Giuliani Continues Offensive Against Democrats During NC Appearance

Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani says his party is best qualified to deal with wars against poverty at home and terrorism abroad.

Speaking in Raleigh, and drawing from the first Democratic presidential debate the day before, Giuliani blasted his rivals for ignoring private sector solutions to health care and education.

He told an audience at the North Carolina Conservative Leadership Conference in Raleigh that, quote, "I'll be darned if I'm going to concede that Democrats care more about poor people than we do."

Giuliani said Democratic calls for mandatory universal health care would only exacerbate the cost of care by putting the system in the hands of bureaucrats.

Democratic candidates renewed their calls for universal health care during a debate in South Carolina on Thursday, saying that a new system would help streamline costs and cover the nation's 45 million uninsured.