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article imageGiuliani Calls Himself An 'Underdog' and Compares Himself to NY Giants

By Can Tran     Jan 26, 2008 in Politics
CBS News blogger Ryan Corsaro posts in his “From The Road” blog from Miami, Florida where US Republican presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani addresses a crowd saying he’s the only one that would provide relief for Florida.
Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani said that a vote for either John McCain or Mitt Romney will mean voting against a National Catastrophic Relief Fund. He was speaking outside a rally of over one hundred Cuban-Americans.
He would say to reporters: “I am for the National Catastrophic Fund. John McCain is against the National Catastrophic Fund and Mitt Romney seems to be for it and against it, so it’s hard to know what his position is.”
Where voters are undecided on which candidate they favor, Giuliani has put his focus on the needs of those affected by the rising insurance costs in the state of Florida.
“This is a very important issue for Florida,” Giuliani explained. He added: “They can’t get insurance for their homes, because it’s too expensive.”
He then said: “We’re not talking about hundreds of people, we’re talking about thousands, hundreds of thousands of people who literally, if they can, are going to have to move out of their house. There is a way to solve this, with a federal backstop – and it will not cost the government any more money.”
Giuliani would also place contrast between himself and his fellow and rival GOP candidates by pointing out differences on an economic level.
“There’s a big difference on taxes also,” Giuliani said in regards to the economy. He would say: “John McCain voted against the Bush tax cuts. Mitt Romney did not reduce taxes when he was governor of Massachusetts. And he did not embrace the Bush tax cuts, he didn’t support them.”
Giuliani would add: “I supported them because I did them before. And when you look at our tax programs, my tax program gives the biggest tax relief and has already been introduced into Congress as a piece of legislation.”
Giuliani continued by saying: “And it’s not that we all don’t agree on lowering taxes, I think all three of us agree on lowering taxes, I think I just have the best record and the boldest program to do it.”
In an attempt to overcome losses and drops in recent polls, Giuliani would refer to himself as an underdog at Thursday night’s Republican debate. He would compare himself to the New York Giants who won a spot in the Super Bowl.
He would say: “Well, underdogs win!”
In regards to the connection to the New York Giants, Giuliani said: “The Giants were underdogs and they won. I thought the connection with the Giants was a cute one. It was more of a joke than an in-depth serious comment.”
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