September 12th, 2007
06:18 PM ET
7 years ago

Giuliani calls MoveOn.org 'disgusting,' slams Clinton

Giuliani was sharply critical of a recent MoveOn.org ad.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani Wednesday sharply criticized the MoveOn.org newspaper ad attacking Gen. David Petraeus, and said New York Sen. Hillary Clinton was expressing 'political venom' during her recent questioning of the general.

During an appearance on the "Randy and Spiff Radio Show" in Atlanta, Georgia, the Republican White House hopeful called the ad "one of the more disgusting things that has happened in American politics," and said "it's unfortunate" more Democratic candidates haven't spoken out against the liberal advocacy group's ad.

"I think the failure of the Democratic candidates to really condemn that, given how much money Moveon.org spends on behalf of Democratic candidates, which is millions if not hundreds of millions, is really, I really think it’s very, very unfortunate," he said

Giuliani then scolded Clinton directly for her comments during Petraeus' testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee Tuesday when she said his progress report required "a willing suspension of disbelief."

"I really do think to accuse a general of the ‘willing suspension of disbelief,' - particularly in the atmosphere that Moveon.org has created with these terrible attacks - I think that’s not the way in a responsible way to go about forging the foreign policy of the United States and the military policy of the United States," he said.

What we need right now is a reasoned account, we need statesmanship not political venom," he added.

The ad in question was published in the New York Times Monday and displayed a large black-and-white picture of Petraeus with the caption "General Petraeus or General Betray Us?" Below the picture, the ad alleged the general would likely be untruthful in his testimony on Iraq for political reasons.

For the record, Moveon.org supporters have contributed over $108,000 to Democratic presidential candidates this year through the group’s political action committee, according to Federal Election Commission records. Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, led his party’s field in contributions received through Moveon.org, with just over $30,000 since the start of his campaign.

Related: Lawmakers seek to condemn Petraeus 'betray us' ad

– CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney


Filed under: Rudy Giuliani
soundoff (113 Responses)
  1. Mary, Beaver, PA

    I don't like MoveOn, but this is a supposedly free country. If they had the funds to pay for the ad and could find a newspaper that would run it, they have a right to express their opinion. Everyone else has the right to be offended. As wise people used to say, "Consider the source."

    September 13, 2007 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  2. Larry, Fairfax VA

    The good General Powell, oops, I mean Petreus, would never tell a lie, nor mislead the American people into (more) war!

    September 13, 2007 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  3. anon, new york, NY

    Giuliani knows nothing about foreign policy, international and federal politics.

    He is an one-issue man: 9/11. Being the mayor of the vitimized city, new york, he is given millions of campaign funds, with which he pays his friends and companies. For example, see his huge Italian bodyguards around him.

    On foreign policy, he is a yes man of Bush, and has no original ideas.

    September 13, 2007 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  4. WDRussell, East Liverpool, Ohio

    If this report was so important, why wasn't the General sworn in?

    September 13, 2007 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  5. Tricia M Charlottetown PEI

    Rudy is not in a position to criticize any Politician given his failings.
    He should clean off his own door step first.

    Of course it's normal political stategy for the candidates on the bottom rung to attack those on the top.

    September 13, 2007 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  6. Uma, mpls, MN

    Hillary made the best argument as a future commander chief of this country. It shows she has vision and willingness to work with both side and also hear people's voice.
    Go Hill!

    September 13, 2007 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  7. Pat, Huntington, NY

    Hey Rudy! This is the pot calling, you're black! What a hypocrit!

    September 13, 2007 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  8. B. Carnahan

    For those of you accusing Fox of being just like MoveOn.org, the big difference is that please note the following: (1) George Soros is a hypocite who made billions in hedge funds, betting on massive capital fluctuations in international investment flow, but now espouses some form of one-world governmnet (no, I'm not crazy, he is, he has stated this) to regualte such behavior; (2) Ruppert Murdoch (for better or worse) is a businessman who noted taht there was pent-up demand for a news outlet that did not spew slanted, left-leaning, opinion, spin, and editorial (remember how often Dan Rather stated he was delievering "context and perspective"–try the text first Dan...oh, wait, skipping that got you forced out)in the guise of news as disseminated by the big three networks and the NY Times (which more often than not, was the copy for the "hardworking" network newsies).

    In other words, the "news consumers" out there wanted something different, it worked, and he made money on the proposition. And, for a few years, it prompted the mainstream media to ttry to balance-out their coverage because the coverage of Fox News frequently revealed how biased their coverages truly were. But now, all we here is more or less "Iraq, bad, Republicans, bad, Britney bad, Paris, bad, Lindsey bad." And sadly, the last three seem to dominate even Fox News as well (yes an equal opportunity criticism). Again, please refer to what I alluded to earlier, please just report the facts and the news–we could learn a lot more about our world and each other if CNN and the other news outlets would report more, opine less, and not cover the same 2 stores over and over.

    September 13, 2007 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  9. Nads, Atlanta GA

    Remember folks, to question your government is now considered un-American.
    This is what the Petraeus backers/Bush backers/war supporters would all like you to believe.
    Truth be damned, objectivity be damned, neutrality be damned. Bush appointed this guy to toe the administration line, and if you don't like what he has to report, you can GET OUT! GO JOIN THE 'SIDE' OF THE TERR'ISTS, FREEDOM-HATER!
    Unreal. I can think of nothing more "un-American" that expressing these kinds of idiotic ideas. Giuliani and anyone who supports him on this needs to re-take a few elementary school government lessons.

    September 13, 2007 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  10. Veronica, Stamford, CT

    Posted By Ray, Rochester : September 12, 2007 7:23 pm

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    Weak and pitiful post. Yeah, the ONLY reason the FDNY is against this tool is because they're union. I'd pay to see you say that to a NY fireman's face just to see your reaction when he or she rams their fist down your throat.

    Rudy is nothing more than another Bush ... "lets play dress-up and pretend I'm president". The only difference is that Rudy has a better command of the English language.

    September 13, 2007 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  11. Mindbender

    NYT "Betray US"

    According to the director of public relations for the Times, "the open rate for an ad of that size and type is $181,692.

    A spokesman for MoveOn.org confirmed that they had paid only $65,000 for the ad – a reduction of more than $116,000 from the stated rate.

    A call to the Times advertising department gets a quoted a price of $167,000 for a full-page black-and-white ad on a Monday.

    NYT declines to confirm the price and refuses to offer any reasons why they would give a hate originated liberal attack group such a discounted price. Speculation is that its a "family discount".

    I wonder if Hillary is getting the same family discount from that other old gray lady..

    September 13, 2007 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  12. Cable King Pittsburgh Pa

    When I first became aware of the moveon.org ad, I thought it was offensive, unnecessary and even counter-productive to it's own goals (which I heartily agree with).

    Upon further contemplation I've done a 180. Thank you to those radical heroes who have the guts to stand up to the Bush catastrophe and its insideous global implications.

    Considering the temper of the times, which is controlled by inflexible ideology, their modus operandi is hardly unusual.

    If it wasn't for the "radicals" of the '60s we'd still be in Vietnam.

    Whatayagonna do? Wait for the Democratic congress to stand tall?

    September 13, 2007 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  13. Bea, Hoboken, NJ

    Rudy is right about all these points. When has Hillary Clinton been to Iraq to somehow get a better idea of what's going on there than the commanding general? And I agree with one of the posts above, MoveOn.org spends millions upon millions of dollars on attack ads which promote the dem agenda. That counts as contributing to them, not just the amount of money they donate to dem presidential candidates. Rudy Giuliani's common sense and ability to call it like it is makes him the right candidate for the next president. Posted By Dan (Baltimore, MD) : September 12, 2007 9:59 pm

    When has Hillary been to Iraq? She's been to Iraq and Afghanistan several times along with her "favorite traveling companion" Sen. McCain and also Sen. Graham.

    September 13, 2007 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
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