Giuliani visits R.I. to raise funds

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani detoured through the state for a quick fundraiser after a trip to New Hampshire as he considers a run for president in 2008.

Giuliani used the $1,000-per-person cocktail reception Saturday night at the Westin Hotel to garner support from a state Republican party divided by a nasty U.S. Senate primary in November.

“We have to run in every state,” he said. “Every state’s an American state. Republican candidates and Democratic candidates should be viable in every state. If I were to be the candidate, we would run in every state.”

Among those attending were Gov. Don Carcieri, former Gov. Lincoln Almond, former Cranston Mayor Stephen Laffey and Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian.

“What was the difference between (Hurricane) Katrina and 9/11? It was leadership,” Carcieri said, praising Giuliani.

Giuliani said the country feels people in Washington don’t get things done. People once thought the same thing about New York City government, he said.

Giuliani said the country must do “everything we can to be successful in Iraq,” become energy independent and fix the Social Security system. He favors allowing some investment in private accounts.

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