wife and two kids lived?

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By moe thompson, February 6, 2007 at 1:06 pm Link to this comment
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By trantieungoc, February 6, 2007 at 12:14 pm Link to this comment
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This guy only knows how to spend people’s money for his mistresses.

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By Don Knutsen, February 6, 2007 at 8:46 am Link to this comment
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Of all the pundits and wanna-be’s joining the race for the oval office….Giuliani has to rank as the most oppurtunistic sleaze-ball of them all. He has consistantly been a cheerleader for the performance of this administration. He has been the most strident of followers stating on more then one occasion his belief that God had put the shrub in office. Yes, over and over he has stated that with a straight face. He’s another, who was put on a pedistal by our media turned propganda machine for the White House. Given accalades for simply being in NY during 9/11. I’m tired of people being given credit simply for occupying an office or being in the vicinity during some major disaster , as if they performed in some grand fashion and saved us all from harm. Just like GW , blathering in a bullhorn a few days later, Guiliani has milked 9-11 for all it is worth. I hope McCaine & Guiliani are the best the republicans can muster. They both apparently will do or say anything , as with most politicians, to forward their own careers. Hypocracy is not a concern. Hopefully the democrats can put someone out there who is able to find their own backbone, cause so far, except for a very few like Russ Feingold and Kucinich, they appear more concerned with protecteing their own careers then holding this administration accountable for what they have and continue to do. What other issue could possibly be that important to trump that ?

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By Jackie T. Gabel, February 6, 2007 at 8:42 am Link to this comment
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RE:  “...commitment to staying on “offense” against terrorists.”

Right, Mr. Clean, who directed the hasty scrubbing of the biggest crime scene in American histroy, without a peep from anyone…NOT - hundreds of 911 survivors are mad as hell, but you won’t hear about it in the MSM, whose complicity in the coverup is fully indictable as well — Support a new and transparent 911 investigation — call for it now.

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