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You just said it. The meeting was intended to get dirt on Hillary Clinton from a criminal lawyer. That was the intention of the meeting, you just said it. That was the original intention of the meeting.
It turned out to be a meeting about another subject and it was not pursued at all. And, of course, any meeting with regard to getting information on your opponent is something any candidate's staff would take.
If someone said, I have information about your opponent, you would take that meeting. From the Russian government? She didn't represent the Russian government, she's a private citizen.
I don't even know if they knew she was Russian at the time. All they had was her name. There's so much here; it's such a rich text. Giuliani says the intention of the meeting was "for the purpose of getting information about, about Clinton.
Tyler later became critical of Giuliani's turn as a prosecutor, calling his tactics "overkill". He only became a Republican after he began to get all these jobs from them. He's definitely not a conservative Republican. He thinks he is, but he isn't. He still feels very sorry for the poor. In a well-publicized case, Giuliani testified in defense of the federal government's "detention posture" regarding the internment of over 2, Haitian asylum seekers who had entered the country illegally.
In defense of the government's position, Giuliani testified that "political repression, at least in general, does not exist" under President of Haiti Jean-Claude Duvalier 's regime. Attorney for the Southern District of New Yorkwhich was technically a demotion but was sought by Giuliani because of his desire to personally litigate cases.
It was in this position that he first gained national prominence by prosecuting numerous high-profile cases, resulting in the convictions of Wall Street figures Ivan Boesky and Michael Milken. He also focused on prosecuting drug dealers, organized crimeand corruption in government. As a federal prosecutor, Giuliani was credited with bringing the " perp walk ", parading of suspects in front of the previously alerted media, into common use as a prosecutorial tool.
In a few cases, his arrests of alleged white-collar criminals at their workplaces with charges later dropped or lessened, sparked controversy, and damaged the reputations of the alleged "perps". We're just the tip of the iceberg", but no further charges were forthcoming and the investigation did not end until Giuliani's successor was in place. Time magazine called this "Case of Cases" possibly "the most significant assault on the infrastructure of organized crime since the high command of the Chicago Mafia was swept away in ", and quoted Giuliani's stated intention: However 4 heads of the Five Families were sentenced to years in prison on January 13, Riina allegedly became suspicious of his efforts against prosecuting the American Mafia and was worried that Giuliani might have spoken with Italian anti-mafia prosecutors and politicians, including Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellinowho would both later be murdered in in separate car bombings.
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The terrorists were let free by the European government that could have caught them or had them, sometimes in a deal, because they didn't want domestic problems. And then after that, the cause of the terrorists would be taken very, very seriously. That was sort of the--let's call it at least a European approach to how to deal with terrorism. I think President Bush on September 20,abruptly changed that policy. He said, "We're going to confront it.
They've done this terrible damage to us. They've attacked us worse than anyone's ever attacked us before. We're going to confront terrorism, and we're going to take an approach that's very different than what had been at least a prevailing approach in Europe up until then. So it would be unfair to charge that to President Clinton or even earlier in the Bush administration. As you mentioned, the country was united after September 11 and so did the world.
Even the French newspapers said, "Today we are all Americans. In your home state of New York, we asked people leaving the voting booth on Democratic primary day--and these are Democrats and some Independents but largely Democrats--whether they were angry or dissatisfied with President Bush.
And look at these numbers. In the state of New York, it's 88 percent. City of New York, it's 87 percent. Those are extraordinarily high numbers.
One of the reasons that people cite, obviously, are disagreement with the war in Iraq, the deficit, but also the constitutional amendment the president invoked to ban gay marriage. You disagree with the president on that, don't you? Well, I don't think it's right for decision at this point. I think this should play itself out in more states.
I certainly wouldn't support it at this time, but I don't think this is one of the critical issues. And I think what you see in New York is more of a reflection of two things.
First of all, you have a state that's essentially a Democratic state. I think it voted for Al Gore by maybe over a million votes, 1. Bill Clinton, each time by 1. So it's essentially a Democratic state. We have some exceptions but it's essentially Democratic.
And I think you're seeing the end result of Democratic primary season. It's been five or six months of tee-off on the president, million and millions of dollars in negative ads, so you have that whole issue that's been really explored dramatically now and the electorate's been educated in that direction. So it's going to take a little while to readjust to a more balanced view which is absolutely going to happen.
Vice President Cheney joked at the Gridiron Dinner in Washington here last night, that you would like to replace him on the ticket with George Bush, would you? I think Vice President Cheney has been a great vice president. He's a critical part of this administration. And he's a very, very important part of one of the things that I think is not only important for our country but important for my party. That is, that we can show stability. We can show we're going to keep this team together.
We've won some very, very significant victories against terrorism. And if we hope to continue along that road, we should keep the team together for the next four years.
So I'm a big, big supporter of the vice president, both externally and also to whatever extent my voice has any meaning within the party. But if he had a health problem or he made a decision that, politically, he was not helpful to the president and he asked to be taken off the ticket, would you be interested in replacing him? I'm very happy doing what I'm doing now. But you couldn't say no to the president.
An offer I couldn't refuse. An offer I couldn't refuse, right? I mean, you know, if they ask me, what would I say, Tim? You know, that's something that you don't face unless you face it. And my fervent wish is that it remains the way it is. If, in fact, George Bush is re-elected or not re-elected, would Rudy Giuliani like to run for president in ? That's so far away. I mean, I don't think there's any possible way to answer a question like that now. You know, whatever focus on exists is going to happen after we get the president and vice president re-elected and then I'll think about my own future.
This is not far away. And this is how Stu Rothenberg wrote about it in Roll Call newspaper: This, of course, would be a risky option but would offer Giuliani the greatest possible payoff. Indeed, it's probably the only way he can get to the White House without an invitation from President Bush. For all his assets and accomplishments, he's a moderate-to-liberal Republican in a party dominated by conservatives.
He's a New Yorker in a party anchored in the South and Midwest. He can't win the GOP nomination. But running against and defeating Clinton would make Giuliani a superstar of unmatched magnitude to Republicans and conservatives. It's a credential he could use in great effect in Iowa and New Hampshire. Well, that certainly saved any political committee I have an awful lot of money to pay for that advice. I mean, that was very good analysis. I don't know that I agree with it.
And, I mean, who knows what's going to happen in ? I don't know yet, Tim. After going through September 11,going through prostate cancer that happened, you know, during the time that I was considering running and getting ready to run for the Senate, I've kind of become much more kind of long-term in my view. You know, you can't make these decisions now.
After the election, I'm going to sit down and think very seriously about what do I want to do? I'm very, very happy with what I'm doing right now. I have a business with the former police commissioner, Bernie Kerik. We do a lot of interesting things. We're getting involved now in trying to stop a lot of this spreading importation of illegal medicines where people think they're getting real medicines and they're getting animal medicines and other things.
We do so many other--we work in Mexico City, we work all over the world. And then, at some point, I'm going to probably want to get revolved in government, but I don't know yet when and it isn't on the table right now. But you'd probably like to run for office again. But it's really down the road. It's not something that is mostly on my mind.
The things that we're doing with illegal drugs and the things we're doing in Mexico City and some of the other things we're doing internationally are the things that are getting me involved now. And I am very, very passionate about the campaign.
I developed a very, very strong bond with President Bush on and after September 11, I can't tell you personally how much support he gave me. There is a picture that I keep, you know, in my home of his putting his arm around me, and George Pataki is right next to us. The governor of New York. And I--it would be impossible for me to describe in words the amount of support that that gave me when my world was falling apart.
You know, New York and some of the people like Mychal Judge, who would have been my support, were gone. I had no one, you know, to really lean on. And the president gave me tremendous support, tremendous help. Gave New York everything that it needed. And I feel an obligation to him. And I think he's been a great president. But absent becoming a hero to the conservatives across the country by taking on Hillary Clinton, do you believe that conservatives in the Republican Party could accept you as a national party nominee with your position in favor of abortion rights, in favor of gay rights, in favor of gun control?
Aren't you out of sync with the conservatives and Republicans? I've been out of sync all my life. I reformed it, I changed it, I had a very different viewpoint than the prevailing viewpoint.
I think it made me a better mayor. I believe our party--if you're talking about the Republican Party, and people who have the views that I have, which very much reflect the views of people like George Pataki, on the East Coast, and Arnold Schwarzenegger, on the West Coast. I think my political philosophy is probably very similar to theirs. There's a lot of us who have that view within the Republican Party. And it is--not to beat an old phrase, and one I used last night, you know, a big tent.
The Republican Party is a much bigger tent than people give it credit for. We have a lot of what I guess you all call moderate Republicans. That's a very legitimate viewpoint within the party. And it doesn't mean we agree on everything.
I worked for Ronald Reagan. Ronald Reagan is probably my biggest political hero.
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I wrote about it in my book, I talk about it in my speeches. And the reason I respected Ronald Reagan was his consistent leadership, even though I didn't agree with all of his positions. Joe Torre's going to sign a two-year contract to manage the Yankees.
That blows the one I really want. At least for a couple of years. I still have hopes for that in And you bought A-Rod, the best team money can buy. And "The Sopranos" come back tonight. Oh, I'm a happy man, let me tell you. We'll see Tony tonight. The part I like about that best is, you know, when he drives to New Jersey, yeah, you know, that works out nice for us in New York.
Mayor Rudy Giuliani, thank you very much for everything, impersonations, the whole bit. Bush in the eyes of Carville and Matalin.
And we are back. Matalin, here we go. Two hundred and forty days till election. Here's the latest poll from the Associated Press: Bush, 46; John F. Kerry, 45; Ralph Nader, 6 percent, James Carville. Well, let me tell you it was good news for the Republican Party when Ralph Nader announced that he was getting in the race.
There's no doubt about that. And every Democrat should be cognizant of that. Every person thinking about Ralph Nader should be very cognizant of that, that a vote for Nader is a vote for Bush. A signature on a petition to allow him to run is in essence a vote for Bush.
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So I think that we all need to be really cognizant of that because this is going to be a close election and it is very possible that he could mean the difference in it. He was on this program two weeks ago to announce his candidacy Videotape, February 22, So I think the liberal intelligentsia you've got to ask yourself a tough question, Tim. For 25 years, they have let their party run away from them.
For 25 years, they've let their party become a captive of corporate interests. And now they want to block the American people from having more choice and voices, especially young people, who are looking for idealism, who are looking for a clean campaign, who are looking for the real issues in this country instead of the sham and the rhetoric that masquerades for political campaigning.
Mary Matalin, do you love having Ralph Nader out there?
No, to quote my husband, he's, like, last year's calendar. He's not going to get 6 percent. He's not going to have any effect in this race. More interesting are those polls, though, that Kerry at a virtual tie with President Bush after the best five weeks he's going to have coming out of this primary unassaulted, basically.
So, to be unassaulted, coming out of the primary and all the Bush-bashing that they did in the course of that primary, to be tied with the president at this point, says something about this race. Let the record show, this first time in history that I've ever been associated with any intelligentsia You know, I want I--you know, I sort of jolted, too, the political intelligentsia. I don't deny it. I do deny that I'm intelligent.
Mary Matalin, this is the front page of The Washington Times, a conservative paper here in Washington: How tough is it going to be to run on that record?
Let's put this in bigger context. Look at that little chart there, and what it shows is job growth for a consecutive six months. What the Democrats don't tell you and don't put in context, and we need to do for this race and need the American people the truth, here, is that 75 percent of the jobs lost in the last year were lost in The second cause of job loss is a--is good news for the economy.
It's all-time high productivity, which means cheaper goods for consumers. So we have to address what are causing these job losses. They're not, as Senator Kerry says and the political intelligentsia, Bush policies. It was Bush policies that took us out of the recession, that dealt with the corporate scandals that began in the watch preceding ours and that dealt with the dot-com crash.
Those are the causes that made a recession shorter and shallower and has now resulted in record growth, year low inflation rates, year low interest rates, all-time high home ownership, all-time high productivity.
Manufacturing and industry are coming out of their slump. So let's get this into perspective, talk about why the jobs are being lost so we can talk about how to bring them back, for which the president has many forward-looking policies, contrary to to his opponent.
When the president proposed his first tax cut he said it would create a million jobs. He proposed a second tax cut, said it would create a million jobs. The White House economic adviser said just a few weeks ago 2. They're not showing up. Six consecutive months there has been job growth. What is Kerry's plan? Kerry wants to cut--this is his whole economic plan--he wants to cut taxes on the rich. I have news for Senator Kerry. We don't have an idle rich class. Raise taxes on the rich. These "rich people" are job creators.
Two thirds of them are small-business owners. They invest in the economy. They grow the economy. This is not an economic policy prescription that he has. How would he bring back these jobs? They're going to come back by the kinds of policies that Bush is working to put in place and has put in place, and it's going to take time. Will raising taxes bring jobs back? Well, first of all, Vice President Cheney said that we wouldn't have the job growth we've got if it wouldn't be for Bush's taxes.
I don't know how to tell the vice president this, but there are no jobs that have been created. In fact, they've lost jobs in this administration.
They actually think that they're creating jobs. The main thing here is, Tim, is they're not going to change their policies. They're convinced that high deficits are the key to job growth.
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The truth of the matter is, it's a failed policy, and the only way that you're going to change the economic policy in this country, the same way you're going to change the policy with reference to health care, to foreign policy, to environmental policy and anything else, is voter change in November, because these guys are actually convinced that the economy is working under them. They're actually convinced that jobs are growing out there. The vice president himself said that.
The president went to a plant in California and praised the guy because he said he might add two jobs to his plant. I mean, I can't--there's no--they're so out of touch with the reality of what's going on in America, they're so out of touch with the reality of what people feel.
And I would say this. I would give them high--they're not going to change a thing.