Ex-NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani "comes close to having an official "announcement" today by unveiling his "why me" speech today in New Hampshire," says First Read, and as grounding principles go, Giuliani's Twelve Commitments to the American People are fairly representative of his conservative governance approach.
Note the intersection between social conservatism -- that is, a conservative approach to problems of the social structure (schools, health care), economic conservatism -- a conservative approach to reform of the economy, and anti-terror conservatism -- a " " " combating terrorism.
Compare that with Mitt Romney's three-legged stool, which describes a political conceputalization of those same principles: conservatism of military, the economy, and family.
I will keep America on offense in the Terrorists’ War on Us.
I will end illegal immigration, secure our borders, and identify every non-citizen in our nation.
I will restore fiscal discipline and cut wasteful Washington spending.
I will cut taxes and reform the tax code.
I will impose accountability on Washington.
I will lead America towards energy independence.
I will give Americans more control over, and access to, healthcare with affordable and portable free-market solutions.
I will increase adoptions, decrease abortions, and protect the quality of life for our children.
I will reform the legal system and appoint strict constructionist judges.
I will ensure that every community in America is prepared for terrorist attacks and natural disasters.
I will provide access to a quality education to every child in America by giving real school choice to parents.
I will expand America’s involvement in the global economy and strengthen our reputation around the world.