Giuliani Clueless on Milk and Bread Prices
Rudy Giuliani might be able to fight crime and terrorism and be as fiscally responsible as anyone but you wouldn’t want to send him to buy your groceries.
Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani hasn’t done a lot of grocery shopping lately — at least based on his answers about the cost of milk and bread. Campaigning in Alabama on Tuesday, the former New York City mayor portrayed himself as a fiscal conservative and an aggressive fighter of terrorism who has a lot in common with the Deep South state.
But when asked about more mundane matters — like the price of some basic staples — Giuliani had trouble with a reporter’s question. “A gallon of milk is probably about a $1.50, a loaf of bread about a $1.25, $1.30,” he said.
A check of the Web site for D’Agostino supermarket on Manhattan’s Upper East Side showed a gallon of milk priced at $4.19 and a loaf of white bread at $2.99 to $3.39. In Montgomery, Ala., a gallon of milk goes for about $3.39 and bread is about $2.
These incidents hurt candidates with voters, who want their leaders to simultaneously be inspiring leaders and “regular guys.” The fact of the matter, though, is that none of the people with any reasonable chance of becoming president have to think twice about what a gallon of milk or a loaf of bread cost; indeed, it’s unlikely they do their own grocery shopping. Given that presidents likewise delegate their marketing to White House staff, this is not an issue likely to harm the country if Giuliani is elected.
via Political Wire