ABC News’ Jan Simmonds Reports: Over 8 months into his presidential campaign, Rudy Giuliani, R-N.Y., announced Wednesday his first television ad, which will hit the airwaves on Thursday in New Hampshire.
The ad, entitled "Tested", features Giuliani himself speaking about his accomplishments as mayor of New York City.
“They used to call it unmanageable, ungovernable. A large majority of New Yorkers wanted to leave and live somewhere else," Giuliani explains to the viewers.
But after two terms as mayor, Giuliani adds he was able to achieve "results people thought weren’t possible."
“By the time I left office, New York City was being proclaimed as the best example of conservative government in the country," Giuliani says in the ad. "We turned it into the safest large city in America. The welfare to work capital of America. And most importantly, the spirit of the people of the city had changed. Instead of being hopeless, the large majority of people had hope."
The timing of the ad is, to some degree, an effort to fight back questions that have been raised recently about Giuliani’s judgment after the recent federal indictment of Bernard Kerik, his former police commissioner, by highlighting his most high profile accomplishments in New York City. The campaign’s choice of New Hampshire as the first state to go on the air, also is an increasing sign that the Giuliani campaign feels they can make some noise in Granite state, possibly even stealing it from the current Republican New Hampshire frontrunner Mitt Romney, the former Republican governor of Massachusetts.