September 15th, 2007
08:51 AM ET
11 years ago

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. Roberto, Tampa FL.

    As an Obama supporter, I'm glad my candidate has been getting some nice press for his plan to fix the Iraq mess and for the support he has among blacks in South Carolina, who make up 50% of the voters in that state. Let's not forget all the press he's got thanks to his fundraising successes.

    Let Hillary deal with attacks, troubled donors, while our grassroots effort takes over Iowa, SC and the whole nation...

    September 14, 2007 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  2. Mike Boldt, Buffalo NY

    Hillary should renounce 24 hours after Giuliani, Romney, Thompson and McCain renounce Rush, Ann Coulter, Laura Ingraham, and Fox News. Those loudmouths also engage in character assassination, and intolerance, and have no official links to any of the GOP candidates.

    September 14, 2007 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  3. bob, laguna beach, ca

    Giuliani is a nitwit.

    September 14, 2007 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  4. Hank, Palm Springs, CA

    Obama and Edwards are probably saying, "what about me?" ... obviously Guiliani knows Clinton is "in to WIN!"

    September 14, 2007 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  5. John S. Tark, Concord, NH

    I think we should change the political process that decides who the candidates and the winners are, or should that be weeners, before a single vote is cast. There is no choice anymore. Not even in NH.

    September 14, 2007 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  6. Ed NC

    I have yet to run into one person who admits that he/she is for Hillary.

    September 14, 2007 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  7. Michael, San Jose, California

    Go Rudy!

    I find it amazing that the democrats have such "short-term" memory when it comes to our Nation's actions in Iraq.

    September 14, 2007 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  8. steve Loudon, TN

    Hillary and the other attendees at the left wing kos meeting are simply panderers, liars, thieves, and basically commie light. Calling one of the country's most respected, apolitical 4 star general a liar BEFORE even hearing his testimony and that of the much respected diplomat Crocker shows the despotic and desperate mindset of the far left DEms. The enemy is the thieves who try to steal the electoral rights of Americans, like Hsu who gave millions to Democrats and thanked publicly as "my friend" by the former president Clinton. Traitors all who won't denounce this. Scum at the very least. Shameful for sure. Who stole the Democratic Party...I used to be one until I woke up to the theft.

    September 14, 2007 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  9. timbuck, houston, texas

    Giuliani (i don't have enough respect for him to bother looking up the spelling) is as deluded as bush. Go You are doing great work!

    September 14, 2007 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  10. E.R., Wilmington, NC

    His attack reeks of desperation and loss of personal control.

    September 14, 2007 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  11. Kyu Reisch, Radcliff, Kentucky

    Steve, is English your second laguage? English is my third language but I understood better than you. Hillary didn't call Patraeus as a liar, you lied just now to the public. Hillary has direct business with General's testimony as Armed Service Committee and as candidate for the next President of USA. I am sure you didn't understand Whitewater story too. I wouldn't open my mouth if it is not sure.

    September 14, 2007 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  12. Will, Chicago, IL

    Giuliani, why are you stealing a play from the Donald Trump playbook? (Don't you know "The Donald" just made himself look as ignorant as Rosie in his attacks on her).

    September 14, 2007 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  13. Raymond, El Paso TX

    Well, well, so Rudy's essentially calling Hillary a flip-flopper, although I noticed he wouldn't use the word. Well Rudy, you ARE the ultimate flip-flopper!

    Here's Rudy in a nutshell – I'm a Democrat ...oh no wait, I'm really a Republican and by the way, this is my wife wait, this is my wife wait, really, this is my wife. Nice to know you're a true Catholic and stick to your beliefs are still a Catholic right?

    And to be telling Hillary to denounce the ad. Funny how he wasn't so righteous during McCain's character assassination by BU$H much less denouncing him when he went after Kerry.

    Hmm, maybe I really do want him to be the Republican candidate. GO RUDY!

    September 14, 2007 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  14. Chris, Middletown, CT

    Its a sad state of affairs when anyone would believe Hillary. I read the different posts and think just how sad it is when Hillary supporters truly believe their rhetoric – the country needs a moderate...there is one running (only one) him or hate him...he is the only moderate on either side – running Rudy will draw some Dems over well as the majority independents. After all – aren't we all socially liberal...and fiscally conservative?? (I'm a Republican – and thats exactly where I am) – Democrats...Hillary is a far left will polarize the voting base...all Republicans will vote for "anyone but the lying snake left winger(socialist) Hillary" – and the independents will also follow suit – all dems will do what they have been trained to do...hide their heads in the sand...and believe the baseless rhetoric they are spoon are that sad.

    September 14, 2007 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  15. Jon C Johnson

    Rudy is a hack that has been living off of 911 since 9/11/2001. He is a parrot of George HW Bush sewing seeds of fear to the USA with his terrorists/al quaida O MY mantra.

    September 14, 2007 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  16. Sharon, Corona, Ca

    Hillary is a coward. She'll only appear on programs like Larry "I love a celebrity" King because he asks softball questions. Let's see if she can stand up to some real interrogation. She's two faced and and insincere. I don't trust her.

    September 14, 2007 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  17. Jason, Omaha NE

    Why is he wasting his time, he's not going to get the nomination.

    September 14, 2007 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  18. Joe Virostek Seven Fields PA

    Isn't it a failed Clinton Presidency that left the terrorists on our front porch; so let's blaim the inheritor of the problem and then re-elect another failure (see health-care reform of 1990's). Voters, here's a tip: if you can't see this (fight against extremists) through, you'll be witnessing even tougher circumstances that you haven't imagined. I'd hate to see how this generation would have handled itself in previous historical epic challenges.

    September 14, 2007 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  19. ab Concord, North Carolina

    Good Ole Rudy Giuliani. Another typical Republican disgrace. All he can do is try to attack Mrs. Clinton because he knows that when it comes down to the "real issues" the Republicans don't have a chance. The Republicans always try to use abortion and homosexuality to sidetrack American voters when in reality the Republican party has a very large number of homosexuals (as indicated in recent Republican scandals such as Mark Foley,Ted Haggard,Toe tapping Craig,etc.) Also, as far as the abortion issue the Republicans had complete power at all levels from January of 2001 until November of 2006 and did not get Roe vs. Wade overturned. So now that those issues are out of the way then let's look at what the Republicans have given us. An unwinnable civil war started for no reason with thousands of our men and women dying,hatred toward our country from the whole world, a multi trillion dollar surplus (thanks to President Clinton and VP Gore) turned in to a multi trillion dollar deficit, people dying because they lack health care insurance, a steady diet of 3 dollar a gallon gasoline, foreclosures in record numbers, fraudulent elections, an all out assault on the middle class and poor, constant catering to the extremely wealthy and big oil companies,and the list goes on and on and on and on. Yeah those Republicans sure are the party of morals and values huh? So I ask you my fellow Americans? Are you better off today than you were under President Clinton and Vice President Gore? I didn't think so. May God Bless our country and restore sanity back to it in 2008. Vote Democrat!!!! Thank You

    September 14, 2007 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  20. Peter, Wausau, WI

    Who's worse? Rudy or Hillary? That's a hard one to call, but just vote for Fred Thompson in 2008.

    September 14, 2007 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  21. Hal, Lakeville, MN

    Who cares? Both Rudy and Hillary want to continue to take liberty away from the American people. Forget both of them, go to and vote for freedom in 2008!

    September 14, 2007 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  22. Roy Trott Giuliani actually BELIEVES Petraeus? I didn't think anyone actually believed he was anything except an Oval Office messenger.

    September 14, 2007 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  23. Tommye J Winkley, San Antonio, TX

    Well, now, all this outrage over a suggestion that a military general may have lied or "distorted the facts"....This would not be the first time a military general lied, would it? I recall the illustrious retired General Colin Powell lied "big time", or distorted the facts about WMD in the push to go to war. Another example of Republican lack of courage and blind devotion to politics: told untruths because it was expedient to the advancement of the flawed policy of an accidental boy-president, full of his own hubris and arrogance.

    September 14, 2007 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  24. Ed, Englewood, Colorado

    Rudi needs to drop his cross dressing past and act very tough and conservative. Good attempt. What does the right wing think?

    September 14, 2007 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  25. Jack Wallace Brooklyn New York

    The Democrats and Move on have resorted to childlike name calling when they disagree with a persons views and opinions. This is the worlds stage you are playing on not a schoolyard. How about a little maturity and class? Seriously, calling the General or the President a liar, because you do not agree with them, does not, or should not help your stance. If you have facts, then present them to the public. Based on the merits of those facts the public will decide. Keep the name calling to the 6th graders.

    September 14, 2007 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
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