It’s official: Giuliani is in – and a conservative?

Giuliani has filed a “statement of candidacy” with the FEC.  That’s about as official as you can make it.  He is still dogged with speculation that he won’t actually mount a campaign, but with news out that he is aggressively raising money, that is looking less likely.  He continues to top most polls of Republican primary voters.

 Even more interesting is this piece http://city-journal.org/html/17_1_rudy_giuliani.html from City Journal entitled: “Yes, Rudy Giuliani is a Conservative” and it should be required reading for any politico watching the ’08 Presidential field… watch for Giuliani campaign talking points that hit the same themes, given that this was likely a trial balloon for messaging that Rudy and his folks will try to use in early states.  With Giuliani’s fundraising ability, superstar status and personal likeability, the front-loading of big states like New Jersey, Florida, Pennsylvania and California make Giuliani even more viable… buckle in, this is going to be interesting.


Comments

  1. Not a conservative! Hardly qualifies as Republican. I’ve created a table (HTML) that demonstrates where Giuliani stands. It is based upon his past statements and his policies as mayor. It compares Giuliani’s views with the views of Hillary Clinton, the Democrat Party and the Republican Party Platform. I hope that this server allows posting and display of tables.

    Giuliani/Clinton/Dem vs. GOP Platform Comparison

    Issue

    Giuliani
    Clinton
    Dem Platform
    GOP Platform

    Abortion on Demand
    Supports
    Supports
    Supports
    Opposes

    Partial Birth Abortion
    SupportsOpposedNY ban
    Supports
    Supports
    Opposes

    Roe v. Wade
    Supports
    Supports
    Supports
    Opposes

    Taxpayer Funded Abortions
    Supports
    Supports
    Supports
    Opposes

    Embryonic Stem Cell Research
    Supports
    Supports
    Supports
    Opposes

    Federal Marriage Amendment
    Opposes
    Opposes
    OpposesDefined atstate level
    Supports

    Gay Domestic Partnership/Civil Unions
    Supports
    Supports
    Supports
    Opposes

    Openly Gay Military
    Supports
    Supports
    Supports
    Opposes

    Defense of Marriage Act
    Opposes
    Opposes
    Opposes
    Supports

    Amnesty for Illegal Aliens
    Supports
    Supports
    Supports
    Opposes

    Special Path to Citizenshipfor Illegal Aliens
    Supports
    Supports
    Supports
    Opposes

    Tough Penalties forEmployers of Illegal Aliens
    Opposes
    Opposes
    Opposes
    Supports

    Sanctuary Cities/Ignoring Immigration Law
    Supports
    Supports
    Supports
    Opposes

    Protecting 2nd Amendment
    Opposes

    Opposes
    OpposesSupports bans
    Supports

    Confiscating Guns
    SupportsConfiscatedas mayor.Even bragged.
    Supports
    SupportsSupports bans
    Opposes

    ‘Assault’ Weapons Ban
    Supports
    Supports
    Supports
     

    Frivolous Lawsuits Against Gun Makers
    SupportsFiled OneHimself
    Supports
     
    Opposes

    Gun Registration/Licenses
    Supports
    Supports
     
    Opposes

    War in Afghanistan
    Supports
    SupportsVoted for it
    Supports
    Supports

    War in Iraq
    Supports
    SupportsVoted for it
    SupportsWeak support
    Supports

    Patriot Act
    Supports
    SupportsVoted for it2001 & 2006
    Opposes
    Supports

    "Most of Clinton’s policies are very similar to most of mine." – Rudy Giuliani

  2. Oh. I guess it doesn’t work. I’ll put a version of the table up elsewhere and post a link. The bottom line is that Giuliani’s views are almost always the same as Clinton’s and the Democrat Party Platform and rarely aligned with the Republican Party Platform. And when he does agree with the GOP Platform, it is on issues that the Dems agree somewhat too.

  3. Here’s a link to the formatted, color-coded chart: http://members.cox.net/mormondad/giuliani_comparison2.html

    If you don’t believe the items in the chart, look them up yourself. There’s tons of quotes from Giuliani that demonstrate where he stands. I give more weight to things he’s said and DONE when he was not campaigning. You can be assured that he’s going to SAY a lot of things to fool Republicans into voting for him in the Primary. But look at what he’s actually DONE and said when the presidential spotlight was not on him. Very telling…

  4. h@x0r:

    I can’t agree more. Guilani is NO Conservative!!!

  5. Sonoran Truth Squad says

    While I appreciate Romney’s folks’ participation, the fact that he is a conservative TODAY doesn’t make him a reliable conservative tomorrow.

    =================

    Mitt changes tax-cut tune
    By Casey Ross
    Boston Herald Reporter
    Thursday, February 8, 2007 – Updated: 12:56 AM EST

    After refusing to endorse President Bush’s tax cuts when he was governor, Mitt Romney has now made them a central part of his presidential campaign, stirring accusations that he is changing his position to appeal to GOP primary voters.
    In 2003, Romney stunned a roomful of Bay State congressmen by telling them that he would not publicly support Bush’s tax cuts, which at the time formed the centerpiece of the president’s domestic agenda. He even said he was open to a federal gas tax hike.
    “For a Republican governor, I thought it was interesting,” U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano (D-Somerville) said. “I don’t prejudge people, so I thought he might have the courage of his convictions, but I guess I was wrong.”
    In a key policy speech in Detroit yesterday, Romney said it is “absolutely critical” to renew President Bush’s tax cuts, set to expire in 2010, to help spur economic growth. It is a stance he has repeated in recent days.
    “Which course is better for America?” Romney said. “A European model of high taxes and regulations? Or, low taxes and free trade: the Ronald Reagan model? Some are already fighting to implement a massive tax increase. Instead, we should make the tax cuts permanent.”
    Asked if Romney has changed his position out of political expediency, Romney spokesman Kevin Madden said, “The governor has what most other elected officials would envy, and that’s a stellar record of fiscal conservatism; one that is a model for how to run government by balancing budgets and avoiding tax increases.”
    But Romney’s fiscal policies in Massachusetts have received mixed marks from conservative watchdogs. The tax-averse Cato Institute gave Romney a “C” on its 2006 fiscal report card, saying the former governor acted aggressively to combat overspending, but failed to hold the line on taxes.
    “His first budget included no general tax increases but did include a $500 million increase in various fees,” noted Cato Institute budget director Stephen Slivinski.
    Romney has used his support for Bush’s tax cuts to contrast himself with Arizona Sen. John McCain, who has consistently opposed the president’s tax cuts in Congress.

  6. And aRINOld Schwarzenegger and Greg Patterson are conservatives, too.

  7. Sonoran Truth Squad says

    Arnold? No…

    Greg? Probably, with a libertarian streak… Maybe not a big C conservative, but I’d say yes to a small c conservative…

  8. Do you guys have a recommendation section, i’d like to suggest some stuff

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