Today the New York Post has a front-page article slamming Rudy Giuliani for “playing” the “9/11 card” in his presidential campaign. It highlights criticisms from 9/11 families and firefighters who charge that Giuliani is “distorting the truth” with his new mailings to voters in Iowa and New Hampshire touting himself as “America’s Mayor.”
In one piece, Giuliani is hailed as “America’s Mayor” who displayed “Strength through Leadership.”
While Giuliani’s supporters have long boasted about his performance after the attacks, he himself had not, until now, mentioned it as prominently.
“After the worst attacks on US soil, Rudy Giuliani went to work rebuilding New York City and faith in America,” reads the mailing, which features a photo of the former mayor set over the city skyline.
Giuliani, it says, “led the largest rescue and recovery operation in US history.”
Giuliani has made 9/11 the focus of his campaign. In October’s Democratic debate, Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE) said that there are “only three things he [Giuliani] mentions in a sentence: A noun and a verb and 9/11.” Giuliani has, for example, claimed that he was inspired to run for president while leading New York City after 9/11. “I remember having this sense that I can do this,” Giuliani told ABC News last week. Some other examples:
“For me, every day is an anniversary of Sept. 11.” [9/7/07]
“And, you know, you can disagree with the message, ultimately, but September 11 is part of our debate. We can’t — we’d be putting our head in the sand if we took September 11 out of the debate.” [10/17/07]
“Each time I wear it [my flag lapel pin], it reminds me of Sept. 11.” [7/07]
“I support security at the borders. I think security is enormously important in the post-Sept. 11 period. I think we have to know who’s coming into this country.” [2/07]
TPM has put together a video with instances of Giuliani’s 9/11 exploitation: