Giuliani Pledges Image Makeover for U.S.

By MichaelJames

Jul 12, 2007 9:55pm

ABC News’ Jan Simmonds reports: Rudy Giuliani, R-N.Y., wants to give the United States’ public image a makeover.

Speaking Thursday night before 500 donors at a Republican Party event in Michigan, Giuliani invoked the spirit of Ronald Reagan, vowing to return the nation to being “a shining city on a hill.”

To bring this makeover to fruition, Giuliani proposed reforming Voice of America and other international broadcasters to better promote the idea of freedom and U.S. values abroad. In addition, the former New York mayor vowed to expand exchange programs with Arabs and Muslims, increase the size of the foreign service, and establish a system to measure the success of ambassadors and embassies, allowing the State Department to better promote U.S. policies abroad.

Giuliani also spoke at length about restoring America’s competitiveness in the global economy.

“Our success in this new century depends on reinvigorating our historic mission with determined leadership that gives hard-working American families confidence their future will be better than their past,” said Giuliani. “In the process, we can strengthen our national security and economic security while building a more peaceful and prosperous world.”

As part of his global competitiveness plan, Giuliani suggested improving America’s work force with incentives for job training, more science and math education, and an expansion of visas for skilled foreign workers to meet market demand.  He also vowed to aggressively push for free trade by reducing corporate taxes and regulations and convincing lawmakers to restore the president’s power to seal "fast-track" trade agreements without congressional intervention.

The speech was Giuliani’s second in a series he plans to give in the months ahead to provide more details on his “Twelve Commitments to the American People.”

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