LOS ANGELES, April 5, 2013—During the 2012 Republican National Convention, I had the pleasure of interviewing former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani. This was a “walk and talk” interview. He was in high demand from virtually every media outlet, yet was still gracious enough to do several quick interviews with ordinary citizens.
His story is well known. He rose through the ranks as a tough prosecutor, taking down many organized crime figures during the Reagan years. He took over Gotham City when it was on the verge of collapse and turned it around. After the horrors of 9/11, he became America’s Mayor. Eleven years after the Towers went down, his passion for New York is as strong as ever. Due to his love of baseball, the release of this interview was delayed until the start of the season.
With that, here is my interview with Mayor Rudy Giuliani.
EG: How does the GOP get beyond the stereotype of heartless people who want to steal lunch from children and kick old people off Medicare and Social Security?
RG: Republicans spend too much time on defense. We have to be on offense. We have to point out the truth. President Obama stole seven-hundred million dollars from Medicare. Republicans want to preserve Medicare. Obamacare robs from Medicare.
EG: Vice President Joe Biden said to a black audience that Republicans “want to put y’all back in chains.” Do you know a single Republican who chains anyone?
RG: Biden’s comment was way over the top. He has a history of making these types of comments, and he will keep making them. We have to keep the focus on their failed record.
EG: What would be the best aspect of any Republican replacing President Obama?
RG: Ideally, America’s allies will see loyalty and Vladimir Putin will see less flexibility.
EG: What are the main three issues hurting the American people today?
RG: The lack of jobs, the increasing debt, and Obamacare.
EG: Who are your political heroes?
RG: Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher.
EG: What are the most important traits for a President to be a great leader?
RG: They should be a committed conservative. They should be resourceful. They also have to be effective.
EG: How would you like to be remembered one hundred years from now? What would you want people to say about Rudy Giuliani the person?
RG: I was Mayor of New York during a great Yankees dynasty. I got to preside over the city during four Yankees championships.
EG: Although it’s a pay cut and a loss of prestige, would you be willing to save another city and become Mayor of Los Angeles?
RG: I can’t be the Mayor of LA. I hate the Dodgers. I’m a Yankee fan. Yankee fans can’t ever root for the Dodgers.
While the mood was lighthearted, interviewing Mayor Giuliani in August of 2012 would have been like interviewing him in August of 2001. Too much is left out of the story. Only days after my interview with him, on September 11, 2012, four Americans were murdered in Benghazi, Libya. The steely-eyed Giuliani would return. The author of the book “Leadership” could only watch as a lack of leadership got brave Americans killed. Unlike the original 9/11, this time there would be no response.
When I ran into Mayor Giuliani a few weeks later, just days before the 2012 election, he uttered words that should be heard in every household. He was disgusted that a film-maker was scapegoated because the Obama adminsitration did not want to “offend the Libyans.” His response was vintage Giuliani.
“I don’t give a damn about offending the Libyans! I want to offend them!”
Rudy Giuliani is more than a great interview. He offers more than solid sound bites. He is a leader. America would have been far better off had my interview been with President Giuliani and not just the greatest former Mayor in American history.
Brooklyn born, Long Island raised, and now living in Los Angeles, Eric Golub is a politically conservative columnist, author, public speaker, satirist and comedian. Eric is the author of the book trilogy “Ideological Bigotry, “Ideological Violence,” and “Ideological Idiocy.”
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