Giuliani Campaign to Fred Thompson: Join the ‘Real World’

By Jennifer Parker

Aug 21, 2007 6:13pm

ABC News’ Jan Simmonds Reports: Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani’s, R-N.Y., campaign slammed possible Republican candidate former Sen. Fred Thompson, R-Tenn., Tuesday, suggesting his critique of New York City’s gun laws are an indication he doesn’t live in the ‘real world.’

Giuliani’s campaign responded to an entry Thompson made to his blog earlier Tuesday.

"When I was working in television, I spent quite a bit of time in New York City", wrote Thompson on his blog. "There are lots of things about the place I like, but New York gun laws don’t fall in that category."

The actor and former U.S. senator wrote an "activist federal judge from Brooklyn" who "provided Mayor Giuliani’s administration with the legal ruling it sought to sue gun makers" is now allowing "New York City to sue out-of-state gun stores that sold guns that somehow ended up in criminal hands in the Big Apple." The yet-to-be-announced presidential candidate also characterizes the city’s actions as being an example of an "out-of-control government."

In response, Katie Levinson, Giuliani’s communications director, released the following statement: "Those who live in New York in the real world – not on TV – know that Rudy Giuliani’s record of making the city safe for families speaks for itself. No amount of political theater will change that."

The response from the Giuliani campaign may be the most direct swipe at soon-to-be candidate Thompson from any of the Republican presidential contenders so far.

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