Thursday, March 22, 2007

Rudy Giuliani: 'We Will Be on Offense' Against Terrorists

Former U.S. attorney and New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani told political supporters at a fundraising stop in Texas that he would continue the fight against terrorism and never give up until the "job is done" if elected president. "We have to capture (Osama) bin Laden and bring him to justice and we have to get the job done," he told a crowd of about 700 who attended his outdoor speech at the American Airlines Center Plaza near downtown Dallas. "This war is because they are planning to come here and kill us," he said. "Until then we will be on offense. No more defense against terrorists. We will be on offense." Giuliani also touched on issues including health care and the importance of leaving the world a better place for the next generation, but he stuck mostly to the ongoing war on terrorism.Giuliani is considered the front-runner for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination. He did not take questions from reporters before or after his 20-minute speech. The event was billed as the first campaign event by the Rudy W. Giuliani Presidential Exploratory Committee in Texas. The committee includes some wealthy Texas backers, including billionaire oilman T. Boone Pickens, Dallas Stars and Texas Rangers owner Tom Hicks and Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas. A campaign spokesman for Giuliani did not have a final tally on the amount of money raised at the event.