Giuliani Ad: 'Tested'
In the spot, Giuliani says New York City, before he became mayor, was called "unmanageable, ungovernable."
"A large majority of New Yorkers wanted to leave and live somewhere else," he says. "It was a city that was in financial crisis. A city that was the crime capital of America. A city that was the welfare capital of America. A city that was in very, very difficult condition when I became the Mayor."
But when he left office, Giuliani says, "New York City was being proclaimed as the best example of conservative government in the country." As for New Yorkers, "Instead of being hopeless, the large majority of people had hope."
Concludes Giuliani: "I believe I've been tested in a way in which the American people can look to me. They're not going to find perfection, but they're going to find somebody who has dealt with crisis almost on a regular basis and has had results. And in many cases exceptional results. Results people thought weren't possible."
The Giuliani camp also released a fact sheet to go with the ad to back up Giuliani's claims, with links to stories and quotes about New York City before and after his mayoral term.