THE PLANK APRIL 25, 2007
Rudy Giuliani made some controversial statements last night about the 2008 election and terrorism. From The Politico:
"If any Republican is elected president--and I think obviously I would be the best at this--we will remain on offense and will anticipate what [the terrorists] will do and try to stop them before they do it," Giuliani said.After his speech to the Rockingham County Lincoln Day Dinner, I asked him about his statements and Giuliani said flatly: "America will be safer with a Republican president."
And here is Barack Obama in response:
Rudy Giuliani today has taken the politics of fear to a new low and I believe Americans are ready to reject those kind of politics. America's mayor should know that when it comes to 9/11 and fighting terrorists, America is united. We know we can win this war based on shared purpose, not the same divisive politics that question your patriotism...
So, as far as I can tell, Obama has some sort of problem with Giuliani arguing that Republican policies will keep America safer. And what was the end of that last sentence from the Illinois senator?
America's mayor should know that when it comes to 9/11 and fighting terrorists, America is united. We know we can win this war based on shared purpose, not the same divisive politics that question your patriotism if you dare to question failed policies that have made us less secure.[Italics mine]
It's almost as if Obama is saying America would be safer without Republican policies!
Terrorism is an important issue, and politicians can and should be arguing about which/whose strategies will keep America more secure. Every time Republicans mention how much more they "get" terrorism than the Democrats, well, they may be wrong, but they are by no means out of bounds. Democrats have been saying for a good four years now that Iraq has made America less safe. This is the debate we should be having.