ABC News’ Jan Simmonds reports: GOP presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani released his fourth television ad Thursday, which focuses on the former New York City Mayor’s record on taxes and, for the first time in a TV ad, challenges the Democratic frontrunners by name.
The ad, entitled "Promise," charges that his Democrat rivals would raise taxes if elected president. Watch the ad HERE.
Giuliani specifically names the three top Democratic candidates — Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and John Edwards — saying that they have already promised to raise taxes and ensures viewers that this is one promise he is sure they will keep.
"I know that reducing taxes produces more revenues. Democrats don’t know that. They don’t believe it," says Giuliani, sitting in a library-like setting.
"Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, John Edwards, here’s a promise I assure you they’ll keep. They are making the promise to raise taxes. The only thing I can tell you in addition to that is they’ll raise taxes even more than they promise," Giuliani continues.
In a twist of irony, considering the new story that surfaced Wednesday that questions whether Giuliani misappropriated the costs of security that was afforded him during trips to the Hamptons, a main theme of the ad is also accountability.
At Wednesday evening’s CNN/YouTube debate in St. Petersburg, Florida, Giuliani and his campaign tried to quell the story saying the then-mayor did nothing improper, but questions remain about the apparently questionable accounting of his security.
As with the campaigns previous television efforts, the ad will air in the Boston television market and in New Hampshire.