Giuliani Aims Attacks at Democrats

GOP presidential hopeful Rudolph W. Giuliani talks about his tax plan during a campaign stop in Manchester, N.H.
GOP presidential hopeful Rudolph W. Giuliani talks about his tax plan during a campaign stop in Manchester, N.H. (By Jim Cole -- Associated Press)
By Philip Elliott
Associated Press
Sunday, August 26, 2007

MANCHESTER, N.H., Aug. 25 -- A Democratic president would raise taxes and ravage the economy, Republican candidate Rudolph W. Giuliani said Saturday, while he would lower taxes, make permanent President Bush's tax cuts and eliminate inheritance taxes.

The former New York City mayor paid little attention to his GOP rivals while taking on the Democratic presidential field.

"The Democrats believe in government when they have a choice. Republicans believe in people when we have a choice. . . . The Republican Party is the party of the people. The Democratic Party is the party of the government," Giuliani said at a town hall meeting. He appeared with former presidential candidate Steve Forbes, who is a campaign adviser, and former Massachusetts governor Paul Cellucci.

And Giuliani criticized those who want to repeal Bush's cuts. "When it's working, let's change it. That's a brilliant philosophy. It sounds a little bit like Iraq," he said to laughter.

Democrats took issue with Giuliani's approach.

"Rudy Giuliani and the rest of the Republican candidates seem to be the last people in America who think the voters are looking for more of the same failed Bush agenda," said Damien LaVera, a spokesman for the Democratic National Committee.

"If Mayor Giuliani wins the Republican nomination and I'm on the stage with him in 2008 as the Democratic nominee for president, it'll be a very stark contrast between the two of us," said former North Carolina senator John Edwards (D). "Here is a man who wants to have more Bush tax cuts for the richest people in America, and here on the Democratic side is someone who wants to eliminate the tax cuts for the richest Americans to pay for universal health care and actually give tax relief to middle-class families. America is going to have a very clear choice in this election."

Tax cuts have been a cornerstone issue of Giuliani's campaign, along with greater freedom over spending and a smaller government.

"New York City's taxes were way too high," Giuliani said. "We were taxing people out of the city. We were making the choice for them."

He said people would face $3 trillion in tax increases over the next decade unless Bush's tax cuts are made permanent. Giuliani also advocated a permanent child tax credit and lower marginal tax rates. He favors linking the alternative minimum tax to the rate of inflation.

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