January 5th, 2008
05:39 PM ET
13 years ago

Giuliani talks technology, rides a Segway

Giuliani campaigned in New Hampshire Saturday.

Giuliani campaigned in New Hampshire Saturday.

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (CNN) –­ Making a grand entrance on a Segway Saturday morning, Rudy Giuliani recognized a group of competing young robot enthusiasts and said the nation should invest more in science and engineering.

"This is like an athletic event. This is a real hard-nosed competition about science and robotics. You're the best," the former New York Mayor told the group competing in a robotics tournament. "This is exactly what this country needs. This country needs competition it needs a lot more emphasis on science, a lot more emphasis on engineering."

Giuliani later discussed the larger role of science and technology in the global economy. He expressed concern over the decreasing number of American engineers compared to India and China.

"We're going to find ourselves at a global disadvantage - it would be a shame for America to lose its edge here."

He noted that a commitment to science would serve a dual purpose, first "an answer to the balance of payments in international trade," and second would help the developing world bring itself out of poverty.

- CNN New Hampshire Producer Sareena Dalla

Filed under: New Hampshire • Rudy Giuliani
soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. sue

    I am sooooo, tired of hearing what he did for 9/11 and that was after the fact. America has changed since then tell me what you have done after 9/11 that was something outside line your pockets off a tragedy.

    January 6, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  2. Patty D.

    I didn't think Republicans believed in science. Oh that's right, just creationism.

    January 6, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  3. Ajay Jain


    Anyone can see the stark contrast in the two parties. The Democratic nomination is nationally wrapped up if you just ignore the EARLY states which is pre-2007 wisdom!!! SUPER DUPER TUESDAY February 5th 2008, will decide the nominee with 24 states voting.

    The Republicans are still looking. After the 2006 midterm election, I think Hillary couldn’t choose a more perfect year to run for president. The whole country is now leaning toward Democrats. People are just so unhappy and fed up with the Republican Party which has controlled the country for almost 8 years now. Any Democrats (yes even Hillary) has better chance to win 2008 presidency than any republican.

    I don’t see all these unhappy Americans who clearly want a change in direction in 2006 would vote for another republican again over Hillary.

    January 6, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  4. Chris, Middletown, CT

    Yet...in the end...he was the mayor during 9/11 – "Americas Mayor" – Times Man of the Year too....you can't deny him that.

    On another note...he's also the only moderate candidate running....a social liberal and fiscal conservative – can you name another??

    Republicans (except Giuliani) are running the right wing anti-abortion agenda

    Democrats are running on the left wing (the more entitlement programs..the better) agenda

    70% of Americans (in a recent poll) describe themselves as "socially liberal and fiscally conservative" – its a no brainer....he should garner 70% of the vote...there are no other moderates running....(just don't take marital or child rearing advice from him....but if you do take that advice from the president...you have other issues)

    January 6, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  5. Harold Bishop, NH

    Is this the "Republican attack machine" Hillary is always complaining about?


    January 6, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  6. Terrific

    I think it's GREAT to see him riding a Segway. It's refreshing to see a Republican show support for green transportation. It's fascinating to me that, in these tense times and with gas prices through the roof, that any candidate would want to be seen in a SUV! Segways are made in America! Segways don't rely on oil. These are GOOD things! Way to go Guilani!

    January 7, 2008 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
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