Rudy Giuliani

Rudy Giuliani.

Former mayor of New York City and one-time presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani came out swinging tonight on energy policy, praising John McCain’s approach and emphasizing the pro-drilling portion. “He will lead us toward an America that will be independent of foreign oil by an ‘all-of-the-above’ approach, including nuclear power and off-shore drilling, said Giuliani. “Drill, baby, drill,” said Giuliani. “Drill, baby, drill.”

He also praised the selection of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, noting the energy angle: “She’s already one of the most successful governors in America — and the most popular. And she already has more executive experience than the entire Democratic ticket. She’s led a city and a state. She’s reduced taxes and government spending.”

“And she’s actually done something about moving America toward energy independence — taking on the oil companies while encouraging more energy exploration here at home,” said Giuliani.

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