Conservatives Heart Rudy?
A Joisey paper looks at the courtship:
The response at the recent business seminar was a tribute to the widespread appeal of the former mayor, who cleaned up New York and stood strong in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. But it also looked like a dress rehearsal for a presidential campaign.Check out the Carbonetti quote. Money:
With polls showing Giuliani an early front-runner among the GOP's potential presidential candidates in 2008, this appearance and others around the country raise a question: Is the Republican Party ready for a nominee who takes liberal positions on abortion, gun control and gay rights, has had two messy divorces, once lived with a gay couple and endorsed liberal icon Mario Cuomo to be governor of New York?
Maybe so, if the warm reception he got from the mostly conservative audience in Memphis is any indication.
"I think that man would make an excellent president," said Tamara Lowe, the mistress of ceremonies at the event.
"He would run on his record," said Anthony V. Carbonetti, a business partner and political adviser to Giuliani. "Here's a guy who governed the largest city in American for eight years, brought down crime, brought welfare rolls down dramatically and reduced taxes. Are there better conservative principles than that?"