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New Giuliani Ad in N.H. Ratchets Up Security Message

GOP presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani will begin airing a new television commercial Wednesday in New Hampshire featuring the release of the Iranian hostages in 1980 just as Ronald Reagan was being sworn into office. In the spot, called "One Hour," Giuliani argues that the best way to deal with tyrants is to stand up to them.

"They released the American hostages in one hour, and that should tell us a lot about these Islamic terrorists that we're facing," Giuliani says in the ad. "The one hour in which they released them was the one hour in which Ronald Reagan was taking the Oath of Office as President of the United States. The best way you deal with dictators, the best way you deal with tyrants and terrorists, you stand up to them. You don't back down." (Watch the ad below.)

Giuliani's ad comes as the latest ABC News-Washington Post poll in New Hampshire shows him struggling. In the survey of likely primary voters, Giuliani is in third behind second-place John McCain and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, who is well ahead of the pack with 37 percent support.

The ad features two subjects that Giuliani hopes will help him gain in the state: A focus on fighting terrorism, for which he is well known, and the memory of Ronald Reagan. In the Post poll, Giuliani and McCain are tied for being the most trusted candidate to fight terrorists, with Romney a distant second.

By Editors  |  December 5, 2007; 8:18 AM ET
Categories:  A_Blog , Ad Watch , Rudy Giuliani  
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Unlike this useless turd of an "Ad Watch", this

actually informs.

Posted by: zukermand | December 11, 2007 11:08 AM | Report abuse

This ad is another try to present voters more fiction than historic fact. And contrary to straight news stories, this effort to dupe voters should be called by those in the media who express their opinion, fact-check, etc. Up to 9/11, Reagan had by far the worst record with respect to terrorism--more Americans killed, more incidents. And contrary to Rudy G.'s praise of Reagan's strong leadership against terrorists and tyrants, it was his administration who made the ill-fated arms-for-hostages deals,
For more on this, see

Posted by: bn1123 | December 6, 2007 11:37 AM | Report abuse

christopher1-I doubt that is going to happen. asomeone likes the Leftist Ruthie Giuliani at WaPo. A lot.

The Questionaire I ttok earlier was doctored to favor Giuliani. The Post's writwers answered HIS and Thompson's Questions, and guess what, Giuliani was saying all the RIGHT Things!

BUT, it is just like the GARBAGE going on trying to make Religion, a Wedge issue, I judge people not by what they, or their Religion SAYS, but by what they DO!-or have done!

The Postal can put words in Giuliani's mouth all they want, I know a guy who supported Un-Documented Workers in New York, when Many New Yorkers would have been very happy to have had a more Competetive Labor market to work in!

Wake-up call WaPo-Baldness is bad, Cross dressing, makes THAT seem insignificant!

This Country could NEVER live down the embarrasment of having a leader who wears DRESSES!

Cheerleader-Yeah, Transvestite-Uh-Uh!

Posted by: rat-the | December 5, 2007 7:44 PM | Report abuse

um...this guy who is so brilliant at combating terrorism is the same man who, after to '93 wtc bombing, decided to set up the NY crises center in....the WTC!!!

Brilliant! Smashing!

Plus he dreeses up in women's clothing...not that there's anything wrong woth that.

Posted by: jquirk | December 5, 2007 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Sadly, The headline for this Wash Post story is kinder to Rudy than others. Even USAToday's story on this Iran ad indicates Rudy LIED AGAIN and made up historical nonsense.

Hey Wash Post, you guys have to do a better job of calling a liar a liar.

Posted by: christopher1 | December 5, 2007 2:39 PM | Report abuse

IT IS NOT HONEST for media to omit the FACT that Rudy is on record for 3 DECADES supporting dictators and fighting against democracy, in thousands of separate scandals.

EX: ASK Rudy what he'll do to the dictators of Saudi Arabia if elected. Does he support overthrowing them with violence, or looking the other way?

EX: ASK Rudy what he did in Reagan's justice dept to stop Haiti's murderous dictator Baby Doc Duvalier. Rudy HIMSELF has admitted he had drinks with him and a friendly chat, and then supported Duvalier! (I believe Rudy!)

HOW DOES THE MEDIA leave all these killer facts out??

At what point will the media confront Rudy's long, PUBLIC record of hating democracy?

EX: ask Rudy to show how he stood up to Reagan's support of Apartheid and how Rudy's support doesn't prove the constant arguments that Rudy hates blacks.

EX: ask Rudy about the Iran-Contra affair.

EX: Ask Rudy if he'll invade China to free Tibet. (I hear China is "communist" and has WMDs! Will Rudy Reagan CAVE AGAIN?)

EX: Ask Rudy why hundreds of judges and juries have found him GUILTY in court of violating the Constitution (and never for pushing laws that created MORE democracy; only for illegal dictator stunts).

Rudy has even said he opposes Due Process (ala Hitler and Stalin---just the umpteenth parallel he has with these 'leaders')---ex: no "innocent til proven guilty" for Gitmo!---then he has the gall to say "Placa is innocent til proven guilty" and not one media outlet tells the truth about this being a easily proven LIE and FLIP FLOP????

When media omits the truth, we're doomed. Game over.

Demand more truth from media or stop complaining about our corrupt corporate-puppet politicians.

This Psycho is being treated like he really is a legit prez candidate! The man belongs in prison for thousands of separate crimes. (Destroying the WTC evidence, which is a SERIOUS crime, anyone?)

Posted by: christopher1 | December 5, 2007 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Your set-up to the Giuliani spot says: "A focus on fighting terrorism, for which he is well known."
What has he done to fight terrorism? He's talked about it alot. He was mayor of NYC when terrorists struck. What fighting of terrorism is he well known for, exactly? He has only talked about it, claiming it as his. Not.

Posted by: Rivery | December 5, 2007 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Is this for real? What is Rudy thinking? This is revisionist history at the worst, and reopens a sad piece of American history that no Republican, indeed no American, should be proud of.

The Iranians didn't give up the hostages because of Reagan's toughness -- they did it because Reagan's people negotiated with the Mullahs even before he came into office. The Iranians timed the release to occur only after Reagan was sworn in as a final humiliation to President Carter.

Doesn't anyone remember "Arms for Hostages," "Iran-Contra" ? Is that Rudy's definition of "standing up"? Maybe next we'll be hearing that withdrawing the Marines from Beirut after the attack that killed so many was a sign of strength....

History is not on Rudy's side on this one. What a strange historic incident to associate with his campaign!

Posted by: terje2 | December 5, 2007 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Rudy "9/11 terrorists 9/11 9/11" Giuliani is as one-trick of a pony you can find. I didn't know that the spirit of Ronald Reagan had found its way to an oft-divorced semi-autocratic buffoon who mines a national tragedy for his own gain.

Posted by: cmwall1 | December 5, 2007 12:22 PM | Report abuse

"A focus on fighting terrorism, for which he is well known"

Interesting, Mr Shear. What does anyone believe he has ever done to "fight terrorism"? You're very kind to him.

Posted by: zukermand | December 5, 2007 11:26 AM | Report abuse

He's desperate.

Posted by: zukermand | December 5, 2007 11:23 AM | Report abuse

First- you, sir, are no Ronald Reagan.

Second- what an awful remembering of history. The Mullahs gave up the hostages to spite Carter and show they could influence American politics. Reagan may have been tough, but he hadn't had any time to show it yet. You can't really claim that one for Republicans and Rudy's apparent belief that Reagan did shows how much he buys into the hero idea and how much he believes himself to be the hero. Man, this guy scares me.

Posted by: txindep | December 5, 2007 10:45 AM | Report abuse


There is some REAL Garbage being Played on us!

WaPo has a Political Poll/Questionaire.

I took it.After taking it, I was very surprised to find Giuliani won!!!!

By three hundred Percent!

BOGUS! See, then I happened to scroll to "About the Test".

Seems the two best Candidates, did not answer the questions! Fred Thompson and Ruthie Giuliani's Answers were put in by WaPo Staffers/Writers.

Imagine that!


Posted by: rat-the | December 5, 2007 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Is Giulianni cracking open Pandora's box? Is he, for instance, proposing that we should secretly trade arms with countries that, in public, we have nothing to do with?

Posted by: bsimon | December 5, 2007 10:22 AM | Report abuse

That's all this mans has to offer. He is a fraud.

Posted by: hopsonr1 | December 5, 2007 9:04 AM | Report abuse

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