Monday, October 11, 2010

Rudy Campaigns in California for Fiorina and Van Tran, Remains Coy About 2012

Giuliani stumps for Fiorina, Van Tran in Little Saigon

"Carly Fiorina is a proven leader who shares my commitment to keeping our fellow Americans safe, restoring accountability to Washington and getting our economy back on track, and she has my full support, Giuliani said.

"Her record of success in creating jobs in the business world stands in stark contrast to Barbara Boxer's 28 years of partisan grandstanding and unproductive leadership that failed to protect the people of California from a 12.4 percent unemployment rate and sky-high taxes that threaten families' and small businesses' ability to make ends meet," he said.

Giuliani on Sunday campaigned in Van Nuys on behalf of Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman.
Giuliani accuses Democrats of seeking to ignite 'ethnic' and 'class' conflicts

Former New York City Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani campaigned in Little Saigon on Monday with Republican Senate candidate Carly Fiorina and state Assemblyman Van Tran, who is vying to unseat Democratic U.S. Rep. Loretta Sanchez in the 47th congressional district, and blasted their rivals as "two of the most liberal members of the House and Senate" who are partly to blame for the nation’s economic slump.

Giuliani said Sanchez's recent remarks during a Spanish-language interview with Univision—that "the Vietnamese" and Republicans were attempting to take "this seat from us"—were "highly offensive" and an attempt to "make this race into some kind of an ethnic conflict, a class conflict, which is really what the Democrats are trying to do."

"These candidates stand for positive things," Giuliani said of Fiorina and Tran, noting their focus on creating jobs and revitalizing the economy, "not how do we divide people based on their ethnicity, race or religion and put them into little groups and have them fighting against each other. I think that's what the congresswoman has been about."

Giuliani, a Republican, also directed his ire at the Obama administration and Democratic control of Congress, claiming that the Democrats are moving the country toward "European social democracy" and calling the stimulus legislation they backed a "political payoff to Democratic constituencies and unions."

"They’ve taken over financial institutions, they've taken over healthcare, they want to take over energy — they basically want to create a very large gigantic government that is going to sit like a weight on our economy," he said.

Echoing Fiorina's talking points, Giuliani said her Democratic opponent Barbara Boxer had been in Washington too long. "She wears us all down," Giuliani said of Boxer. "I mean, it is time for a change. Gosh Almighty, hasn't it been long enough that she's been doing ruinous things for the state of California and the United States of America?"

The former mayor, who campaigned for Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman on Sunday, left the door open on his own political future.

Asked whether he would run for president in 2012, as he unsuccessfully did in 2008, Giuliani replied "I have no idea."
Giuliani endorses Tran, shops Little Saigon
Giuliani is making campaign stops on behalf of several California Republican candidates in tightly contested races. On Sunday, Giuliani was in Los Angeles campaigning for gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman. A Tran campaign official said Giuliani offered to come to Orange County on behalf of Fiorina and Tran using his own money because they are both "winnable races."

After Monday's brief news conference, Giuliani toured the mall with Tran, stopping to browse inside shops and shake hands with business owners.

Inside Tieng Thu, a shop of religious statues, Giuliani asked owner Bryan Nguyen, 32, how much a small Buddha statue cost.

Nguyen told him $1. Giuliani gave him a $20 bill and left with the statue.

Nguyen said he was impressed that Tran brought such a nationally known figure to his business.

"He (Tran) works for our community," Nguyen said. "He's got my support."

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