June 6th, 2007
01:44 PM ET
7 years ago

Storm's wrath strikes Giuliani

A radar image taken as the debate kicked off Tuesday night shows the strength of the storm over Manchester.

A map shows the amount of lightning strikes in Manchester, New Hampshire during the first half hour of the debate.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - So just how was bad was the weather Tuesday night outside the GOP debate site in Manchester, New Hampshire?

CNN Severe Weather Expert Chad Myers sends along this radar image of the Manchester area just as the debate was kicking off. It indicates the strongest part of the storm happened to be centered right over Manchester just as the Republican hopefuls were making their opening statements.

Watch Video: Giuliani's abortion answer zapped by lightning

Weather Services International, Inc. reported several instances of lightning strikes throughout the debate, the effects of which could be heard a few times when some of the candidates' microphones went in and out as they were speaking.

In a particular case of bad timing, lightning struck just as Giuliani was responding to recent comments from a Catholic bishop likening the former New York City mayor to Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor who condemned Jesus to be crucified.

As his microphone buzzed in and out, Giuliani joked, “For someone who went to parochial schools all his life, this is a frightening thing that’s happening right now.”

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Filed under: New Hampshire
soundoff (72 Responses)
  1. Jason, snellville, GA

    This the second or third story on this event. Who cares? Rudy? He is dropping. He had a name so he was the OLD front runner. Now he is opening his mouth and dropping like a stone.

    Bye, bye Rudy.

    June 6, 2007 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  2. Matt Everett, Ridgely MD

    haha great story. So much for the Dems never having god on their side.

    June 6, 2007 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  3. Ben, West Hartford, CT

    It wasn't just Giuliani's statement... it was all the Republicans together in one place that attracted the center of the storm.

    June 6, 2007 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  4. JTB, Dunedin, FL

    What is the Communist News Network trying to say? Why are you making such a big deal out of a very common phenomenon called a thunderstorm?

    June 6, 2007 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  5. St. Christopher, Youngstown, OH

    You probably better be frightened Giuliani. God must not approve of you or the other candidates. Weather is his domain. Our science can track it, but it cannot start or stop it. Tread carefully Republicans.

    June 6, 2007 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  6. Martin Nguyen, Sugar Land, TX

    Bad timing? I'd say it's perfect timing. If Giuliani truly believed in God and God's teachings through the Catholic Church, he would not support abortion. The lightning was a warning to his stance on abortion. I pray for his conversion.

    June 6, 2007 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  7. mike morgan terre haute IN

    So what do you think god was trying to say?

    June 6, 2007 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  8. Al V. Burnsville, MN

    Does this mean that he's not going to be the choice of the religious right?

    June 6, 2007 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  9. Matthew, Pittsburgh Pa

    Of course God is angry, I can't imagine how mad I would be if my name was used to commit such atrocities. Racism and prejudice are not the taught in the bible. And as far as abortion is concerned, I don’t think it is appropriate, but the government should not be involved in deciding when we are allowed to be born.

    June 6, 2007 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  10. James, Dayton, NV

    Last time I checked, Giuliani doesn't support abortion. He's pro-choice because that's the right thing to do, not because he supports abortion.

    I think the lightning storm is God's way of saying how much he dislikes the Republicans.

    June 6, 2007 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  11. chris, Columbus , GA

    he is not supporting abortion! he his supporting NOT LETTING the GOVERNMENT tell you what to do with your body.
    I pray for your conversion.

    June 6, 2007 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  12. Sandie Donati, Dallas TX

    Yes, you better watch out Giuliani. Athena, Demeter, Hermes, Zeus, Apollo, Allah, Yahweh, Jesus, or Jehovah might get you. hehe

    June 6, 2007 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  13. Rob...Fort Lauderdale Florida

    It was weather people!!!!! Get a grip!!

    June 6, 2007 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  14. D Castleton, San Antonio, TX

    So incredibly hypocritical of you, Martin, to pass the judgment that he doesn't believe in God. Just because he doesn't agree with you on this one single issue certainly doesn't condemn him. You self-righteous conservatives continue to amaze me with your holier-than-thou statements. I'd love to see your life under the microscope and have everyone call you out on your imperfections and weaknesses. And you claim to be Christian? Give me a break.

    June 6, 2007 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  15. D Castleton, San Antonio, TX

    And by the way – I'm not voting for Guiliani, I just thought I'd at least stick up for him regarding your ridiculous accusation that he doesn't believe in God.

    It's very discouraging that your like-minded group of "Christians" think that the criteria for a good president is based so much on his/her stance on abortion. Well, look at your current pro-life president. It's hard to imagine anyone doing a poorer job or leading our country into an even worse direction.

    June 6, 2007 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  16. Sage, Phoenix AZ

    What was God trying to say with to the former mayor of NYC running for president?

    Even if the people have no clue, Our Creator knows all too well!

    Don't bother covering it up, won't do you any good now. As you can see, He found you from above in Manchester...He can find you in Washington too.

    Don't lower yourself to play this game, change it!

    It's character and conviction the people are yearning for. They don't want some universal answer used to get you in the door just for a paycheck and power trip.

    Peace and Revelations to all those racing!

    June 6, 2007 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  17. Tim, Temecula, CA

    The stand-alone video of this moment can not adequately convey the astonishing timing and exclusivity of this remarkable event. This truly seemed like a Supernatural phenomenon.

    If Giuliani weren't one of the preferred Republican candidates of the liberal-leaning CNN, then I would have speculated that the whole thing was a con.

    Rudy nervously laughed it off, but his ordinarily easy confidence rang as hollow following the lightning strikes, and the repeated cut-outs of his mike. It even happened to him again, later, when he was speaking, but never, as I recall, to anyone else.

    How could this not have been an omen?

    Predictably, CNN call's it "Storm's" wrath, as opposed to "God's."

    June 6, 2007 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  18. george Braintree Ma

    Giuliani was lying, and that is why God showed his wrath.

    June 6, 2007 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  19. DC Baxter, Washington DC

    The fact that many republicans watching that lightening zapped moment actually believe it was God displaying disapproval shows just how far our country needs to evolve. Oops, I said evolve.

    June 6, 2007 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  20. Chris, Toledo, Ohio

    So God was sending a message to him? Ya as plenty of children starve to death in Africa and other places. Great God you have... sending messages to politicans as children die. What a joke.

    June 6, 2007 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  21. Jamie, Lakeville MN

    I am not Catholic but I agree that this is a sign for Rudy. It is time to repent and correct your misconceptions about abortion. I think Rudy should take a good hard look at his faith and decided if he really believes or not.

    June 6, 2007 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  22. NLee, Nashua NH

    What a bunch of idiots! In the old days (before Ben Franklin proved that lightning is just static electricity discharged from atmosphere) people thought lightning is the wrath of God/Thor, so people who got struck must have offened God. I can't believe there are still people who still believe in such mumbo jumbo nowadays.

    Abortion is a social issue. Keep religion out of it!

    June 6, 2007 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  23. John Thomas, Beverly Hills, California

    Is God trying to say something every time lightning strikes? I didn't see him get struck. I did see him, however, continue to explain his position on abortion clearly. Acting as if this is evidence against him or any of the other candidates is consistent with an argument from a liberal. Even as a joke, it's a lame opportunity to speak against him. Try using logical reasoning instead of gimmicks. Don't get me wrong, I thought it was ironic and funny, and thought it was handled as well as it could've been.

    June 6, 2007 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  24. John, Methuen, MA

    I pray that we stop believing that God/Zeus/Insert Deity Here has anything to do with the weather. I'm just hoping we don't have a candidate come in and tell us the earth is flat, and diseases are God's work. Time to smarten up, it's coincidence people. Talk during a storm that is unloading mass amounts of charges, and believe it or not, good chance of it hitting something.

    June 6, 2007 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  25. adam mentell, Lemont, PA

    Random lighting strikes can be interpreted in any way, by anybody, to serve any purpose. Tread carefully everyone.

    June 6, 2007 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
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