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Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Rudy On the Record on Judges and Immigration


Hizzoner was in the Twin Cities last night to raise money for Senate candidate Mark Kennedy. Rudy was the featured speaker at event which also included Sen. Norm Coleman and Rep. John Kline.

This is the second time that I have heard Hizzoner speak at one of these small fundraisers, and I can tell you that he has not failed to impress.

The main point that I hope I can convey here is how, unlike another 2008 frontrunner, Rudy always speaks in terms of what it means to be a Republican. He reinforces our core beliefs and our strengths as a political party. He talks with pride about what it means to be a Republican, and draws sharp contrasts between our party and our opponents.

Rudy spoke of a "clear dividing line" between Republicans and Democrats, and what the consequences of losing in November will mean for the conservative agenda.

The Global War on Terror was the first such issue he discussed. Hizzoner stressed that maintaining a Republican majority would mean the difference between staying on the offense against terrorism, or going on defense and waiting for our country to be attacked.

Next he discussed Taxes, and underscored how Republicans understand that cutting taxes and decreasing regulation lead to more jobs and a stronger economy. Rudy stressed that revenues have increased since the Bush tax cuts, not decreased.

After his speech, the speakers took some Q&A from the assembled guests. What was discussed in this session really gives us insight as to what "Rudy 2008" will look like; and it's not good news for Rudy's 2008 Republican primary challengers.

The first question from the crowd was regarding (no surprise) Illegal Immigration. Rudy essentially gave three steps that need to be enacted in any immigration reform legislation. The first step is to seal the borders. Secondly, there needs to be a mechanism for those who are here illegally to come forward so that we can identify who they are and screen them for criminals and potential terrorists. Thirdly, any immigration reform measure would have to include an English language requirement to foster assimilation into American Culture.

Seems to me that this is exactly what the vast majority of Americans want: Seal the borders first!, Screen out the criminals, the drug dealers, and potential terrorists; and require anyone who stays to learn our language and assimilate.

The million dollar question (in my humble opinion) was asked by myself next- the importance of strict constructionist judges in reforming the federal judiciary.

Rudy absolutely hit this one out of the park. My wife had to talk me down from a ledge upon my return last night after I realized that my audio recorder was broken and I did not get this speech on tape. But rest assured, Rudy is as far to the right on judges as anyone in the American Conservative Movement. Imagine a far more eloquent George W. Bush on the issue.

The money quote:

"I don't understand how you cannot be for strict constructionist judges" (emphasis Rudy's).

Rudy spoke of his time as a federal prosecutor and how he knows from experience the importance of this issue. He spoke glowingly of Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Sam Alito (I believe he mentioned something to the effect of "You have to be happy with the President's choices of Roberts and Alito" [emphasis Rudy's]). He ended this discussion by stressing that law is to be made by legislatures, not judges who base their opinions on how they happen to feel that day.

Last night provided a tantalizing glimpse into Rudy's potential 2008 platform. From what I heard it can be summarized in this way: Stay on offense in the War on Terror; Continue the Bush tax cuts and continue to decrease government regulation on business; Seal the borders first, get rid of the felons, drug dealers, and potential terrorists, and require anyone who stays to learn the English Language; and nominate strict constructionist judges like John Roberts and Sam Alito.

Sounds like a winner to me.

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At 1:37 PM, Blogger PHS1 said...

RB:

Thank you for the report.

While I share your optimism, for the most part, I am still haunted by something when it comes to the Giuliani 2008 candidacy. And that is he has yet to confront difficult questioning on social issues - such as guns, gays, and abortion - at any of these events, which is going to inevitably arise.

The Giuliani answer on immigration is getting better all the time and his federal judiciary answer, which I have heretofore not heard, was first rate. But I will feel a lot better about the Giuliani chances when there are compelling responses from him on the three social issues mentioned above. We all know that there are far right extremists ready to ambush Giuliani in those areas, and I would like to see how strong his defense and offense are going to be in those battles.

 
At 1:39 PM, Blogger PHS1 said...

Sorry, Bij. I referenced RB by mistake instead of yourself.

 
At 2:01 PM, Blogger The Bij said...

No worries PHS1. RB deserves the credit for this awesome site. I am honored to be a part of it.

I honestly am just beside myself that I don't have the audio of this speech. It would absolutely knock your socks off with how fervent Rudy's support of constructionist judges are.

I don't know how I am going to forgive myself for not just buying a new recorder for this event instead of depending on my old one.

The buzz this part of his speech would have created cannot be understated.

 
At 3:06 PM, Blogger goudy1 said...

The question still remains does he support amnesty oof 12-15 million illegal aliens. Does he support chain migration that allows aunts, uncles, cousins, etc to come to the US bloating this figure even more.

And what about legal immigration. Over a million a year in this country is preposterous. A limite of 250,000 carefull chosen immigratns would make far more sense.

I honestly do not know where he stands on these issues, but I sure would like to.

 
At 4:40 AM, Blogger keystroke-ga said...

I'm just not buying it.

He wants low taxes, but he left NYC in a large debt when he went out of office (from a surplus). One factor that led to this was the closing of the Fresh Kills landfill (which still had 20 years' worth of life in it) in favor of trucking the garbage to Virginia and Ohio. Not environmentally friendly and not financially sound. It cost the NYC government billions-- they now spend half the sanitation budget on doing this, $300-400 million a year.

He lowered taxes, sure, but then he went to Albany and Washington and begged for subsidies to make up for it.

Anyone who is not facing these facts is not handling the truth.

He's a good speaker and that's it.

He talks about the Fort Dix killers, but he would have legalized them if they'd lived in New York City! He's not a conservative and he does NOT have my vote.

He has flip-flopped on all those issues-- guns, gays and abortion-- and who knows what his positions will be if he gets the nomination and then tries to move to the center for the election? He's shown he can't be trusted.

 
At 2:04 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

I wish I could have been there. I would have stood up to applaud all he said. Finally someone taking a firm stand on illegal immigration. yes!

 
At 1:33 AM, Blogger Angel said...

It is very amusing to me to see bigoted comments such as the following:

"And what about legal immigration. Over a million a year in this country is preposterous. A limite of 250,000 carefull chosen immigratns would make far more sense."

It appears that some of us have forgotton that the only people who are not immigrants in this country are native american. Given the statement, I venture to guess that you are a male caucasian, in which case your ancestors came here searching for a better life as well. Too bad they had to destroy a proud race of people to better themselves. Seems to me the apple doesn't fall far from the tree either. Tell me, are you more a fan of the neo-nazis or the kkk?

How can you call this the "land of the free" when mentally so many of you are so enslaved.

 
At 8:28 AM, Blogger Kellie said...

The only thing holding me back from being an all-out Rudy supporter is confusion over his stand on illegal immigrants currently in this country. I know he says he is not in favor of amnesty, but is his definition of amnesty the same as mine, or is it the same as the Dem congress who characterized that bill that was defeated as 'not amnesty'?

 
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