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Giuliani's Star Might Be Rising (Lavish Praise from Gingrich Caps Big Week for 'America's Mayor')
ABC News ^ | Feb. 16, 2007 | TEDDY DAVIS

Posted on 02/16/2007 4:34:15 PM PST by Jet Jaguar

Long dismissed by Washington insiders as incapable of receiving the Republican Party's presidential nomination because of his pro-abortion rights, pro-gay rights and pro-gun control views, former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani was lavished with praise Friday by an icon of American conservatism.

"He is much stronger than anyone could have predicted six months ago," said former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich from Georgia. "New York is four times safer than it used to be. It's one of the greatest achievements of government capability in the 20th century. And Rudy just has to go out and say, 'This is who I am. If you think the world's dangerous, and you need a tough guy … that's me.' "

Gingrich, who co-wrote a Wall Street Journal op-ed with Giuliani last month, said he is not endorsing the man who led New York City through the terrorist attacks of 9/11, and he noted that he may still jump into the presidential race against him.

But the words of praise from the architect of the GOP's 1994 takeover of Congress capped a big week for Giuliani, which included more encouraging poll numbers, a raucous reception from California Republicans, and the latest round of softball interviews in which he has been able to downplay his liberal social views by espousing his commitment to appointing "strict constructionist" judges.

Nearly a year before the first presidential primaries are held, a Gallup Poll released Wednesday found that Giuliani has a 16-point lead among Republicans over Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.

In general election matchups, Gallup found that Giuliani leads Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., by nine points and Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., by two points, within the survey's three-point margin of error. McCain, by contrast, ties Obama and trails Clinton by three percentage points.

Saying that former Gov. Mitt Romney, R-Mass., is going through a "little bit of a rough patch," Gingrich was noticeably cooler toward Romney today than he has been in the past.

Back in November, while appearing on "Fox News Sunday," Gingrich singled out Romney as someone who is working "very hard" to fill a vacuum in the GOP for a "clearer voice of conservatism," adding that Romney "may well succeed."

Gingrich adopted a different tone toward Romney today after cost estimates for his health care plan, which have soared above the former governor's expectations, which revealed.

"I think that he's very smart, he's very articulate, and he's had a little bit of a rough patch with the cost of the health plan is Massachusetts," said Gingrich, "But he's a very smart guy, and I think he'll be a very significant candidate."

In assessing Giuliani's potential appeal to conservatives, Gingrich pointed to Giuliani saying in recent interviews that he would appoint "strict constructionist" judges.

Gingrich predicted that one of Giuliani's GOP rivals would air television ads attacking him for having made positive statements in the past about Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the Supreme Court justice appointed by former President Clinton, who has upheld abortion rights.

Gingrich, however, seemed unconvinced that the line of attack would work

"And as he said the other day," said Gingrich, "he would have appointed the same two Supreme Court justices as Bush did. So conservatives have got to decide, you know, is that acceptable or not acceptable?"


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1 posted on 02/16/2007 4:34:20 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: Jet Jaguar

Will their campaign slogan be Rudy, Newt, Newt?


2 posted on 02/16/2007 4:35:44 PM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. Want a stress free life? vote Republican..)
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To: Jet Jaguar
Michael Reagan, now Newt Gingrich.

I'm not impressed.

3 posted on 02/16/2007 4:37:46 PM PST by Reagan Man (Conservatives don't vote for liberals.)
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To: Spiff; EternalVigilance; dirtboy; Liz; wagglebee

Check this out.


4 posted on 02/16/2007 4:39:29 PM PST by Reagan Man (Conservatives don't vote for liberals.)
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To: Jet Jaguar

Oh man, now Newt is going to hear it from the anti-Rudy crowd. Stay low and keep your pack dry, Newt.


5 posted on 02/16/2007 4:39:59 PM PST by KellyAdmirer
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To: Reagan Man

Could it be that Rudy is just a pretty darn likable candidate?


6 posted on 02/16/2007 4:41:00 PM PST by HairOfTheDog
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To: Reagan Man

You wouldn't be impressed if Reagan himself endorsed Giuliani.
No worries. Romney takes the nomination going away.


7 posted on 02/16/2007 4:41:42 PM PST by zarf (Her hair was of a dank yellow, and fell over her temples like sauerkraut......)
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To: Peach; PhiKapMom; Blackirish; areafiftyone


Newt likes your candidate! Stopped short of endorsing him.


8 posted on 02/16/2007 4:41:49 PM PST by onyx (DEFEAT Hillary Clinton, Marxist, student of Saul Alinsky & ally and beneficiary of Soros.)
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To: Jet Jaguar
It's one of the greatest achievements of government capability in the 20th century.

And that is exactly correct.

Most politicians talk.

Rudy said what he would do (the impossible), and then he did it.

9 posted on 02/16/2007 4:42:13 PM PST by Jim Noble
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To: Jet Jaguar

Ruth Bader Ginsburg got 96 senate vote. 96. on that basis, we'd have to disqualify almost the entire sitting republican senate. here is the roll call on the vote:

http://www.loc.gov/rr/law/nominations/ginsburg/vote.pdf

there are legitimate issues to go after Rudy on. He should certainly be asked how he squares his support for Roe, with his assertion that he would appoint constitutionalist judges. What would he think if one of his SCOTUS picks became the 5th vote to return abortion to the States? this is what the primaries are for.


10 posted on 02/16/2007 4:42:16 PM PST by oceanview
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To: Jet Jaguar

Newt running to be Rudy's VP? Hmmmm....


11 posted on 02/16/2007 4:44:01 PM PST by redgirlinabluestate
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To: HairOfTheDog

Well, his likability is the huge worrry, doncha know?


12 posted on 02/16/2007 4:45:55 PM PST by onyx (DEFEAT Hillary Clinton, Marxist, student of Saul Alinsky & ally and beneficiary of Soros.)
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To: oceanview

I'm not much of a fan of Rudy for Pres.

He did great things for NYC and was a decisive leader on 9-11.

But, he is no conservative. (no matter how much some would wish it so)


13 posted on 02/16/2007 4:45:57 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: Reagan Man

It wouldn't surprise me if this is Newt's strategy. Use a populist liberal to knock out all of the other contenders and then Newt can jump in and destroy Rudy in the primaries.


14 posted on 02/16/2007 4:46:10 PM PST by wagglebee ("We are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." -- President Bush, 1/20/05)
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To: redgirlinabluestate

That's a real possibility.


15 posted on 02/16/2007 4:46:29 PM PST by onyx (DEFEAT Hillary Clinton, Marxist, student of Saul Alinsky & ally and beneficiary of Soros.)
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To: Jet Jaguar

Newt may be playing a little game here. He may want to see Rudy peak early, get the conservatives and evangelicals so riled up, that they mobilize to take him down.

remember what Newt's plan is - he wants the "base" to take down the 3 republican front runners - and if he sees that part of the party demolish them, he'll step in and say "hey, there is nobody left, if you are going to go with a no name, maybe you'd consider me instead".


16 posted on 02/16/2007 4:46:57 PM PST by oceanview
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To: zarf

Newt didn't endorse Rudy. But Ronald Reagan is dead. And I'm not about to roll over and support a liberal to be the party standard bearer. I think all this talk about Rudy being the savior of the GOP is pathetic nonsense.


17 posted on 02/16/2007 4:47:36 PM PST by Reagan Man (Conservatives don't vote for liberals.)
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To: onyx

I like Romney/Newt better. But will support Rudy/Newt too. Or Rudy/Romney or Romney/Rudy or..... LOL


18 posted on 02/16/2007 4:48:43 PM PST by redgirlinabluestate
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To: Reagan Man

Ready to throw Newt under the bus too?



"He is much stronger than anyone could have predicted six months ago," said former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich from Georgia. "New York is four times safer than it used to be. It's one of the greatest achievements of government capability in the 20th century. And Rudy just has to go out and say, 'This is who I am. If you think the world's dangerous, and you need a tough guy … that's me.' "


In assessing Giuliani's potential appeal to conservatives, Gingrich pointed to Giuliani saying in recent interviews that he would appoint "strict constructionist" judges.

Gingrich predicted that one of Giuliani's GOP rivals would air television ads attacking him for having made positive statements in the past about Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the Supreme Court justice appointed by former President Clinton, who has upheld abortion rights.

Gingrich, however, seemed unconvinced that the line of attack would work

"And as he said the other day," said Gingrich, "he would have appointed the same two Supreme Court justices as Bush did. So conservatives have got to decide, you know, is that acceptable or not acceptable?"




19 posted on 02/16/2007 4:51:46 PM PST by onyx (DEFEAT Hillary Clinton, Marxist, student of Saul Alinsky & ally and beneficiary of Soros.)
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To: Reagan Man

Reagan appointed two pro-Roe SCOTUS members.


20 posted on 02/16/2007 4:52:39 PM PST by oceanview
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To: HairOfTheDog

They don't want to hear that.


21 posted on 02/16/2007 4:52:48 PM PST by BonnieJ
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To: redgirlinabluestate


I like all of our candidates except Ron Paul and Brownback, but I like Brownback's tax proposals.


22 posted on 02/16/2007 4:53:23 PM PST by onyx (DEFEAT Hillary Clinton, Marxist, student of Saul Alinsky & ally and beneficiary of Soros.)
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To: wagglebee
You could be right. Newt didn't endorse Rudy.

If this is the way the GOP is headed, it'll be another 1964 or 1996 outcome. Not good for Republicans.

Conservatives are patient folks. We don't go along just to get along. Political expediency is not part of the gameplan.

23 posted on 02/16/2007 4:53:43 PM PST by Reagan Man (Conservatives don't vote for liberals.)
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To: onyx

Soon 75% of their former heroes will be called RINO's.


24 posted on 02/16/2007 4:53:48 PM PST by BonnieJ
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To: BonnieJ

And sell outs and liverals and worse.


25 posted on 02/16/2007 4:54:39 PM PST by onyx (DEFEAT Hillary Clinton, Marxist, student of Saul Alinsky & ally and beneficiary of Soros.)
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To: BonnieJ

look at the roll call vote on Ginsburg's confirmation above.


26 posted on 02/16/2007 4:54:44 PM PST by oceanview
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To: oceanview
He is shrewd in the political arena. It's a possibility.
27 posted on 02/16/2007 4:54:51 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: Reagan Man

You need to find an ideologically pure conservative whose ratings aren't in the basement and who has tons of cash.


28 posted on 02/16/2007 4:55:09 PM PST by Rudder
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To: BonnieJ


Sorry, typ === liberals


29 posted on 02/16/2007 4:55:17 PM PST by onyx (DEFEAT Hillary Clinton, Marxist, student of Saul Alinsky & ally and beneficiary of Soros.)
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To: oceanview

SHUUU DON'T CONFUSE the far right wing....


30 posted on 02/16/2007 4:56:24 PM PST by alisasny
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To: Jet Jaguar

I mean really, its too bad Gingrich didn't do anything in the "image building" department since he left congress. he's very smart, speaks well, good on the issues.

now I know, it may be shallow to say he has an "image" problem, but hey that's politics.


31 posted on 02/16/2007 4:57:03 PM PST by oceanview
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To: Jet Jaguar

"And as he said the other day," said Gingrich, "he would have appointed the same two Supreme Court justices as Bush did. So conservatives have got to decide, you know, is that acceptable or not acceptable?"



Sheeat, Newt, you may be smarter than I am, but, not by that much!
Newt, I would love to discuss "conservative" with you, from a redneck point of view! Set the date, I ain't hard to find! No presets, no moderation, no rules, just stand, like a man, and debate! I get to interupt you, anytime you get off track, and go to blowing smoke, and you get the same!
Newt, do you have the balls to debate an old swampdwelling redneck freeper, all your degrees, against my little AA, in front of a freeper panel? Anything goes, Newt, man to man!


32 posted on 02/16/2007 4:59:18 PM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (BUAIDH NO BAS, JUST SAY NO TO RINO!)
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To: Jet Jaguar
What's with conservatives endorcing Giuliani? The man should be running as a domocrat.

33 posted on 02/16/2007 4:59:28 PM PST by William Terrell (Individuals can exist without government but government can't exist without individuals.)
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To: Jet Jaguar

Looks like Newt is whoring himself out for a VP nod. Interesting in that he thinks Giuliani is the likely nominee and by supporting the ex Mayor now, his conservative credentials will protect Giuliani the RINO during the race.


34 posted on 02/16/2007 5:00:37 PM PST by KantianBurke
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To: areafiftyone; BunnySlippers; Lancey Howard; Peach; PhiKapMom; AmericaUnited

His star keeps on rising.


35 posted on 02/16/2007 5:00:46 PM PST by Clintonfatigued (If the GOP were to stop worshiping Free Trade as if it were a religion, they'd win every election)
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To: oceanview

Rudy is working up quite an image problem of late.

Still early though.


36 posted on 02/16/2007 5:01:05 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: Reagan Man

I am liking Duncan Hunter more and more, but I could certainly live with Newt.


37 posted on 02/16/2007 5:03:17 PM PST by wagglebee ("We are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." -- President Bush, 1/20/05)
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38 posted on 02/16/2007 5:04:19 PM PST by somemoreequalthanothers (All for the betterment of "the state", comrade)
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To: KantianBurke

I disagree. He (Newt) has not announced for the Presidency, but said he would wait until September or such.

I think he sees the problem I see.

Unless a Conservative for the GOP nod starts to make a showing, he will jump in.


39 posted on 02/16/2007 5:05:09 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: Jet Jaguar; ReleaseTheHounds; My2Cents
High praise for RUDY from Newt.........PING

http://www.JoinRudy2008.com

40 posted on 02/16/2007 5:07:26 PM PST by JulieRNR21 (Proverbs 3:5; “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding…”)
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To: William Terrell
What's with conservatives endorcing Giuliani? The man should be running as a domocrat.

I agree.

A whole lot of FReepers support him though.

Hillary Slayer, is about the biggest reason.

41 posted on 02/16/2007 5:09:00 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: Rudder
I just want a conservative candidate that abides by his principles and stands by the GOP platform. I don't believe you're gonna find too many conservative primary voters backing Rudy when all is said and done.

People who believe a big govt, pro-abort, pro-amnesty, pro-global warming, gungrabbing kook is who the GOP should be nominating, has taken a severe lefthand turn into lala land.
42 posted on 02/16/2007 5:09:50 PM PST by Reagan Man (Conservatives don't vote for liberals.)
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To: Jet Jaguar; Victoria Delsoul

I suppose we're going to start hearing how Gingrich is a no-good RINO who performs abortions on the side.


43 posted on 02/16/2007 5:10:11 PM PST by HitmanLV ("I mean, that's a storybook, man!")
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To: Jet Jaguar

Newt might not have announced but Giuliani has. Hence this endorsement, IMHO, is Newt's attempt to suit up on the ex Mayor's bandwagon. There is some rationality inherent here. Giuliani is a liberal. By choosing Newt, who is outwardly as rightwing as they come, Giuliani would shore up, supposedly, base support or at the least staunch any damage. This overlooks Newt's infidelities, his pretty tawdry lusting for power and his pretty poor image on TV.


44 posted on 02/16/2007 5:10:24 PM PST by KantianBurke
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To: wagglebee
Newt would be good, Hunter would be good.

The only one I've said no to is, Rudy the Liberal.

45 posted on 02/16/2007 5:11:19 PM PST by Reagan Man (Conservatives don't vote for liberals.)
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To: onyx
You guys in the fever swamps of the Giuliani camp need to give it a rest.

What would you expect Newt to say, that Giuliani's liberal scum?

Didn't anyone see Rudy "lavish praise" on McCain and Romney on Larry King?

46 posted on 02/16/2007 5:11:19 PM PST by garv (Conservatism in '08 www.draftnewt.org)
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To: Reagan Man

the current republican President has demonstrated he is for bigger government, he's generally pro amnesty, and he has ceded ground on global warming (did you listen to the SOTU?)

should George W Bush be thrown out of the Republican Party?


47 posted on 02/16/2007 5:12:10 PM PST by oceanview
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To: Reagan Man
The only one I've said no to is, Rudy the Liberal.

I'm not sure Romney would be much better, and thankfully McPain seems to be a non-starter.

48 posted on 02/16/2007 5:13:32 PM PST by wagglebee ("We are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." -- President Bush, 1/20/05)
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To: Jet Jaguar

When Rudy comes out for open borders and amnesty I will enjoy reading the posts on FR. Think Bush is hard headed on this, just wait.


49 posted on 02/16/2007 5:13:40 PM PST by engrpat
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To: Jet Jaguar
My goodness gracious bodacious. D'ya mean to tell me that the uber-genius Newt is praising Rudy and telling all of us in the hinterland that he'd be a fine candidate for the WH?

Is this the same Newt that claimed all of America responded with trembling hope to the Contract with America a-w-a-a-ay back in 94?

Well...I guess my take is a little different from ol' Newt.

See, Newt thinks that America was inspired in 1994 by Republican rhetoric. Of course, we all know now that Republican rhetoric is...well...just that - rhetoric. Now Newt, a disciple of Third Way socialist guru Alvin Toffler, sought to cast the long brewing conservative current in America as a product of newly wrought Republicanism. In truth, genuine conservatives were a long-term movement in search of a voice and machine that looked to restore our roots, freedoms and hope. The Dole/Gingrich Republican Party simply launched their boats onto the river already in motion. Fortunately, krinton & company and their covert drive to the left re-energized conservatism in a way that nothing else had done since Mr. Reagan. Actually, the '94 backlash was even bigger than Newt's philosophies because America was being awakened to the fact that krinton politics (60's radicalism) had begun the long road to fundamentally change America. As a result, the election of '94 even surprised the 'R' leadership. Quick to grasp the possible implications, they immediately sought to advance their own agendas and...ahem...careers. As we all know, the impossibly stupid choice of Mr. Dole was predictably shot down in flames and ushered in another reign of the krintons.

So...

Now Mr. Gingrich now wants to convey his confidence in Rudy as the right right-man-at-the-helm for America, again?

Ummmm...no thanks.
50 posted on 02/16/2007 5:13:57 PM PST by WorkingClassFilth ("Don't tread on me" - the motto of Patriots. "May I lick your boots?" - the motto of too many "R"s.)
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