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Giuliani Sees Socialism in Democrats' Plans

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Saturday, April 28, 2007

Former New York mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani pulled out the S-word to criticize universal-health-care plans advocated by Democratic presidential candidates.

The Republican hopeful said in a visit to Raleigh, N.C., that Democrats who urged "mandatory" universal health care at a debate Thursday night were "moving toward socialized medicine so fast, it'll make your head spin," according to the Associated Press.

Giuliani instead advocated for a private solution. "When we want to cover poor people, as we should, we give them vouchers," he said.

All Democratic candidates support the government providing health care for those who cannot afford it, though the popularity of that position has come only in recent years. On Thursday, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) spoke of the "scars" she still bears from her 1994 universal-health-care proposal.

Former senator John Edwards (N.C.), another Democratic White House aspirant, said Giuliani is running a campaign aimed at polarizing the country. "Rudy Giuliani needs to put an end to his campaign to divide America and concentrate on offering solutions to the big challenges we face," he said.

-- Zachary A. Goldfarb

Renzi Vows to Stick Around

Rep. Rick Renzi (R-Ariz.), who temporarily stepped down from the House intelligence and Natural Resources committees after the FBI raided a family business last week as part of a probe into a land deal, rejected speculation that he would resign from office.

"For several weeks, I have been the subject of leaked stories, conjecture, and false attacks about a land exchange," Renzi said in a statement. "None of them bear any resemblance to the truth, including the rumor that I am planning on resigning."

But both Republicans and Democrats are preparing to run if Renzi resigns.

Readying for a special election, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has opened a special election fund to collect cash that would benefit the party's eventual nominee. If a vacancy occurs, the Democratic special election nominee would benefit from an immediate cash infusion from this fund. The DCCC began raising money yesterday for the effort.


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