The Bhutto Assassination and Giuliani
The assassination of former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto was only minutes old and details remained sketchy when former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani's presidential campaign issued a condemnation of terrorism writ large.
"Her death is a reminder that terrorism anywhere -- whether in New York, London, Tel-Aviv or Rawalpindi -- is an enemy of freedom," said Giuliani. " We must redouble our efforts to win the Terrorists' War on Us."
That it was the first statement that arrived in The Fix email inbox is not surprising as his campaign strategy is closely linked to many voters' belief that the world is a dangerous place and that Giuliani is the candidate best equipped to deal with threats to this country.
Bhutto's assassination could well work to Giuliani's benefit because it may enable him to thrust himself back into the daily political conversation after steadily losing ground in the presidential campaign for weeks, while Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has come on strong. With his decision to all but skip Iowa and play only at the margins in the New Hampshire primary, Giuliani has watched as the campaign in its final stages has largely passed him by.
But, with the Bhutto's death and the broader implications of the fight against terrorism worldwide likely to dominate the coverage for the next day or two (at a minimum), Giuliani immediately becomes relevant again.
Web Politics Editor
December 27, 2007; 11:21 AM ET
Categories: A_Blog , Rudy Giuliani , Today at The Post
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