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Police union glad Giuliani brining crime issue into campaign

Crime has not been an issue in the presidential race. But former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani made it the subject of automated phone calls in Wisconsin, on behalf of Republican John McCain.

Guiliani said Democrat Barack Obama opposes mandatory prison sentences for sex offenders, drug dealers and murderers - something the Obama camp said was dishonest.

Robo-calls normally go to registered voters, but Madison's Urban Ministry got Giuliani's recorded pitch.

Linda Ketcham said the ministry has spent a decade trying to teach the public about the barriers people coming out of prison face.

That's why her non-profit, non-partisan group was puzzled as to why the Republicans targeted them.

Milwaukee police union leader John Balcerzak said Guiliani's message is exactly why his officers have endorsed McCain.

The union chief said Obama voted in the Senate against federal grants that would have put more officers on the streets, while McCain voted for those grants.