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Giuliani on the terrorism threat facing political conventions

Rudy Giuliani was in Charlotte, host of the 2012 Democratic National Convention, and spoke to WSOC-TV, about the downside of hosting such massive events:

Giuliani said the city should be excited about it.

“You want everyone to leave your city enjoying it, because the benefit to your city is people wanting to come back," he said.

However, Giuliani also spoke of the tremendous cost, the planning nightmare and massive security force that's involved. He recalled the 2004 Republican National Convention, which was held in New York City. It was only three years after the terrorist attacks and tension was very high.

Giuliani said that threat is always there at such a large national event.

“The conventions will always be targets. They always are. Not only because of the presence of the president and presidential candidates, but the presence of so many significant people. It's just a place for terrorists and would-be terrorists to make a statement,” he said.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 11, 2011 11:48am]


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