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Giuliani to GOP: If You Want to Beat Hillary, Don't Be Mean

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By    |   Thursday, 13 Nov 2014 02:04 PM

If Republicans want to prevail in the 2016 presidential contest against presumed Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, the best advice they should take is "don't be too mean," said former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

"The wrong way is to be too aggressive, and be too mean, and to ever get personal," he said Wednesday in an interview with Politico. "The right way to do it is on policy and on true contribution."

Giuliani, who had expected to face off against Clinton during his own brief bid for the White House for 2008, said Clinton's main weakness is her policy background.

"She's a candidate who, with her baggage, can be beaten by the right candidate who handles it the right way and by the right campaign who handles it the right way," he said.

"As a first lady, she tried one thing and failed," he said, referring to her attempt to pass national healthcare reform under her husband's tenure.

"As a secretary of state, she traveled the world, and I would argue every place she traveled, maybe an exception here or there that don't mean very much, is in worse shape today than it was then."

Giuliani also reflected on the first time he took notice of then-Sen. Barack Obama, following a prompting by his wife to watch a tape of Obama's first speech as a presidential candidate. He said he had initially dismissed outright the notion that Obama had any chance of prevailing over Clinton.

"I said, 'Honey we're running against Hillary. He's a nice guy. He'll run for a little while.
He's going to make a point, move Hillary a little bit to the left,'" Giuliani recalled saying.
After watching the tape, he said his opinion was transformed.

"I said, 'Holy s—-! This guy could win," he told Politico. "I mean this is special. This is Reagan. This is [Bill] Clinton.'"

On New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's 2016 prospects, Giuliani was optimistic and described Christie as decisive, smart, and fast learner, according to Politico.

"Chris has some of what we were talking about with Obama — Reagan, Clinton," he told Politico. "I don't know at that level, but he's got — if you've ever watched him speak, he's got a charm and a thing that draws you to him that's terrific."

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If Republicans want to prevail in the 2016 presidential contest against presumed Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, the best advice they should take is "don't be too mean," said former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.
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