November 29th, 2007
10:45 AM ET
15 years ago

Giuliani says Dems will raise taxes in new ad

Giuliani criticizes the leading Democrats in a new TV ad.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - In a new television ad touting his record as New York City mayor, Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani takes a swipe at Democratic candidates, saying they're sure to raise taxes once they reach the Oval Office.

"I know that reducing taxes produces more revenues. Democrats don't know that," Giuliani says in the ad, titled "Promise", which begins airing in New Hampshire and Boston television markets Thursday. He said Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, John Edwards have promised to raise taxes.

"The only thing I can tell you in addition to that is they'll raise taxes even more than they promise," says Giuliani.

- CNN Political Assignment Editor Katy Byron

Filed under: Rudy Giuliani
soundoff (42 Responses)
  1. aj huntington ny

    Hillary and Obama have both said in the past few mos. that they will raise taxes.

    November 29, 2007 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  2. Richard, St. Paul, MN

    Whoever gets in, Republican or Democrat, is going to have to raise taxes to reduce the astronomical deficit that Bush and his imbeciles have run up. We're screwed for generations because of the Republican lack of accountability and if they get in again, I'm sure that they'll spin-doctor the debt even higher.

    November 29, 2007 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  3. David, Gilbert Arizona

    The middle class does not, and never has, paid more tax than the rich. What is highly publicized is that the wealthy received an income tax decrease from 38.6% to 35%. What the democrats don't tell the middle class is that their tax also decreased from 35% to 33%. The wealthiest 5% of Americans pay 60% of all income taxes. The bottom 50% of Americans pay 3% of income taxes.

    What the democrats want to do is turn back the clock on the wealthy returning their tax percentage to 38.6%. This increase won't pay for all the social programs the democrats want to implement, specifically socialized medicine or universal health care whichever you wish to call it. If the democrats get into office you can be assured your taxes, in one form or another, will increase.

    November 29, 2007 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  4. Christine NJ

    Republican all are big lie, they seem cut the taxes, but they raise inflation, like Gas, Property tax… all middle class american citizen are suffering....

    November 29, 2007 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  5. fair,washington,dc

    Try again, the budget wasn't balanced, we still had a deficit and our taxes were a lot higher. This is normal Dem crap about how they all by themselves made things better…the change in the economy took years to improve, the shift started before King Bill, the Dems just take credit for entering office at the moment things shifted for the better, which they had nothing to do with.

    Also you cannot blame the repubs for gas prices, those are being overinflated by big oil…Why don't you ask your all powerful Dem buddies why they are not doing something about it? Perhaps it's the kickbacks they are getting.

    Also if the Dems would stop trying to waste money we could start working on getting things back on track.

    Posted By Terry, Lakeland, FL : November 29, 2007 4:04 pm

    No you try again Terry, bottom line you can't have it both ways as you Republicans like to...if the Dems do something positive its because of what a Republican did,bad you wouldn't take any blame. Same with gas prices, unlike you I don't have selective amnesia, Bush touted the lowering gas prices during his last campaign which by the way some say he brokered with the Arabs to keep down until after the election, pretty farfetched, but strangely enough prices did start rising soon after,,,hmmm. So no he doesn't get a pass now that gas prices are through the roof.

    November 29, 2007 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  6. Bob, Seattle

    Dems won't have to publicly stand up and force tax increases on their sheep. They merely will allow the Bush tax cuts to expire and tell the sheep that taxes are just were they should be before the economy needed stimulation. Problem will be that they will need their own economic stimulation by then as we will most likely be in a recession. What is most fearsome is to have the Dems in front on the Social Security front that desparately needs addressing. Taxes are going up alright. The question is only how high? But it doesn't matter. We're all flush with cash aren't we? We can all walk to work and save the environment in the process. On our way back home, we can stop at the grocery store and fill a small sack of ever pricier food. The single family home will be a dinosaur and we will all be living like the Japanese. High rise flats. A rosy picture. The leadership won't mind though, they all appear to pretty well insulated in their bank accounts. But they are all 'looking out for the little people of American'. Right.

    November 29, 2007 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  7. Andrew, Haslett, MI

    What illegal war? Man you left wingers are stupid. Bush WAS given the support of congress to go to war…therefore the was is legal and don't say, 'Well Bush Lied'..that's not the point, it's not true, but it's still not the point. Congress gave Bush the power to go to war, therefore it's legal…sorry but you'll just have to get over yourselves there.

    Posted By Terry, Lakeland, FL : November 29, 2007 4:04 pm

    Try again, Terry. Congress never declared war, therefore this war is illegal. The US invaded a country under false pretenses and misinformation, never declared war as required by the Constitution, haven't paid for the war, and continue the mistake of refusing to end the war. Do you think the price of oil would be higher or lower if we ended this bogus war and got out now?

    As for raising taxes, it ISN'T necessary if we cut military spending by closing bases in places like Europe, Korea, and the Middle East. Why the hell do we need a base in Korea? There are 50,000 troops there that would love to come home I'm sure, not to mention all the ones in the Middle East getting blown up. Saving billions of dollars a year and no tax increase sounds good to me. It can be done if the President fixed this horrible mistake!

    Who can do it? Ron Paul can.

    November 29, 2007 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  8. Ed Nc

    Bill Clinton raised taxes on my hard-earned Social Security.

    November 29, 2007 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  9. JD, des moines, iowa

    Obama will raise taxes for sure. He said last month that he deserved to raise taxes. Then a week later, he promised free college education for high school grads.

    November 29, 2007 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  10. kelly thompson, staten island,ny

    hey terry in flaPresident Bill Clinton left office in 2001 with a federal budget surplus of $127 billion. President George Bush ran a deficit of $319 billion in 2005. So who deserves more credit for fighting red ink?
    ; bush's close friends the arabs and his even closer friends other oil barons and the secret energy meeting people are the ones who regulate the oil and gas prices so thank bush for the high prices and in re bush vs clinton on the economy:

    November 29, 2007 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  11. Chris, Middletown, CT

    rhetoric means "just cuz you type it doesn't make it true" – now...Hillary has proposed 800 billion in new spending...look up Saul Alinsky (her mentor) and make up your own mind to see if she is following his teachings....then keep in mind that Alinsky was a Marxist...

    November 29, 2007 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  12. E. Elliott Orlando, FL

    Since the current crew has created 3 trillion in new debt and systemically ingored a huge range of problems in this country that need $$ to solve, it is obvious that the next president will have to obtain new revenue. Unless they are another borrow and spend liar like Bush that is. And getting back the money squandered on the give aways to the oil companies and a few thousand of the most wealthy Americans is the place to start. ANy of these people that say something else are not being honest.

    November 29, 2007 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  13. David, Gilbert Arizona

    Some of the posts here are mind boggling. A few of you would do well to take an economics class. Your posts make you look silly.

    Property taxes are dictated by the state, county, and city in which you live. These taxes are not dictated by the Federal Government. They are dictated by your local government. If you are upset with your local taxes then look to your local government, not to the Bush administration.

    Your gas prices have increased because of the weak dollar. Oil is traded in dollars. When the dollar is weak it will buy less oil making the price of gasoline increase. The major impact the Federal Governemnt has on oil prices is that the United States is borrowing money to fund the war in Iraq, which weakens the dollar. The democratic Congress has control of the purse strings. They are the people who fund the war. If you are unhappy about the weak dollar then write your Congressperson.

    And by the way, gas prices increased after the second election of George Bush not because of some clandestine deal he made with the Arabs. It was mainly due to that small storm named Katrina, which took out many of the oil rigs in the Gulf and disabled some of the refineries. If you were upset about the increase in gas prices after Katrina you should have prayed to your higher power. The Federal Government had nothing to do with it.

    Stop playing the blame game people. It makes you all look very petty.

    Giuliani's comments come from the vast number of programs the democratic candidates say they are going to implement if they take office. Those programs have to be funded. Government funding comes from taxes. Any economist will tell you if the democrats take office expect your taxes to increase. Otherwise the democrats are just paying lip service to you voters since their programs won't get funded. You can't have new programs without paying for them in some way.

    nuff said.

    November 30, 2007 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  14. Mark, B'ham, Al.

    If you do not believe the dems will raise taxes not just on the rich like they say, but also the real middle class, then you sould buy the bridge in Brooklyn or some swamp land in Florida. Not renewing the Bush tax cuts atleast for the middle class will raise your taxes enough to suffer like I did in 1994. I was an E-6 in the US Navy and my wife got a job working at a pet store for $5.50/hr, 25 hrs a week and I went from getting almost $2,000.00 tax refund to paying $2,000.00 more back to the IRS. The dems back then said it was a tax hike for the rich, I guess they considered me rich?

    December 1, 2007 04:26 am at 4:26 am |
  15. Mark, B'ham, Al.

    The dems are lying if they say the tax increases will be used to pay the deficit, they will cut military spending and increase spending on entitlement/social welfare programs and may throw a token amount on the defidit as they did in the 90's. To those who want the dot-bomb economy back, continued loss of manufacturing jobs and maybe more low paying service jobs then go back to the Clinton Era.

    December 1, 2007 04:38 am at 4:38 am |
  16. PW Va

    Rudy...perhaps taxes wouldn't have to be raised if certain politicians didn't use and abuse the taxpayer's dollar for their own extracurricular activity. Pay for your own fun!!!

    December 1, 2007 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  17. David MTL Ca

    The man in drag the cross dressing Guiliani is the worse possible man for the job he cant keep a wife wears dresses and speaks with forked tongue
    this guy will rape America worse than Bush

    December 2, 2007 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
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