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Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who is considering seeking the Republican nomination for president, holds up a book about two of his heroes, former President Ronald Reagan and former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, as he speaks at the Churchill Club in Santa Clara, Calif., Monday, Feb. 12, 2007.

San Francisco Chronicle: Giuliani says he’s ‘100 percent committed’ to running for president

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, insisting he is “100 percent committed” to running for the 2008 Republican nomination for president, wooed Silicon Valley insiders Monday – saying he is a strong believer in global warming, praising Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger as a “progressive” leader on the environment, and calling for immigration policies that welcome “people who make contributions” to America’s economy.

Giuliani spoke to about 500 Silicon Valley members of the Churchill Club at the Hyatt in Santa Clara Monday, meeting privately beforehand with a handful of top executives and then with about 100 potential supporters at a VIP reception.

In his hour-long talk — an informal address in which he ranged before the audience with just a microphone and no podium — the New York mayor took positions which could pose problems with more conservative Republicans, but which may endear him to the libertarian, moderate tech crowd which has been courted by candidates on both sides as a potential source of big campaign dollars.

Well, Rudy on Saturday during his speech before the California GOP said he did not like the podium and was accustomed to speaking in a more informal manner.

Giuliani also crafted his message to a more moderate audience by talking about the environment and praising Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger who is very popular among pro-business Republicans and Independents in California.

AP: Giuliani closing in on presidential bid

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani on Monday defended the Iraq war and criticized Al Gore’s global-warming movie.

When asked about former Vice President Al Gore’s Oscar-nominated documentary about global warming, “An Inconvenient Truth,” Giuliani criticized the film as lacking in solutions.

Giuliani said he believes global warming is occurring but is not sure how much is caused by humans, and suggested the U.S. should look at expanding its use of nuclear power and other alternative energy sources.

Sounds like a different spin of the same speech but the first story was to a San Francisco audience.

Giuliani also said he supports Governor Schwarzenegger’s efforts to move the 2008 California Presidential primary election from June to Super Tuesday, February 5, 2008.

Giuliani, a Republican, said he supports efforts to move California’s 2008 presidential primary from June to February, a shift that would allow him to compete outside of conservative early voting states where his stands on gays, guns and abortion have been viewed as too liberal.

A number of other states are also considering moving up their primaries.

Sounds to Flap that Rudy is developing his “stump” speech.

Tomorrow Hizzoner will be in Fresno.


Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who is considering seeking the Republican nomination for president, wipes his brow as he answers a question during a speech to the Churchill Club in Santa Clara, Calif., Monday, Feb. 12, 2007.


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