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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soundoff (72 Responses)
  1. Anonymous

    can you people be serious about tying this to a sign? you are probably the same people that said Y2K meant judgement day or year around the world. Its a lightening jolt..happened the entire program..geeeze

    June 6, 2007 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  2. Michelle M., Gainesville, FL

    Why can't lightning just be lightning? Why does it have to be a message from God? It's such a shame that politics can't just be politics and that religion can't be kept in the church/temple/mosque/etc and OUT of the political arena.

    June 6, 2007 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  3. Kevin, Chicago, IL

    he doesnt agree with abortion, he just understands that our country has a little thing called the separation of church and state. he won't let his religious beliefs interfere with his civic duties and I commend him for it.

    June 6, 2007 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  4. Steve, Norman, OK

    I think god was trying to say that there was a lot of moisture in the air (created the storm) and it was very electrically charged (caused the lightning). Beyond that... there was no message one way or the other. Take it from someone who lives in Storm Central...

    June 6, 2007 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  5. Melanie, Charleston SC

    intersting that 2 men feel confident enough to comment on abortion. When you can carry the child and are the one that ends up having to raise it alone, then you can complain.

    June 6, 2007 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  6. Jason Perry, Tucson, AZ

    My guess would be "hmm, I think Manchester needs some rain." I think it is funny how people make such a big deal over some lightning.

    June 6, 2007 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  7. S. B - Minneapolis, MN.

    Seriously??? The lightning was a warning to Rudy from God? Maybe the STORM was God's displeasure at the republican party and the cut-out of Rudy's microphone was because he didn't want the charade of Evil to include real truth and confuse the populace: He wanted pure evil to be seen by the nation in pure form.

    Sound stupid? It is. God's warning??? Grow Up.

    June 6, 2007 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  8. Mike, Plano, TX

    I think it is utterly pathetic that the press and weather agencies are wasting time on this. So there was a technical malfunction, big deal... I suppose the Janet Jackson Wardrobe Malfunction could be blamed on a quick blip in the earths rotation. There are way too many other things bigger that need our attention than a malfunctioning microphone....

    June 6, 2007 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  9. Janet Sorensen, Little Rock, AR

    Maybe God was irritated with the bishop for dragging his name into a political debate. I certainly would be. God help us all.
    If I had to vote for a Republican, it would probably by Rudy. I hope he sticks to his guns. Some things are between a woman and her doctor.
    Nope, no lightning. Still sitting here at my computer.

    June 6, 2007 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  10. John Gorn, San Diego, CA

    Lightning isn't scary. People who seriously believe it is a sign from God are scary.

    Reality check for the religious: Giuliani's stated position was not an endorsement of abortion. He simply takes the stance that it's not the proper place of a government to enforce religious rules. If you disagree with that stance, perhaps you should consider joining the Taliban or moving to Iran, where the government provides religious police.

    June 6, 2007 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  11. GOD

    I swear I had nothing to do with that.

    June 6, 2007 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  12. twan, plyouth, ma

    so what is god trying to say when a tornado hits a church?

    June 6, 2007 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  13. S Lahiri, Columbus, OH

    Actually, it seeme more like God must LOVE Guiliani. He apparently prevented his answer from upsetting the people who want to hear the opposite view...How can you get upset with Guiliani's answer when you didn;t really get to hear it?

    June 6, 2007 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  14. Bryan, Syracuse, NY

    Absolutely amazing. A news organization of CNN's stature willing to damage its reputation with dim witted conjecture.

    June 6, 2007 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  15. Keith, Lititz, PA

    There is a huge difference between supporting a woman's right to choose, as Giuliani does, and encouraging abortion. Go do some research, please.

    And by the way, I'm pro-life, so don't go shooting yourself in the foot by attacking me.

    June 6, 2007 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  16. frankie carbone

    It's called weather created by the natural forces on earth ....unless we want to believe in a vindictive GOD who reek's havoc on any opposition by floods or any other form of bad weather.....let's get real and understand bad weather is just that .........

    June 6, 2007 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  17. Jaik Willis, Chicago IL

    its so funny, rightwingers display how primitive and medieval there thought patterns are, they really believe thunder is the sound of God bowling. Its terrifying that kindergarden level minds like this can vote. Giuliani just believes that his own religious beliefs shouldn't be imposed on a free society, his opossition on the extremist right wing believes their own personal religion should rule over everyone else, they are like the Taliban.

    June 6, 2007 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  18. Joseph Kerr, Pekin, IL

    I think God is angry that the Republicans are interfering with free will; God is the only judge, anyone else who judges thinks they know better than God.

    June 6, 2007 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  19. Rob Thomas, Tulsa Oklahoma

    You people are crazy. God has some more important things to worry about than lighting in Manchester for a Republican debate. Guilani and McCain are the best candidates to lead our country we need someone with a backbone. If you can't speak your mind to the American people what are you going to do when it come to foreign policy. Voting for any of the Democrats that are running would be like voting John Kerry into office. However, I will agree that Al Gore should run. He is the democrats only hope. He would win hands down.

    June 6, 2007 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  20. JD, Cave Creek, AZ

    As long as God did't say, "Start another war, George," I'm happy.

    June 6, 2007 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  21. Edward Kish, Akron, Ohio

    I agree with him, abortion may not be the right choice, but that choice belongs to the woman, not to the government.

    June 6, 2007 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  22. Brant Harper, Buffalo NY

    If there is an all seeing God and he does care about such a trivial matter as a political debate over a year befor an election instead of the millions of children who are starving all over the planet then that selfish God is not worth worshiping.

    June 6, 2007 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  23. Robert Bosworth

    He who eyes to see will see the truth.

    June 6, 2007 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  24. Ed, Roseburg, Oregon

    LOL... If lighting strikes in the mountains and no-one is there to see/hear it, did God do it or Nature? It's amazing how people will bring God into the picture to support their views.

    June 6, 2007 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  25. Sarah, LA

    I think God was saying that SHE thought this was Rudy's moment to speak up strongly for women and reproductive privacy!

    June 6, 2007 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
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