September 4th, 2007
07:28 PM ET
3 years ago

Giuliani premieres preparedness commitment

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani was surrounded by firefighters' gear as his discussed his proposals for better national emergency preparedness on Tuesday.

(CNN) - At a campaign stop Tuesday in Pearl, Mississippi, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani promoted his plan to help every community in the nation prepare for terrorist attacks and natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina, which devastated the Gulf Coast region in 2005.

Giuliani toured the state’s emergency management agency with GOP Gov. Haley Barbour to highlight his plan on disaster response and preparedness, which he says should be decentralized. The presidential hopeful’s proposals include increasing local and state training and creating regional emergency response teams like FEMA's Urban Search and Rescue Teams and giving FEMA new technology to track relief supplies and other aid. He also called for ending appropriation of federal money for congressional pet projects. Instead, Giuliani would use the money to pay for long-term infrastructure needs like improving the nation’s aging bridges.

The proposals taken together comprise the latest of Giuliani’s “Twelve Commitments” which he has been rolling out separately during his campaign.

“Today, every American needs to have a first responder mindset,” Giuliani said in a statement released Tuesday.

Giuliani announced his preparedness commitment on the same day that he named the individuals who would advise him on homeland security during the remainder of his 2008 presidential bid. The advisors include former FBI director Louis Freeh and Rep. Peter King, R-New York, along with former officials of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and of the New York City government.

Giuliani may be best known nationally for leading New York City after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in lower Manhattan, and has made his experiences dealing with terrorism a hallmark of his campaign.

–CNN Associate Producer Martina Stewart


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  1. xtina chicago IL

    This is a sensible and important program Mr. Giuliani is proposing. I'd rather see a candidate preparing a security plan such as this, than just preparing to take more taxes out of our paychecks for more social programs/entitlements/initiatives (whatever they're calling free stuff for people who don't want to work.)

    September 4, 2007 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  2. Dan (Baltimore, MD)

    I'm really glad that one of the candidates is talking about this. It's a major issue and it looks like Rudy has an excellent idea on how to make the U.S. more prepared. He is definitely the most impressive of all the candidates in either party.

    September 4, 2007 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  3. Rafael Richmond Virginia

    Go Rudy!!! Make America safer!!!

    September 4, 2007 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  4. steve albuquerque

    Notice there are no actual FIREFIGHTERS in the gear. Guiliani is forced to use props instead of real people – thats because most firefighters know a phony when they see one

    September 5, 2007 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  5. C.MacLean, Raleigh, NC

    Too bad the rest of the country doesn't know what New Yorkers know – that on September 10, 2001, Rudy was so unpopular in NYC that he couldn't have been elected dog catcher.

    People – focus on his record BEFORE 9/11; it will tell you everything you need to know.

    The problem with electing someone who only looks good in a crisis is that he will need to keep finding (or manufacturing) more and more crises in order to look good.

    As far as running things on a day-to-day basis, Guiliani simply can't.

    September 5, 2007 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  6. bret, atl, ga

    Those who sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither and will lose both.

    -Benjamin "Giuliani is a Fraud" Franklin

    (Well, there's some dispute about whether he is the author of the paraphrased quote, but he wrote similar stuff. See http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Benjamin_Franklin for further reading.)

    September 5, 2007 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  7. bret, atl, ga

    also I think it's hilarious how little he understands about the Constitution. He wants to end Congressional pet projects, so he can fund Executive Branch pet projects? Do people actually believe in this guy? Sure, Congress is horrible, but at least they have a much tougher time getting stuff done (for which we should all be infinitely thankful). Giuliani is just another Bush/Cheney Imperialist wanna-be. Newsflash guys: We done crossed the Rubicon a long, long time ago. Your ways are doomed to failure.

    September 5, 2007 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  8. Dan (Columbia, MD)

    At least Rudy actually went to the funeral services of firefighters and police officers who sacrificed their lives. How many services have the other candidates attended?

    I think it's great that Rudy is talking about this issue. At least he has a plan for how to tackle the problem instead of talking about raising taxes so more of our money can go into the black hole that is centralized government bureaucracy.

    September 5, 2007 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  9. Raymond, El Paso TX

    First he's a Democrat, then he's a Republican, I'm sure he's as committed to America as he was to his first wife.

    September 5, 2007 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  10. xtina chicago IL

    Even if you don't "like" Mr. Giuliani- what don't you "like" about someone having an emergency preparedness plan?
    Why would someone say , " oh, NO, we don't want an emergency preparedness plan !"

    Weren't you the same peoeple who said the "government knew but didn't warn us about 9-11 ________ (or fill in any other attack)" ?

    September 5, 2007 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  11. Jeannie in Sacramento, CA

    Giuliani has nothing else to run on and even his purported terror attack resume is widely refuted by many. This Republican-Democrat with an identity crisis would be so much fun to beat in the general election! So bring on your terrorist attach resume, Rudy baby!

    September 5, 2007 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  12. Tricia M Charlottetown PEI

    Rudy the Front Line Hero. Well in his words anyway. He spent as much time at Ground Zero as the Firefighters and Rescue workers! And he has a plan for Terrorism. Definitely the stuff Great Presidents are made of!
    Spare Me.

    September 5, 2007 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  13. xtina chicago IL

    Of course, if we don't get attacked by terrorists, whoever is in the White House doesn't get credit for protecting us. But if we do get attacked again on our own land, it will be the fault of the White House.

    September 5, 2007 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  14. Cable King Pittsburgh Pa

    Xtina,

    I don't understand your statement. Unless I missed something, isn't Bush taking credit for no attacks since 9/11?

    September 5, 2007 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  15. Rick, Chicago Illinois

    xtina chicago IL,

    Your ignorance is matched only by your unwillingness to respond once someone rips your posts up.

    "I'd rather see a candidate preparing a security plan such as this, than just preparing to take more taxes out of our paychecks for more social programs/entitlements/initiatives (whatever they're calling free stuff for people who don't want to work.)"

    Right! Just cut all the programs that YOU personally don't use, cuz nobody else needs them if you don't right? And forget using taxes as a way to pay down the debt that your republicans created when they spent like drunken sailors at a brothel. Why should YOU help pay that down when you can just pass the bill on to other people – like your own kids and grandkids right?

    Nope, nothing ASTOUNDINGLY ignorant about THAT!

    And you wonder why conservatives like you have to append the word "compassionate" on to the front in order to make it seem like you're not anywhere near as self centered as you really are.

    "Weren't you the same people who said the "government knew but didn't warn us about 9-11 ________ (or fill in any other attack)" ?"

    Giuliani WAS the guy who was SUPPOSED to have a preparedness plan when he got attacked on 911 – which was AFTER NYC already got attacked in '93. He's the LAST guy who should be touting plans like this since historically, his don't seem to work too well apparently. That's like Charles Manson talking about personal responsibility or Larry Craig lecturing on the immorality of gays.

    Rudy? Preparedness? It goes like oil and water.

    Rudy? Commitment? Ask his ex-wives!

    "Of course, if we don't get attacked by terrorists, whoever is in the White House doesn't get credit for protecting us. But if we do get attacked again on our own land, it will be the fault of the White House."

    Yes. Finally you said something that makes sense! You normally don't get credit for doing what you should do, and DO get blamed for not doing what you should have. If you can blame Clinton for all the things that happened under HIS watch, you can Blame Dubya for the terrorist attack that happened under his – and thus Rudy for his failures as well.

    Sounds fair to me!

    There's a reason why outsiders consider Rudy "America's Mayor" while the people who lived in NYC under his watch tend to REALLY not like the guy.

    September 6, 2007 10:19 am at 10:19 am |