Former New York City Mayor and possible Presidential candidate Rudolph Giuliani (L) and his wife Judith Nathan (C) greet delegates and guests at the New Hampshire Republican convention in Manchester, New Hampshire January 27, 2007.
Rudy Giuliani, courting the Republican rank and file in an important state, sought Saturday to make the case that his vision for the future and performance in the past makes him a strong candidate for the GOP presidential nomination.
The government’s got to work in order for the American people to have confidence in it,” the former New York City mayor said. “And I believe there is something I can do about that.”
“Leadership is about vision and performance,” Giuliani told state GOP activists. Voters, he said, should hold each candidate to that standard when deciding where to throw their support. “Who has the vision and who can perform? Because you need both.””
Mayor Giuliani has BOTH.
Prior to the GOP Convention speech, Giuliani had breakfast with New Hampshire voters.
Yet, political pundits in DC continue to wonder if Giuliani will seek the Presidency.
Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani smiles as he signs a copy of his book at the state’s annual Republican meeting in Manchester, N.H., Saturday, Jan. 27, 2007. Giuliani, a possible 2008 presidential hopeful was guest speaker at the state’s annual Republican meeting.
Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani speaks at the state’s annual Republican meeting. Manchester, N.H., Saturday, Jan. 27, 2007.
So, why do political folks think a person will hire campaign staff, do the advance preparation work and travel around the country stumping for President not run?
A mystery to Flap
Of course, there are technical fund raising issues why the Mayor does not officially announce – and a candidate wants to time his announcement to create the maximum BUZZ.
And the New Hampshire voter reaction?
The state’s Republican faithful greeted Giuliani warmly. They swarmed him to say hello and shake his hand. Some chanted “Rudy. Rudy.” They shoved copies of his best-selling book, “Leadership,” in front of him for an autograph.
“I was very impressed. He did very well,” said Will Infantine of Manchester, a GOP committee member who is not aligned with a candidate.
“His performance was absolutely outstanding,” added David Hess, the deputy Republican leader of the New Hampshire House who also is unaffiliated.
“He’s very charismatic,” agreed Natalie Healy of Exeter, another committee member. State Rep. Mary Griffin of Windham called him “exceptional.”
â€œWho has the vision and who can perform? Because you need both,â€ Giuliani said. â€œYou can ultimately judge whatever I promise you and whatever vision that I have by the things that Iâ€™ve done,â€ Giuliani said.
â€œI know the heartbreak of seeing casualties. I saw them upfront in the first major battle in this war on terrorism,â€ Giuliani said. â€œWe have to remain on offense. They want to come here and hurt us and harm us and hurt our children. The best way we remain safe and we retain our freedom … is remaining on offense, remaining strong and not becoming weak in a time of pressure.â€
â€œWe have to be victorious in the war on terror,â€ he said to loud applause. â€œWhether all of us at every moment recognize weâ€™re at war, it doesnâ€™t matter. Theyâ€™re at war with us and they have been for quite some time,â€ Giuliani said.
Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani and his wife Judith, right. pass a cluster of photographers and reporters as he tries to leave the Palace theater in Manchester, N.H., Saturday, Jan. 27, 2007
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