Giuliani Throws First Pitch in Texas

The Associated Press
Saturday, September 8, 2007; 9:21 PM

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani threw the first pitch at the Texas Rangers-Oakland A's game Saturday after a rally at Rangers Ballpark.

Just days before the sixth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the former New York mayor said he's disappointed that Osama bin Laden remains at large.

"It should be an important objective. It is not just symbolic," Giuliani said of catching the al-Qaida leader who planner the attacks. "The mere fact that he's still there inspires some of our enemies."

In a new 26-minute video, bin Laden compares the Iraq war to Vietnam, criticizes the Democratic Party for failing to prompt a U.S. pullout from Iraq and encourages Americans to welcome Islam.

Giuliani also reiterated his position that illegal immigration can be stopped at the border by deploying more agents, building a fence and adding more technology, such as motion sensors.

Before speaking with supporters and posing with them for photographs, Giuliani, wearing a long-sleeved dress shirt and tie, took about 25 swings in the batting cage with Rangers first baseman Brad Wilkerson's bat.

The move was at the suggestion of Rangers owner Tom Hicks, who said he is Giuliani's Texas campaign chairman.

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