Giuliani Defines "What is a Republican?"

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During a campaign stop, Rudy Giuliani defines the core principles of the Republican Party, including fiscal discipline and a strong military. He also says he would like to invite everybody to join the GOP, even if they disagree with some of the principles.


Rudy Giuliani, Republicans, Republican Party, GOP, Core Principles, Fiscal Discipline, Responsibility, National Defense, Military Spending



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Giuliani Defines "What is a Republican?"

REPORTER: There is a big debate about now, who is a Republican, what is a Republican, in a nutshell here.

RUDY GIULIANI, GOP Presidential Candidate: A Republican is, anybody wants to join-- we got our arms open to anyone who wants to join the Republican Party, you can come in and join us, we want you to join us, you are probably going to enliven us and make us grow. But what you are really talking about is who is the Republican Party going to nominate to be it’s leader and that’s up to the Republican Party. That is not up to me to define…

REPORTER: But how do you define a Republican, how do you define a Republican, is what we are asking. That’s what there seems to be a debate about. Either you’re moderate, you’re conservative, you’re not, you’re this… What’s a Republican?

GIULIANI: That’s the debate that you all undergo in the press. Some people like to fall into that. I want to invite everyone to join the Republican Party, I would like to explain to them what I think that the core principles are, but then people join the Republican Party who believe some of them, all of them, or most of them. The core principles are-- one we’re talking about here, fiscal discipline, one that maybe in Congress some of the Republicans lost their way, but fiscal discipline is a core principle of the Republican Party. We’re the party that believes in smaller government and lower taxes. They are the party that believes—Democrats-- bigger government and bigger taxes. We are the party of a stronger national defense. Republican President’s generally increase the strength of our military. Democratic Presidents generally reduce it, Bill Clinton reduced in dramatically. His peace dividend, he made 25, 30 percent reduction to the military and intelligence budget. You see with the Republican Presidents that the opposite happens. I think one of the defining fault line between the Republican and Democrats is Republicans believe in a strong national defense, as a way of achieving peace. Democrats believe more in peace dividends, in reducing significantly government spending and putting it into social programs. That’s another fault-line. You can probably find you know, eight or ten others, and then people get to define their selves in this country. I don’t get to tell somebody if they are Republican or not, they get to tell me that.