September 15th, 2007
08:51 AM ET
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Giuliani blasts Clinton in new Web ad

Giuliani is accusing Clinton of changing positions on Iraq in a new Web ad released Friday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The official start of the presidential primary season is over three months away, but former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani is going after Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton as if she were already her party's nominee.

The New York Republican's latest hit on Clinton comes in a Web ad released Friday afternoon, alleging she changed her position on the Iraq war "now that she's running for president."

“In 2002, Hillary Clinton voted to authorize military action in Iraq … because she believed it was the right thing to do," the ad states. “But now that she’s running for president, Hillary Clinton has changed her position, even joining with the radical group in attacking American General Petraeus."

Giuliani has been heavily critical this week of's ad in the New York Times Monday. In the ad, the organization alleged the top U.S. commander in Iraq, Gen. David Petraeus, is not telling the truth about conditions in Iraq for political reasons.

Giuliani has also condemned Clinton directly for not denouncing the ad, as well as 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."

"Clinton stood silently by when ran this venomous ad in the New York Times," the ad states. “The same general she called an expert not long ago. Now she is questioning his honesty.”

Responding to the Web ad, Clinton spokesman Phil Singer said, "Rudy Giuliani is dropping in the polls and is unable to defend his own support for George Bush's failed war."

"Instead of distorting Senator Clinton’s record in the campaign's first attack ad, the Mayor should tell voters why he thinks sticking with the Bush Iraq strategy makes sense. The country wants change and while Hillary Clinton is focused on ending the war, Mayor Giuliani is playing politics," he added.

So why is Giuliani going after Clinton as if it is September 2008?

"Giuliani needs to be acceptable to conservatives," CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider says. "What better way to do it than to show he's ready to lead the fight against Hillary Clinton? Among conservative Republicans, 85 percent have a negative opinion of the New York senator."

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Rudy Giuliani
soundoff (102 Responses)
  1. James Harris, New York, New York

    Not only is it not her organization, not only has she NOT expressed support for the ad, not only does not even endorse Hillary Clinton, but why is he attacking Hillary in particular? He might as well be attacking me. I haven't denounced the ad either. Nor will I, by the way, because I happen to think Petraeus is a liar. But Clinton's never called him that, let alone accused him of betraying anybody. This is pure vintage Giuliani.

    September 14, 2007 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  2. rob russo, new canaan, ct

    Hillary needs to denounce the organization to have any credibility in the future race for president. She (& other democratic candidates) are showing amateur chops by siding with extremest splinter groups!

    September 14, 2007 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  3. VanReuter NY NY

    If I'm Clinton's campaign, I'm thanking my lucky stars and laughing all the way to the bank with way more than the 800k plus they lost in the Hsu scandal. It gives her more street cred with the MO and Kos people, won't cost her a VOTE in NYC, (Though maybe some elsewhere in the state, maybe not.) while attracting even more of the anti-war vote. It is a total win for her. The question is, why? Why would Rudy latch on to this almost non-issue, to take a hard stand?

    He needs her HELP! He needs her as a foil he can attack to try to recapture the the supporters he's hemorrhaging to Fred, strengthen his street cred with the republican base, (and they hate Hillary even more than the people here) and taint her with the military, if he winds up running against her.
    It's a bold,and in other ways a panic move, an attempt at a big lie that is like going for broke, as if he knows that the way Fred is trending, he could soon be third or FOURTH in the polls. Rudy is a front-runner, in more ways than one; If he falls behind Thompson (and it looks like he will) and feels that he isn't going to win, he could surprise everyone and drop out FAST. This could be his , "let it all hang out", round and if he doesn't score the knockout, he may quit on his stool.
    He has to know that in the short run, he is much more certain of helping Hillary with this ad than he is himself, so this is in many ways also a tactical, long-range move. If the national publicity the ad is sure to garner helps him regain and maintain his lead and go on to win the republican nomination, he has set himself up for how he wants to run against ANY democrat, that he is strong and will protect you and the democrat won't.
    My guy Edwards and Obama are both seen as easy to campaign against on the security issue (It's the only issue the republicans are still trusted on) for Rudy, but Clinton has been able to stake out some gravitas, in part because of being on the Armed Services Committee , so the ad sets him up to, "define", her as being anti-military.
    If it works, he wins the nomination and has a perceived soft-spot to attack (If Clinton is his opponent). If it helps her, but he continues to deflate, he'll be like Wile E. Coyote, falling into the canyon with a bomb in his hand as the Road-Runner zips past, unharmed, "Beep-Beep", Rudy.

    September 14, 2007 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  4. Mac, Severn, Md

    MoveOn.Org has claimed to own the Democrat party. They seem to own the Democrat candidates. The candidates don't want to disagree with MoveOn.Org because it gets a lot of hits on its web site and the candidates don't want to alienate those bloggers.

    September 14, 2007 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  5. Veronica, Stamford, CT

    Does Rudy think Hillary's the only one running for president? Does he also think that MoveOn is Hillary's campaign in disguise?? Me thinks Mr. Guiliani best get out and open his eyes a little more. I'd really like to see where Rudy denounced the Swift-Boaters in 2004 and Uncle Karl in 2000 and 2004. Fake outrage from a fake – how fitting.

    September 14, 2007 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  6. David, Gilbert Arizona

    Giuliani will never be acceptable to conservatives. He has too much history as a liberal republican. Bashing Clinton isn't going to make all that history suddenly go away.

    I don't like Hillary and would never vote for her because I don't think we can afford all of her regulations and programs in our current economy. Even so I think Giuliani is wrong to link Hillary to a ad. It makes him look desperate.

    September 14, 2007 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  7. alan St Louis MO

    This bone head is desperate.

    1) Bush cronies in the intel decieved us all. You cant blame just Clinton you have to blame majoriity of the united states. But when the truth was exposed she did the right thing. what was she proposed to do. Go into a deep slumber sleep like the rest of the republicans and be completely out of touch with america.

    2) Clinton does not own

    3) you just attaking becuse Thompson is about to steal your thunder. Like it matter which bone head runs for GOP

    September 14, 2007 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  8. Ron, TX

    The pot's calling the kettle black. Rudy probably road away in a swift boat after his attack on Camp HRC...

    September 14, 2007 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  9. VG, NY,NY

    Typical of Giuliani and the GOP to attack Clinton for something she has not control over. Also typical that anybody who questions this war and this administration is characterised in a negative light. You know last time I checked Freedom of Speech was a right (not a privilege) granted by our Constitution. I know Giuliani well having lived in NY for most of my life – I don't trust him.

    September 14, 2007 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  10. Jared Portland Oregon

    Extremist splinter groups?

    Are you now using Bush's terrorist lingo in referring to an organization that provides a different point of view (slanted but true) than mainstream media?

    If the Repubs want the Dems to renounce, I would like to see THEM renounce the slanderous and ridiculous reports that Fox News drums up.

    Its the same thing, but on the other foot and the right wing just cannot take that. Hypocritical in every way.

    September 14, 2007 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  11. Phil, Shawnee Mission Kansas

    Hillary's actions over the last week show that she will easily give into popularity polls and far left groups.

    Is she even presidential material after the way she conducted herself this week?

    September 14, 2007 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  12. Jason, San Antonio TX

    Republicans must rely on slashing people like Hillary Clinton because they dont have anything to run on now that the majority of the nation has seen how incapable they (Republicans) are of leading.

    September 14, 2007 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  13. Jeannie, Sacramento, CA

    ***yawn*** This wanna-be Republican who can't measure up to any conservative standard has a true identity crisis and needs to get off his purported 9/11 success.

    September 14, 2007 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  14. Bill, Streamwood, IL

    Jeez, it doesn't take much to set Rudy off these days does it?

    I can hardly believe that this is the same man who ran NYC and kept his cool during 9/11 and after. I mean if a couple of ads gives him apoplexy now, what would a world crisis do to him as president? Where is his perspective?Looks like the cool as a cucumber Rudy is history.

    He was on my short-list of three viable candidates for the Republican presidenial nominee. The list is now down to two.

    September 14, 2007 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  15. Chris (Boston, MA)

    This was an excellent video. I encourage everyone to see it. If the liberal media won't call her out on her roundabout way of calling a distinguished general a liar or for her silence as a left wing organization tears down his character, then this is the right thing to do. Hillary Clinton needs to be held to account for the way that she's conducted herself. An apology would be highly appropriate, though I doubt we will see one.

    September 14, 2007 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  16. David, Los Angeles, CA

    Hillary is going to smash these clowns in the general election. The Republicans would have a fighting chance against her, except that their candidates are so bad the Democrats could nominate Daffy Duck and still have a 5 point margin of victory.

    This attack reeks of desperation. Hillary obviously has nothing to do with, is not the favorite candidate of, and has not supported the ad. Why attack her? Sounds like he's afraid of her.

    The more the GOP keeps up these brainless, vitriolic attacks on Hillary, the more the rest of us know she must be doing something right.

    September 14, 2007 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  17. papa_rod

    BIG deal! How about some real politics instead of pot shotting each other.

    September 14, 2007 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  18. Steve Wittlake Blaine Washington

    Neither Hillary Clinton or Rudy Giuliani are acceptable candidates. Hillary has no business calling Patraeus as a liar. Additionally what about Whitewater? What about Giuliani's support for illegal aliens in New York City. Both are a disgrace to the American people.

    September 14, 2007 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  19. Mike Canfield, Cleveland, ohio

    Bet the Obama people HATE this attention Clinton is getting...

    September 14, 2007 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  20. Rob Harris

    Clinton stood quietly by...Giuliani puts it on the cover of CNN. If he really cared so much he would quit directing traffic to it.

    September 14, 2007 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  21. A. Thomas, New York, NY

    Giuliani is a monday night quarterback in criticing Hillary. He forgot that it was his republican party and George Bush that fed the senate, congress and the american people with wrong intelligence info about Iraq to gain their support.

    In other words, Hillary and the american people were cheated by Bush and the republican party. If Giuliani were in the senate at that time, he would have supported the war too as a republican. As far as the Iraq war is concerned. Giuliani has agreed 100% of what Bush said.

    Giuliani has made tons of money himself in his personal security companies after 9/11. However, he did nothing in preventing 9/11 in NY, or has done anything significant for the american public since.

    Giuliani is the one-eye man in the republican kingdom of blinds.

    September 14, 2007 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  22. John, San Diego, CA

    Hillary Clinton probably changed her view of the Iraq war because she realized after the truth came out that the reasons for the invasion by the administration were false.

    September 14, 2007 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  23. Ronald C

    Giuliani is slipping in the poles, sounds like sour grapes...he's looks pretty desperate...

    Hillary is the only choice for President

    September 14, 2007 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  24. CL in TN

    Rudy is running scared. He's lied so much and the 9/11 thing was getting a little old so he has to think of something to say.

    September 14, 2007 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  25. Rose Hann, New London, CT

    Giuliani is a coward. Before 9/11 he was on the cover of eveery rag sheet known because of his shameful display of infidelity and no compassion. His lack of leadership after the 1993 WTC bombing, he failed miserably. How many fire fighters and police officers could have been saved had he followed the reccomdations.
    Iraq study group meetings? No show. I can't wait to see the swiftboat hate group and we will, RUDY will let it happen. He's a liar suggesting Senator Clinton had anything to do with She has nothing to with this independent group.
    He needs to worry about getting speech lessons.
    RRH, CT

    September 14, 2007 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
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