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Rudy Giuliani

If, against the odds, the Republicans hold on to the White House next year, the likely victor will be Rudy Giuliani or Fred Thompson. The famously abrasive Giuliani is hoping his 9/11 credentials will steer him to the presidency; but Thompson is nipping at his heels

By Ross Douthat   September 2007

It’s hard to imagine a better Republican candidate for president of the United States than Rudolph Giuliani. He’s one of the most popular politicians in America—a hero twice over, once for cleaning up New York when it seemed like an ungovernable city, and then for stewarding that city through the greatest crisis it’s faced since the British army came calling in 1776. He’s been Time’s person of the year, written a bestselling book on leadership, and earned the title of “America’s mayor” from an admiring national media. He has a reputation for competence, tough-mindedness and cleaning up other people’s mess,…

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