Giuliani sees California as a touchstone state

first_imgPresidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani received a rock-star reception from supporters in Glendale on Tuesday, vowing he can take California not only in the primary election, but in the presidential contest as well. After being besieged by excited supporters brandishing cell-phone cameras, the former New York City mayor and Republican front-runner sat down for a one-on-one interview with the Daily News. Here are excerpts from that interview: Q: Do you think you’re going to get (support from those who voted for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger)? Q: Have you talked with Gov. Schwarzenegger at all about any type of endorsement? A: I talk to Gov. Schwarzenegger all the time, but obviously when you talk about endorsements you keep that confidential. The governor has to make his own decision. He’s a good friend and I talk to him quite a bit. Q: What kind of support have you received from any prominent figures in L.A.? A: Well, I’ve gotten the support of your ex-mayor – Mayor (Richard) Riordan, he’s been a strong supporter – your ex-governor, Gov. (Pete) Wilson, Kurt Pringle, who’s the mayor of Anaheim. Q: (LAPD Chief William) Bratton? A: Well, Bill and I have talked several times. Bill’s a Democrat, and I respect that. Q: (Reports are) now saying that immigration reform is going to have to wait until after the 2008 election. Can it wait? Should it wait? A: I can’t assess that. I mean, the legislative priorities are not something that I am privy to. I would say that it cannot wait to do border security and President Bush should be doing it right now. He should be expanding the size of the Border Patrol and building both the physical and the virtual or technological fence, because it’s a combination of both along the 2,000-mile border. And he should be making a significant effort to tighten up our borders so that the next president can get that job done as quickly as possible. … The more progress we can make on that over the next year, year and a half, the faster we can get it done and the sooner we can look at real immigration reform. Because real immigration reform is premised on a very simple fact: We have to end illegal immigration. Q: Can you do that? A: … I understand maybe as clearly as anyone and I’m able to carry this out probably better than anyone. We have to end illegal immigration. Q: Part of your appeal has been with wooing moderate voters. What does the endorsement of Pat Robertson say about that? A: It says I can reach out to all voters. Q: Considering some of the controversial things he’s said, though, about Ariel Sharon, about gays. A: … Pat endorsed me for the three reasons that are very clear and are very important. He endorsed me because he believes I’d be the strongest in dealing with the Islamic terrorist threat against America, that I would handle the War on Terror better than anyone else. He endorsed me because he thinks I’d be the best at restraining spending and lowering taxes. … And third, he felt that I would be the best in appointing judges. … Because I don’t have to change my positions to get wide support. I can be myself. [email protected] 818-713-3702160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre A: I think I’m going to get all the Republicans! … I think we have the broadest support among the widest group of Republicans of any of the Republican candidates. Q: And how do you see the Republicans in California? A: Just like the Republicans in New York. Just like the Republicans in New Hampshire. … I’m appealing to them by not changing the views that are deeply held, by trying to be who I am, by being as honest about that as I can express. … And I think, of the Republicans, I’m the candidate that has the best chance of winning California – the general (election). Q: Candidates usually don’t have a very good track record of showing up in California or spending much time here. A: … This is one of the states we’ve been in the most. … And because I truly believe that we have as good a chance as Hillary Clinton to win this state in November. And I honestly can tell you, if any of my (GOP) opponents is nominated they will close down their office in California the day after they get nominated. And I’m going to expand my office the day after I’m nominated. last_img read more