From NBC's Betsy Cline and Whitney Bright
In a speech about the economy, former New York City mayor and 2008 presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani
railed against President Obama's push for health care.
"Why not let it be examined in the marketplace of free ideas?" Giuliani said, arguing for the free market. "If it's so good, what's the rush?"
Giuliani went on to say, "We don't have a health emergency." And because of that, he argued, Congress and the president should take the time to "avoid a horrible mistake?"
Besides the timetable, Giuliani also took issue with the contents of the bill. Going further than most critics, he said the bill is not a step toward nationalized health care, "it IS nationalized health care, and it's just a few more steps to socialized medicine."
He said Democrats are trying to borrow from systems like Canada's and Europe's, which, he claimed, don't work. He may not like the timing or the content, but Giuliani seemed to relish the Democratic infighting.
"We won't be non-participants in the debate," he said, but "we should allow them to battle it out."
At a separate event today, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich
criticized Democrats for rushing health-care legislation, as well as for not attracting enough Republican support.
"They have made an artificial deadline, because they are unwilling to have a conversation," Gingrich said. "Those folks are in no way bipartisan. They rammed through a 300-page energy bill at 3 a.m. and voted on it at 4 p.m. The same will happen with the health-care bill, too, because it's done in secret."
But Gingrich spent most of his time talking about tax reform, which he said would boost the economy. First, he proposed a two-year, 50% reduction in Social Security and Medicare taxes.
"This would get everybody more take-home pay," he said.
Second, he suggested following the Chinese model of having no capital gains tax. Third, he called for cutting corporate taxes, referencing Ireland's business tax rate of 12.5%.
"Do the math!" he exclaimed. "If you have less after taxes, you can't invest in the next factory!"
Lastly, he strongly advocated to eliminate the estate tax, saying, "No one should have to visit the undertaker and the IRS in the same week.