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Rudy Giuliani on Abortion
Click here for 20 full quotes on Abortion OR other political leaders on Abortion.
  • OpEd: Compromise left all sides unhappy. (Aug 2009)
  • Personally oppose abortion, but let the woman decide. (Dec 2007)
  • Would probably not sign federal ban on all abortions. (Nov 2007)
  • Ultimate decision by woman, her conscience & her doctor. (Aug 2007)
  • 2000: ran against Hillary as a pro-choice candidate. (Jul 2007)
  • Allowing choice keeps government out of people’s lives. (May 2007)
  • Seek bipartisan ways to reduce abortion & increase adoption. (May 2007)
  • Forever against abortion; but respect others’ choice. (May 2007)
  • Appoint constructionist judges, but no litmus test. (May 2007)
  • Would personally advise women against abortion. (May 2007)
  • 1997:Supported partial birth; opposed parental notificiation. (May 2007)
  • Would not oppose strong pro-life plank of GOP platform. (May 2007)
  • Giuliani donated to Planned Parenthood throughout 1990s. (May 2007)
  • Ok to repeal Roe v. Wade, but ok to view it as precedent too. (May 2007)
  • Allow states to fund or not fund abortion. (May 2007)
  • Encourage adoptions; ban partial-birth abortion. (May 2007)
  • Embryonic stem cell research ok if limited properly. (May 2007)
  • FactCheck: Encouraged adoptions; but over-stated results. (May 2007)
  • As mayor, supported public funding for abortion. (Oct 2005)
  • Pro-choice; no ban on partial-birth abortions. (Dec 1999)
Rudy Giuliani on Budget & Economy
Click here for 22 full quotes on Budget & Economy OR other political leaders on Budget & Economy.
  • Get economy back on track based on growth principles. (Jan 2008)
  • Include permanent tax cuts in any economic stimulus package. (Jan 2008)
  • US less competitive if we overtax, over-regulate & overspend. (Jan 2008)
  • Tax cut right now would provide stimulus and avoid recession. (Jan 2008)
  • Retire 42% of federal employees in next decade, to save $20B. (Dec 2007)
  • Restrain Congress’ spending; don’t ask people to sacrifice. (Dec 2007)
  • 10% across-the-board cut; people can get services other ways. (Dec 2007)
  • Goal of balancing budget, but no pledge. (Dec 2007)
  • Across-the-board spending cuts; zero out failing programs. (Nov 2007)
  • Fundamentals: low taxes; few regulations; control spending. (Oct 2007)
  • Romney increased spending by 8%; I cut spending by 7%. (Oct 2007)
  • FactCheck: Hillary never called free market “destructive”. (Oct 2007)
  • FactCheck: 11% tax-burden decrease is correct but misleading. (Oct 2007)
  • I took over NYC in fiscal crisis;then reduced taxes 23 times. (Sep 2007)
  • Establish accountability in Washington, like in NYC. (Jun 2007)
  • Taught NYC how to use principles of fiscal conservatism. (May 2007)
  • 1990s: Cut spending in 1st term but raised spending in 2nd. (May 2007)
  • Under-estimate future revenue to force cost containment. (Oct 2002)
  • Economic development requires maintenance. (Jan 2000)
  • Fiscal responsibility turned $2B deficit into $2B surplus. (Dec 1999)
  • Record tourism based on revitalization. (Dec 1999)
  • Entertainment revitalization contributes to economy. (Dec 1999)
Rudy Giuliani on Civil Rights
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  • Photos of him in drag emphasized pro-gay-rights stance. (Jan 2010)
  • Comfortable with trying to reach voters in Spanish. (Jan 2008)
  • No Marriage Amendment needed now, but maybe if DOMA fails. (Oct 2007)
  • Supports domestic partnerships, but not same-sex marriage. (Aug 2007)
  • Don’t change gays-in-military policy in time of war. (Jun 2007)
  • 1990s: Arrested hundreds of unlicensed art vendors. (May 2007)
  • 1990s: City jobs cuts fell disproportionately on black staff. (May 2007)
  • Opposed Pres. Bush’s ban on gay marriage. (Jan 2007)
  • Pro gay rights. (Jul 2006)
  • Anti-Catholic art is disgusting; appoints decency council. (Feb 2001)
  • Brooklyn Museum closed due to lease rules, not censorship. (Oct 1999)
  • Free speech for private expression, not publicly-funded art. (Oct 1999)
  • No taxpayer dollars for offensive art. (Oct 1999)
  • Extended all city benefits to same-sex couples. (May 1998)
  • Dismantled affirmative action program for NYC contracts. (Mar 1997)
  • Supports affirmative action. (Apr 1989)
Rudy Giuliani on Corporations
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  • Reduce corporate tax from 35% to 25%, to increase revenue. (Dec 2007)
  • FactCheck: Corporate tax cut would reduce revenue by half. (Dec 2007)
  • Will not sever consulting firm ties unless legally required. (Dec 2007)
  • Business goes abroad when we overregulate and overtax. (Oct 2007)
  • Low corporate tax rates encourage business locating in US. (Aug 2007)
  • 1990s: NYC paid millions in “corporate retention deals”. (May 2007)
  • Formed corporate consulting firm, Giuliani Partners. (Jan 2002)
Rudy Giuliani on Crime
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  • Mob-busting prosecutor; cracked down on NYC crime. (Aug 2009)
  • OpEd: breakthrough on crime based on reporting right metrics. (Dec 2007)
  • Father served prison time; led Rudy into law enforcement. (Dec 2007)
  • FactCheck: crime NOT at record high when Rudy took office. (Nov 2007)
  • FactCheck: NYC crime did drop, but others deserve credit too. (Oct 2007)
  • FactCheck: Hired 3,660 new cops, but took credit for 12,000. (Oct 2007)
  • What has he done for minorities? They’re alive!. (May 2007)
  • Enforced jaywalking laws as part of “broken windows” theory. (May 2007)
  • Arrested homeless for crimes like public urination. (May 2007)
  • Father, Harold, served 16 months for armed robbery. (May 2007)
  • As mayor, reduced crime but didn’t raise police pay. (Jan 2007)
  • Considered police brutality in Louima case an aberration. (Jan 2007)
  • Applies strict moral standards to lawbreakers. (Jan 2007)
  • Prosecuted Miss America for fraud (and lost). (Jan 2007)
  • Prefers death penalty for 9/11 conspirators. (May 2006)
  • Insisted on enforcing minor offenses, & cleaned up crime. (Oct 2005)
  • OpEd: Mishandling of Dorismond shooting exacerbated tensions. (Nov 2003)
  • Banished “squeegee men”: civility from treating small crimes. (Oct 2002)
  • Community policing is comforting but doesn’t stop crime. (Oct 2002)
  • Giuliani backs police in Bronx killing. (Mar 2000)
  • Home ownership decreases crime. (Jan 2000)
  • Need DNA Lab to Combat Crime. (Jan 2000)
  • Crime cut in half in NYC. (Dec 1999)
  • “CompStat” system stresses police accountability. (Dec 1999)
  • Giuliani’s sampling: large drops in all violent crime. (Dec 1999)
  • Quality of Life initiatives as well as crime reduction. (Dec 1999)
  • Risk cannot be eliminated, but take security seriously. (Jul 1999)
Rudy Giuliani on Drugs
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  • AdWatch: Got tough on drugs like meth in Massachusetts. (Dec 2007)
  • FactCheck: Romney’s tough-on-drugs meth bill never passed. (Dec 2007)
  • Tried to ban methadone treatment for heroin addicts. (May 2007)
  • In Dorismond drug shooting, sullied victim as “no choirboy”. (Jan 2007)
  • Drug policy should be an integral part of foreign policy. (Sep 1997)
Rudy Giuliani on Education
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  • Favored privatization of failing public schools. (Jun 2012)
  • FactCheck: No, Hispanic K-12 test scores are rising. (Dec 2007)
  • NYC public school system dysfunctional & should be blown up. (Oct 2007)
  • Lobbied to cut state aid to NYC schools. (May 2007)
  • Supports Ten commandments & prayer in schools. (May 2007)
  • Attended Catholic high school in Brooklyn. (Jan 2007)
  • Cut city funding for offensive art at Brooklyn Museum. (Oct 2002)
  • Schools should focus on educating kids, not protecting jobs. (Oct 2002)
  • Open schools on weekends for remedial catch-up. (Jan 2001)
  • Sell Board of Ed HQ to shrink it. (Mar 2000)
  • Improve schools by taking on the unions & special interests. (Jan 2000)
  • Reading projects offer tutoring & improve test score. (Dec 1999)
  • $50M for more art teachers & art programs. (Dec 1999)
  • Replace Board of Ed with appointed commissioner. (Apr 1999)
  • Opposes prayer in school. (Apr 1989)

    School Choice

  • Let parents be the deciders on their children’s education. (Dec 2007)
  • All parents want more control & choice over kids’ schooling. (Dec 2007)
  • Revolutionize public education by allowing for choice. (Dec 2007)
  • Empower parents to decide parochial, charter, or home school. (Oct 2007)
  • Supports vouchers and supports using the word vouchers. (Oct 2002)
  • Privatize failing schools. (Jan 2000)
  • Charter Schools create competition. (Jan 2000)
  • Voucher program for New York City. (Jan 2000)
  • Experiment in NYC with school vouchers. (Apr 1999)
Rudy Giuliani on Energy & Oil
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  • Support the technologies that improve alternative energy use. (Jan 2008)
  • Opposes mandated 35mpg by 2020; develop alternatives instead. (Dec 2007)
  • Don’t draw the line anywhere--advance all technologies. (Oct 2007)
  • Accept global warming & work toward energy independence. (Jun 2007)
  • Signing Kyoto would just move CO2 emissions to China & India. (Mar 2007)
  • No new energy tax; focus on alternatives instead. (Mar 2007)
  • Nuclear power is dangerous, but nobody’s died from it. (Mar 2007)
  • Develop energy-independent technology, but not wind power. (Mar 2007)
  • Got to expand nuclear and do clean coal. (Jan 2006)
  • Open Strategic Petroleum Reserve to battle high oil prices. (Feb 2000)
  • Oil crisis is “compelling justification” to use Reserves. (Feb 2000)
Rudy Giuliani on Environment
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  • Launched widespread insecticide spraying against West Nile. (Sep 2009)
  • Prepare better for next Hurricane Katrina. (Aug 2007)
Rudy Giuliani on Families & Children
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  • Conservative record:I drove pornography out of Times Square. (Oct 2007)
  • Annulled 14-year 1st marriage because wife was 2nd cousin. (Jan 2007)
  • Restrict sex shops to small buffer zone. (Oct 2002)
  • Give Elian citizenship; decide fate in family court. (Apr 2000)
  • Good jobs build good families-we’ve created 360,000 jobs. (Feb 2000)
  • Child Protection should move toward permanent foster homes. (Jan 2000)
Rudy Giuliani on Foreign Policy
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  • No one told Obama that Russia has a veto power at the UN. (Sep 2008)
  • Stand against Chavez’s & Castro’s form of dictatorship. (Dec 2007)
  • Democracy is a long-term goal, after building bedrock. (Aug 2007)
  • Iran is dangerous; not 10 years from nuclear weapons. (Jun 2007)
  • Bring peace by sharing gift of freedom with Middle East. (Jun 2007)
  • 1980s: Denied asylum to Haitian refugees. (May 2007)
  • As mayor, asked Yasir Arafat to leave concert both attended. (Jan 2007)
  • Foreign experience as mayor, at Justice Dept., & in 91 trips. (Jan 2006)
  • The Patriot Act, Afghanistan and Iraq wars: all very good. (Jan 2006)
  • Countries must all stand together in fight against terrorism. (Oct 2001)
Rudy Giuliani on Free Trade
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  • China is a great opportunity and a great caution for the US. (Jan 2008)
  • NAFTA has been a good thing and should be enforced. (Dec 2007)
  • More trade with Qatar & emirates is good against terrorism. (Dec 2007)
  • Good deals pending with Peru, Colombia, Panama, South Korea. (Oct 2007)
  • Balance foreign debt by selling more things overseas. (Oct 2007)
  • Take advantage of globalization--market US healthcare abroad. (Mar 2007)
Rudy Giuliani on Government Reform
Click here for 16 full quotes on Government Reform OR other political leaders on Government Reform.
  • President must be free to defend nation with surveillance. (Dec 2007)
  • Focus on terrorism, immigration, tax cut, & small government. (Dec 2007)
  • Supports tort reform like “loser pays” rule. (Oct 2007)
  • FactCheck: Thompson with GOP; not obstacle to tort reform. (Oct 2007)
  • Frivolous lawsuits eat up 2.2% of GDP. (Oct 2007)
  • Supports line-item veto, but Clinton’s was unconstitutional. (Oct 2007)
  • FactCheck: Frivolous lawsuits don’t eat 2.2% of GDP. (Oct 2007)
  • Qualification for VP is readiness for presidency, in wartime. (Aug 2007)
  • Pardoning Libby OK because sentence was excessive. (Jun 2007)
  • Gets credit for killing the line-item veto. (May 2007)
  • Line item veto is unconstitutional; beat Clinton’s in 1990s. (May 2007)
  • No city reinvention, but success on crime, colleges & budget. (May 2007)
  • Attempted to undo term limits to extend his mayoralty. (Jan 2007)
  • Ardent supporter of campaign finance reform. (Aug 2006)
  • Applied “reinventing government” to New York City. (Oct 2002)
  • Debates on campaign finance reform miss the point on honesty. (Oct 2002)
Rudy Giuliani on Gun Control
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  • As mayor, suggested federal gun licensing. (Nov 2008)
  • Government can impose reasonable regulations on guns. (Nov 2007)
  • Focus on criminals, not on guns. (Sep 2007)
  • NYC gun control laws made NYC safest big city in US. (Sep 2007)
  • 2nd Amendment gives people the individual right to bear arms. (May 2007)
  • Supported nationwide licensing & assault weapons ban. (May 2007)
  • Things you do in NY about guns may be different than TX. (May 2007)
  • Gun control reduces urban crime; no effect on hunting. (Feb 2007)
  • NYC sued two dozen major gun manufacturers and distributors. (Jun 2000)
  • All gun owners should pass written test. (Mar 2000)
Rudy Giuliani on Health Care
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  • Health Savings Account up to $6,000 per family. (Dec 2007)
  • AdWatch:Cancer survival rate 82% in US; 44% in socialized UK. (Oct 2007)
  • FactCheck:Cancer survival rate 74% in UK; not 44% as claimed. (Oct 2007)
  • Medicare and Medicaid need a private solution. (Oct 2007)
  • FactCheck: No evidence that free market would halve premiums. (Oct 2007)
  • $15,000 tax deduction for health savings accounts. (Aug 2007)
  • Switch from employer decisions to individual choices. (Jun 2007)
  • $15,000 family tax deduction for your own health insurance. (Jun 2007)
  • 96,000 NYC children insured via HealthStat initiative. (May 2007)
  • No socialized medicine; give vouchers to the poor. (Apr 2007)
  • Include a health savings account in healthcare reform. (Jan 2006)
  • We have the best health care system in the world. (Jan 2006)
Rudy Giuliani on Homeland Security
Click here for 36 full quotes on Homeland Security OR other political leaders on Homeland Security.
  • Try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in a military tribunal. (Apr 2010)
  • Don't strip back Patriot Act; keep electronic surveillance. (Aug 2009)
  • Whether waterboarding is torture depends on how it's done. (Oct 2008)
  • AdWatch: “Ready” with executive experience in crises. (Jan 2008)
  • FactCheck: Claimed Clinton cut army by 25%; actually was 16%. (Jan 2008)
  • Did business with Qatar, a US ally which protects al-Qaeda. (Dec 2007)
  • Didn’t vet Bernard Kerik sufficiently for DHS recommendation. (Dec 2007)
  • Remain on offense against Islamic terrorism. (Nov 2007)
  • We can’t close Guantanamo; nobody will take the people there. (Sep 2007)
  • FactCheck: Dems don’t say “Islamic” but do say “terrorism”. (Aug 2007)
  • Use every method you can think of to interrogate terrorists. (May 2007)
  • Interrogation & surveillance: do legally but aggressively. (May 2007)
  • Avoided military service in Vietnam with a deferment. (Jan 2007)
  • 9/11 FYPD were heroes because they chose to stay behind. (Jan 2007)
  • Democrats don’t support military the way Republicans do. (Nov 2006)
  • Islamic terror is existential threat, not based on US policy. (Jan 2006)
  • Fervently supported reauthorization of the Patriot Act. (Dec 2005)
  • Terrorism had been festering for many years. (Aug 2004)
  • Terrorists can’t be accommodated, appeased, and compromised. (Aug 2004)
  • We will see an end to global terrorism. (Aug 2004)
  • We’re right and terrorists are wrong--as simple as that. (Oct 2002)
  • Deal with untrustworthy negotiators by getting it in writing. (Oct 2002)
  • America's Mayor: mouthpiece for how Americans felt post-9/11. (Sep 2001)

    September 11

  • Was aware of al-Qaeda before 9/11, but not its enormity. (Dec 2007)
  • Quit Iraq Study Group to avoid politicizing it. (Dec 2007)
  • AdWatch: Firefighters Union blames Giuliani for 9/11 deaths. (Jul 2007)
  • FactCheck: Radio failure PARTLY responsible for 9/11 deaths. (Jul 2007)
  • There were other command centers besides the one at WTC. (May 2007)
  • WTC7 met Giuliani’s criteria for emergency HQ. (May 2007)
  • Lack of unified command & communication added to 9/11 deaths. (May 2007)
  • Emergency HQ’s fuel storage contributed to WTC7 collapse. (May 2007)
  • Giuliani’s 9/11 actions reassured a traumatized city. (Jan 2007)
  • Locating command center in WTC7 contributed to destruction. (Jan 2007)
  • Terrorists attacked us before 9/11, and after 9/11. (Jan 2006)
  • Would personally execute Bin Laden for attacking NYC. (Oct 2002)
  • Led New York City through the events of 9/11. (Oct 2002)
Rudy Giuliani on Immigration
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  • A special policy for Cuban immigrants fleeing Castro. (Jan 2008)
  • Support tamper-proof ID card and path to citizenship. (Jan 2008)
  • Let illegals self-select to sign up & work on the tax rolls. (Jan 2008)
  • End illegal immigration or we risk legal immigration. (Dec 2007)
  • BorderStat & virtual fence: just stop people from coming in. (Nov 2007)
  • FactCheck: NYC acted like “sanctuary city”, in all but name. (Nov 2007)
  • Sanctuary city policy helped make NYC most legal city in US. (Oct 2007)
  • FactCheck: NYC not “sanctuary” but did welcome illegals. (Oct 2007)
  • Declared NYC a sanctuary city, and crime fell. (Sep 2007)
  • FactCheck: Feds deported 4,000 illegals in NYC, not 2,000. (Sep 2007)
  • AdWatch: New citizens must read, write, & speak English. (Aug 2007)
  • AdWatch: Deport convicted criminals who are illegal aliens. (Aug 2007)
  • FactCheck: English literacy already required for citizenship. (Aug 2007)
  • Need tamper-proof IDs, and database for immigrants. (Jun 2007)
  • Reform bill fails to document who left US and who’s here. (Jun 2007)
  • Shouldn’t be debating LEGAL immigration, only ILLEGAL. (Jun 2007)
  • Allow immigrants to work, with tamper-proof ID cards. (May 2007)
  • Let illegals’ kids go to school, or they’ll be on streets. (May 2007)
  • Change rule barring immigrants from running for president. (May 2007)
  • Supports Senate guest worker plan & path to citizenship. (Nov 2006)
  • New York City was not a sanctuary city; we gave name to feds. (Jan 2006)
  • We should erect a fence along the border. (Jan 2006)
  • If you pay a fine, it’s not amnesty. (Jan 2006)
  • NYC services for illegal aliens. (Oct 2005)
Rudy Giuliani on Jobs
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  • FactCheck: Cut unemployment substantially, but not in half. (Jan 2008)
  • Vibrant unions good; but compelling membership bad. (Oct 2007)
  • 1990s NYC unemployment fell but so did working class wages. (May 2007)
  • Work is a good thing. (Jan 2000)
  • 305,000 jobs created during Rudy’s tenure. (Dec 1999)
Rudy Giuliani on Principles & Values
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  • 2008: Campaigned as "America's Mayor" and banked on Florida. (Jan 2010)
  • Follow Reagan’s advice: my 80% friend is not my 20% enemy. (Jan 2008)
  • Criticized for tax-funded police security for his girlfriend. (Dec 2007)
  • Bible is greatest book ever written, but it’s allegorical. (Nov 2007)
  • AdWatch: NYC was “most successful turn-around in 50 years”. (Nov 2007)
  • Lists John McCain as one of his heroes. (Oct 2007)
  • Absent from Values Voter Presidential Debate. (Sep 2007)
  • Presidency requires executive experience. (Sep 2007)
  • Issues in my private life don’t affect my public performance. (Sep 2007)
  • 12 Commitments to the American People. (Sep 2007)
  • I have executive experience; I can restore hope to America. (Aug 2007)
  • Apply motto “Live free or die” to our time. (Jun 2007)
  • Optimism returns us to “morning in America”. (May 2007)
  • Considered priesthood; rejected it because of celibacy. (May 2007)
  • Praised RFK in law school newspaper and bashed Goldwater. (May 2007)
  • Former Democrat; endorsed twice by the Liberal Party. (May 2007)
  • Legacy is safer, cleaner, economically viable NYC. (Jan 2007)
  • Favored for presidential nomination in CNN poll of GOP. (Sep 2006)
  • Socially liberal stances: weak in primary; strong in general. (Jul 2006)
  • Considered medicine & priesthood before entering law. (Oct 2002)

    Past Campaigns

  • Founds SolutionsAmerica PAC to help elect strong Republicans. (Dec 2006)
  • Solutions America PAC supports 35 candidates for House. (Dec 2006)
  • PAC supports 19 candidates for Senate; 20 for Governor. (Dec 2006)
  • Bush has the courage of his convictions. (Aug 2004)
  • Under Bush, America will lead rather than follow. (Aug 2004)
  • Endorsed Democrat Mario Cuomo for NY Governor in 1994. (Oct 2002)
  • Dropped out of 2000 Senate race to put his health first. (Oct 2002)
  • This is not the right time for me to run for office. (May 2000)
  • Withdraws from NY Senate race to fight his prostate cancer. (May 2000)
  • Rudy discounts Bush’s impact on Senate race. (Mar 2000)
  • Campaign theme: Transformation of NYC. (Dec 1999)
  • Turned around NYC & made it safe again. (Nov 1999)
  • Love and long term attachment needed to represent NY state. (Apr 1999)
Rudy Giuliani on Social Security
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  • Supports adding private accounts for Social Security. (Oct 2007)
  • Get a consensus behind private accounts. (Oct 2007)
  • FactCheck: Hillary never proposed giving $1000 to everybody. (Oct 2007)
  • Trust me on Social Security reform, but no details yet. (Aug 2007)
Rudy Giuliani on Tax Reform
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  • Reduce the capital gains tax, permanently. (Jan 2008)
  • Cut taxes strategically: only those that bring more revenues. (Jan 2008)
  • Cut taxes $3,000 for family of four earning $80,000. (Jan 2008)
  • Simplify taxes: plan to file your taxes on one page. (Jan 2008)
  • One-page fast form: 24% to 36% reduction in income tax paid. (Jan 2008)
  • Cutting anti-competitive taxes raises more revenue. (Jan 2008)
  • Recommended 64 tax cuts; accomplished 23 of them. (Jan 2008)
  • I am a supply-sider; and I actually made it work. (Jan 2008)
  • FactCheck: Claimed 34% NYC hotel tax cut; actual cut was 14%. (Jan 2008)
  • Support a flatter and simpler tax and less corporate tax. (Dec 2007)
  • FactCheck: Cut NYC taxes by $5.4B, not $9B as claimed. (Nov 2007)
  • Won’t sign no-tax pledge; pledge only to uphold Constitution. (Sep 2007)
  • Letting Bush tax cuts expire means economy would decline. (Aug 2007)
  • Reducing taxes is a way to raise MORE money. (Aug 2007)
  • Eliminate the death tax immediately. (Aug 2007)
  • Too complex to get to FairTax; focus on reducing taxes. (Aug 2007)
  • AdWatch: Cut or eliminated 23 NYC taxes; and created surplus. (Jul 2007)
  • FactCheck: Cut 14 NYC taxes, not 23 as claimed. (Jul 2007)
  • Adjust the alternative minimum tax & get rid of death tax. (May 2007)
  • Claimed 90s NYC tax cuts reduced deficits. (May 2007)
  • 1994 hotel tax cut was effective, but didn’t raise revenue. (May 2007)
  • Lowering sales taxes creates jobs. (Mar 2007)
  • First day as mayor: reduced sales tax from 6% to 5%. (Oct 2002)
  • NYC tax reductions of $10.4B through 2003. (Dec 1999)
  • Supports Task Force to continue reduce taxes. (Dec 1999)
  • Eliminated sales tax on clothes; reduced real estate tax. (Dec 1999)
Rudy Giuliani on Technology
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  • Police the Internet, but don’t tax the Internet. (Oct 2007)
  • Lower taxes AND fix infrastructure. (Aug 2007)
  • NYPD & NYFD radio problems not confronted before 9/11. (May 2007)
  • $90M cut in kid’s transit subsidy led to fare increase. (May 2007)
  • Interoperability failure worsened deaths on 9/11. (May 2007)
  • No privacy concerns with DNA-like fingerprinting. (Jan 2000)
  • Project Smart Schools puts computers in every classroom. (Dec 1999)
Rudy Giuliani on War & Peace
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  • The Democrats rarely mentioned the 9/11 attacks at the DNC. (Sep 2008)
  • The Iraq war was worth the price in blood and treasure. (Jan 2008)
  • Iran: Keep military option on table, even if no nukes now. (Dec 2007)
  • Keep pressure on Iran, because pressure works. (Dec 2007)
  • Disagrees with neocon adviser on immediate need to bomb Iran. (Dec 2007)
  • No time limit in Iraq; stay until we achieve stability. (Dec 2007)
  • Desirable but unneeded to ask Congress to attack Iran nukes. (Oct 2007)
  • Promise: we will prevent Iran from becoming nuclear power. (Sep 2007)
  • We’ve never won a war while discussing how to retreat. (Sep 2007)
  • Negotiate with Iran, but fully prepared for force. (Sep 2007)
  • Winning in Iraq is one battle in overall terrorist war. (Aug 2007)
  • Keep option open to attack Al Qaeda in Pakistan unilaterally. (Aug 2007)
  • Iran’s danger is handing nukes over to terrorists. (Jun 2007)
  • Keep option for tactical nukes to prevent Iranian nukes. (Jun 2007)
  • Take on nation-building in Iraq, to reduce US terrorism risk. (Jun 2007)
  • Democrat timetable for retreat “fundamentally irresponsible”. (May 2007)
  • We did not invite the 9/11 attack by attacking Iraq. (May 2007)
  • FactCheck: Did say GOP is fundamentally irresponsible on war. (May 2007)
  • Failure should never be the option; self-fulfilling prophecy. (May 2007)
  • Only thing worse than invading Iran is Iran having nukes. (May 2007)
  • Withdrawal from Iraq encourages future terror attacks. (Nov 2006)
  • Liberating the Iraqis is something we should be proud of. (Aug 2004)
  • The terrorists have heard from us. (Aug 2004)
  • Removing Saddam needed to be accomplished. (Aug 2004)
  • You are either with civilization or with terrorism. (Oct 2001)
  • No need to understand reasons for terrorism-just stop them. (Oct 2001)
  • Iraq: More inspections; counter OPEC’s oil production cuts. (Feb 2000)
Rudy Giuliani on Welfare & Poverty
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  • FactCheck:Hillary never proposed giving $5000 to every child. (Oct 2007)
  • FactCheck: 640,000 off welfare in NYC below national average. (Sep 2007)
  • Moving people off welfare reduces crime. (May 2007)
  • Sold 80% of city-owned abandoned homes to developers. (May 2007)
  • Moved 600,000 people off welfare during mayoral term. (May 2007)
  • NYC welfare reform focused on workfare assignments. (May 2007)
  • America Works: pay company for jobs for welfare recipients. (Oct 2002)
  • Welfare offices as job centers. (Jan 2000)
  • The homeless need special attention: reach out & help. (Jan 2000)
  • Change welfare offices into job centers. (Dec 1999)
  • 460,000 moved off welfare rolls during Rudy’s tenure. (Dec 1999)
  • Do whatever it takes to get the homeless off the streets. (Dec 1999)
  • Govt stabilizes business; businesses provide jobs. (Sep 1997)


VoteMatch Responses
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Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(+2 points on Social scale)
Would probably not sign federal ban on all abortions: Opposes topic 1
Ultimate decision by woman, her conscience & her doctor: Strongly Favors topic 1
Allowing choice keeps government out of people’s lives: Favors topic 1
Encourage adoptions; ban partial-birth abortion: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Pro-choice; no ban on partial-birth abortions: Strongly Favors topic 1
Opposes topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(+2 points on Economic scale)
1990s: City jobs cuts fell disproportionately on black staff: Strongly Opposes topic 2
Dismantled affirmative action program for NYC contracts: Strongly Opposes topic 2
Supports affirmative action: Favors topic 2
Favors topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(+2 points on Social scale)
Photos of him in drag emphasized pro-gay-rights stance: Opposes topic 3
Supports domestic partnerships, but not same-sex marriage: Strongly Favors topic 3
Supports domestic partnerships, but not same-sex marriage: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Don’t change gays-in-military policy in time of war: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Opposed Pres. Bush’s ban on gay marriage: Strongly Favors topic 3
Pro gay rights: Favors topic 3
Extended all city benefits to same-sex couples: Strongly Favors topic 3
Favors topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(-3 points on Social scale)
Welfare offices as job centers: Favors topic 4
Govt stabilizes business; businesses provide jobs: Favors topic 4
Opposes prayer in school: Opposes topic 4
Strongly Opposes topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Medicare and Medicaid need a private solution: Strongly Opposes topic 5
$15,000 tax deduction for health savings accounts: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Switch from employer decisions to individual choices: Strongly Opposes topic 5
96,000 NYC children insured via HealthStat initiative: Favors topic 5
No socialized medicine; give vouchers to the poor: Strongly Opposes topic 5
No socialized medicine; give vouchers to the poor: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Strongly Favors topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Supports adding private accounts for Social Security: Strongly Favors topic 6
Get a consensus behind private accounts: Strongly Favors topic 6
Strongly Favors topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Favored privatization of failing public schools: Strongly Favors topic 7
Let parents be the deciders on their children’s education: Strongly Favors topic 7
Let parents be the deciders on their children’s education: Strongly Favors topic 7
All parents want more control & choice over kids’ schooling: Strongly Favors topic 7
Revolutionize public education by allowing for choice: Strongly Favors topic 7
Empower parents to decide parochial, charter, or home school: Strongly Favors topic 7
Supports vouchers and supports using the word vouchers: Strongly Favors topic 7
Supports vouchers and supports using the word vouchers: Strongly Favors topic 7
Privatize failing schools: Strongly Favors topic 7
Charter Schools create competition: Favors topic 7
Voucher program for New York City: Strongly Favors topic 7
Experiment in NYC with school vouchers: Strongly Favors topic 7
No opinion on topic 8:
Human needs over animal rights
(0 points on Social scale)
Support the technologies that improve alternative energy use: Opposes topic 8
Open Strategic Petroleum Reserve to battle high oil prices: Favors topic 8
Strongly Favors topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(-5 points on Social scale)
Mob-busting prosecutor; cracked down on NYC crime: Strongly Favors topic 9
Prefers death penalty for 9/11 conspirators: Strongly Favors topic 9
Need DNA Lab to Combat Crime: Favors topic 9
Crime cut in half in NYC: Favors topic 9
Risk cannot be eliminated, but take security seriously: Favors topic 9
Would personally execute Bin Laden for attacking NYC: Strongly Favors topic 9
Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(-3 points on Economic scale)
As mayor, suggested federal gun licensing: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Government can impose reasonable regulations on guns: Opposes topic 10
2nd Amendment gives people the individual right to bear arms: Strongly Favors topic 10
Supported nationwide licensing & assault weapons ban: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Things you do in NY about guns may be different than TX: Favors topic 10
NYC sued two dozen major gun manufacturers and distributors: Strongly Opposes topic 10
All gun owners should pass written test: Opposes topic 10
Strongly Opposes topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Cutting anti-competitive taxes raises more revenue: Opposes topic 11
I am a supply-sider; and I actually made it work: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Reduce corporate tax from 35% to 25%, to increase revenue: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Reducing taxes is a way to raise MORE money: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Claimed 90s NYC tax cuts reduced deficits: Strongly Opposes topic 11
First day as mayor: reduced sales tax from 6% to 5%: Opposes topic 11
NYC tax reductions of $10.4B through 2003: Opposes topic 11
Supports Task Force to continue reduce taxes: Opposes topic 11
Strongly Favors topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(+5 points on Social scale)
Support tamper-proof ID card and path to citizenship: Strongly Favors topic 12
Let illegals self-select to sign up & work on the tax rolls: Strongly Favors topic 12
Declared NYC a sanctuary city, and crime fell: Strongly Favors topic 12
Declared NYC a sanctuary city, and crime fell: Favors topic 12
Allow immigrants to work, with tamper-proof ID cards: Favors topic 12
Let illegals’ kids go to school, or they’ll be on streets: Favors topic 12
Supports Senate guest worker plan & path to citizenship: Strongly Favors topic 12
We should erect a fence along the border: Opposes topic 12
NYC services for illegal aliens: Favors topic 12
Strongly Favors topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Good deals pending with Peru, Colombia, Panama, South Korea: Strongly Favors topic 13
Balance foreign debt by selling more things overseas: Favors topic 13
Take advantage of globalization--market US healthcare abroad: Strongly Favors topic 13
Strongly Favors topic 14:
Maintain US sovereignty from UN
(+5 points on Social scale)
Withdrawal from Iraq encourages future terror attacks: Strongly Favors topic 14
Strongly Favors topic 15:
Expand the military
(-5 points on Social scale)
Democrats don’t support military the way Republicans do: Strongly Favors topic 15
We’re right and terrorists are wrong--as simple as that: Favors topic 15
Favors topic 16:
Stricter limits on political campaign funds
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Ardent supporter of campaign finance reform: Favors topic 16
Debates on campaign finance reform miss the point on honesty: Favors topic 16
Opposes topic 17:
Stay out of Iran
(-3 points on Social scale)
The Iraq war was worth the price in blood and treasure: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Winning in Iraq is one battle in overall terrorist war: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Iraq: More inspections; counter OPEC’s oil production cuts: Favors topic 17
Strongly Opposes topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Signing Kyoto would just move CO2 emissions to China & India: Strongly Opposes topic 18
No new energy tax; focus on alternatives instead: Opposes topic 18
Nuclear power is dangerous, but nobody’s died from it: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Develop energy-independent technology, but not wind power: Favors topic 18
Got to expand nuclear and do clean coal: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Strongly Favors topic 19:
Never legalize marijuana
(-5 points on Social scale)
AdWatch: Got tough on drugs like meth in Massachusetts: Favors topic 19
Drug policy should be an integral part of foreign policy: Strongly Favors topic 19
Strongly Opposes topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Include permanent tax cuts in any economic stimulus package: Strongly Opposes topic 20
US less competitive if we overtax, over-regulate & overspend: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Across-the-board spending cuts; zero out failing programs: Opposes topic 20
Business goes abroad when we overregulate and overtax: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Letting Bush tax cuts expire means economy would decline: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Lowering sales taxes creates jobs: Strongly Opposes topic 20

Rudy Giuliani is a Moderate Libertarian Conservative.
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