On the campaign trail, Rudy Giuliani has emphasized his national security credentials perhaps more than anything else. Members of the media, pundits, politcal analysts and everyday people such as you and I have noticed this single-minded approach. Here have been some of his recent gaffes when asked questions not relating to war and terrorism:
Q: Mr. Giuliani, with so many people from the baby boomer generation retiring within the next decade, economists and financial analysts predict that the nation’s retirement system will be stretched thin in thirty years, taking in less revenue than it pays out. What is your solution to staving off these looming Social Security Administration deficits?
Q: Mr. Mayor, whoever the next President is, they will have some heavy lifting to do to repair the reputation our country has after more than five years of an unpopular war and what has been described as a unilateral foreign policy. How would you approach our battered image?
Q: Well, then if we can’t round up, prosecute and deport 12 million so-called illegal immigrants than what do you propose the federal government do about this issue, which is such a hot button issue, I must add. I mean, it’s really not going away on it’s own. What do you plan on doing?
Q: How can you, if elected to the highest office in the land, ensure quality affordable education for those lower means?
Q: The “Join Rudy 2008” campaign certain hasn’t emphasized environmental policies as central to your race. But with hard evidence demonstrating that the planet is undergoing catastrophic global change. How will you address this crucial issue of human survival?
[Rudy paused at this next series of questions and never answered them]
Q: How do we balance trade between us and the Chinese? What should a President do to cure a hurting dollar? What would you do?
[He couldn’t even give a straight answer on this softball tossed to him]
Q: We know that since you were a boy growing up in Brooklyn you’ve been a Yankees fan. But tell me, you’ve seen a lot of Yankees greats from Phil Rizzuto to Yogi Berra, Mickey Mantle, Billy Martin, Whitey Ford or say Reggie Jackson, Catfish Hunter, Don Mattingly to Ron Guidry and all the way to Derek Jeter. Without picking favorites, who have you been the most impressed with?