November 29th, 2007
10:45 AM ET
14 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. Thompson,Ks,Mo

    Watch out people. If you supports your candidate because of various reasons, watch out CNN is zeroin your candidate credibility to whoever they feel is good for you.

    November 29, 2007 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  2. Ethan, Los Angeles, CA

    That is true. But Giuliani would be worse because he supports the illegal war. It is the economic policy of borrowing 3billion a week to keep the war going that is running our economy into the ground! Get your story straight, Rudy!

    Ron Paul 2008 – Clear fiscal policy and respect for the Constitution is the catalyst that can make this country better for our kids.

    November 29, 2007 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  3. Monte Brown, New York, NY

    And the Republicans will cut taxes and continue their borrowing from China and Saudi Arabia to fund their belligerence. Trickle down Reaganomics just won’t work. Republicans are fiscally irresponsible. Giuliani has the audacity to talk about taxes. He used the New York City budget to finance his trips with his new wife.

    I hope Donna Hanover endorses Hillary Clinton.

    November 29, 2007 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  4. Matt, Boston, MA

    Ummm, excuse me?!? Did you, CNN, seriously post a ticker entry that has zero news content and no informative value whatsoever other than as dissemination of one campaign's propaganda?

    Is the CNN Political Ticker now accepting paid advertisements? Because I certainly hope the Giuliani campaign paid for the advertisement I was just handed in place of news.

    Can I look forward to reading every single candidate's propaganda displayed stenographically, and free from journalistic inquiry or investigation, on CNN's web site now?

    I'm sorry, but how is this passing for journalism, again? This is not only not news, it's not ethical on the part of a purported news organization.

    November 29, 2007 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  5. Marge Hibbing Mn

    OH OH if they raise taxes where would rudi duty get the money to finance his affairs. There would be less to steal from the taxpayer.

    November 29, 2007 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  6. KELLY THOMPSON, STATEN ISLAND, NY

    IF I REMEMBER CORRECTLY, WHEN THE DEMOCRATS LEFT OFFICE ALMOST 8 YRS AGO, WE HAD A BALANCED BUDGET AND NO DEFICIT; WE HAD SURPLUS; GAS PRICES WERENT THIS HIGH EITHER. THE LAST 8 YRS HAVE BEEN AN ECONOMICAL NIGHTMARE FOR REGULAR FOLK. GIULIANI SHOULD SHUT HIS TRAP, HE'S PRETTY STUPID.

    November 29, 2007 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  7. Surrealist, Fort Myers, FL

    Melarchy..I don't know what nation you've been living in..but I've seen my personal income taxes go up every year for the past 7 years. Get a grip–is this a message to the very rich? It sure isn't a message to Mr. and Mrs. Middle Class. The facts speak differently. And the agenda speaks differently!! Rudy–what are your illustriouss ideas on healthcare and working wages, and outsourcing American jobs?

    November 29, 2007 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  8. Dan (Columbia, MD)

    There isn't a tax that liberals don't like.

    They tax those that have so they can buy those that don't.

    No matter what spin they put on it redistribution of wealth is still theft.

    Ron Paul in 2008!!!

    November 29, 2007 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  9. Surrealist, Fort Myers, FL

    SOS different day. No matter who is elected from the GOP–their "privates" are under the grip of corporate interests and flawed ideals of capitalism for the "few".

    November 29, 2007 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  10. J. Golden, Farmington Michigan

    Democrats – and anyone with a brain – knows whoever is next elected will be forced to raise taxes to pay for W's War and the real costs incurred by his constant demand for blood money, at the expense of domestic programs that help the poor, senior citizens and children.

    No sale, Rudy.

    November 29, 2007 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  11. Jay, NY, NY

    Hey bone head, who was the party for the least 7 years who put us in major debt? Not teh democrats. You are such an idiot and irresponsible thinker.

    I don't think the voters are going to pay much attention to your lies and distortions once they really find out the type of person you are.

    Wait until all the other skeletons come out of that closet of yours!

    November 29, 2007 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  12. Dixon, Des Moines Iowa

    How can the next president not raise taxes. Our leaders have put us in a hole our grandchildren's great grandchildren will be paying. Tell me how you will not raise taxes, rather than saying you think the next president will. You will have more crdibilty with me if you do that.

    November 29, 2007 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  13. AJ, IL

    I agree with J. Golden's post. Regardless of the President's political affiliation, Democrat or Republican, a future president is going to have to raise taxes. The war on terror is not free and America doesn't have a savings account. America is simply borrowing money from China, some currently friendly Middle East countries, India, and the European Union.

    Our economy is not growing to pay down debt. Our economic growth is barely able to make the minimal payments that we owe.

    The reason Bush and neo-cons haven't raised taxes yet is because Congress (under Republican majority) raised the borrowing limit for America by ~2 trillion dollars. Bush and the neo-cons are pushing off raising taxes in the hopes that the US economy will perform well enough for Americans not to notice that they will owe more money later in life.

    I rather pay a little more in taxes to pay off my generation excess spending than to force the next generation to see major tax increases to pay for my generation's excess spending and additional interest that accumulated on the borrowed money!

    November 29, 2007 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  14. Wayne, Greenville TX

    Rudy Giuliani – cross-dressing, adulterous liar......

    November 29, 2007 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  15. Lee, Mays Landing NJ

    Deja vu! Here we go again with voodoo economics and lies from Republicans...

    November 29, 2007 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  16. trent porter, tx

    more fear tactics, eh? great move ghouliani! if the phony 9/11 fear doesn't work, maybe this will?

    get lost ghouliani. get lost.

    November 29, 2007 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  17. Craig, Vista, Ca

    Rudy should make a promise not to raise taxes. Those exact words "Read my lips, I will not raise any tax on anything if elected"

    November 29, 2007 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  18. Ken, Suitland MD

    On the one hand, I am very optimistic. If Guliani is the best the repubs. have, the general election should be a lanslide for the dems. Edwards, Hillary, Obama... (take your pick) are all capable of taking on the right-wing lie machine defended by this idiot. Guliani just might be dummer than 'W'. Just listen to him talk or read his quotes: is this guy really saying anything substantive? This right-wing wanna-be, as usual, is not dealing with the topics at hand, and this story is a perfect example; more of the generic scare tactics: "they will raise your taxes"...next it will be "they will take away your guns"...then there is their mindless favorite (often promulgated by one of their own little minions here on these CNN tickers, i.e. Chris from Conn.) "the dems. are socialists" ...i.e. "don't vote for the commies!". The right-wing is sure to take a drudging on the topics this election, so everyone be sure to watch out for their ever-ready fall back: demagoguery, name-caling, swift-boating, and general lies and confusion.

    But, on the other hand, there is reason for pessimism. Unfortunately, it seems the "right" has a solid vote base-line of 30%, as exemplified by the current mis-administration's approval rating. If these hyper-partisan, mindless zombies actually approve of where this county is now, with 'W' in charge, they will have no problem voting for the next right-wing disaster-in-charge....Guliani, Romney, Thompson (take your pick). These people would clearly vote for Harry the Giraffe if he had an (R) by his name. Thus, the upcomming election contest is really about the dems. getting at least ~70% of the remaining electorate, so they would then have at least 50% of the overall vote.

    And by the way, I'll take another tax hike/re-arrangement like in the early 1990's versus the tax cut/dis-arrangement of the early 2000's, ANY DAY. I'm middle class, and my family felt no effect from the tax change in the 1990's, other than the benefit of being part of a prosperous economy; while in the 2000's, I've never had a tax cut cost me so much, both directly and indirectly.

    November 29, 2007 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  19. Steve in SC

    Trent in TX,

    Not a fear tactic. The Dems already said they would raise taxes. Have you not been watching any dem debates?

    November 29, 2007 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  20. Terry, Lakeland, FL

    because he supports the illegal war.
    Posted By Ethan, Los Angeles, CA : November 29, 2007 2:10 pm

    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.

    IF I REMEMBER CORRECTLY, WHEN THE DEMOCRATS LEFT OFFICE ALMOST 8 YRS AGO, WE HAD A BALANCED BUDGET AND NO DEFICIT; WE HAD SURPLUS; GAS PRICES WERENT THIS HIGH EITHER. THE LAST 8 YRS HAVE BEEN AN ECONOMICAL NIGHTMARE FOR REGULAR FOLK. GIULIANI SHOULD SHUT HIS TRAP, HE'S PRETTY STUPID.

    Posted By KELLY THOMPSON, STATEN ISLAND, NY : November 29, 2007 2:20 pm

    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.

    November 29, 2007 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  21. Dan, TX

    Remember how the Soviet Union collapsed?

    1) Spent more money than they had.
    2) Price of oil (We had our friends in Saudi Arabia flood the market so that it cost more for the Soviet's to produce oil than it was worth)- no income.

    We need to end social security, medicare, etc. Or we need to raise the taxes to pay for them.

    Ron Paul – end them.
    Huckabee – raise taxes, but only on what you buy.

    Since poor people use almost all their money to buy things, they'll be taxed on everything.

    Since other people can save and not buy things (in the US) they'll be taxed only on part of their incomes and not be taxed at all on capital gains and investment income (?). So if you want to avoid taxes, don't buy things from businesses in the US. (so, raise taxes on the poor, lower taxes on the rich)

    Other republicans – put your head in the sand and leave a much bigger mess to the next guy.

    Democrats – raise taxes on the rich, lower taxes on the poor.

    We report, you decide.

    November 29, 2007 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  22. sonny c. v.p.,la.

    Coservatve "Christians" who constnatly cry about high taxes should go & re-read the Four Gospels. There might be a big audit in the next life.

    November 29, 2007 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  23. Steve, Portland, OR

    I think to any intelligent person it is clear taxes are going to be raised. We have no choice. The total debt is like 49 trillion with government pensions. The question is.. Who is going to pay them? How about corporate America and the rich which have been given enormous breaks that got us into this mess while middle class paid everything. Your a real simpleton if you think we don't "get it" by now. It is also clear it will be business as usual with you. God help us if your elected.

    November 29, 2007 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  24. Young and tired already. Duluth, MN

    In response to "Terry, Lakeland, FL: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. " Its a well known fact that "W" is a big name in the "big oil" industry and if you dont think he is profiting from it then you are blind. And to talk about Dems wasting money? What about the money we have wasted on this ridiculous Republican led war. We are going to all be paying for it for a good portion of our lives. If theres more war in our future it better be a revolution within our own country. At least we "the middle class" wont have to take it in the ass any longer.

    November 29, 2007 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  25. DJ, LA, CA

    Why should the rich get special treatment and pay less taxes than the middle class?

    Quit the theatrics and tell the truth mr. mayor. That's all the Democrats are saying.

    November 29, 2007 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
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