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Giuliani Backers Attack 'Taxachusetts Romney'

Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney may be in a tussle in Iowa with rival Mike Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas. But former New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani is not about to let up the pressure in New Hampshire either.

Tomorrow, a group of former members of Congress who back Giuliani will head to the Granite State armed with what they claim is a list of dozens of fees that Romney raised while he was governor of the neighboring state.

Calling him "Taxachusetts Romney," the Giuliani campaign alleges that as governor he raised nearly a half billion dollars in fees on the state's residents. That message will be carried to New Hampshire today by the former lawmakers: Senator Larry Pressler (SD), Congresswoman Susan Molinari (NY), Congresswoman Nancy Johnson (CT) and Congressman Jim Coyne (PA).

In Iowa, Romney is facing a challenge by Huckabee for the hearts of social conservatives. But Giuliani's campaign believes Romney is also vulnerable among fiscal conservatives who predominate in the New Hampshire primary.

Romney campaign aides dismissed the criticism, saying Giuliani is attempting to distort a record of keeping taxes low and cutting spending. They also pointed out that Giuliani refused to sign a no-tax pledge and filed a lawsuit to stop a federal line-item veto.

Spokesman Kevin Madden said that "The very fact that Mayor Giuliani has to import people from out-of-state to try and distort the governor's impressive record on fiscal issues is proof that he has little support for his message or his tactics in New Hampshire."

--Michael D. Shear

Posted at 10:05 AM ET on Dec 12, 2007
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Any president & legislature who wants to protect this country and realizes that Clinton and Carter made big mistakes by ignoring organized Islamic Jihadist groups sponsored by middle eastern states will also realize that millitary spending, currently 3%, has to go up in order to protect ourselves. It was 37% during WWII. We can thank Clinton for 9/11 and for ignoring CIA Dirctor Woosley while he warned of groups like Al Qaeda. Clinton saved some money in the short-run and then left Bush to pick up the bill later for the disaster of 9/11 and protecting our country from another 9/11.

Our lack of a CIA capable of dealing with Islamic Jihad due to a complete lack of Human Intelligence over there forced Bush (and would have forced any president from either side of the isle) do what Bush has done.

Romney will not make these mistakes because he analyzes the data and makes informed decisions based sound principles.

Posted by: jasonroiz | December 12, 2007 8:59 PM

The spotlight of the Iowan people that kicks off the battle for the presidency, is absolutely illegal immigration. However it was confined to small sound bites and very little was expressed about this firestorm of an issue? Duncan Hunter managed to communicate about his battle with the Senate and the adverse Democrats, to replete his promise to build the 800 mile border barrier. The only significant thing was Tom Tancredo badgering the front runner Guiliani, to commit himself to terminating the tsunami of foreign nationals violating our law. Before he could answer the Colorado representative, he was cut-off?

It is questionable whether the Republican debate was designed to cover with any significance, the illegal alien problem? Intentionally or unintentionally kept quiet, this is a very volatile component of what THE PEOPLE have on their mind?

When Profits to U.S. corporations and businesses employing illegal aliens in 2005 was more than $2.36 TRILLION dollars; then the cost of immigration to the American taxpayer in 1997 was a NET (after subtracting taxes immigrants pay) $70 BILLION a year, [Professor Donald Huddle, Rice University] The cost is MANY TIMES GREATER now in 2007! In 2006 the average cost of each Illegal Alien here is $11,000.00 per year for American Taxpayers! Can you even guess what it is TODAY?

Then according to Center for Immigration Studies and the taxpayer burden will grow -- because 15 million more immigrants are set to arrive by year 2017 according to their latest research. More than 10 million immigrants have arrived since year 2000; it is estimated that nearly 6 million are illegal! All told, the group of immigrants now account for 38 million at the moment according to the White House's own census bureau.

The "SAVE ACT" in Congress is the first step, to stop the pariah employers and NOW; right now seal our borders, with any means possible?

How important is this nemisis to YOU?


Posted by: infinity555 | December 12, 2007 5:03 PM

FACT: GIULIANI'S "reformed" NYC HAS THE HIGHEST TAXES IN NYC after 8 years of his "leadership" (and his chosen successor, Tax Hike Mike Bloomberg also created huge tax hikes, with not a peep from Tough Rudy, who is scared to death of the billionaire).

NOTE how many articles about the Prez race OMIT this well-known fact.

Hmm. Curious!

Republicans don't simply outspend Democrats, they outspend EVERY OTHER HUMAN IN HISTORY. Reagan and Dubya created the largest spending increases (and debt) THE WORLD HAS EVER SEEN, yet the media continues to insist the earth is flat.

Likewise, as Mayor, Rudy created the largest municipal debt IN EARTH's history.

See any pattern yet?

But the media refuses to tell the truth.

The GOP are even more Democrat than the Democrats, and far more liberal, with the GOP's well-known soft-on-crime positions, like flooding the USA with guns, refusing to rehabilitate criminals (they just dump em back on the streets!). How many of his own people did that bum Clinton pardon versus Dubya and his dad?

The GOP says we must go soft on convicts like Rush "Drug Addict" Limbaugh, Scooter Libby, Ken Lay, and so on.

For more details on Hillary in Drag---GIULIANI---check out

Posted by: christopher1 | December 12, 2007 2:33 PM

Mitt Romney is a proven consevative leader.

He ran a sound fiscal government, brought healthcare to massachussets, on the issue of life he sided with life on every issue, and defended the sanctity of marriage.He voted against in-state tuition to illigal aliens.

If you look at what he did as a governor he had the most solid conservative record out of all the candidates.

Posted by: yasser15 | December 12, 2007 1:33 PM

It's about time Romney's tax record as governor was exposed. He has spent so much time attacking other candidates when his record is much worse. After some research, I've been amazed to find that Romney has flip flopped on many many issues (abortion, gay rights, immigration, taxes, gun control, etc.)

Romney is so deceitful and his positions reflect only the votes he is courting, no one knows where he truly stands on anything. How could we trust him as President?

I think Governor Huckabee would make the best President. He is honest, sincere and
was named one of Time's top 5 governors.

I used to like Rudy but can't get past his liberal social views and I just can't imagine his former mistress as first lady. We have to have higher standards than this!

Posted by: mjashley7 | December 12, 2007 12:31 PM

Romney's changes his positions on so many issues. If he'd just change his religion to baptist he might have a chance in the south. I wouldn't put it past him, if he's doing poorly.

Posted by: tedlebots | December 12, 2007 12:31 PM

The reason Romney's name is on the lips of a majority of America, good or bad. Is because he is a major contender and threat to the other GOP candidates. Romney is smart, level headed, and a leader America needs right now.

Posted by: jenny | December 12, 2007 12:10 PM

I'm a democrat but I think either Giuliani or Romney would be fine as a fiscal leader. One thing people should be guaranteed with a Republican is that they at least won't raise spending.

I don't mind paying taxes if I feel like real programs are going to help my fellow Americans. We don't live in social capitalism. Capitalism is an economic form, not a political party or social group. Romney put forth a decent health care plan and if he had to raise taxes a bit to do it, that's fine. If not, applause to him.

I just don't like when Republicans arbitrarily hack environmental, social and education programs, only to balloon spending on frivolous military expenditures, under the guise of "fiscal discipline." i.e. Bush threatening to veto $11 billion in domestic spending while military spending and the pentagon's budget are increasing by double-digits every year.

A little honesty, discipline and transparency would go a long way. Too bad Bush doesn't like any of the above.

Posted by: thecrisis | December 12, 2007 12:09 PM

It will be the country's loss if Mitt Romney is not our next President. Mitt will make us proud.

Mitt 2008

Posted by: dkajkr | December 12, 2007 11:59 AM

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