Guiliani: I have what it takes to win
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09/11/07 Mitch E. Perry
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Today is Tuesday, Sept. 11th. That’s the first time the day and date have matched up since 2001. Many presidential candidates today will reference that fateful day six years ago.

None has used it more on the campaign trail than the former mayor of New York City, Rudy Guiliani.

Guiliani is viewed as a hero to Republicans, According to a CBS News/New York Times poll out today. But that image has not translated into a large edge over other GOP candidates when it comes to fighting terrorism.

Sixty-one percent of Republicans surveyed said that Guiliani would do about the same job as his rivals for the nomination in combating the threat from terrorism.

The poll also found that 31 percent said he does not share the values of most members of his party. The Times surmised that Guiliani's social values could help him convince other Republicans he has the best chance of winning the general election against a Democrat next fall.

And that’s what Guiliani is telling voters. The former mayor spoke Friday night in St. Petersburg at the Reagan Day dinner at the Renaissance Vinoy.

Guiliani said his stance on some social values - like gay rights and gun control – may not make him the purest conservative in the field, but will make him the strongest Republican to run against a Democrat next year.

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