03/28/2008 02:45 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Struggling Giuliani Returns To Favorite Theme: 9/11

With his campaign hitting a rocky patch just before the first votes are cast, Rudolph W. Giuliani is returning to the themes that transformed him from a lame-duck mayor of New York City to a popular national figure six years ago and eventually to a leading presidential candidate: the Sept. 11 attacks and the threats posed by terrorism.

Mr. Giuliani's retooled stump speech compares the Sept. 11 generation to the generation that won World War II. He is running a new television advertisement that shows firefighters atop the smoldering ruins of the World Trade Center site. And this week, Mr. Giuliani, who is seeking the Republican presidential nomination, seized on the assassination of Benazir Bhutto and the suicide bombing in Pakistan to warn audiences that it "reminds us of the kind of world that we live in."

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