Former New York City Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, right, with Patrick Oxford, managing partner of Bracewell & Patterson, during the announcement March 31, 2005, in New York that Giuliani has joined the firm as a name partner and that the firm will now be known as Bracewell & Giuliani LLP
Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani on Thursday dismissed his liberal social views, his divorces and his former aide’s imbroglio as irrelevant to a presidential bid.
Asked about a leaked political strategy memo that cited such issues as potentially insurmountable obstacles to a campaign for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination, Giuliani said: “That is not going to be the issue.”
“I sure have strengths and weaknesses,” Giuliani said on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” “I think that sort of puts me in the same category as just about everybody else that’s running. Are my strengths greater or my weaknesses worse? I don’t know. You have to sort of examine that. That won’t be the issue.”
America’s Mayor is correct. Personal issues and the politics of personal destruction will NOT drive the 2008 Presidential race – either in the primary or general election.
The appraisal of Giuliani’s candidacy found in his political strategy book is an honest and prudent one. Every serious candidate has completed one. It is part of a campaign.
Now, will there be a debate on the issues and social ones at that?
Rudy Giuliani is a mainstream principled Republican who will be an excellent chief executive and commander in chief.
Let the debate begin……
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