Giuliani's Florida vacation: Make that all or nothing: The Swamp
 
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Posted January 27, 2008 10:40 AM
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New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, arrives to deliver remarks at the Boca Raton Synagogue in Sarasota, Fla., Sunday, Jan. 27, 2008. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

by Mark Silva

ORLANDO --"People spend a lot of money to spend the month of January in Florida,'' says Rudy Giuliani, whose campaign for president today will carry him from a synagogue in Boca Raton to Paisano's gourmet pizza parlor in Port St. Lucie, the Italian-American Club in Vero Beach and the commercial icon of surfing on the Atlantic Coast, Ron Jon Surf Shop in Cocoa Beach.

And today, on CBS' Face the Nation, the former mayor of New York insisted that his high-stakes Florida strategy for claiming his stake to the Republican Party's presidential nomination is right on.

"We're going to win in Florida,'' Giuliani told host Bob Schieffer, with an allusion to the early voting that started en masse here on Jan. 14 and which the Giuliani campaign counts on for a cushion of support on Tuesday. "We have been campaigning here very steadily since the early voting began. There has been an unprecedented amount of early voting.''

"I believe the best stragtegy for us was one where we concentrated on Florida, given all the pros and cons of our races,'' said Giuliani, interviewed in Boca Raton this morning, and trailing Republicans Mitt Romney and John McCain in newspaper polls here. "The best chances were here in Florida… That’s going to be proven correct on Tuesday.’’

Giuliani laughed as the host suggest that, the more people get to know of Giuliani, the less they seem to like him -- as evidenced in sliding poll numbers for him and rising numbers for his rivals over the past two months.

"Those (other) people won those primaries, they got all the attention and now we have to establish ourselves here in Florida and show we can win,'' Romney said.

Giuliani -- who is airing a TV ad claiming that "Only Rudy'' can deliver economic prosperity and national security -- was asked how he can promise the historic tax cut he is promising in addition to the multbillion-dollar catastrophic storm relief fund that he is promising here.

"The tax cut plan is to cut taxes that would raise revenues,'' Giuliani said. "A cut in the corporate tax, for example… from 35 to 20 percent… would mean more jobs, more revenues. They are strategic tax cuts that would bring you more revenues.

"The catastrophic fund is a backup... The federal government is spending that money anyway,' he said, pointing to some $130 billion that the government spend in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. "The government gives out billions and billions of dollars. The idea here is that the government would be a backstop for a one in a hundred years catastrophe, so that people can get insurance... This would allow them to get insurance.''

He was asked about the new endorsement of McCain by Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, who is widely popular and is appearing in TV ads touting a tax-cutting amendment on Tuesday's ballot -- as well as McCain's endorsement by Sen. Mel Martinez (R-Fla.), the highest-ranking Cuban-American official in Florida and former chairman of the Republican National Committee.

"The reality is, I was surprised by the govenror’s endorsement,'' he said. "Everybody endorses.. The attorney general, Bill McCollum, longtime congressman, my campaign chairman (in Florida)… endorses me... The reality is, I think the people of Florida are going to make this decision’

"I’m the only one… who has actually lowered taxes and turned around an economy,'' he said. "We all have endorsements… but in the long run it’s getting your message to the people of Florida that is the most important thing.;’

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All or nothing huh...I think it's nothing.


I'm hoping for the best -- his msg is tangible among the tons of other rhetoric that is non sensical. Just amazes me that so many people don't seem to be listening.


This was in Boca Raton, not Sarasota as the caption mistakenly says.


When I looked at the picture I thought...Rudy will wear anything to get elected.


Send hizzoner back to the yarmulke fitting room.


This so called frontrunner always run behind Ron Paul in every state except NH ? Is he really a frontrunner ? I don't think so.


Rudy, like McCain is a straight up RINO!

Mike Huckabee wants to cap troop levels; supports amnesty AND citizenship for illegal immigrants already here; is a big spender and supports increasing the minimum wage; supports a cap/reduction of "global warming" emissions; opposes school vouchers.

Ron Paul is a political quack and a dangerous utopian "non-interventionist".

So Mitt Romney is now the one. I suppose I can get over him being a reformed ultra-liberal. I suppose I can get over his support for universal healthcare. I suppose I can get over his support for citizenship for illegal immigrants already here.

Regardless, I will pull the lever for whichever candidate the pachyderms post, as a much lesser evil to the prospect of a sociocrat POTUS. The worst possible scenario, perish the thought, is the Clintons being back in the white house!


When your own kids don't like you, why should the voters???


Just remember one thing - Ron Paul for the Long Haul! Only Ron Paul will cut spending by 50%. Like to get half of the taxes you paid the government back? Want to stop paying taxes on tips? On Social Security? On ALL savings? On capital gains (of which you'll finally HAVE some)? Read the 4 point economic stimulus plan outlined by Ron Paul at http://www.ronpaul2008.com/Prosperity to find out more!


PLEASE, PLEASE vote for Rudy Giuliani so that we can complete the transformation of the US into a proper police state. I for one just don't feel completely secure all of the time, and would gladly forfeit the silly freedoms guaranteed by our obsolete constitution and paid for with the blood of millions of American soldiers, if I could just be a little safer from all those freedom hating terrorists. The notion that the US is the target of terrorists due to our incessant meddling in the affairs of other nations, as naive proponents of the constitution like Ron Paul assert is ludicrous and might make me accept the truth that America hasn't always been the benevolent promoter of individual liberty that I so desperately want to believe it has been. People like that might make me feel ashamed that as a participant in this democracy, I looked the other way while the government acted aggressively to protect the interests of big corporations.

For the last time, we are not waging a war in Iraq so that American petroleum companies can establish exploitative contracts to buy oil at discount prices. We're there because we're going to make the Iraqis are free even if we have to kill every last one of them to do it.


I am voting for Mitt Romney. Washington needs to be fixed and he is the man! Come on, Florida, let's pull a win for Mitt!


Ron Paul is the only Republican that can beat the democrats. The war is draining our resources and until we stop printing money we don't have and borrowing from China the dollar will continue to weaken. Bring our soldiers home, secure the borders, have a strong homeland defense and let our economy grow again. Vote Ron Paul!!


I think Rudy has a proven track record at running a government. None of the other candidates have that. The reason his popularity is going down is because the media (including Fox News) has stopped considering him a viable candidate. I think he has the best ideas and is the most likely to beat Hilary or Obama.


Based upon all of the anti-Giuliani comments that I keep seeing across the internet, I can only conclude one thing - there's a vocal minority in the Republican party who can't stand the thought of having someone with an "i" at the end of their name running for President.

The press covers purported "race" issues on the Democratic side, but no one notices how all of the anti-Giuliani folks (who strangely don't seem to be "for" anyone else) post comment after comment referring to Giuliani as a fascist, as Mussolini, or with some spin on the mafia. Clear, absolute bigotry, and I'm going to call it like I see it!

Rudy is the ONLY fiscal conservative, social moderate in the race. In other words, he's the only Reagan Republican with a shot at winning the general election. Rather than get behind the best horse in the race, we're letting a minority of bigots in the party push us toward John "NY Times" McCain (did anyone see the picture of McCain and Hillary making googly eyes at each other on Drudge?), or Mitt "tax & spend" Romney.

The choice as to who to support is as obvious to me as the anti-Italian bias across the Republican party!


Based upon all of the anti-Giuliani comments that I keep seeing across the internet, I can only conclude one thing - there's a vocal minority in the Republican party who can't stand the thought of having someone with an "i" at the end of their name running for President.

The press covers purported "race" issues on the Democratic side, but no one notices how all of the anti-Giuliani folks (who strangely don't seem to be "for" anyone else) post comment after comment referring to Giuliani as a fascist, as Mussolini, or with some spin on the mafia. Clear, absolute bigotry, and I'm going to call it like I see it!

Rudy is the ONLY fiscal conservative, social moderate in the race. In other words, he's the only Reagan Republican with a shot at winning the general election. Rather than get behind the best horse in the race, we're letting a minority of bigots in the party push us toward John "NY Times" McCain (did anyone see the picture of McCain and Hillary making googly eyes at each other on Drudge?), or Mitt "tax & spend" Romney.

The choice as to who to support is as obvious to me as the anti-Italian bias across the Republican party!


Alternate Caption;
To himself....
'I love the Jews,,,I love the Jews....'


Who is this Ron Paul fellow?

I haven't heard of 'im.


It is amazing to watch the GOP act like Democrats. The circular firing squad is effective.


How can you support any candidate that denies Genocide? At least democrats are for recognizing the Armenian Genocide while the GOP is too afraid of offending Turkey. Republicans are the party of fear indeed.


It's not anti-Italian bias, Mr. Starling. I'm Italian-American and proud of it, and I wouldn't vote for Giuliani in a million years. You want a real Reagan Republican, look at the candidate who was backing Reagan in '76, when the GOP could have stopped Carter. You know, the guy Rudy was laughing at in the early debates like a third-grader. And the only person here mentioning Mussolini is YOU, sir, so quit whining like he's some kind of victim - it makes the rest of us look bad.


indefenseofliberty -- please post on more sites, your comments will do more for the left than you realize.


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