Giuliani Campaigns with Corker
It's hard to believe, but Election Day is just over two weeks away. One of the most hotly contested Senate races in America is in Tennessee, and Rudy was there today to lend a hand to future Sen. Bob Corker.
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -- Former Chattanooga Mayor Bob Corker, the GOP nominee for Senate, welcomed former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani to his hometown this afternoon to burnish his credentials in the fight against terrorism and to fault Democratic Rep. Harold Ford for lacking a firm commitment to national security. "These are serious times we are facing in our nation," Corker told reporters at an airport news conference. Standing next to Giuliani, a symbol of the recovery effort after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Corker said he supports the Bush administration's domestic surveillance program and the USA PATRIOT Act while he said Ford has a "very confused" record. "My opponent won't take a firm stand. He's for it. He's against it. And some days he won't take a stand at all," Corker said.
Corker also condemned Ford for voting "present" in 1999 when he had a chance to oppose former President Clinton's pardon of 16 members of the F.A.L.N., a Puerto Rican independence group. "Where was Harold Ford on this vote?" Corker asked. "He decided to vote present, which means you don't take a [position] one way or another. Congressman Ford sent a wrong message." Giuliani, who flew into town for a news conference and a fundraiser, praised Corker for his tenure as Chattanooga mayor for reducing crime and taxes, balancing the city's budget -- and for his dependability. "On terrorism, he's the consistency that we need. We can't go back to being defensive about it," Giuliani said. "Since Sept. 11, there is no reason to be confused. ... We have to be on the offensive."