For Rudy, It Aways Comes Back to 9/11

The pros and cons of having terror as your touchstone
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 28, 2007 1:58 PM CDT
Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani, center, listens to the Charleston fire chief speak about the nine firefighters killed in Monday's fire, during a memorial service at the North Charleston...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The Los Angeles Times tracks Rudy Giuliani's rhetoric on the stump, and marvels at the way he manages to bring just about any topic around to the threat of  terror. Fourteen seconds into in a speech in Des Moines called "Restoring Fiscal Discipline and Cutting Wasteful Washington Spending" the mayor's already stressing the importance of being on offense against terror. 

And now that there's talk of another New York mayor in the race, Rudy stresses his role as commander-in-chief of a city under attack even more. He's skipping the Iowa straw poll, where his social liberalism would be a liability, to focus  on Florida, where Cuban expats admire the tough-talker who once booted Castro from a banquet.