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Giuliani-Savior or Devil?

September 24, 2007

The candidacy of Rudy Giuliani has, to say the least, sparked some division among conservatives. While viewed by supporters as the Republican most capable of defeating the detested Hillary Clinton, detractors cannot get past the former New York City mayor's liberal stances on abortion, gay rights, and gun control. Those are the basics. However, simmering just beneath all of that are more serious charges about Giuliani's activities, not only in his personal life which have been well-documented, but questionable business and government dealings as well that are just beginning to see the light of day.

Giuliani's legal firm reportedly is the sole representative of a Spanish firm that has been granted the right to operate a toll road in the Trans-Texas Corridor (TTC) project, a key part of the so-called North American Union initiative. His firm also represents Citgo, the oil company controlled by anti-American dictator Hugo Chavez. Given that these representations are factual, it seems that Giuliani should have some explaining to do when he claims to support American sovereignty. However, the other "first-tier" Republican candidates-Romney and Thompson-have their own explaining to do when it comes to being "globalists" versus "America-first" candidates, although their support of the globalist agenda may not be as overt as Giuliani's appears to be.

Then there is the question of support even among some of Giuliani's key fellow New Yorkers, those who, given his response to 9/11, were assumed to be most squarely in his corner but in fact are not: the firefighters who risked their lives that dreadful day and the days that followed. Some of them are so strongly against a Giuliani presidency that they have made a video imploring voters not to vote for him. The Giuliani campaign's response was that the video was politically motivated by the union's leadership which has consistently supported Democrat candidates, and that the rank-and-file believe differently. So who's telling the truth; who is right on this issue? If in fact Giuliani withheld funds for key communications gear that could have made a difference on 9/11, shouldn't that be noted as a potential failing? Especially given Giuliani's national hero status in the wake of 9/11? At the very least, anyone with a scintilla of political savvy knows what a target-rich environment this is for the Hillary Clinton campaign in the general election, assuming that both she and Giuliani are the nominees. Once Hillary trumpets this issue, it won't matter how many firefighter and police officer funerals Giuliani attended compared to Clinton (many versus zero).

Giuliani, unlike the current White House occupant, does seem to have a quick answer to most of the charges being leveled against him. However, the "mainstream" media probably won't press him on the TTC or Citgo involvements, the ones that he would have the most trouble defending. It's going to be up to us, the voters, to get involved and informed about a man who could defeat Hillary but could be a liability in the White House in his own right.

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