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Wednesday, April 04, 2007
Giuliani: Focus on public record, not personal issues

Watch Giuliani on his private life in an interview with CNN's Dana Bash.

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani acknowledged Wednesday that he has had "issues" in his personal life, but told CNN that voters should focus on his public record when evaluating him.

"I would prefer if there wasn't any scrutiny of my private life," Giuliani told CNN's Dana Bash. "However, I was the mayor of New York, I'm used to it, I'm ready for it. I just ask -- and you can look at anything you like, you have a right to -- the only thing I ask you to do is, look at my public record, because there's a way in which you can test how the issues in my private life affect my performance in office. You can look at what I accomplished."

Regarding his son's statement last month that he and his father were not on good speaking terms, the New York Republican said he prefers to keep his family life private.

"My conversations with my son are very, very private," Giuliani said. They're between my son and I. I love him, he loves me. My wife, Judith, loves all of our children. We're -- we've got issues. Every American family, in one way or another, I guess has issues."

Responding to recent criticisms of his three marriages, Giuliani acknowledged he has "made mistakes."

"I've made mistakes. I've had a rocky road. I regret them," he said. "But they are between me, God, my conscience and the people involved."
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