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Rudy’s Latest Ad, Addressing the 9/11 Attacks


Rudy Giuliani’s latest ad, entitled, “Freedom,” is now running nationally, as well as in New Hampshire and Florida. If I am not mistaken, this is his first ad that discusses the 9/11 attacks.

My guess is that the same families of 9/11 victims who endorsed John Kerry and threw a fit over George W. Bush discussing the attacks in his campaign ads in 2004 will object to this one.

(UPDATE: Team Rudy notes that Hillary Clinton has already used a 9/11 image in one ad (after objecting to Bush doing the same in 2004), and if I’m not mistaken, the attacks were mentioned in passing in a Romney ad, discussing his management of the Olympics and the security concerns in early 2002.)

There’s a bit of “Morning in America” to the latter half of the ad, with images of (I think) Jesse Owens, the moon landing, and the space shuttle.

The script, below the fold:


MAYOR GIULIANI: “Right before September 11 and months before I had read this book about the greatest generation written by Tom Brokaw.
And the book explains how brave, and how persistent, and how courageous the people were in the generation that won the second world war.

 And during the day of September 11 living through the things that I saw and observed.
Immediately, when I saw people helping each other.
I saw the picture of the firefighters putting the flag up at ground zero.
I said these are the children or grandchildren or great-grandchildren of the greatest generation.
They have the same resolve. The same understanding.
When you challenge Americans, there’s no country that stands up stronger and better than the United States of America.
When you try and take something away from us like freedom, my goodness, Americans are going to be one in resisting you.
So, the Islamic terrorists would make a terrible mistake if they confuse our democracy for weakness.
Our democracy means we disagree with each other, but when you come and try and take away from us our freedom.
When you try and come here and kill our people.
We’re one and we’re going to stand up to you and we’re going to prevail. 
I’m Rudy Giuliani and I approved this message.”

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