(John Tlumacki/Globe Staff)
A feisty crowd of several hundred shouted "Rudy, Rudy" and "Go, Scott, Go" this morning in the North End as former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani campaigned for surging Republican Scott Brown in his bid for US Senate.
Another chant from the throng declared, "The liberals are going! The liberals are going!" and a sign read, "It's our turn for a change." Giuliani fired up the crowd by recalling his stump work on the victorious Republican campaigns of former governors William Weld, Paul Cellucci, and Mitt Romney.
"I'm used to being here with winning candidates," Giuliani said to the mass gathered on Hanover Street near a statue of Paul Revere. "I love campaigning here because, frankly, they feed me."
Giuliani and Brown assailed Democrat Martha Coakley for suggesting that terrorists are gone from Afghanistan, for opposing President Obama’s planned troop increase there, and for approving trials for accused terrorists on American soil. They criticized her support of the national health care overhaul.
"Frankly his opponent’s ignorance about the issues facing us is astounding!” Giuliani said, adding, "There’s a reason for all this negativity. They have nothing to run on, they have nothing to run with. So they’re running against him."
Brown added: "Business as usual is not the way we like to do business."
The Democratic National Committee issued a statement attacking Giuliani for saying earlier this week on the Don Imus radio show that enormous Wall Street bonuses were "wonderful."
"Brown is already marching in lockstep with establishment Republicans by opposing the pro-consumer bank tax, which would force bailed out banks to pay back taxpayers," the statement says. "With Brown standing with big Wall Street banks over Massachusetts taxpayers, will he agree with Rudy that Wall Street bonuses are 'wonderful?'"
However, the Democratic National Committee did not provide the full context for Giuliani's statement, much like the negative ads against Coakley by the conservative American Future Fund. Giuliani said Tuesday on Imus's radio show that the bonuses were "wonderful" when he was mayor of New York City because it helped him balance the budge. Giuliani added that the bank executives should "get better control of the way they do this" and "do a better job of explaining their compensation packages."
This morning in the North End, Giuliani cast the Massachusetts Senate election in a broader national context, imploring voters to send a message to Washington that they do not approve of their policies on health care, raising taxes, and fighting terrorism.
"Send Scott Brown to the Senate and let's have Massachusetts send a signal that Massachusetts is once again independent," Giuliani said.
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