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Thursday, January 17, 2008

Drive to Five Rudy Giuliani Fundraising

Republican presidential candidate, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, right, shakes hands with Florida Governor Charlie Crist during a campaign stop, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2008, in Tallahassee, Fla.

From Flap’s e-mail box, an independent fundraising effort to support America’s Mayor:

DRIVE2FIVE Rudy Fundraiser

Help give Rudy the resources he needs to be victorious on February 5th and win the Republican nomination! Click on the buttons below to make your contribution or join Team Rudy. Encourage your friends to participate too. The more people who sign up to help the more speed Rudy can build up to cross the finish line.

Go here and help Rudy.


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New Rudy Giuliani Television Ad Quotes Mitt Romney

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Rudy Giuliani Television Ad, “Quotes”

The Script for “Quotes:”

Chyron: “Rudy Giuliani is ‘the most successful tax cutter in the Republican field today’”

Chryon: “Grover Norquist, America’s Leading Tax Fighter”

Chyron: “Rudy Giuliani’s record is ‘the most successful episode of conservative governance in the past 50 years.’”

Chyron: “George Will, Conservative Columnist”

Chyron: “‘It’s time for the rest of the country to benefit from a true fiscal conservative who gets results like Giuliani.’”

Chyron: “Steve Forbes, American Tax Fighter”

Chyron: “Rudy Giuliani is more accomplished at cutting taxes than anyone else.”

Chryon: “Pat Toomey – Fox News 10/17/07 Club for Growth”

Chyron: “Giuliani tax cut plan … the biggest in history.”

Chryon: “Americans for Tax Reform.”

Chyron: “Mayor Giuliani has a great record of cutting taxes”

Chyron: “Mitt Romney”

Mayor Giuliani: “I’m Rudy Giuliani and I approved this message.”


So, is Mitt Romney now supporting the Mayor?

A great ad and an opening salvo against Romney.


By the way, Giuliani supporters go here and send Rudy a few bucks for airing this ad in Super Tuesday states, like California where the media is expensive.

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Sunday, January 13, 2008

Rudy Giuliani - Campaign is a Test of Faith

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U.S. Republican presidential candidate and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (C) waves to supporters during a campaign rally at the Three Kings Day Parade in Miami’s Little Havana, January 13, 2008.

Rudy Giuliani is in South Florida today and spoke this morning in front of a Hispanic Evangelical Mega-Church, God at El Rey Jesus, where former Florida (remember the CHADS) Secretary of State, US Representative Katharine Harris attended.

Harris was not the best United States Senate candidate in 2006 (in fact, her campaign was a disaster) but she continues a high GOP profile in Florida.

Key Quotes from the Mayor:

  • “I have deep respect for the power of faith,’’ Mr. Giuliani said at the church. “I received a religious education for most of my life, until the time I attended law school. And as you realize, law school is not a religious education.’’
  • “But up until then I started every day of class making the sign of the cross, praying to Jesus, praying to Mary and asking for help, asking for assistance, and it built into my very being an understanding that we have to pray for help, that we have to pray for guidance, we have to pray to seek God’s will, and we have to pray to make us better people, to live the life that God wants for us,’’ he said.
  • ….“how faith can transform lives, making families stronger, making communities better, giving people of despair, hope, and giving people a much better understanding of what life is really all about: service to God, and service to others.’’
  • “I’m running for president of the United States,’’ he said. “It is marathon, not a sprint. And in many ways it’s a test of strength, and it’s a test of faith. The Bible reminds us, Joshua 10:25, fear not, be strong and of good courage. That’s the way to face the future. Whatever is ahead, we don’t know. Anything can be challenging us. Good, bad, difficult. But if we believe in God, fear not, be strong, and of good courage, that is the way to provide real leadership.”
  • “That’s what I’ve strived to do all of my life,’’ he said. “I’ve faced odds that were at times seemingly impossible. Situations where people had given up hope. But we didn’t listen to the doubters. We didn’t listen to the naysayers. You know how many of them there are: it can’t be done, it hasn’t been done before, we can’t handle this, we can’t accomplish this, no one’s ever done it before. Oh, there are so many that are naysayers. But don’t listen to them. Don’t pay attention to them. Fear not, be strong, and of good courage.’’

It is an understatement that Rudy’s uncoventional campaign is a test of faith - particularly for the Washington DC and New York pundits who have been writing his obituary for weeks. For many of them it is wishful thinking since many have whored themselves out by shilling for other candidates and those candidates are now in a make or break primary elections before Florida.

Giuliani is an Italian Catholic and I have wondered when he was going to play the Catholic Faith card. Certainly, it was not going to be in Protestant Evangelical land of Iowa or South Carolina and definitley not New Hampshire. But, his comments above reflect his Catholic heritage and education.

Catholic voters WILL be reminded he is one of them - especially in states where there are more Catholic voters.

Florida is one of them.

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Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Rudy Giuliani Unveils His Tax Plan

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Mayor Rudy Giuliani sat down with the Fox Business Network’s Neil Cavuto and talked about his plan for the biggest tax cut in American history. In addition to cutting the capital gains from 15% to 10% and slashing the corporate tax from 35% to 25%, Rudy said that his plan would provide much needed tax relief for individuals across all income levels.

Again, some of the specifics:

  • Make permanent the bush tax cuts NOW…not in 2010
  • Permanently index the alternative minimum tax (AMT) and then eliminate it when practical (no timetable)
  • Get rid of the Death Tax
  • Lower the capitol gains and dividend rate to 10% and index to inflation. (Here is where he could go further and actually eliminate the capitol gains tax)
  • Lower corporate tax rate from 35% to 25%
  • Trio of tax free savings accounts – Roth style – available to ALL income classes
  • Tax simplication strategy – one page tax return
  • Three rates – 10% (40k), 15% (150k), and 30% (150k )

The interactive FAST (Fair and Simple Tax) Form that Flap promised is here. Go check it out……

Even more details of the Plan are here.

Pat Toomey of the Club for Growth has praised the plan:

“Giuliani’s tax cut plan will encourage capital formation, and capital is the key driver of productivity, higher wages, and a better standard of living for all Americans,” Mr. Toomey continued. “He does that by not only lowering the capital gains and dividends rates, but also by indexing capital gains to inflation. Also, the Mayor’s plan dramatically lowers marginal tax rates at the personal and corporate level, which will encourage a significant burst of economic activity and growth.”

“The current U.S. tax code is a monstrosity of inefficiency and deterrence, with some of the highest corporate tax rates in the developed world and a tax code that totals more than 66,000 pages. Mayor Giuliani’s tax cut proposal today would dramatically move the American tax code and economy in the right direction. This is exactly the kind of plan economic conservatives should embrace.”

And, what Flap likes are the lowering of the marginal rates and the optional filing of the FAST (Fair and Simple Tax) form. If your taxes are lower using the conventional 1040 then you have the option every year to choose the method of filing that is the best and lowest for you.

Steve Forbes comments on the tax plan in the following video:

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Rudy Giuliani Watch: On To Florida

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Rudy Giuliani addressing Team Giuliani after the New Hampshire Primary

Rudy Giuliani is on to Florida in his big states strategy.

The latest Florida poll has Rudy leading both Mike Huckabee and John McCain by 5 Points.

The Mayor will be making a major speech on taxes and financial policy tomorrow afternoon in Melbourne, Florida.

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Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Rudy Giuliani California Watch: California Shout Out for Volunteers

It is 34 days before the California primary election on February 5th and 6 days before Californians start to early and absentee vote.

Team Rudy Giuliani California wants your help.

From the press release:

Supporters like you, from all across the state, are helping spread the word about Rudy’s proven leadership and optimistic vision for America. We have phone banks operating throughout California on a daily basis and need your help reminding our supporters to return their absentee ballots or vote at the polls on February 5th. Even just an hour of your time between now and February 5th can make a world of difference in an election like this.

Below is a list of our field representatives and the areas they cover. We strongly encourage you to get in touch with the field representative responsible for your county and sign up for a Get-Out-The-Vote shift. Come be a part of history and help Rudy in the most direct and effective way possible: turning his supporters out to vote.

California Field Staff

Matt Seney

Del Norte, Humboldt, Mendocino, Lake, Napa, Siskiyou, Trinity, Tehama, Glenn, Butte, Colusa, Sutter, Shasta, Yuba, Yolo, San Joaquin, and part of Sonoma

Cathy Hayes

Sacramento, Placer, El Dorado, Amador, Calaveras, Alpine, Tuolumne, Madera, Merced, Mariposa, Tulare, Fresno, Kings, Stanislaus, Nevada, Sierra, Plumas, Lassen and Modoc

Elena Taube

Alameda, Contra Costa, and Solano

Kristen Vieira

Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Monterey, Santa Cruz, San Benito and part of Sonoma

Krista Powers

San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Kern, and Westside and East Los Angeles County

Sam Gordon

Riverside, San Bernardino and part of the San Gabriel Valley in Los Angeles County

Ashley Ingram

Inyo, Mono, and San Gabriel Valley, Santa Clarita Valley, Antelope Valley and San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles County

Jeff Harvey

Orange County, part of San Bernardino County, and South Bay and Downtown in Los Angeles County

Bryan Watkins

South Riverside, San Diego and Imperial

Flap says spend a few hours volunteering for the Mayor - you will be glad you did.


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The Year in Review

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Rudy Giuliani highlights from the 2007 campaign.

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