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. Chris, Orlando FL

    Rudy Giuliani has had successes as a Mayor of NYC and US Attorney. This is undeniable

    Gen. Petraeus is a highly decorated and respected Military Officer having served us and both Republican and Democrat administrations.

    Hillary Clinton has no comparable experience(except blowing hot air in the Senate) and thinks she can simply ride the coattails of her highly successful husband....ain't gonna work.

    I would love to vote the Dems their
    turn in the White House(I voted for Bush and he totally screwed up.........Democrats must find a more qualified candidate.

    September 15, 2007 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  2. Romney sucks too!

    Rudy is another BUSH...and uses a horrible day for his political benefit....this man has no character or morals.....

    September 15, 2007 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  3. Jeff Old Bridge,NJ

    Giuliani is the guy that exploited 9/11 and the NYC police and fire departments for his own personal and political gratification.The NYPD and NYFD now realize that they made a terrible mistake in supporting Giuliani.
    Many Democrats that were completly misled and lied to by Bush and his cornies mistakenly voted to support the War in Iraq but when they they finally learned the truth about the lies and deception by these thugs and criminals in the whitehouse,they quite honestly changed their minds about this war and denounced this war and this administration.Hillary was one of the first and most vocal to call out the President and has fought tirelessly to stop the most disasterous foriegn policy decision in our history!
    Giuliani is just another Republican PUNK that talks about the ethics of others while practicing none himself.
    You want to know about the REAL Giuliani?Jut ask the NYPD and the NYFD!

    September 15, 2007 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  4. Chip Celina OH

    This has spun and spiraled out of control and we're 14 months away from the general election!

    The original problem was that Sen. Clinton in a convoluted coin of phrase at the hearing basically called the General a liar with her "suspension of disbelief" comment. Was that really necessary. Did she have to give such a critical opening statement? If she were TRULY presidential she would have stayed above the fray and gone straight to the questioning. While doing so, she could have asked some hardball questions and listened to the responses and try to use the information.

    Instead, she had to grandstand and throw in a snide remark to try and discredit the general and take a shot at the administration.

    There is no doubt that the next president of our country will at some point have to deal with the Iranian and other middle eastern entities. Having lived in a Muslim country for a couple of years earlier in my adult life, I can tell you that as a woman, she will go into ANY negotiating session with middle eastern leader already having a strike against her because of her gender.

    Will her tact suddenly improve? If she lacks respect for one of our own trying to accomplish the mission set forth before him, how will she do in the big leagues. She has every right to not agree with that mission and to question its effectiveness, but to insult your counterpart prior to asking them for information is not a good plan.

    September 15, 2007 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  5. Jimmy, Cherokee, Ok

    One thing all of you are over lookin. Senator Clinton, yes I addressed her as Senator Clinton. She has a title. Gee You Want Any does not. No experience at all in running our GREAT NATION, much less the free world. Any how Senator Clinton is not She didn't place that add. Nor did she place the one about Thompson, again no title, unless of course you include former (why former?) about the cuban suitcase thing. I follow Senator Clinton very closely. Have listen to many speech and read many articles. She doesn't come out and condemn GEE YOU WANT ANY, or any of the others, she doesn't have to. As for General Petraeus, What was wrong with her questioning the General. That is why she was elected into her role. If she didn't keep him on his toes than she certainly is not doing her job. Oh I know if you don't do it the Republican way you are less than human. Well guess what Republican party watch the revolving floor as you all fall through it. I just hope you do not take the rest of us with you. For us Democrats We love our neighbor as we do our own. We believe in Unity and Freedom for all. Including the Americans. That one is for President Bush. See in Respect us Ture Democrats show it. Replace the Republican Party-Governor Swarts of California (s.s) He has seen the light at the end of the tunnel. Republicans we trusted you for several years now you have let us down. NOW GET OUT OF THE WAY

    September 15, 2007 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  6. Ron Hemet Ca.

    THE bush administration is a total failure...the have done a good job of ruining this country ....So if you want another failure than elect Rudy....

    September 15, 2007 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  7. C. Mass, Washington D.C.

    To all the believers of's unjustified attack on General Petraeus:

    Why do you choose to believe an organization who justified their attack on an individual, who is mandated by law to conduct his duties in the best interest of the Nation and free of political bias, based on opinion polls and biased op ed articles?

    Don't you think the assessment of a professional Soldier who has spent several years on the ground in Iraq working directly with and against the major players in the region holds some weight over the opinions of partisan journalists (who get their information from second and third hand sources)?

    How do you know General Petraeus is a liar? Have you spent a few years in Iraq and worked with their government or been on a patrol in Sadr City with the ISF or a humanitarian mission in al Anbar? I doubt base your opinions on the information other people, who may be biased, provide you.

    I think people who believe in's attack are instead blinded by partisanship and their dislike of the President. They mistakelnly equate General Petraeus with the Iraq policy, instead of the man charged with carrying it out (whether he agrees with it or not).

    Rudy Giuliani was correct in calling out for this unjustified attack.

    September 15, 2007 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  8. Tricia M Charlottetown PEI

    It's downright scarry reading comments from Americans who say they will vote for Giuliani or Thompson!!

    Why not just vote Bush back in and relive the last eight years all over again!

    A vote for Giuliani or Thompson could only be likened to another victory for Bush or a vote for Barney Rubble and Fred Flintstone.

    What are these Americans thinking? Do you put no value in Leadership Qualities, International Diplomacy, Experience, Truth, Justice, Morals, the American Constitution, America's Image?

    Then there are the Ron Paul supporters!
    More Scarry! The man looks so frail I doubt he'd make it through his first year of Presidency. Of course he won't have to worry as there is NO chance he will be nominated!

    Thank God these Americans don't come even near to being a majority! Our World is frightening enough

    September 15, 2007 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  9. Greg, Phoenix, AZ

    This is what Hillary said prior to the liberation of Iraq:

    "If left unchecked, Saddam Hussein will continue to increase his capacity to wage biological and chemical warfare, and keep trying to develop nuclear weapons. He has also given aid, comfort and sanctuary to terrorists, including al Qaeda members. So it is with conviction that I support this resolution as being in the best interests in our nation..."

    What is she saying today?

    What will she say if elected?

    One really never knows.

    September 15, 2007 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  10. Carrol Ann, Newport, Maine

    Blast away, the only thing he's doing is shooting himself in the foot LOL!!!

    September 15, 2007 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  11. Lyons Steve

    Bush betrayed us. Paetreus was under orders from his Commander in Chief, and lied to us, as ordered.

    Giuliani, McCain and these other censorous fascists are the ones to throw the hell out of the country.

    This is free speech land. ESPECIALLY when that speech is truth.

    The Joe McCarthy smear crap won't work this time, fearful Repubs.

    September 15, 2007 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  12. Jo, Atlanta GA

    Don't be fooled. This idea was given to him by Sean Hennedy on air. I wonder why no one is talking about it. Rudy can't think for himself. We now live in an America where a Senator can't question a policy. Rudy should learn about Government 101.

    September 15, 2007 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  13. pl. at the UN for a while.

    Why did CNN delete my post of 8:30 this morning? I thought it to be mild by any account. I simply said that Mr Giuliani does not only have a political issue with Ms Rodham Clinton; but also in general with women, given that he is now on his third wife. Did perhaps his former wifes die? If they did then I apologize.

    September 15, 2007 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  14. DJ, Los Angeles

    As much as I despise Rudy...I have to agree with him in this case in that Hillary is the ultimate opportunist:

    She tests which way the wind war is popular she jumps on the war hawk bandwagon. When anti-war sentiment is more popular she changes her stance.

    What is even worse is she has made contradictory statements recently about keeping as many as 50,000 troop in Iraq indefinitely. So truly she is having it both ways and lacks credibility. If you vote for her, you don't know what you're getting.

    Whereas with Obama, Paul or even the war know exactly where they stand.

    September 15, 2007 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  15. Jo, Atlanta GA


    I have yet to run into one person who admits that he/she is for Hillary.
    Posted By Ed NC : September 14, 2007 8:39 pm

    Where do you live IDAHO?

    September 15, 2007 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  16. rodwambold

    I would like to see some real service from our nation’s top servants. When did all this get turned around? Let's get back to the point that from our nations top governmental positions we the people are served by individual that serve us with leadership skills. It just appears that most are taking the stand that they are leaders. I am tired and many in out nation are tired of the false front that serves a personal agenda. We need real service not career politicians that are willing and do sell themselves with false empty promises. Politics is big business and we the people suffer from that. Our rights are systematically diluted.

    September 15, 2007 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |




    September 15, 2007 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  18. Mark Milton, New York, NY

    Giuliani becoming President of the United States will mean the end of western civilisation as we know it

    September 15, 2007 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  19. dawn -- Gaithersburg, MD.

    How do I know that Petraeus is lying? Actually, I can't be certain: he may just have no idea whatsoever that his methodology for assessing violence in Iraq is completely cockeyed. For example, he may genuinely believe that whether Iraqis get shot in the front or the back of the head is a GOOD way to decide if they are victims of sectarian violence. You know who else thinks Petraeus can't count? The Washington Post: read their article on Petraeus' flawed assessment BEFORE you vouch for his integrity and/or accuracy.

    September 15, 2007 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  20. Ronnie.Irving,Texas

    Rudy Giuliani can blast all he wants to at Hillary Clinton but it will not do much good.Giuliani will go down because of his failures in his personal life and the disaster he create on 9/11.I.E:You do not locate a city emergency offices in an area already hit by terrorist a few years before(World Trade Center).You do not let the police and fire departments radios and other equipment get so out of date that when they really needed them on 9/11 they didn't work.How many fire and police persons died on 9/11 because they did not get the radio messages to evacuate?
    And why should anyone vote for a man who cheated on his wife for years and married his mistress?For a man who's own son will not back or vote for his own father.There are reasons America why no republician should be the next president:9/11,Katrina and Iraq are only the tip of the treasonous reasons why the republicans should not win the White House.

    September 16, 2007 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  21. Jim Jensen

    Where is Ron Paul in CNN'c coverage?

    September 16, 2007 01:18 am at 1:18 am |
  22. Sam, IA

    Rudy questioning anyones veracity falls a bit flat. I wouldn't start the ole flip-flop gambit if I where him. She never flip-flopped on who she was married to. Honking your secretary and claiming some kind of moral elitism just won't work Rudy.

    September 16, 2007 06:46 am at 6:46 am |
  23. C. Mass, Washington D.C.

    Dawn from MD exemplifies my point exactly...she sits in the comfort of her home in MD and places her stock in the opinions of oft biased journalists and pundits, who are thousands of miles removed from the situation, instead of the judgements of professionals who are physically located there everyday.

    If Dawn had spent the last few years on the ground in Iraq working alongside General Petraeus, her position might merit serious consideration. However, basing her position on what the Washington Post says is mere punditry.

    It perfectly illustrates a more alarming problem we have in this country: Americans generally place more faith in what the media reports to us than in what the ground truth is.

    September 16, 2007 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  24. Paul, CA

    In what world is a person's inability to recognize a mistake and fix it an enviable trait?

    I would hope our next president can admit when they were wrong and change course when needed instad of just yelling louder and ignoring reality. Clinton bought into the Iraq lie just like half of America. Now that the truth has become clearer, she has adjusted her position. The last thing this country needs is another president who can't detatch ideology from reality.

    September 16, 2007 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  25. Bea, Hoboken, NJ

    I have yet to run into one person who admits that he/she is for Hillary.
    Posted By Ed NC : September 14, 2007 8:39 pm

    Well, come to this part of the country and you'll meet plenty of Hillary's supporters. Do you perhaps think that her consistent lead in the polls is just a figment of the pollsters' imagination???

    September 17, 2007 01:33 am at 1:33 am |
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