October 4th, 2007
07:04 PM ET
15 years ago

Romney goes after Giuliani's fiscal record

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (CNN) - ­ Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney,
took aim Thursday at former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Romney, trailing
in national polls, attacked frontrunner Giuliani's record on fiscal
conservative issues: taxation and government spending.

Before a crowd of St. Anselm College students and campaign supporters,
Romney criticized Giuliani's decision to eliminate the line-item veto,
calling the veto an important "vehicle" to control "unnecessary pork barrel,
ear-mark spending."

"Mayor Giuliani was the mayor who fought the line-item veto. Went to court
to stop the line item veto. Went all the way to the Supreme Court to stop
the line item veto and he won. And because he won, he killed the line item
veto. That was a serious mistake."

On taxation, Romney jabbed the New York Mayor¹s commuter tax, an issue that
resonated with the crowd.

"Mayor Giuliani sued the republican governor to keep in place the commuter
tax. Can you imagine what would have happened here in New Hampshire if I, as
governor of Massachusetts, said anybody who commutes to Massachusetts is
going to have to pay an extra special tax as a commuter? It just seems
absolutely wrong."

- CNN New Hampshire Producer Sareena Dalla

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