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Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani, left, talks to New York Yankees manager Joe Torre in the Yankees dugout before the Yankees 8-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates in a spring training baseball game in Tampa, Fl., Sunday, March 18, 2007. Giuliani attended a fundraiser at the stadium before the game.

AP: Giuliani defends firm’s work for Citgo

Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani on Sunday defended his law firm’s role in representing Citgo Petroleum Corp., which is ultimately controlled by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, saying it was helping protect American jobs.

Giuliani acknowledged though, that his opponents will try to exploit the news that a lawyer with Bracewell & Giuliani of Houston has been representing Citgo before the Texas legislature.

The firm has had a contract with Citgo since before Giuliani joined it.

Somebody is trying to make a story/flap here. Poorly I might add…….

Rudy’s quotes:

“Oh, they’ll exploit everything,” Giuliani said in an interview. “There are things that make sense and things that don’t make sense and that doesn’t make any sense. It was one of those political attacks where you have nothing to do with it, you’re not involved in it and so it doesn’t really worry you very much. What they’re doing is lawful and honorable and helping to protect jobs for more than 100,000 Americans.”

And Rudy is correct:

Although Citgo Petroleum is a U.S.-based company, it was bought in 1990 by Petroleos de Venezuela, the national oil company of Venezuela. It employs 4,000 people in Texas and other states, and Giuliani said indirectly more than 100,000 people have jobs because of the company.

Rudy was in Florida raising money. What a fun way to do it.

Hey Giuliani campaign does Rudy need some press coverage on his next baseball trip?

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Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani, right, talks with Yogi Berra in the New York Yankees dugout before the Yankees faced the Pittsburgh Pirates in their spring training baseball game in Tampa, FL., Sunday, March 18, 2007. Giuliani, who was in Tampa for a fundraiser at the stadium, caught the game’s first pitch, thrown by Randy Maris, son of former Yankee legend Roger Maris.

Rudy watched the game and discussed Hugo Chavez and America’s dependency on foreign oil:

He discussed Chavez during the game, saying he is one of the reasons why the United States needs to develop alternative fuels and become energy independent.

“As the president I would make that my number one priority, the way Eisenhower and Kennedy made getting to the moon the number one priority of the American government. It has to consume a tremendous amount of our attention,” Giuliani said.

If the country had done so in the 1970s, the nation would be more secure now, he said.

He called Chavez dangerous and said the United States needs to use concerns about him to build relations with Latin American countries.

“We’ve got to learn how to play Chavez. There’s a lot of concern in America about Chavez; there’s even more concern in South America. We have to sort of use that to bring them to the United States,” he said.

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Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani, decked out in New York Yankees gear, goes out to catch the first pitch thrown by Randy Maris, Yankees’ great Roger Maris’ son, before the Yankees faced the Pittsburgh Pirates in a spring training baseball game.

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