Republican Giuliani Tells Fla. He Backs National Catastrophe Plan

By | January 14, 2008

Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani said that his experience as New York City’s mayor during the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks is a big reason why he supports a national insurance backup fund.

“Maybe I feel more strongly about this because of what I went through as mayor. I don’t even know how to describe Sept. 11. I don’t know if catastrophe is even the right word,” Giuliani said. “There’s no possible way we could have gotten through that alone. No possible way.”

A national catastrophe fund is a top federal priority for Gov. Charlie Crist and two Democratic congressmen from Florida, Ron Klein and Tim Mahoney, have a bill that passed the House which would create a the backup fund in hopes of making property insurance more affordable and accessible.

“I more than most realize how important it was to us to have federal help, federal backup,” Giuliani said during a town hall meeting at a senior center. “Look, it’s going to be there because of the kind of people we are. We might as well try to organize it in a sensible way.”

He spoke about familiar themes before taking questions — fighting terrorism, limiting medical malpractice lawsuit awards and improving health care through private competition.

One young boy asked him if he was scared during the terrorist attacks which brought down the World Trade Center towers.

“I didn’t have time to be,” Giuliani said, before talking for several minutes about the experience. “Because it happened so fast, all that you could do was to think about the next decision to make and to remain as calm as possible.”

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