When Rudy Giuliani surveys the Democratic field, he lumps in Michael Moore.
Specifically, in an interview with the Rocky Mountain News’ M.E. Sprengelmeyer, he equates the health care proposals of Hillary Clinton, John Edwards and Barack Obama to that of the filmmaker’s call for universal health coverage in “Sicko.”
Sprengelmeyer, who is staked out in Iowa for the entire campaign as their Des Moines bureau chief (he’s also an old friend from our days at Northwestern) and author of the Back roads to the White House blog, asked Giuliani about where he and Mitt Romney disagree.
“I don’t think of the Republican candidates that way,” Giuliani said. “I only think of the Democratic candidates that way. I think about how I disagree with Hillary Clinton, Michael Moore, Barack Obama, John Edwards, and what they want to do with health care, which is a kind of European-Canadian-Cuban system of health care for the United States. That disagreement is so vast that it pales in comparison to any of the disagreements I might have with some of the Republican candidates. I’m not even sure what they would be.”
Moore has waged his publicity blitz for “Sicko” like that of a political campaign, but he has given no indications of joining the race. Nor has he been exactly complimentary of the Democratic field’s health care proposals, saying that they don’t go far enough. He has not endorsed Clinton, Edwards or Obama.
So obviously Giuliani is trying to link the Democratic field to Moore in the same way that the GOP has in the past tried to connect Jane Fonda to the party. But don’t think that this means Giuliani will wage an anti-Hollywood campaign. After all, he and his wife say they’re hooked on “The Tudors,” the Showtime series loaded with sexual trysts and philandering.