By Brian C. Mooney, Globe Staff
Rudy Giuliani's presidential campaign will begin airing a new television ad Friday in which he equates the resolve and heroism of Americans during World War II with what he witnessed as mayor of New York City after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and in which he asserts that the US will prevail in a war with Islamic terrorists.
Called "Freedom," the 60-second spot mixes video of Giuliani speaking and then speaking over images of American soldiers and homefront workers during the war and then firefighters at Ground Zero in New York. One is the famous photo of Marines planting the US flag on Iwo Jima and another of the flag raised over the rubble of the World Trade Center. In stump speeches, he has directly linked those two events.
"I saw the picture of the firefighters putting the flag up at Ground Zero," Giuliani says in the ad. "I said these are the children or grandchildren or great-grandchildren of the greatest generation. They have the same resolve. The same understanding.
"When you challenge Americans, there’s no country that stands up stronger and better than the United States of America. When you try and take something away from us like freedom, my goodness, Americans are going to be one in resisting you.
"So, the Islamic terrorists would make a terrible mistake if they confuse our democracy for weakness. Our democracy means we disagree with each other, but when you come and try and take away from us our freedom. When you try and come here and kill our people. We’re one and we’re going to stand up to you and we’re going to prevail."
The ad strikes patriotic chords while reminding voters of Giuliani's efforts on and after 9/11. It will air in New Hampshire, Florida, and nationally on Fox News Channel, the campaign said. New Hampshire will hold the first primary on Jan. 8, and Florida, a Jan. 29 primary state, has been the focus of Giuliani's campaign strategy to win the Republican nomination.