December 2nd, 2007
03:15 PM ET
12 years ago

Giuliani asks Americans to stay competitive

Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani.

STRATHAM, New Hampshire (CNN)–Rudy Giuliani told voters, Sunday, to focus on staying "competitive" domestically rather than worry about jobs outsourced abroad.

"The best thing to keep jobs here is to be competitive," the former New York mayor told a voter who had asked about software jobs being shipped to India and China.

Giuliani said the solution was to "Make it attractive for businesses to keep jobs here in the U.S," and cited lower taxes and less regulation as key incentives for businesses.

Giuliani also asked the crowd to embrace an entrepreneurial spirit.

"Here are two emerging economies, 20 to 30 million people a year coming out of poverty in each one of those countries," Giuliani said of India and China. "I see them as 20 to 30 million more customers. What can we sell them? What can we sell them that is cost effective for us and for them."

Energy independent technology, health care systems, and financial institutions topped the presidential hopeful's list of American products that would be in high demand in emerging markets.

Giuliani also drew lines between economic policy and foreign policy.

Said Giuliani: "When we trade with countries on a sensible basis, we become friends."

–New Hampshire Producer Sareena Dalla

Filed under: New Hampshire • Race to '08 • Rudy Giuliani
soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. PW Va

    Rudy...when you mention "less regulation" as an incentive for businesses, do you mean the kind that China had in using lead paint in children's toys? That kind of "less regulation??? How asinine are you, Rudy???

    December 3, 2007 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  2. Liberal Chic

    Computer software designer, Ghost Town USA :

    Ha, ha. That's a good one.

    I think a large component of what Giuliani is saying is that we have to accept that in order to have a larger pie, some of us will have to accept getting a smaller slice so that as a whole we can all have a pigger piece.

    That means less union clout: fewer people earning $45/hr plus early retirement with full benefits as a senior union tradesman but more people working $20/hr without early retirement.

    No, we can't sell t-shirts to China and India. But we can build better cars, large machinery, high tech components and medical products that can command premium in the global marketplace.

    We just have to be educated soundly in the primary years (that means getting rid of teachers' unions, too) and accept that we can all live modestly well, if some of us won't live ridiculously well.

    December 3, 2007 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  3. Surrealist, Fort Myers, FL

    What absolute rubbish?
    How can workers compete against their bosses? Where do displaced workers find the adequate resources to start a small business–when the multinational's are operating in every niche industry w/ greater resources. Just how many janitorial and lawn businesses does Mr. Guliani think the nation can supply? If he's so smart–how come he's spent his whole life on a government contract or payroll?

    December 3, 2007 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
  4. W.D.Russell, East Liverpool, Ohio

    I will translate this from republican to English.

    Do away with minimum wage.
    Do away with overtime pay.
    Do away with health/safety standards.
    Do away with benefits.
    Do away with retirement.
    Do away with child labor laws.

    In other words, follow the Grover Norquist plan of turning America into a feudal society.

    December 3, 2007 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  5. Adrian, Utica, New York

    When he refers to staying competitive, he is not talking about low income (anyone who makes below approx 150,000 a year) families, he is talking about BIG business. China and India are coming out of poverty because they are becoming industrial nations. A smart business person will do business where their costs are lower than their revenue. Going overseas is not always the case. Americans are far more productive than other countries in some areas, therefore those jobs stay here. This is just a comment to combat some of the ignorance I read in comments. Hopefully some people read this and THINK about what they are reading instead of whining and complaining. Yes, it is your right to whine and complain. You also have the right to get out there and make a positive change in the world. I'm sorry if I offended anyone. Your president isnt going to fix all of your problems. If you want your problems fixed, it's best that you look into fixing them and not depending on your government. IF you don't like your tax rate or your job get a new job. Its in your hands to fix your own life, not anyone elses. Thats all I have to say.

    December 3, 2007 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  6. therealist

    "Buy American"

    These two simple words solve the problem. So either help us help ourselves or shut up..

    December 3, 2007 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  7. HSdropout

    Each day more and more baby boomers die, and each day the US becomes more and more reliant upon their children for our itellectual ideas. Is it really all that surprising that each day America becomes less and less competitive??

    December 3, 2007 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  8. J Houston, TX

    Of course, those in the top 10% of wage earners are living very well. We are told that we all have an equal shot at the top slots and that provides a lot of us with motivation. 19% of us believe that we are in the top 1% of wage or salary earners. 20% of us believe that we will be in the top 1% of wage earners. So, 39% of us believe that we will win the gold ring and 38% of them are delusional.

    The arithmetic of the current American economy leaves most of us with a declining quality of life. This is not the most desirable economy for most of us, but it is very very very rewarding for a few of us.

    Sounds exactly like somebody whom has never been outside the country...

    Look at that, 39% of Americans believe they have a shot at the big leagues. 39% are working hard, hoping, dreaming, not angry if they don't make it, but proud that they strived to be the best. Delusional you say? Hopeful I say. Only a lunatic wants to crush the hopes of the masses. Would you rather we all admit that if we split the income evenly and make 40k a year we should just be satisfied?

    Have you been to a socialist nation? A place where waiters earn 30 bucks an hour to be horrible at their jobs. A place where owning a car isn't's just too expensive. No big screen for Christmas, no plasma. No cable, no Garmin nav systems. Everybody is happy because they have nothing better to compare to and realize how unfulfilled they are. Places like Denmark have some of the highest suicide rates in the world, but they then get put on the "most happy" nation list. Explain how that works again?

    Only an idiot would stop wanting people to strive to be great. That is, the American dream. Most of us don't get there, but in the end, it is the journey of trying together, of working hard together, that's what makes this nation great. Instead, you'd rather take that all away?

    Be more competitive. Be more efficient. Work harder sure, but work smarter! Innovation and persperation! I work well more than 50 hrs a week, and I still manage to put God first, family second.

    The arithmetic says that only 50% of the country works harder than average. Only 50% will see an above average lifestyle. Only 50% are willing to go beyond what is average. And only 39% believe that they will get to the top because of it. So only 10% of the country is working harder than average and doesn't feel like they will be rewarded for it.

    Better look over those statistics again. Take a class in stats and learn a few things. That's what this country is all about.

    December 3, 2007 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  9. Joe, NYC

    God, I can't stand this guy. What a joker! Dude, go back to the Hamptons with your wife Judith and stay there. Don't you have dogs to walk or are the NYC police still being forced to do that for you??!

    When is the media going to focus on how often his buddy Police Commissioner Kerik used NYC funds to protect his mistresses?

    Wake up media!

    December 3, 2007 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  10. Raymond, El Paso TX

    J Houston, TX Republicans lost their majority because...?

    Just trying to figure out your math. I mean with all these happy, hard-working American dreamers.

    December 3, 2007 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
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