The Real Rudy
Former New York Mayor Rudy Guiliani is the “frontrunner” in the race for the Republican Party’s nomination for U.S. President in ’08. (It’s a very crowded field of contenders, even more than the Democratic Party’s race, and Guiliani does not lead by much and lost the Iowa Straw Poll. Still, as of this writing, he is the frontrunner.) Considering that no one in U.S. history has made a leap straight from a city mayor (even Mayor of New York City) to the presidency, this is astounding. It is even more astounding because Guiliani, though a “get tough on crime” mayor and a typical Republican on trade and foreign policy matters, is a social liberal. He has repeatedly marched in gay pride parades (sometimes in drag!) and is very pro-choice on abortion. He is twice divorced and remarried after numerous extramarital affairs. All of this means that Guiliani should be no favorite of the Religious Right, which is a very powerful player in most GOP primaries.
So, why is Guiliani leading? Only because his actions in the wake of the 9/11 terror attacks have given him a “tough leader” image which he hopes to parley into a “tough on terrorism” campaign for the White House. But is the tough leader after 9/11 image accurate? An organization exposes The Real Rudy in a new video. Above is an initial clip and you can find more information here. If Guiliani is going to campaign for the presidency based on his “America’s Mayor” image, then the voting public needs to examine carefully to see if that image is real.
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