It’s quite silly of the Romney camp to let themselves get dragged into a debate with Giuliani over their records on fighting crime, because any discussion only draws attention to Giuliani’s greatest strength.
Team Romney is arguing that their man had a good record on crime as governor because violent crimes overall dropped 8 percent. However, the mother of all violent crimes-murder-jumped 7.5 percent.
Over at NRO, Plymouth Country, Massachusetts D.A. Tim Cruz defended the Romney crime record. But his defense of Romney could actually be used to help bolster the case for Giuliani.
Cruz left out one crucial fact-that during Romney’s time as governor, murders in Boston jumped 25 percent, according to FBI statistics. At every stop on the campaign trail, Giuliani points out that what separates him from his rivals is that others talk about what they’re going to do, but he actually gets results. Here we have a case in which Romney called something an “epidemic” and “serious crisis” and took action to address the problem, but the problem he sought to address got far worse.
Deroy Murdock has a useful comparison of the Giuliani and Romney crime records:
The Romney campaign should find a way to change the subject, and fast.
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