GOP's rallying cry
Rockingham County Attorney Jim Reams, left, and Jim Coburn, right, the Republican candidate for N.H. governor, applaud former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani during his stop in New Castle Friday to campaign for local Republican candidates.
Photo by Rich Beauchesne

NEW CASTLE -- Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani was welcomed into New Hampshire Friday by Republican candidates, elected officials and community members. Giuliani stopped in New Castle, along with U.S. Rep. Jeb Bradley, gubernatorial hopeful Jim Coburn and several state Senate candidates, during a statewide bus tour to support New Hampshire's Republican candidates.

Giuliani said these candidates and their ideas are exactly what is needed not only in the state, but in the rest of the country. "Everything that I am hearing from these candidates is exactly what is needed: lower taxes, more accountable government and stricter law enforcement. These are the things that the Republican Party is all about," he said.

While the Republican Party has received a lot of criticism lately, Giuliani said he does not believe it is in jeopardy, but instead will come out on top in the election.

"The Republican Party is right about the economy, which means lower taxes, while Democrats want to raise taxes. They are right on the war on terror, which is to remain on offense, while the Democrats want to go on defense," he said. "I think those two big things are going to make a very big difference."

Giuliani has been crisscrossing the country for the past month rallying for Republican candidates, New Hampshire Republican Chairman Wayne Semprini said. After stopping in Manchester, Nashua and New Castle, Giuliani was off to Rochester and Laconia. He then left New Hampshire to head to Virginia and Pennsylvania.

New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairwoman Kathy Sullivan commented on Giuliani's New Hampshire bus tour during a press conference call. She said the Republican bus has been taking New Hampshire down the wrong road for too long. "As the mayor hit the road today, it could not be more clear that New Hampshire families are tired of Republican leadership driving us in the wrong direction. There is a clear trend away from this wrong-way ride that we have been on under the Bush administration."

She said what really matters is that Republican leadership in New Hampshire has been too partisan and too obstructionist for too long.

"Enough is enough," she said. "Voters will send a message that we want off this bus. Our candidates have the positive message and the positive plan to put us on the right road and the right bus."