Florida Today reports that Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani will call for an increase in NASA’s budget in a statement that the newspaper will publish on Saturday. (Why they’re holding the statement for publication on Saturday isn’t clear.) “An increase would do wonders without affecting 99 percent of the federal budget,” Giuliani writes in the statement. “That’s the fiscally conservative approach: getting a good return on your dollar.” The report doesn’t indicate if Giulani has a specific increase ($1 billion? $2 billion? more or less?) in mind.
One other interesting tidbit in the Florida Today piece: the end includes comments from Mark Albrecht, identified as a “senior policy adviser” to Giuliani; Albrecht tells the newspaper that Giuliani is willing to support a budget increase for NASA because he perceives it as “vital to national security”. One wonders if this is the same Mark Albrecht who had previously been president of International Launch Services and, before that, executive secretary of the National Space Council during the George H.W. Bush administration.