Giuliani supports early California presidential
"California is a state that you could regard
as a microcosm
of the United States"
Republican presidential candidate Rudy
By Jason Bennert, Bay City News Service
February 12, 2007
SANTA CLARA (BCN) - Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani
said today that he is "100 percent'' running for president
and he thinks California is a great place to have an early presidential
Giuliani told a lunchtime crowd of approximately 500 Silicon
Valley business and technology leaders that he is in the race
for the Republican nomination to succeed President George W. Bush
even if he has not made a formal announcement yet. He joked that
he would probably make his formal announcement in "100 different
places,'' to get the maximum amount of media attention.
Following his speech to the Churchill Club, Giuliani told reporters
that he thinks California should move its presidential primary
from June to February 5, as Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and legislative
leaders have proposed.
"California is a state that you could regard as a microcosm
of the United States,'' Giuliani said.
Candidates campaigning in California would have to address issues
of national concern that the might not have to in smaller states,
Giuliani praised Schwarzenegger, calling him a "progressive
"I generally agree with Governor Schwarzenegger,'' Giuliani
Giuliani spoke without notes, or the use of a teleprompter, for
more than 40 minutes to the Churchill Club and then took several
questions from Red Herring founder Tony Perkins. He received standing
ovations from the crowd at both the beginning and end of his talk.
Giuliani, who served as New York City mayor from 1993 to 2001
and gained international fame and praise for his stewardship of
the city following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, devoted
much of his speech to terrorism and the war in Iraq. He supports
a continuing the war in Iraq until the country stabilizes.
"Having a stable situation in Iraq is going to quicken our
defeat of terrorism,'' Giuliani said.
Achieving energy independence from countries like Venezuela or
those in the Middle East is a "national security issue,''
Giuliani told reporters he does believe in the phenomena of global
warming and he told the Churchill Club audience that the next
great business opportunity is in the area of green technologies.
In addition to talking about national security issues Giuliani
also talked about two issues that polls have found are especially
important to California voters: health care and immigration.
The nation's current system of health care is "imperfect''
but a single-payer system, such as found in Europe and Canada,
is not the way to improve it, according to Giuliani.
"We (need to) build it based on private insurance, competition,
markets,'' Giuliani said.
Giuliani noted that even with the current "imperfect'' health
care system stories of residents from Europe, Canada and other
countries coming to the United States for state-of-the-art medical
treatment are common but stories of American's traveling to other
countries for medical treatment are rare at best.
On immigration, Giuliani said while the country needs to ensure
that terrorists, drug dealers and other criminals are not entering
the country we should not be driving law-abiding immigrants away.
"The worst problem would be . . . if you're the country
that nobody wants to come to,'' Giuliani said.
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