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Giuliani considers making a second run for presidency

June 3, 2011

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NORTH CONWAY, N.H. — Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani said yesterday that he is pondering whether to run again for the presidency and will decide by the end of the summer. If he does run, he said, he would “do it the right way’’ this time and spend more time on person-to-person campaigning in New Hampshire.

In 2008, Giuliani led in the polls at various times and was sometimes described as the front-runner. But he made little effort in the first-caucus state of Iowa, eventually pulled most of his advertising out of the first-primary state of New Hampshire, and focused on Florida, where his campaign collapsed.

Giuliani placed fourth in the 2008 New Hampshire primary after doing little campaigning here. He vowed to run differently if he decides to jump into the 2012 race.

“The impression was we didn’t spend a lot of time here because we didn’t do it the right way,’’ Giuliani said. “We were spending so much time trying to raise money that we forgot about the politics.’’

This time, Giuliani pledged to run a more retail-style campaign. “Much more talking to people, meeting with them, getting their ideas,’’ Giuliani said.

“Last time, he ran a lethargic campaign,’’ said Ray Shakir, a North Conway retiree who showed up to hear Giuliani speak. But Shakir admires Giuliani’s record of turning around a crime-ridden New York City and leading the city after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. If Giuliani runs again, Shakir said, “I’m behind him 1,001 percent. If he does to the country what he did to New York, we’re all set.’’

If Giuliani does get in the race, he is bound to face questions once again about his stance in favor of abortion rights. He did not back down from that position when asked about it yesterday in this tourist village in the White Mountains.

“I hate abortion, I think abortion’s a sin,’’ he said. “But I believe women should have the right to make choices.’’

Nearly 100 people turned out for the luncheon with Giuliani at Vito Marcello’s Italian Bistro, whose owner is a friend of Giuliani’s. Giuliani also was slated to speak at a state Republican Party fund-raiser in Dover.

Shira Schoenberg

Charges against Edwards likely over affair coverup RALEIGH, N.C. — Criminal charges are likely to be filed today against John Edwards, the culmination of a two-year federal investigation into money used to cover up his extramarital affair during the 2008 presidential election.

Edwards’s attorney, Greg Craig, was traveling to meet today with prosecutors in North Carolina, an indication that the former presidential candidate is likely to charged, either in a grand jury indictment or in a negotiated charge to which he would plead guilty.

A person with knowledge of the investigation said Craig, a Washington lawyer who was President Obama’s first White House counsel, planned to be in his client’s home state today, where prosecutors were prepared to file charges. The source insisted on anonymity in order to discuss the private negotiations.

Justice Department officials have approved criminal charges; they decided that the hundreds of thousands of dollars that two Edwards donors gave to help keep his mistress in hiding were contributions that should have been reported publicly by his campaign fund because they aided his bid for the Democratic White House nomination.

Associated Press

Frank says some opposition to Warren is gender bias WASHINGTON — Representative Barney Frank of Massachusetts said yesterday that some opposition to making Elizabeth Warren head of the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is because she is a woman.

Frank, the top Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee, said some of the resistance to Warren, a Harvard law professor, is because of a feeling that a woman should not tell bankers what to do.

“Some people almost unconsciously think that for a woman to be in an important position regarding the titans of the financial industry is not appropriate,’’ Frank said.

Asked about his remarks later, he did not name any people or cite any specific instances in which Warren’s gender has played a role in her treatment.

Associated Press

House approves $270m cut to funding for TSA WASHINGTON — The Republican-controlled House approved legislation yesterday that would cut funding for the transportation security officers who monitor security at airports.

The 219-to-204 vote approved cutting the Transportation Security Administration’s budget by $270 million, or about 10 percent, according to Democrats and union leaders.

Colleen Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, said that could result in the loss of thousands of jobs.

Even as the officers are in the midst of voting for a union to represent them, the House also voted 218 to 205 to prevent TSA from collective bargaining with its workers.

Both measures were contained in a $42.3 billion homeland security budget bill for fiscal year 2012, which the House passed 231 to 188.

Washington Post