It’s not unusual for politicians to be out of touch with reality. Many are millionaires who have long forgotten what it’s like for working Americans. Case in point:
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.
Good Lord, I don’t know where he shops, but it certainly isn’t the local supermarket close to where I live. Maybe his neighborhood is different.
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.
Hmmm, I guess not. The inevitable damage control response is not very helpful.
Later Tuesday, the Giuliani campaign pointed out that the national average for bread is $1.17 per pound, as listed by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The government agency also lists milk as costing, on average, $1.60 per half-gallon.
For what year? And excuse me. Who buys bread by the pound? In the real world people buy it by the loaf. And bargain hunter Rudy did not specify weight, he said “a loaf of bread.” At my local grocery store the generic bread is about $1.20 a loaf on sale, but the good bread is more like $2.50 and up. And I can only get a quart of milk for that $1.60. I find it hard to believe that Giuliani picks out the cheapest generic milk and bread when he goes shopping. I wonder when the last time he set foot in a grocery store was.
Giuliani was closer to the mark on the price of a gallon of gasoline.
“Gas, I think, is $2.89,” he said.
Again. The cheapest regular unleaded around here is at least $3.15. Premium is even higher. I suppose he shops around for the cheapest regular unleaded? Doubtful. He’s simply out of touch with reality in addition to being out of touch with conservatism. Rudy Giuliani: where foot meets mouth. The Price is Wrong, both as stated by Rudy and what it will cost conservatives if he gets the nomination.
The former mayor never mentioned his position on gay rights and abortion that separate him from traditional Republican voters in the state, but he said he would always be straight with voters.
“I will tell you what I believe. If you agree with it, fine. If you don’t agree with it, you have a right not to agree with it. If you don’t agree, you have a right not to vote for me,” he said.
Believe me, I plan on exercising that right and hope others do the same. I want a principled conservative Republican like Sam Brownback, not an out of touch RINO like Rudy.
Update: A quote from Republican voter Robert Little:
“Giuliani, I definitely don’t trust him as far as I can throw a bull elephant by his tail,” said Little, the Georgia retiree. “John McCain, I don’t like him.”