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Rudolph Giuliani's Speech to the RNC

>> Tuesday, August 31, 2004

For those that didn't watch it last night on Fox or CNN, try to get a recording of it and see the whole speech. It was a perfect mix of humor, humility, strength and accolade for President Bush. Bush could see a 5 point bounce on this speech alone if it becomes widely discussed on the rest of the media outlets.


Transcript from Yahoo. Also archived here.

From the first Republican President, Abraham Lincoln, to President George W. Bush our party's great contribution is to expand freedom in our own land and all over the world.

And our party is at its best when it makes certain that we have a powerful national defense in a still very dangerous world.

I don't believe we're right about everything and Democrats are wrong about everything.

Neither party has a monopoly on virtue.

But I do believe that there are times in our history when our ideas are more necessary and important for what we are facing.

There are times when leadership is the most important.

On September 11, this city and our nation faced the worst attack in our history.

On that day, we had to confront reality. For me, standing below the north tower and looking up and seeing the flames of hell and then realizing that I was actually seeing a man — a human being — jumping from the 101st or 102nd floor drove home to me that we were facing something beyond anything we had ever faced before.

We had to concentrate all of our energy, faith and hope to get through those first hours and days. And I will always remember that moment as we escaped the building we were trapped in at 75 Barclay Street and realized that things outside might be even worse than they were inside the building.

We did the best we could to communicate a message of calm and hope, as we stood on the pavement seeing a massive cloud rushing through the cavernous streets of lower Manhattan.

Our people were so brave in their response.

At the time, we believed we would be attacked many more times that day and in the days that followed. Spontaneously, I grabbed the arm of then Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik and said to Bernie, "Thank God George Bush is our President."

And I say it again tonight, "Thank God George Bush is our President."


2 comments:

Doug Halsted 8:11 AM  

NY PostConversational, leisurely, emotional, passionate, thoughtful, intellectually coherent, rhetorically broad and wildly entertaining, Rudy put on a hell of a show.

Doug Halsted 12:28 PM  

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