Republican Presidential Candidate Rudy Giuliani visits the basin

by Michael Stafford
NewsWest 9

On Friday, the liberal Republican looked very relaxed and confident with that commanding lead he has in the polls.   He says he has a two to one margin lead over those opponents.

Giuliani met with reporters for about 15 minutes, and discussed everything from the new sanctions on iran, to education, and how to fix social security, so that it will be intact for baby boomers in the future.

The two term mayor of New York attended a luncheon at the Petroleum Club just before the news conference.

He told reporters the 9-11 terrorist attacks really showed his leadership skills, and his tough stance on terrorism.

On Iraq, he criticized Democrats who want a timetable to get out, before the job is done.

He gave thumbs up to the President and congress for imposing sanctions against Iran for their aggressive nuclear program.

And on social security, Giuliani told NewsWest Nine that we must do everying possible to stop playing politics and make sure Americans get back what they know belongs to them.

"I think these sanctions are going to make that point very, very clearly.  Maybe they'll appeal to other people in Iran, other than Ahmadinejad who appears to be extremely unreasonable, but there have been times in the past where sanctions have worked and times where they haven't so let's hope this is one of those times where sanctions work."

"What about social security?," NewsWest 9 asked.

"They should be worried about social security.  We have to make sure people get their benefits.  We have to make sure what has been promised to them, they will receive.  There are many way to solve social security, it should be done on a bi-partisan basis the way Ronald Reagan did it in the 1980's, because everybody, both sides, use this as a political football.  There are two things I think are very important, three things actually, one, we shouldn't raise taxes," Giuliani said.

Giuliani says the other two ways to preserve social security is to keep the government from expanding and causing a budget crisis, and that folks should be able to have personal option accounts so they can control their own financial future.

And on education, Giuliani says parents should have a choice where their kids attend both public and private schools similar to how the higher education system works, and that he says will completely turn around our education problems in America.