Giuliani Shifts Emphasis to Economy
By Zachary A. Goldfarb
Rudolph Giuliani, the man missing from the opening rounds of the Republican nomination process, opened a two-week campaign for Florida on Sunday by shifting to a new topic: the economy.
Declaring that he would implement the largest tax cut in history, the former New York mayor said, "The case for me is that I am the strongest fiscal conservative in the race, and that I have a record of supporting tax cuts."
By contrast, Giuliani said on ABC's "This Week," Sen. John McCain (Ariz.), who won the South Carolina primary Saturday on the heels of a victory in New Hampshire, voted against Bush tax cuts "and sided with the Democrats."
The change in subject was noticeable and significant for Giuliani, who had framed his campaign largely around his national security platform, in part through his experiences running New York after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and in part to alleviate concern among party faithful about his moderate views on abortion and gay rights.
But polls in early-voting states have showed that voters are casting ballots primarily based on their concerns over the economy, rather than on their belief of who will keep the United States safe. Giuliani rivals such as former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, who won the Iowa caucuses, and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, who has won three states, are speaking to such concerns through their stump speeches.
Posted at 1:18 PM ET on Jan 20, 2008
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