Republican presidential front-runner Rudy Giuliaini drew inspiration from Winston Churchill in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 terror attack on New York, he revealed today.
Speaking at a fund-raising lunch in London, Mr Giuliani said that his admiration for the British wartime leader, the architect of the special relationship between Britain and the USA, has made him all the more determined to confront terrorism and strengthen the bond between the two countries.
He even quoted from Churchill’s “fight them on the beaches” wartime broadcast to underline his commitment to pursuing the War on Terror.
Mr Giuliani cited the alliance between Churchill and Roosevelt, Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan and Tony Blair and George W Bush as evidence of the powerful bond between Britain and the US. He would make it his mission as President to strengthen the relationship further.
The lunch was attended by about 100 wealthy Americans and dozens of London-based US correspondents.
Mr Giuliani was rapturously received by his audience as he set out his “Twelve Commitments” for a future Republican presidency.
In a evocative memory of the Second War transatlantic alliance, Mr Giuliani was interviewed on the platform by Celia Sandys, the grand-daughter of Winston Churchill.
She said: “I will see you in the Oval Office”.
He told her he wanted to focus his campaign on the traditional conservative grounds of low government spending and tax, support for the military and national security.
Responding to a question from Mrs Borwick about London’s wave of violent crime, the former Mayor of New York said that his “broken windows” policy of confronting even minor crime was the only way to restore order to the streets.
She said later that Giuliani's staggering crime-fighting record – in which he had cut the murder rate by 66 per cent over eight years and halved the overall crime rate – had inspired her in her campaign to secure the mayoral nomination for the Conservative Party.
“He is a brilliant political leader,” she said.
Mr Giuliani is due to meet Margaret Thatcher tonight at the same hotel before delivering his keynote speech on his manifesto for a 2008 Republican presidential victory.
BritainAndAmerica was given a copy of Giuliani’s policy platform. His Twelve Commitments are:
- I will keep American on offense in the Terrorists’ War on Us
- I will end illegal immigration, secure our borders and identify every non citizen in our nation
- I will restore fiscal discipline and cut wasteful Washington spending
- I will cut taxes and reform the tax code
- I will impose accountability on Washington
- I will lead America towards energy independence
- I will give Americans more control over and access to health care with affordable and portable free market solutions
- I will increase adoptions, decrease abortions and protect the quality of life of our children
- I will reform the legal system and appoint strict constructionist judges
- I will ensure that every community in America is prepared for terrorist attacks and natural disasters
- I will provide access to a quality education to every child in America by giving real school choice to parents
- I will expand America’s involvement in the global economy and strengthen our reputation around the world