The Race for President: Rudy Giuliani Analyzed

Next, in my analysis of presidential candidates, I thought I should take an in-depth look at the current Republican front-runner, Rudy Giuliani. As with the other candidates, I have analyzed what he has said on the issues (his stance) and what he has done (his record) and then graded him against my previously documented criteria.

About the candidate: Giuliani served in the US Attorney’s Office of New York, eventually becoming US Attorney. Giuliani served two terms as Mayor of New York City (1994–2001). In 2001, after gaining international attention in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of 9/11, Time magazine named him “Person of the Year.” After leaving office as mayor, Giuliani founded Giuliani Partners, a security consulting business and joined the Bracewell & Giuliani law firm.

Issue/Voting Criteria Candidate’s Stance Candidate’s Record Grade
1. Strengthening the Family From
In 1999, Giuliani said, “I’m pro-choice. I’m pro-gay rights.”
From Rudy’s website
-Giuliani supports reasonable restrictions on abortion such as parental notification and a ban on partial birth abortion— except when the life of the mother is at stake.
Giuliani feels abortion is a deeply personal moral issue, and people of good conscience can disagree respectfully.
From the LA Times
-Giuliani said, “We need judges who embrace originalism…We believe in the Constitution as it was written.”
-Giuliani cited Scalia, Thomas, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Samuel Alito as the kind of judges he would choose if he were president.
From Rudy’s website
Adoptions increased 66% while abortions decreased over 16% in New York City when he was Mayor.

When Mayor Giuliani took office, one out of every seven New Yorkers was on welfare. Mayor Giuliani has returned the work ethic to the center of City life by implementing the largest and most successful welfare-to-work initiative in the country, cutting welfare rolls in half while moving over 640,000 individuals from dependency on the government to the dignity of self-sufficiency.

1A. Pro-Life/Anti-Abortion B
1B. Pro-Traditional Marriage
From Rudy’s website
Rudy Giuliani believes marriage is between a man and a woman. He does not—and has never—supported gay marriage. But he believes in equal rights under law for all Americans. That’s why he supports domestic partnerships that provide stability for committed partners in important legal and personal matters.
2. Defending Our Country From Rudy’s website
Rudy Giuliani believes winning the war on terror is the great responsibility of our generation. America cannot afford to go back to the days of playing defense, with inconsistent responses to terrorist attacks, because weakness only encourages aggression. Americans want peace. We’re at war not because we want to be, but because the terrorists declared war on us—well before the attacks of September 11th. Rudy understands that freedom is going to win this war of ideas. America will win the war on terror.
In 1986, Giuliani indicted eleven organized crime figures. Time magazine called this possibly “the most significant assault on the infrastructure of organized crime since 1943.” Eight defendants were found guilty on all counts and sentenced to hundreds of years in prison.

Under Rudy’s leadership, overall crime dropped 57%, murder was reduced 65%, and New York City – once infamous around the world for its dangerous streets – was recognized by the F.B.I. as the safest large city in America.

From ABC News
When Mayor of NY, Giuliani said “If you come here and you work hard and you happen to be in an undocumented status, you’re one of the people who we want in this city.”

2A. Defeating Terrorists A
2B. Protecting Our Borders From FoxNews
-Giuliani has called on Congress to prohibit states from giving driver’s licenses or similar forms of identification to illegal immigrants.
-“The idea is the federal government is supposed to secure the borders, the federal government is supposed to regulate immigration.”
3. Free Market Economic Policy From Rudy’s website
Rudy Giuliani believes in supply-side economics, because he did it (in New York City) and he saw it work.
From Rudy’s website
-He cut the size of city-funded government bureaucracy by nearly 20% (excluding cops and teachers).
-He cut taxes 23 times in New York
-He turned a $2.3 billion budget deficit into a multi-billion dollar surplus, while balancing the city’s budget

From the Club for Growth
“Giuliani successfully cut taxes; kept spending below the growth of inflation and population; instituted sweeping welfare reform; and deregulated many aspects of the city’s bulky bureaucracy.”

3A. Lower Taxes From Rudy’s Website
Giuliani told voters worried about job losses and outsourcing that burdensome taxes and regulations are to blame. “I think outsourcing is a function of being anticompetitive…If we right now lowered the corporate tax from 35 to 28 percent you’d stop a lot of outsourcing.”
3B. Smaller Government From Rudy’s website
Rudy believes in fiscal discipline by controlling spending and cutting wasteful programs

Giuliani’s grade point average, therefore, comes out to be 3.44 on a 4 point scale. Not a bad score. Giuliani was hurt most by his positions on Strengthening the Family issues such as abortion and gay marriage. Overall, I like his fiscal policy and record, I think he has been tough on crime and I think he would do well in prosecuting the war on terror. I do, though, worry about his stance on some of the social issues.

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