Republican presidential hopeful former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani speaks to a group from the Home Builders Association of Greater Columbia and Greater Columbia Association of Realtors during a campaign stop Friday, Oct. 12, 2007, in Columbia, S.C.
(AP Photo/Mary Ann Chastain)
PORTSMOUTH — Former New York City Mayor and Republican presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani will return to the Seacoast this Sunday, said his national campaign manager Mike Duhaime.
Giuliani will hold events in Portsmouth, Exeter and Durham. However, the exact locations and times have not yet been announced.
"We see the New Hampshire Seacoast as a big part of our primary strategy," Duhaime said. "Our current focus is on the primary and we have a lot of support on the Seacoast.
"The mayor is coming to shore up that support," the campaign manager said. "I feel good about how we're doing on the Seacoast."
Giuliani will focus on the fiscal issues that have been so contentious in recent Republican debates, Duhaime said. The mayor was criticized by former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for filing a lawsuit against the line-item veto former President Bill Clinton tried to institute and for claims that Giuliani cut taxes substantially while mayor of New York.
"The mayor has always been in favor of the line-item veto, but feels it needs to be done through a constitutional amendment," Duhaime said. "President Clinton was trying to take money out of the pockets of New Yorkers, and it was the mayor's duty to stop that."
Asked about criticism Giuliani has taken from the leaders of Evangelical Christian groups for his support of abortion rights and same-sex unions, Duhaime said recent polls seem to indicate the members of those Evangelical movements don't necessarily agree with their leaders.
"The rank and file are looking at his record, and the mayor has broad support among Republicans of all kinds," he said.
As for Giuliani's staunch support for a continuation of the war in Iraq, and the Patriot Act, which appears to be in conflict with the positions voters took in the 2006 election when anti-war Democrats won majorities in the House and Senate, Duhaime said the mayor does not see this as a political issue.
"This is not something the mayor is going to look at politically," the campaign manager said. "Iraq is just one front in the war on terrorism, and Rudy knows we have to stay on the offensive."