Giuliani Shifts Emphasis From Security 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, 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.

Giuliani has run poorly in every GOP primary or caucus thus far, as he focused on Super Tuesday, Feb. 5, when some two dozen states will hold nominating contests, including delegate-rich states such as New York, New Jersey and California.

On ABC's "This Week," he expressed confidence that he would win in Florida on Jan. 29, and that the victory would catapult him to victory on Super Tuesday.

"We're concentrating on Florida. We've been here for two weeks. We've been campaigning here, not quite full-time, but just about full-time for two weeks," Giuliani said. "We decided some time back that this is the place where we should put our most emphasis, that it worked our strength and weaknesses the best, and now we're ready for it."

Giuliani, who spent millions in New Hampshire and held more than 100 events there, said Florida is the best testing ground for his campaign.

"Florida is a microcosm of the country. It's a large state. It has virtually every, you know, diverse group that you can think of in different parts of the state, different economies in different parts of the state, different industries," he said. "This is a state that reflects America to a large extent, and we know this is the state that determined our president in the year 2000, so it's a state that's also very politically aware."

Romney, who won the Nevada caucuses yesterday, then finished fourth in South Carolina, continued to try to paint McCain as a Washington insider.

"I think if people want somebody who has been in Washington all their life and understands Washington's ways and has been part of the Washington scene for a quarter of a century, then John McCain will be their person," Romney said. "If they want somebody instead who's been in the real economy over the last 25, 30 years, who understands why jobs come and why they go and understands what it takes to grow an economy, then I think I'll be their person."

Romney also said the key in an economic stimulus package should be to create jobs -- not to send out government checks to citizens.

Describing his own $233 billion plan on "Fox News Sunday," Romney said, "It's not just designed to be a short-term stimulus, but rather a long-term growth boost."

Edwards Predicts McCain Will Be GOP Nominee

Former North Carolina senator John Edwards predicted McCain would be the Republican nominee, lavishing kind words on him, and said it will take a particularly strong Democrat to defeat him.

"[T]his is a guy who's a great advocate for campaign-finance reform. So, are we going to put a candidate against him who's taken lots of money from lobbyists and PACs?" Edwards said. "[H]e's also a very strong candidate with a long record, including an extraordinary record of military service."

Edwards's best finish thus far has been a second-place result in Iowa, and asked on CBS's "Face the Nation" why he has not done better, Edwards said "it's a factor" that Sen. Barack Obama is the first African American to be seriously considered as electable and Sen. Hillary Clinton is the first woman to be seriously considered.

But he suggested that neither is the right person to take on McCain.

"Senator Clinton, I think, is more the old-style, the Washington working the way it does, that it's okay to take the money from the lobbyists and the special-interest PACs, which I've never done and I'm proud of," Edwards aid.

"Senator Obama, I think, has a lot of great ideas, and he does believe in change. ... But he has what I would describe as a more academic approach to it than I do. I think if you're going to bring about change, you have to be willing to fight for that change, that it's not going to happen unless you're willing to take on these moneyed interests."

Edwards pledged to continue to his campaign through Feb. 5, even if he does not win the Democratic primary in South Carolina on Saturday. He performed particularly poorly in Nevada, drawing only 4 percent of delegates despite counting on a boost from unions.

"I got my butt kicked in Nevada," he said.

Rangel: Poor, Near-Poor Will Benefit From Stimulus

Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.), chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, said all income classes would benefit from an economic stimulus package.

"I don't think that anyone is going to be left out. And reaching out to the poor, the near-poor, the unemployed is really not a question of compassion. They're doing this for economic reasons," Rangel said on "Fox News Sunday."

President Bush has proposed a $145 billion stimulus package that would put as much as $800 in each taxpayer's pocket by spring, but some Democrats have complained that the rebates would not go to the millions of low-income workers who do not pay income taxes.

By Post Editor |  January 20, 2008; 1:13 PM ET
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Congressman Paul is the true fiscal conservative. With the challenges that we face currently, we need someone that is not only a conservative, but would also follow the Constitution. See some of what he is all about, economically speaking, on this article here:

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Posted by: davidmwe | January 20, 2008 2:34 PM

MY TAX CUT'S BIGGER THAN YOURS!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: tom | January 21, 2008 2:38 AM

Guiliani - This is a has been who should be retiring shortly.

Posted by: Dr Ward Ciac II | January 21, 2008 8:51 AM

RUDY 2008!!!

The only politician who still realizes that politics is a game of practicality, while all these other guys are claiming ideological purity, Rudy gets the job done! Closest thing to a Reagen conservative on the board.

A win in Florida, and then the White House!!

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He can take on all the heat

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In this race for the White House is the most curcial Presidential election ever in America's history. As we move closer to super tuesday, the national conventions and ultimately to the elections of the next leader of America. I have noticed that many of the candidates have fliped-floped on many issues or what is called moderates. But, being a moderate is a individual that has no real conviction on their belief and plan to lead. They are like the waves that are toss to and fro. We need a leader that will not be sway from their belief on the direction for America. In both parties there are many who are like this. They are saying things that they think people want to hear. But, America wants to hear the plan that will benefit our right of freedom to pursue ones happiness, dreams and liberty. America it is your choice to make the decisions who will take us there. Although, there is one party that want to strip our rights, have us more dependant on the government and take more of our money. But, this is not the direction America should go or even the vision of the framers of America. If American would be allowed to keep more of our money. This would send a boost to America's economy. So, remember that the choice you make for President is going to give you more freedom or make you more dependant on others.

Posted by: chawks9669 | January 23, 2008 4:01 PM

To late to enter this game. All the fools in the boys club where laughing at Dr. Paul when he called this out. Juliani should be safe from his cut on the gold heist at the WORLD TRADE CENTER.

Posted by: To late | January 23, 2008 6:13 PM

New York city government is full of cronies and crooks, placed there by Rudy. Screw that guy. He can't hold his own household together and he had a chance 3 times so far. His own kids can't stand his attitude, ignorance and all rehersed talking. TOTAL PHONY WANABE PRESIDENT.

Posted by: Anonymous | January 23, 2008 10:44 PM

Congressman Paul Fights to Block Congressional Pay Raises
Published 01/24/2008 - 12:05 a.m. GMT

(PressMediaWire) Washington, DC Jan. 23, 2008 - Congressman Ron Paul is an original cosponsor on legislation proposed by Representative Harry Mitchell (AZ-5) to block Members of Congress from receiving the automatic pay adjustment scheduled to take effect in 2009.

"With all the waste going on in government, the dollar losing its purchasing power, the collapse of the housing bubble, the economy is really struggling. We Members of Congress should not be padding our pocketbooks when our constituents are tightening their belts," stated Congressman Paul.

The bill was introduced yesterday and so far Congressman Paul is the only cosponsor. Congressman Paul famously returns a portion of his congressional office budget to the Treasury. He recently estimated he would be able to return $75,000 from last year's office budget. He also refuses to participate in the lucrative pension program that Congress has awarded itself.
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