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Rudy Giuliani's First Mitt Romney Ad Praised His Leadership After 9/11

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Mitt Romney appeared at a Manhattan firehouse with former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani on Tuesday, hoping to trumpet his national security chops after President Barack Obama's campaign suggested that he may not have ordered the raid to kill Osama bin Laden.

Perhaps more than any other politician, Giuliani is closely associated with the September 11th attacks. Romney's visit with him to the firehouse that was first to respond on that day seemed designed to show that he, too, understands the seriousness of the threat posed by terrorism.

It wasn't the first time the former Massachusetts governor has used Giuliani for help on that front. In 2002, the mayor cut an ad for Romney's gubernatorial campaign in which called the Winter Olympics, which Romney ran, an important event that was therapeutic for the nation and helped it move past the attacks.

"This has been a challenging year, but we have also seen what our country is really made of," Giuliani said in the ad. "For me, one of the proudest moment was the Winter Olympics."

Giuliani has hardly been a Romney booster during the current election cycle -- likely because the two squared off against one another during the 2008 campaign. But as long as bin Laden's death remains in the news, he will likely remain one of Romney's go-to surrogates.