TOM FINNERAN, WRKO, BOSTON: We have Steve Forbes on, and he is here campaigning on the ground for Rudy Giuliani. In the aftermath of 9/11, with the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, with the crazy people like Ahmadinejad and Chavez and all the rest of that stuff, wow, we’ve really become a superficial nation of wishful thinkers if we’re just going to go for the good-looking guy who makes us happy.
STEVE FORBES: The bottom line is a holiday from history ended on September 11, 2001. There’s no way to ignore the rest of the world. And the way you fight an Obama is not trying to win a beauty contest but by going on him on issues and principles. And I think this is why this election’s the most important since 1980 is you’re going to have a fundamental difference on taxation, fundamental difference on health care, fundamental difference on social security, and fundamentally differences on national security. So this is going to be a substantive campaign. It’s going to set the pace for the country for the next generation. It’s what Ronald Regan did in the 1980s. And that’s why I’m backing Giuliani, ’cause I think he’s got the toughness and leadership to stick to business to make the big changes that we need and make sure that we stay on top of the world and keep the world safe and keep us safe. If we’re not safe, forget about any other issues.
FRANK C. GUINTA, MAYOR OF MANCHESTER, N.H.: I was very proud of the fact that the Republican party stood up for what we see as the lesser-known candidate, maybe the long-shot candidate. But New Hampshire’s also very known for putting long-shot candidates into the White House. You look at [inaudible] you look at Bill Clinton. Howard Dean, I mean, he came out of nowhere and really caught fire with the world for a while because of New Hampshire. You know, we need to stick to those values and make sure that people an opportunity to hear their voices.
DAVEY D, HARD KNOCK RADIO, KPFA: Final analysis, who would you like to see running?
GUINTA: I think that Rudy Giuliani is going to be the nominee, and I think Barack Obama is going to be the nominee [inaudible] He’s up in the polls. His message of hope and opportunity has certainly caught fire with Democrats in New Hampshire and Iowa, and I congratulate him for it. And I think on the Republican side, the condensed primary has really changed this process. But I think Rudy Giuliani is the one who’s ultimately going to get the nomination, and I think it’s going to be an interesting debate in this country, because you’ve got somebody young and energized and full of new ideas, and you’ve got a tested mayor who has proven results. And something I think is important [inaudible] mayor is a Republican of a city that was five-to-one Democrat. That says something about him when Democrats are willing to support his efforts. So it’s going to be an interesting campaign if those two become the eventual nominees.
DAVEY D: Mr. Mayor, thank you so much.
GUINTA: My pleasure.
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