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. Bo, fayetteville, NC

    Why is it that Hillary Clinton cannot answer for herself? Everytime this happens, only her spokesmen speak for her? Is this damage control? She is no longer relevant. Just vote Fred Thompson and end this idea of American royalty (Clinton/Kennedy).

    September 14, 2007 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  2. Bill W, Coatesville, PA

    They are correct – Hillary is a flip-flopper who was for the war before she was against it. That is an indesputable FACT, and can be proven and verified.

    And like Giuliani, she also supports not only illegal immigration and amnesty, but she also suports outsourcing US jobs. She brought the number one outsourcer of US jobs to India into New York.

    And you would vote for her, why? OH yeah, her husband is Bill Clinton and you want Bill back in the White House, even if it as "First Husband".

    Now how stupid does that sound? Again, please vote on ISSUES, not celebrity status or name recognition. 4 years from now, you won't care what celebrities supported who in the election. But you will care when you don't have a job, don't have healthcare, can't get a mortgage, gas and heating oil are unaffordable, your kids school is overcrowded, your taxes go up, and people are still dying in an endless war.

    THOSE, my friends, are real issues. And where does YOUR candidate stand on any of them?

    September 14, 2007 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  3. 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 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  4. anna, Appleton, WI

    Clinton has INDEED changed her views according to what's popular. I was once a supporter of her but not any longer. This is far from the first time she's done it and I've heard and seen enough.

    September 14, 2007 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  5. Hillargy Bogo, Gulfport, Mississippi

    Hillary wants "change" ?? Does this mean more illegal campane contributions ?

    Or does this mean more 911s ??

    Please explain your self Hillary ??

    And you idiots at CNN please explain yourself as well.

    September 14, 2007 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |

    If we Democrats elect Hillary as the nominee this is what the General election is goona be about.Since shes running on his experience and accomplishments she has to take the good with the bad.
    1.Bills Infedelities (you know the names.)
    2.Bills failure to capture Osama bin Laden, after having several chances.
    3.Her invovlement with Whitewater +all the other so called scandals
    4.Her decision to vote for the Iraq War
    5.Her lack of judgement And her speach made before her vote saying Iraq and Alqaeda had connections, though that very report she didnt stated clearly no connection.
    6.Norman Hsu
    7.Lincoln bed room and all the other money fueled scandals.
    8.Allegations she hired She has so much Private Investigators to harass bills girlfriends
    Hillary has so much baggage by Nov independants and moderate repubs are gonna be so turned off theyll vote for the independant candidate or the republican.
    I hope im wrong but i know im right. And you Know it as well.

    September 14, 2007 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  7. Monty, Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Didn't anyone read the Vanity Fair expose on Giuliani and his erractic, bizarre,inconsistent behavior which the mainstream media ignored? From my viewpoint here in Canada this whole election whoop de doo is amazing. It's costing a fortune. Good luck in sorting out the mess. Alas, our PM sucks up to Bushie nonstop.

    September 15, 2007 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  8. Jimmy, Cherokee Ok

    Ruby GEE U WANT ANY! is a BETRAY US also. Now I have sunk to new Republican lows and have named called, but I have been waiting, for a couple of months ago RUBY GEE U WANT ANY womanizing werid O called us democrats stubid. Real Partism. Just who we want in the White House I wonder who wife number 4 will be. GEEZZZ JUDY GEE U WANT ANY GO BACK TO A supporter of SENATOR CLINTON Who is soon to be-
    President Clinton

    September 15, 2007 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  9. Paul F., Alexandria, VA

    It is amazing to me that Hillary's campaign doesn't come back by dismissing Guiliani as a man who:

    claimed he did more work at ground zero than real rescue workers, while he was really spending more time at Yankee Stadium;

    put NYC's emergency response center in the WTC after it had already been attacked once in 1993 and against the advice of everyone in the security business;

    failed to provide the communications needed by fire and rescue workers that would prevented many deaths during the attack on the WTC on 9/11;

    and tried to get his criminal partner, Bernie Kerok, put in charge of the Homeland Security Department.

    Hillary has changed her views on Iraq. I prefer Barack Obama. Still, whenever any Democrat is attacked by this pretend leader, that candidate must step up and, instead of just defending themselves, HIT BACK.

    Ultimately, it's the Dem who does that best who I will vote for when push comes to shove. Why? It's the only way we will win in '08.

    September 15, 2007 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  10. Rob, Oaklandad

    Is everyone on crack. Petraeus is a lifelong republican hack and towing the bush line. He's basically a traitor who supports and illegal war based on lies to the American public. In a true democracy he would be on trial for war crimes. MoveOn didn't go nearly far enough. It's time we all start dealing with the truth and get these con men republicans out of office and into prison. Giulian belongs in jail for life for his incompetence on 9/11

    September 15, 2007 01:25 am at 1:25 am |
  11. Bea, Hoboken, NJ

    Ahhhhhhh(loud sigh), it's only September and I already have campaign fatigue. It's going to be hard to have to hear Rudy screech against Hillary, and probably Thompson, for months to come. What you all are seeing is typical Rudy behavior, demonize the opponent no matter what and the heck with the truth. Rudy is a one note candidate, he'll repeat "9/11" until we'll scream for mercy!!! It's going to be a long 14 months.........

    September 15, 2007 01:42 am at 1:42 am |
  12. Greg, Phoenix, AZ

    Giuliani is not dropping in the polls. The average of all the polls still has him far ahead of the other Republican candidates. Thompson got a little bump when he finally announced but that will disappear just as fast as it came.

    He is right to attack Clinton because she is wrong on national security, wrong on healthcare, and wrong on illegal immigration.

    September 15, 2007 01:46 am at 1:46 am |
  13. Harry Plummer, Qatar

    What a moron statement by spokesman Singer "Its about politics". What else would it be????

    September 15, 2007 01:57 am at 1:57 am |
  14. Phoneix, Arizona

    Soooo what. Everyone has the right to change their position or opinion. It's liars that stick theirs, whether it's right or wrong!!!!!!!!!!

    September 15, 2007 02:55 am at 2:55 am |
  15. trekks,butlercounty,kansas

    I am a conservative and supporter of the current administration. We will be electing either John McCain or Fred Thompson.
    We have to continue the fight in Iraq becuase loosing now means fighting an emboldend group of terrorist in the future who, will be better armed, better trained, and will want to kill americans regardless of your political view. My brother is doing his third tour in Iraq, hes been wounded twice, has a son about to be born back here, and you could not pry him away from a war that his fellow soldiers died in, trying to fight for the democracy for the people of one nation, while less than half of their own country is behind them in their efforts.
    The only thing that Bush has done wrong , is not explain to the American public that we are going to have to keep 100,000+ men in that region (Iraq, Syria, Afganistan, and yes of course Iran) for the next decade, in order to keep the U.S. and our ALLIES from attack.
    If you really get right down to it, it would probably not be the best time to elect a democrat to office. After what Ive seen from liberal groups like, I would be frightened by the thought of anyone in that organization thinking they knew how to protect us from a cold, much less the enemies of America today.
    Maybe you lefties should try SUPPORTING your countries efforts in Iraq and then the terrorist would not know there is a part of the American populus they can easily use as pawns in a propaganda war against us. I wonder what party the terrorist want to win in the next election? Liberals are making it possible for them to vote!

    September 15, 2007 03:02 am at 3:02 am |
  16. Jesse

    Giulani cannot focus on important issues at the present moment because he is constantly dropping in the polls. The more he attacks Hilary, the stronger she will become because she is smart, intelligent and she is about changing the country for the better.

    September 15, 2007 03:20 am at 3:20 am |
  17. Katie, Washington

    Not that I'm for Hilary Clinton as a canadite, but what Rudy just did on his website, publically humilating one of the other canidites, is plain childish, and he has no support from my family, for making statements like this. Its just pathetic. Why her? Why not Obama, or Edwards? Because she's a women standing her ground? It was very wrong for him to put that in an ad of his, feelings such as this should be kept to ones self! He will only loose in the end anyways. And besides questioning a top general about this so called war my husband is over fighting for are questions we would all like to know!!! I mean really how many guys have been killed so far over there, that the goverment has just covered up and lied about?? Who really do we trust anymore???

    September 15, 2007 05:44 am at 5:44 am |
  18. TCRNYC Chappaqua, NY

    I support the MoveOn.Org ad. I am a member of I am a liberal Democrat, not a "radical," and I am not voting for Hillary. That should tell you something right there.

    The ad pointed out that Petraeus was working for the Bush administration, had previously spoken out in favor of Bush policy, and was essentially on a p.r. campaign for the surge. The ad also pointed out what everyone knows - see Paul Krugman's column in today's times - which is that the surge has failed.

    Clinton's problem with liberals is not that she changed her position on Iraq, but that she did so without ever repudiating her original support for the war. She and other Democrats backed Bush, and did so not because they thought he would behave responsibly, but because Democrats were concerned that, if they opposed him, they'd be accused of being "soft on terrorism." It's ironic that Giuliani is trying to "swift boat" Clinton by calling her a "flip-flopper" AND a "radical." The problem for liberals is that Clinton was insufficiently "radical" in 2002 and has yet to acknowledge her mistake.

    Finally, Giuliani's attack on Clinton was aimed at undermining Fred Thompson, his competitor for support from the Republican base. Thompson has attacked Clinton - he's running as the "anti-Clinton" - and Rudy followed his lead, hoping to prevent him from making in-roads among conservatives. This is not about Clinton - at least not yet.

    As for MoveOn - if the public had listened to MoveOn in the last election, we'd be out of Iraq by now. People continue to react emotionally to stupid rhetoric rather than looking at the facts. Krugman reports today that Bush's cronies are buying up oil in Kurdish areas of Iraq, apparently in anticipation of a partition. They know something we don't want to hear, and they didn't find out what they know by listening to Giuliani's political tirades. That should tell you something, too, about who is "betraying us."

    September 15, 2007 07:17 am at 7:17 am |
  19. Alice Newman Center Harbor NH

    When a Republican changes his political position he is just "evolving." When a Democrat changes theirs, its a flip flop.

    Democrats are supposed to step away from "Move-On" but its fine and dandy for the Republicans to party with the Swift-Boaters.

    GOP hypocrisy at work – as usual.

    September 15, 2007 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
  20. JB, Boston MA

    A few weeks back people were questioning why Hillary was going after Bush so much. The response from all the Hillary lovers was " she is in the lead, why would she go after other dems lower in the polls". Now Guilliani is ahead in the polls, he goes after Hillary, and all the dems scream foul. Typical. And by the way, for those that want out of Iraq yesterday. . . when we leave, are we responsible for the deaths of all of the non insurgents? When 500,000 innocent Iraqi civilians die, will you change your mind and want to go back in? Think about it. People say they want out, but NEVER address the consequences of leaving.

    September 15, 2007 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  21. DTV, Chicago, IL

    For some of you who have posted here, would you please check your spelling and grammar before venting your anger? Could you try to spell correctly and punctuate your sentences correctly so that people can understand what you are trying to say? Writing badly does not give your comments any credibility.

    September 15, 2007 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  22. pl. at the UN for a while.

    We all know Mr Giuliani, that you have a problematic relationship with women.

    Look Mr Giuliani, Your face betrays a trobled personality. What!? the American voters can't see that?

    Please continue to make a fool and a clown of yourself...and go get yourself a 4th wife.

    September 15, 2007 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  23. Rocco, Wellington, FL

    People, just listen? A vote for Giuliani is just like a vote for Bush! Is that what you want for our Counrty?

    September 15, 2007 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  24. D.Nichols, Jupiter, Florida

    I am a conservative and Rudy Guiliani is far and away my choice for President. He is a proven leader and a hero of 9/11. His honesty and work ethic overshadow any "mistakes" in his personal life. On the other hand, the thought of Hillary Clinton being President keeps me up at night...

    September 15, 2007 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  25. Amos Chinodakufa, Pretoria, South Africa

    It's quite interesting to note how Hillary Clinton did not respond to Guilliani's attestations that she Voted for the war in 2002 but has now changed her mind for the sake of political expediency.

    I also wonder how many Americans have realised what a bad attiude that lady has. I wonder why she is so proudful. And they do say pride comes before a fall.

    September 15, 2007 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
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