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A Selective History of Giuliani's NYC

Rudy Giuliani

The Ad: New York City is the third or fourth largest government in the country. It's one of the largest economies in the United States. They used to call it unmanageable, ungovernable. A large majority of New Yorkers wanted to leave and live somewhere else. It was a city that was in financial crisis. A city that was the crime capital of America. A city that was the welfare capital of America. A city that was in very, very difficult condition when I became the mayor.

By the time I left office, New York City was being proclaimed as the best example of conservative government in the country. We turned it into the safest large city in America. The welfare to work capital of America. And most importantly, the spirit of the people of the city had changed. Instead of being hopeless, the large majority of people had hope. So I believe I've been tested in a way in which the American people can look to me. They're not going to find perfection, but they're going to find somebody who has dealt with crisis almost on a regular basis and has had results. And in many cases exceptional results, results people thought weren't possible.

Analysis: Giuliani's first TV ad, a 60-second spot in New Hampshire, is largely factual but rather selective in its claims. New York was widely described as ungovernable when he became mayor in 1994. Giuliani did succeed in significantly cutting crime and the welfare rolls. The ad ignores the possibility that national forces, such as declining crime rates and President Clinton's welfare reform, may have played a role.

The notion that New York was "proclaimed" the best example of conservative governance is based on quotes from such conservative pundits as George Will and John Podhoretz and Mississippi's GOP governor, Haley Barbour. And whether a "large majority" of people had hope when Giuliani left office is impossible to prove. Not surprisingly, the ad ignores the many controversies of his eight-year tenure, such as his badly strained relations with the black community and charges that he bullied opponents. There is also no mention of 9/11, which critics have accused him of exploiting.

In saying that voters will not find "perfection," Giuliani appears to be alluding to his messy divorce, among other difficulties, and urging voters to look past those problems and judge him as a strong manager.

--Howard Kurtz

By Washington Post editors  |  November 14, 2007; 11:20 AM ET
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And remember: Rudy says it himself: he promised to heavily shrink the size of NYC's govt and did the exact opposite.

This is classic Giuliani: he turns his lies into positive spin!

If Rudy ran the fourth largest govt in the USA, that's scandalous in itself. Of course he did, b/c he ballooned Big Govt, which the GOP despises.

EX: Rudy doubled NYC's debt in just 8 years!

EX: Rudy increased municipal spending more than any human in history!

He's so corrupt he can't l ose the election.

Posted by: christopher1 | November 14, 2007 5:10 PM | Report abuse

None of the quotes are accurate, except if you trust media lies (ex: WMDs). NYC today is the most expensive ghetto in history. It is the filthiest city in western civilization and has the highest crime rate in western civilization. (EX: the media won't tell you that even Rudy was the victim of crime when he was mayor!)

100% of news stories on Giuliani's "Success" as mayor came from...PRESS RELEASES WRITTEN BY TEAM GIULIANI. The crime stats, and all other stats were faked and this was proven.

Of course, the media will keep insisting that Rudy's so tough on crime, two of his 3 police commissioners were busted for lawbreaking! That's a tough mayor! (Oh wait, Rudy covered up for these convicts!)

Want more specific dirt on the most corrupt man in politics today?

go to

Posted by: christopher1 | November 14, 2007 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Even if all of the claims in the ad are true; how does being the philandering mayor of a city make the case that he could lead the entire nation?

Posted by: cel1ery | November 14, 2007 1:24 PM | Report abuse

"the possibility that national forces, such as declining crime rates and President Clinton's welfare reform, may have played a role"

Credit to Kurtz for the mention, but it's not exactly a mystery...

But, hey, this is the Washington Post, we can't really expect journalism.

Posted by: zukermand | November 14, 2007 1:00 PM | Report abuse

When the former makes claims which may or not be true, he needs to remember our history with major claims ... remember the current president was governor of Texas and we can see how that experience helped him become the worst president in the country's history.

The former mayor should remember that even when you tell an incomplete statement loudly and often it is still a falsehood.

The only consolation the former mayor has is that all of the other candidates are making up their history to accommodate their future goals. It is the world we live in that you can pay for time on TV to say whatever you want without a public equally placed fact statement to follow. I repeat "fact" not comments like I don't like the guy or he was terrible but facts.

The former mayor raised taxes, ruled with a less than pleasant manner and associated and promoted individuals on their way to be felons ... so I guess he would be like our current president.

Posted by: dac511 | November 14, 2007 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Guiliani was a horrible mayor.
More of a divider than any mayor previous or since.
I doubt he changed enough to be a goood President. Too bad since I always had hopes for him.

Posted by: hhkeller | November 14, 2007 12:42 PM | Report abuse

NYC has the third or fourth largest government in the country? How so? California and Texas have bigger populations than New York State (to say nothing of NYC alone) with Florida in fourth but not far behind. A little truth in advertising might be in order. WaPo - how about sending this one to the Fact Checker for a Pinocchio test.
I guess the bottom line is that, should Mr. Giuliani advance in the primaries or beyond, a lot more background about his record will show up. Interesting, but still withholding judgement.

Posted by: avagabond | November 14, 2007 12:29 PM | Report abuse

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