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Giuiani Does Democrats’ Dirty Work

Posted by Mike on August 9, 2007

Mitt Romney’s campaign recently took a swipe at Rudy Giuliani’s record on illegal immigration, accusing the Mayor of running New York as a sanctuary city during the 1990s. Outraged, the Giuliani campaign issued a response accusing Romney of being a flip-flopper and denying the charge. I’m troubled by Giuliani’s response because it is patently false and reinforces liberal exaggerations of a fellow Republicans record.

Romney accused Giuliani of running a sanctuary city and the Mayor’s campaign denied it. Unfortunately for Giuliani, Romney was right. Although it was Mayor Koch who originally turned Gotham into a sanctuary city, Giuliani proudly continued and even defended the disgraceful policy.

“Some of the hardest-working and most productive people in this city are undocumented aliens,” Giuliani said at the time. “If you come here and you work hard and you happen to be in an undocumented status, you’re one of the people who we want in this city. You’re somebody that we want to protect, and we want you to get out from under what is often a life of being like a fugitive, which is really unfair.”

Just as troubling as the Giuliani campaign’s fibbing is their haste to reinforce a liberal exaggeration about Mitt Romney’s record. Early on in the campaign, Romney admitted to changing his position on the issue of abortion. Following this admission, liberals hit the airwaves and falsely accused the Governor of waffling on a number of other issues, gay rights being the most egregious example.

What these exaggerations accomplished was the creation of a perception that Romney is a serial waffler. Although this perception stems from gross exaggerations, it is something that Romney will have to defend in the general election should he win the Republican nomination. Giuliani lending the appearance of credibility to this mudslinging can only benefit She Who Must Not Be Named.

Although every Republican candidate wants to be the nominee, only one will win that honor. The eventual nominee, whoever it is, will have strengths and weaknesses as a candidate. It is perfectly legitimate for the Republican candidates to draw distinctions among themselves so long as those distinctions are truthful. Lending credibility to liberal exaggerations of Romney’s flip-flopping is no less disgusting than conservatives who lend credibility to phony liberal attacks on Giuliani’s anti-terrorism credentials. Our party’s unsuccessful candidates must not become an accomplices to the fountain of misinformation who will emerge on the Democrat side.

Romney drew accurate distinction on illegal immigration and the Giuliani campaign delivered a misleading, irrelevant, and unhelpful response. Giuliani should either admit his liberal position and move on, like he does with abortion; or he should change his position and explain why he was wrong, like he did on McCain-Feingold. That’s right. Rudy threw this stone from his glass house.

On this exchange: advantage Romney.

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