MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (CNN) – Making a grand entrance on a Segway Saturday morning, Rudy Giuliani recognized a group of competing young robot enthusiasts and said the nation should invest more in science and engineering.
"This is like an athletic event. This is a real hard-nosed competition about science and robotics. You're the best," the former New York Mayor told the group competing in a robotics tournament. "This is exactly what this country needs. This country needs competition it needs a lot more emphasis on science, a lot more emphasis on engineering."
Giuliani later discussed the larger role of science and technology in the global economy. He expressed concern over the decreasing number of American engineers compared to India and China.
"We're going to find ourselves at a global disadvantage - it would be a shame for America to lose its edge here."
He noted that a commitment to science would serve a dual purpose, first "an answer to the balance of payments in international trade," and second would help the developing world bring itself out of poverty.
– CNN New Hampshire Producer Sareena Dalla