Okay, commitments, but you get the idea. Giuliani was in New Hampshire today, and unvieled a series of promises which he vowed to flesh out over the course of the summer:
Interesting, I thought, that ending illegal immigration comes right below staying on offense against terrorism. Clearly, Giuliani believes he’s been gaining traction from his criticisms of the Senate bill. This makes sense to me. Over a year ago I wrote a column arguing that Giuliani’s law enforcement background could help him make the case that he’d be best qualified to gain control of the borders, and because of his pro-immmigration background he’d be able to do it in a way that didn’t come across as anti-immigrant. It does, of course, open him up to an examination of his immigration policies in New York City, which earned Gotham the label of a “sanctuary city.” When researching my article, though, I found this quote in the midst of a pro-immigration speech he gave at Ellis Island in 1997:
“Controlling our borders is a core function of the federal government and it is a problem that requires serious attention…”
So, he could make the argument, which he has partially, that as mayor he had to deal with the reality of 400,000 illegal immigrants because the federal government wasn’t doing its job properly, so as president, he’d want to ensure that other mayors and governors don’t have to face the same problem.
Another interesting point is that now increasing adoptions and decreasing abortions is weaved into his 12-point plan.
Of course, as with all 12 of his commitments, the devil will be in the details. So it should be interesting to watch him expand on his ideas over the next few months.
UPDATE: Fixed to reflect that there were 12 commitments, not 10.