Giuliani has Reagan on the brain and in the eyes

first_imgPALM SPRINGS – Rudy Giuliani made a simple case for his presidential candidacy today to a national convention of Republican women: He’s not Hillary Clinton. Speaking to a GOP organization devoted to getting women elected, Giuliani hammered on the Democratic front-runner and said he deserved their support. He elicited laughs as he dismissed Clinton’s calls for universal health coverage as “Hillarycare” and pooh-poohed her proposal to give every American-born child a $5,000 college bond. The former New York mayor drew sustained applause when he described Clinton’s response to a recent question about Iran as incomprehensible. Throughout, he sought to undermine her appeal as a woman candidate. “American people decide who they want as president based on who they think the right person is for the country, not whether someone is a man or a woman or a different race,” Giuliani told an audience of more than 1,500 women. The Clinton campaign had no immediate comment. Giuliani was the only candidate to address the biennial convention of the National Federation of Republican Women. During his remarks, he said the Republican party has a historical openness to women, including its early support for universal suffrage. “We have a record that’s very, very proud and very long of making certain that women participate on a full and complete and equal basis with men,” he said. A recent national Associated Press-Ipsos poll showed Giuliani’s support about one-fifth among white Republican women, roughly the same as Arizona Sen. John McCain. His backing among married women is about equal to that of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and actor and former Sen. Fred Thompson. Giuliani followed each dig at Clinton with a reference to policies his campaign outlined this summer: tax rebates for private health-care accounts, vouchers for school tuition. He also focused on his signature issue, terrorism, but offered listeners few policy prescriptions. Giuliani reasserted his commitment to “remaining on offense” against terrorists and potential rogue states such as Iran. As usual, Giuliani repeatedly invoked the towering figure of Ronald Reagan – a surefire winner in Palm Springs, long a GOP power-playground. He made a passing reference to the late president’s economic policies and the way he dealt with Iran during the hostage crisis. “What you see in their eyes is Jimmy Carter and what you see in my eyes is Ronald Reagan,” Giuliani said as he left the stage. After Palm Springs, Giuliani was scheduled to meet potential voters in Portland, Ore., and Seattle before returning to the East Coast. He was in California this week to pick up support from former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan and from U.S. Sen. and California Gov. Pete Wilson.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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