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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.

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Posted at 1:18 PM ET on Jan 20, 2008  | Category:  Sunday Talkies
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At least Romney would be better on the economy than Rudy! Seriously, if this campaign really shifts emphasis to the economy (i.e. no major terrorist attacks or other crisis), then Romney's going to win, hands down.

Posted by: JakeD | January 23, 2008 12:05 PM

Rudy Patootie, a man for all seasons as long as they're in September. If you ascribe to a man that will crush all peoples of the world that oppose the U.S., have a different viewpoint, and don't agree with Rudy at their peril, the Patootie's the man for you. It appears to me that he is a two idea man, 9/11 and tax cuts. Just think about the over 700 billion dollars we've flushed down the drain in Iraq to give those people electricity and sewage treatment. Maybe we could have used it here to help us all out of this morass we have eating our lunch here in the US, namely the Arabs and their oil. Alternate energy investment would seem like the right thing to do but I think Rudy Patootie has his own ideas for that, just take it away from them.

Posted by: Nononsense1 | January 21, 2008 1:50 PM

Joe Biden said it best about this hypocrite politician Rudy Giuliani. Every sentence contains nothing more than a Noun, a verb and 9-11. Need we say more about this poor excuse of a candidate. I hope he wins the nominations. The dems will crush him.

Posted by: bedway | January 21, 2008 11:00 AM

Wrong candidate, hung on 9/11.

Will Florida make a difference for Giuliani?


Posted by: jeffboste | January 20, 2008 11:38 PM

I predict that RUDY will crash and burn in Florida. He thinks everyone who moved here from NY and NJ will support him...NOT. He will probably finish 3rd, and will then be sipping lemonade with FREDDY on the back porch. NYC paid over $600,000 to protect him while he visited his mistress in the Hamptons. How many programs, that RUDY cut, could have had full funding with $600k ?? RUDY just spent the night in a hospital for flu like conditions, which then turned out to be a bad headache. How many readers here have an insurance company that would approve an overnight stay for flu like conditions ?? I have had surgeries where they sent me packing at 3 pm to recover at home. RUDY ?? Naw....I think i pass, thank you

Posted by: drivensnow2525 | January 20, 2008 8:27 PM

Speaking of the economy, Romney is touting his record in Mass, as evidence of the "change" he will bring to Washington. Mitt Romney, recession guaranteed.

Posted by: steve_valeriote23 | January 20, 2008 6:55 PM

It is Rudy's opponents that want to label him as "Mr. 911." The fact of the matter is that Rudy was great long before 911. The Americans for Tax Reform gave Rudy a perfect score, which no other candidate received.

See why he Rudy should be the GOP nominee:

Please people of Florida vote for Rudy. Don't wait do it today. The polls are open now!

Posted by: Mike107 | January 20, 2008 5:04 PM

I'll borrow, just this once, a rallying cry of our...beloved Liberals; It's about their records stupid!

If you choose a RINO, one of the four, you seal the loss of the republicans as the Dim's will provide their record in Technicolor. Find out what they before the Dim's snark them out;

Candidate Research - Know Who You're Voting For ( The Easy Way )

Posted by: Winghunter | January 20, 2008 4:45 PM

What kind of case does Rudy even have now that McCain is in front - with his experience and cred on national security, terrorism, and electability.

Posted by: parkerfl | January 20, 2008 2:23 PM

Rudy? Rudy??

Nope, not ringing any bells.

Rudy Who?

Posted by: robertmiller | January 20, 2008 2:09 PM

The true fiscal conservative in this race is congressman Ron Paul. We have rising oil prices, housing market crisis, low USD and a weakening economy going on right now and at the same time we have our government spending more than ever.

What would you do if you are losing money hand over fist? Cut-back and big.

Here is a great article on our economy and Ron Paul. The video at the end is most interesting:

Ron Paul & Economics - Saving the Economy; Saving America

Posted by: davidmwe | January 20, 2008 2:03 PM

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