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Giuliani's Closing Argument

Rudy Giuliani rolled out a new message Sunday during an appearance in Tampa. (AP).

TAMPA -- Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani made what his campaign called his "closing argument" before an enthusiastic crowd of about 250 people at the Tampa Convention Center, talking broadly and optimistically about the kind of country he would lead after becoming the president.

"I don't pray for miracles," he told the crowd in the new speech. "I don't just hope for miracles. I expect miracles."

Giuiliani has made Florida the linchpin of his campaign, a place where he says he will win big even if he falls behind in earlier contests. The small crowd roared with appreciation when he acknowledged his kinship with their state, saying "we embrace each other."

The former mayor is known for his casual speaking style on the stump, preferring off-the-cuff conversations to big speeches or rallies. But his campaign has decided to put him behind a podium in the final weeks before voting begins. As he began the speech, he was clearly uncomfortable with it, but warmed to the feisty crowd.

Prior to the speech, the campaign unveiled a new video meant to highlight the campaign's core message: that Guliani has the experience under pressure to lead the country in a time of war and other challenges. To see the video, which will be played at rallies during the next weeks, click here. (

In the speech, Giuliani unveiled his new theme: "Tested. Ready. Now." And he offered a thoroughly optimistic assessment of the country's strengths as it meets the challenges of terrorism, the economy, the environment and education.

"My solutions all begin with a simple thought, a simple philosophy," he said. "Give people more power. America is not unique because of its central government. America is great because of self government."

The campaign hired a professional film crew at the event, suggesting that a television commercial featuring the speech is not far behind.

--Michael D. Shear

By Post Editor  |  December 15, 2007; 3:45 PM ET
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I discussed the immmigration part of Rudy's speech here:

The WaPo would have done that except "they know the score" if you know what I mean.

Posted by: LonewackoDotCom | December 16, 2007 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Giuliani, Romney, Clinton all look power hungry. Huck and Obama seem to be real.

Posted by: svarada123 | December 16, 2007 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Rudy G. is soooo 1990s.

Posted by: Phil6 | December 16, 2007 12:47 AM | Report abuse

Christmas Eve excitement has come 9 days early this year.

The reason I am a 50 something year old who feels like a 5 year old:

This is one Scrooge swept up by the Christmas spirit.

We the People are about to open a big gift for the entire world!!!

Posted by: Scrooge | December 15, 2007 9:59 PM | Report abuse

Judging from The Trail's comment threads, a simple formula emerges. Subject is leading GOP candidate = nobody gives a crap.

Posted by: zukermand | December 15, 2007 6:43 PM | Report abuse

I have a convincing argument that there is a miracle in the works. This miracle won't include Giuliani getting the nomination.

Here is my argument and the evidence supporting it:
Joseph Campbell said that artists, poets, and storytellers are the prophets and seers of their own centuries.

The artistic voice has made a prediction, hauntingly accurate so far, about this election.

Consider the film Napoleon Dynamite. It tells the story of an election won by candidate who had the best campaign gimmick. Air filled objects, a football and a tether ball, appear repeatedly in the film. I leave it to readers to identify the real life candidate who has a gas filled object as a campaign gimmick. I suggest the film predicts he wins!

For an imaginative analysis of this election based on historical precedent go to

Read all the comments on the blog thread and you may just conclude that Napoleon Dynamite has a very good chance of coming true.

Albert Einstein said his ability to fantasize was more important to his success than his ability to absorb practical knowledge.

A little exercise of our fantasy skills may help our country flourish in peace and prosperity with the rest of the world.

To paraphrase Fox news, We the People fantasize, and We the People will decide.

To the artists who created Napolean Dynamite, you deserve an Oscar for best picture of all time if it foreshadows a Ron Paul victory!

Posted by: Scrooge | December 15, 2007 6:36 PM | Report abuse

While as mayor of NYC, Rudy went to court and asked permission to throw out his wife and children from Gracie Mansion, and move in his mistress (Judi). The court told him he would be the one moving out, not his family, and he got an apartment for him and Judi. Maybe this is why his children will not talk with him. Google for the facts and see what a wonderful man he is. Why is it that his stated facts never match the verified public records ?? Please remember while he runs around telling us what a hero he was after 9/11, the fact is he only spent a total of 44 HOURS there over many months. He also went to court to ask that the mayor's election in November be suspended and he be allowed to remain mayor after his term expired, because only HE could handle the problem. Thankfully the court disagreed. Can you imagine Bush saying he needed to stay on after January 20, 2009 ?? I think he believes he is made of teflon, but as the public learns about the real Rudy, his numbers will continue to fall, and i predict he will not be the nominee, and America will be better off for it.

Posted by: drivensnow2525 | December 15, 2007 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Rudy Giuliani is the right man to lead America. The guy turned around a city that widely seen as ungovernable.

Posted by: kevinbronnerjr | December 15, 2007 4:52 PM | Report abuse

The Speed that Rudy Giuliani poll numbers are dropping,if he was a downhill skier, he would be a Olympian.It couldn't happen to a nicer man.Dominic Grillo Dunedin Fl. 34698

Posted by: mobilemanor | December 15, 2007 4:14 PM | Report abuse

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