Rudolph W. Giuliani: U.S. presidential election, 2008

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Rudolph W. "Rudy" Giuliani, the former mayor of New York City, announced February 14, 2007, on Larry King’s show on CNN that he was in the running to become the Republican 2008 presidential candidate.[1]

Giuliani is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Giuliani Partners LLC, which he founded in January 2002.[2]

Giuliani is also affiliated "with a well-established and politically connected law firm that is based in Houston and bears his name, Bracewell & Giuliani."[3]



Controversy (business)

Marc Mukasey tasked with distancing Giuliani from Kerik

Marc Mukasey, Rudy Giuliani's law partner and the son of Attorney General nominee Michael B. Mukasey, "has been told to monitor the criminal probe of disgraced ex-NYPD boss Bernard Kerik, which threatens to muddy up the former mayor's bid to become president.

"As part of his sensitive assignment, Marc Mukasey has thwarted Kerik's lawyer from interviewing witnesses who might help his defense," the New York Post reported October 22, 2007.[4][5]

Personal life

Serial exaggerator

Steve Benen of The Carpetbagger Report has been keeping track of "some[6] (not all) of Giuliani’s more obvious exaggerations, at least as they regard his own record."[7]

"He can’t just say he spent time at Ground Zero; he has to exaggerate[8] to say he spent as much time (if not more) than the rescue, recovery, and cleanup workers who spent a year sifting through human remains and rubble. He can’t just say he’s interested in counter-terrorism; he has to exaggerate[9] to say he’s been 'studying Islamic terrorism for 30 years.' He can’t just say he’s committed to promoting adoption over abortion;[10] he has to exaggerate[11] his record as mayor. He can’t just say he cut taxes in NYC; he has to exaggerate his record to include tax cuts he opposed (he even counted one cut twice). When it comes to Giuliani’s record on budget surpluses, it’s more of the same.[12] The guy can’t even release a list of congressional endorsements without exaggerating[13] the numbers," Benen wrote.[7]

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Campaign strategy: "I'm not Hillary"

Giuliani "made a simple case for his presidential candidacy [on September 29, 2007,] to a national convention of Republican women: He's not Hillary Clinton," the Associated Press reported.[14]

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Speeches interrupted by (40+) phone calls

"During a recent appearance before the National Rifle Association, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani rudely interrupted his speech to take a brief call from his wife, Judith, on his cell phone. Apparently, this is not a new phenomenon for Giuliani. John Fund report[ed][15] [October 1, 2007,] that it might not be a mere coincidence: 'He has taken such calls more than 40 times in the middle of speeches, conferences and presentations to large donors.' Giuliani’s explanation for the calls? 9/11."[16]

Ideal running mate

Standing next to Republican Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour on September 4, 2007, Giuliani said that Barbour "will be at the top of everybody's list" for vice president as a running mate.[17]

Enumerating some of the "lowlights" afterwards, Think Progress stated September 5, 2007,[17] that "Selecting Barbour as a running mate would instantly bring the stain of corruption to any presidential ticket. A former chair of the Republican National Committee and a longtime uber-lobbyist, the Mississippi Governor has a record rife with corruption and cronyism that includes exploiting the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina to profit his allies."

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Iraq Study Group vs. fundraising

"On May 18, 2006, one of four days the Iraq panel gathered that spring, Giuliani instead delivered a $100,000 speech on leadership in Atlanta. Then he attended a Buckhead fund-raiser for Ralph Reed, who was making a run for lieutenant governor in Georgia."[18]

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U.S. withdrawal from Vietnam

"Tough on crime" candidate?

In 1985, when Mukasey was U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Giuliani "was coming under intense criticism for his aggressive tactics in prosecuting organized crime, including his use of mass trials, his habit of holding defendants without bail and his practice of subpoenaing defense lawyers to testify at their clients' grand jury hearings, which lawyers argued was a violation of client confidentiality.

"Springing to Giuliani's defense was a former colleague, Michael B. Mukasey, who argued in a strongly worded opinion piece that Giuliani's tough tactics were justified to defeat an enemy that, he said, was far more dangerous and powerful than Giuliani's critics were willing to acknowledge," Alec MacGillis reported September 18, 2007, in the Washington Post.[19]

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Cultural diversity

free speech issues

Military service

Criticizes MoveOn, asks for "same rate" from NYT

Giuliani said that he is asking the New York Times for the “same heavily discounted rate they gave” for his campaign to run an ad in Friday’s paper. MoveOn argued in its ad that Gen. David Petraeus is cherry-picking facts that support his recommendation to keep a large number of troops in Iraq for some time. Giuliani said his ad will take the opposite view. He also said that he agrees with Petraeus’s assessment of the Iraq war and called’s ad offensive to the general. [20]

Campaign issues


Traditional family values

War on terrorism

Terrorism & torture

War in Iraq

troop surge in Iraq

Giuliani, Mitt Romney and Fred Thompson, "characterized" July 10, 2007, by the Los Angeles Times[21] as "'the three leading Republican presidential contenders' in a clear slight of 'former front-runner'[22] John McCain – are quietly backing away from any promise to continue the buildup.

"All three candidates 'have made it clear that their original support for the escalation does not mean they are signed on to keeping the current 160,000 U.S. troops in Iraq.'"[23]

Campaign plan revealed

The New York Daily News reported that a 140-page plan developed last fall for a Giuliani presidential bid would aim to raise $100 million in 2007 with "at least $25 million in the next three months alone." The document was provided to the News by someone with one of the rival campaign teams. The document, the paper reports, reveal "that Giuliani began meeting with potential supporters last April and that by October, his staff had put in place a detailed plan for a serious bid for the presidency."[24] However, the document also flagged that Giuliani may "drop out of [the] race" due to "insurmountable" personal and political vulnerabilities. "On the same page is a list of the candidate's central problems in bullet-point form: his private sector business; disgraced former aide Bernard Kerik; his third wife, Judith Nathan Giuliani; "social issues," on which is he is more liberal than most Republicans, and his former wife Donna Hanover," the paper reports.

In the document, the campaign plan flagged recruiting Republican fundraiser Cathy Blaney from New York "on a retainer of $260,000" and Florida-based Ann Herberger at a cost of $216,000. However, both went on to other jobs with Herberger "reportedly has signed on to the presidential campaign of Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney."[24]

Also see "'Daily News' Gets Rudy's Prez Plans Left Behind in Hotel," Editor & Publisher, January 2, 2007.

Declaration to enter the 2008 election

On February 14, 2007, Giuliani declared, “Yes, I’m running,” on Larry King’s show on CNN.[1]

In preparation for his presidential bid, Giuliani’s campaign stated that he will stop accepting invitations to give paid speeches. It has been reported that the former New York City Mayor has received $100,000 for each appearance.[1]

"His top priority is traveling around the country talking to voters about his vision for the future of the country, and he is committing the time and energy necessary to getting his message out across the country," said Katie Levinson, a campaign spokeswoman.[1]


On the campaign trail

Campaign team and advisers

Campaign finance

Website: Solutions America

The SOLUTIONSAMERICA.ORG domain was registered May 11, 2006 (updated June 12, 2006), to Ryan Medrano, who is also the administrator (email aitsg1 AT The registrant organization is Solutions America, 575 Eighth Ave, 24th Floor, New York, NY 10018, Phone 703 519-2810.

The SOLUTIONSAMERICA.COM domain was registered June 13, 2006, to Solutions America at the same address and phone number. The administrative/technical contact at Solutions America is whitney.mcbee AT, same address and phone number.


Ad campaigns

Anti-Giuliani campaigns


See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Giuliani: Yes, I'm Running, Really. Ex-NYC Mayor Again Affirms He's A Candidate For President," CBS News/Associated Press, February 15, 2007.
  2. Profile: Rudolph W. Giuliani,
  3. Russ Buetner, "Giuliani’s Tie to Texas Law Firm May Pose Risk," New York Times, May 2, 2007.
  4. "Giuliani's Bernard Kerik Shield. Pal Keeps Eye on Ex-NYPD Boss' Probe," New York Post, October 22, 2007.
  5. Faiz Shakir, "Marc Mukasey’s Sensitive Assignment: ‘Distance Giuliani From All Allegations About Kerik’," Think Progress, October 22, 2007.
  6. Steve Benen, "The Serial Exaggerator strikes again," The Carpetbagger Report, August 25, 2007.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Steve Benen, "Serial exaggerator to be held accountable — someday," The Carpetbagger Report, October 12, 2007.
  8. Steve Benen, "Proof that Giuliani wasn’t ‘one of them’," The Carpetbagger Report, August 17, 2007.
  9. Amanda Ripley, "Behind Giuliani's Tough Talk," TIME Magazine, August 22, 2007.
  10. "Levitating Numbers. How Giuliani made falling adoptions seem to rise using cherry-picked statistics,", May 7, 2007.
  11. Steve Benen, Talking Points Memo, July 29, 2007.
  12. Michael Cooper, "Giuliani Boasts of Surplus; Reality Is More Complex," New York Times, August 25, 2007.
  13. Jonathan Martin, "Rudy recycles," The Politico, August 1, 2007.
  14. Allison Hoffman, "Giuliani's Strategy: I'm Not Hillary," Associated Press (The Huffington Post), September 30, 2007.
  15. John Fund, "Rude Giuliani. If he wants voters to respect his privacy, he ought to show some respect for basic manners," OpinionJournal, October 1, 2007.
  16. "More than 40 Giuliani speeches interrupted by calls," Think Progress, September 1, 2007.
  17. 17.0 17.1 "Giuliani: Corruption-Laden Haley Barbour ‘On The Top Of Everybody’s List’ For VP," Think Progress, September 5, 2007.
  18. "Ralph Reed stands in the background of the throw-down," Atlanta Journal-Constitution, September 17, 2007.
  19. Alec MacGillis, "Giuliani-Mukasey Ties Go Back Decades," Washington Post, September 18, 2007.
  20. Sam Youngman. "Giuliani demands MoveOn’s New York Times ad rate," The Hill. September 14, 2007.
  21. Paul Richter and Peter Nicholas, "GOP front-runners not wedded to 'surge'. Giuliani, Romney and Thompson say their earlier support for the Iraq buildup doesn't mean they're signed on to keeping troops there," Los Angeles Times, July 10, 2007.
  22. Toby Harnden, "Giuliani to benefit as McCain crumbles," Telegraph (U.K.), July 7, 2007.
  23. Joel Roberts, "GOP Contenders Not Sold On Surge. The Skinny: Giuliani, Romney, Thompson Start Distancing Themselves From Bush On Iraq," The Skinny/CBS News, July 11, 2007.
  24. 24.0 24.1 "Revealed: Rudy's '08 battle plans," New York Daily News, January 1, 2006.
  25. Keith Matheny, "Bono backing Giuliani for president in '08" the Desert Sun, January 24 2007.
  26. Foon Rhee, "Mack for Romney, Perry for Giuliani," Political Intelligence/Boston Globe, October 17, 2007.

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