November 13th, 2007
07:45 AM ET
13 years ago

Giuliani: 'More trade' will help solve health crises in Africa

Giuliani said increasing trade with African nations will help those governments solve public health problems on their own.

COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CNN) – When faced with several questions about AIDS in Africa during a recent campaign stop in South Carolina, former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani offered few specifics on public health issues but said that increasing U.S. trade with Africa will help "the problems, the issues, everything" facing the continent.

After a brief speech to supporters at his South Carolina state headquarters last week, Giuliani was asked about AIDS, antiretroviral drugs and health care workers in Africa by three medical students in the audience.

Giuliani was questioned on whether he would renew PEPFAR, or the President's Plan for Emergency AIDS Relief, which is due to expire in 2008.

The $15 billion, five-year U.S.-led initiative provides drugs to combat AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria in developing nations, but has been criticized because of its stipulation that at least one third of the money spent on disease prevention should go to abstinence-until-marriage programs.

"I would continue that and if necessary expand it and am very open to it," Giuliani said. "I talked to the president about it a long time back. That is something I would very much support."

Asked when he would develop a global AIDS platform, Giuliani said: "Over the course of the campaign. You sort of develop it one piece at a time. But its something we are very committed to."

Giuliani was also asked if he would provide money to train more health care workers in Africa.

He replied that "my plan would be to continue what the president has done" and then said that negotiating free trade agreements with African governments will help countries build their economies and solve public health crises.

Giuliani cited the free trade pact with Peru, recently passed by the House of Representatives, as a possible model.

"I would try to increase dramatically trade with Africa," Giuliani said. "Because what we're really trying to do is help Africa get to the point where the African countries can take care of this problem themselves."

"There's nothing better than to help to make people self-sufficient, and aid helps them get through crisis, but then trade helps them to self-sufficiency."

- CNN South Carolina Producer Peter Hamby

Filed under: Rudy Giuliani • South Carolina
soundoff (41 Responses)
  1. Gary, Detroit, Mich.

    Just what we need. More so called 'free trade' with yet another third world economy. As if enough jobs haven't been shipped to India and China in the last 6 or 7 years. Now we can now send some to Africa. Maybe there's some jobs at CNN that can be outsourced!

    November 13, 2007 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  2. J Stein - IL

    Giuliani has no clue when it come to subjects beyond his narrow range of interests – particularly foreign policy issues. If it weren't for 9/11 he would never be considered a serious candidate.

    November 13, 2007 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  3. S Wills, Tampa, FL

    Hey Rudy,

    Everyone knows that Africa's problems stem from 'industrialized nations' refusal to do business with African countries. This is not news!

    Every president dems and republicans say that during the campaign. But once in office they couldn't care less about really developing a strategy of investing or trading with African countries.

    We can trade with the most corrupt and oppressive communist regimes on the planet but no one has ever nor will ever trade with these poor African countries.

    They need trade and investments just like we do with India and China, (who will own us in a couple of decades by the way).

    November 13, 2007 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  4. Ryan Theriot, Chicago, IL

    Everything Giuliani says and does is wrong. Pro-war, Pro-abortion, Pro-gay rights, Pro-illegal republicans even know what he stands for? We cannot take over the world simply because 16 guys took over 4 plains.

    November 13, 2007 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  5. Kathy, Wooster, OH

    take your pick:

    November 13, 2007 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  6. Christian, Tampa FL

    Even more than trading, the United States and Europe need to be seriously investing in Africa for moral and political reasons.

    On the moral side, we need to do something to boost Africa's economy and promote cooperation among its nations. A strengthened coalition, something like the European Union, would be a big step toward stabilizing and raising up that impoverished continent. There is a lot of potential there.

    On the political side, China is spreading its influence in Africa, and the West should do something to counter that.

    November 13, 2007 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  7. Brian, Tampa, FL

    Kathy, Wooster, OH

    I understand your point. Rudy continuously dressing up in women's clothes is way past the point of humor.

    Can you see him trying to stand up to Iran, Russia or China? They would have zero respect for him as a president.

    Problem is, he is running as a republican and history shows they will vote for any idiot Fox News and Rush Limbaugh tells them to.

    November 13, 2007 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    Rudy Giuliani as President of the United States, "honest to God, just step back and think about it." But then again...the current administration has lowered the bar considerably.

    John Weinbrecht
    Portland, OR

    November 13, 2007 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  9. rob, austin

    the problem with Africa is much greater than trade. it goes back to Europe colonizing the land. from that era on, the racial and religious peoples of the lands were supported by one European government or another. this helped to divide the land and the peoples. when Europe began to pull out, the people they were supporting were left in a vacuum and a power struggle began as the people who were oppressed fought back. this is a huge factor in the African problems of today. lets build roads so that the people who can produce goods to sell can get it to markets. start building their internal commerce and things may change.

    also, what resource does the world value greatly and is not in abundance in Africa. OIL. hence Americas and the worlds great interest in the middle east.

    November 13, 2007 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  10. J Houston, TX

    Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House...honest to God just think about it. Scary times...

    November 13, 2007 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  11. DJ, Los Angeles, CA

    Yeah I agree with George...America can't even get its own people fed and given proper healthcare, yet alone worry about other nations.

    Gasoline prices have doubled since the 90's, healthcare and housing cost have also skyrocketed. The cost of living is getting so bad – that most Americans are barely getting by living paycheck to paycheck.

    November 13, 2007 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  12. Sean, Sant Barbara

    In this post 9/11 world we have to protect Israel, because 9/11 taught us that 9/11 was...Israel gave me money.. 9/11 9/11 9/11.. Thank You.. oh yeah and 9/11 9/11 9/11 9/11.. I wish I was Israeli.. 9/11 9/11 9/11 9/11 9/11

    November 13, 2007 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  13. ronnie - knoxville tn

    Liberals say they don't want military action in Darfur/The Congo. So, why not look at economic solutions/ trade? What do they want in Africa?

    November 13, 2007 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  14. Gary, Detroit, Mich.

    Are you guys censoring again? Didn't you like the remark about outsourcing CNN jobs if we get into just one more "free trade agreement" with a third world country?

    November 13, 2007 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  15. Adam Syracuse NY

    Make farming a viable way of life here in the United States. With all the wasteful spending in the government by BOTH sides, how can you honestly tell me that taking money away from farmers is the first place to cut the fat? And yes, I would rather the AMERICAN farmer have a job than the AFRICAN farmer if it actually came to that.

    Posted By J Houston, TX : November 13, 2007 11:04 am

    You do realize that the average farming family in this country recieves about $700 worth of subsidies. The government gives out subsidies to dead farmers!
    But its not like its the governments money, they just take it from those who earn it doing something productive for a living.

    November 13, 2007 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |

    why is everyone avoiding addressing giuliani: racist rule over new york communities of color?

    November 14, 2007 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
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