Giuliani is putting 9/11 imagery front-and-center in a new ad.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Republican Rudy Giuliani’s campaign announced a new television ad Thursday that invokes the former New York City mayor’s connection to the events of September 11, and the tough stance on terrorism that has been a central theme of his presidential run.
In the 30-second spot, titled ‘Freedom,’ Giuliani compares the firefighters he saw at Ground Zero on September 11 to the members of the “greatest generation” that fought in World War II, speaking over still images of both groups.
“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,” says Giuliani.
“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,” he says. “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.”
The spot will air nationally on cable, and in the early-voting primary states of New Hampshire and Florida, beginning Friday.
–CNN’s Rebecca Sinderbrand