Rudy Giuliani was channeling Bush/Cheney in New Hampshire on Tuesday playing the fear mongering card to the hilt. Apparently some American’s are still gullible enough at this point to believe that Republicans are stronger on terror. Fact is the Republicans are terrifying in their use of fear mongering tactics alone.
Rudy Giuliani said if a Democrat is elected president in 2008, America will be at risk for another terrorist attack on the scale of Sept. 11, 2001.
But if a Republican is elected, he said, especially if it is him, terrorist attacks can be anticipated and stopped.
“If any Republican is elected president —- and I think obviously I would be the best at this —- we will remain on offense and will anticipate what [the terrorists] will do and try to stop them before they do it,” Giuliani said.
The former New York City mayor, currently leading in all national polls for the Republican nomination for president, said Tuesday night that America would ultimately defeat terrorism no matter which party gains the White House.
“But the question is how long will it take and how many casualties will we have?” Giuliani said. “If we are on defense [with a Democratic president], we will have more losses and it will go on longer.”
“I listen a little to the Democrats and if one of them gets elected, we are going on defense,” Giuliani continued. “We will wave the white flag on Iraq. We will cut back on the Patriot Act, electronic surveillance, interrogation and we will be back to our pre-Sept. 11 attitude of defense.”
Recently, William Douglas asked in a McClatchy Newspapers piece if it was true that the terrorists would follow us here if we left Iraq. Douglas said:
Military and diplomatic analysts say it isn’t. They accuse Bush of exaggerating the threat that enemy forces in Iraq pose to the U.S. mainland.
The Dem Daily’s National Security category has post after post showing where the Republican’s have dropped the ball on National Security. The idea that Giuliani is now hyping the same fear mongering BS that Bush/Cheney has is utterly contemptable.
UPDATE: Kevin Drum notes the weak response from our own “front runners” to Rudy’s comments and then follows up with noting the DNC’s response which hit back with a “decent” harder response. Kevin is right, why is it so hard for our candidates to explain “why Giuliani is wrong and what Democrats would do instead.”