September 15th, 2007
08:30 AM ET
5 years ago

MoveOn.org targets Giuliani

MoveOn.org plans to escalate the political ad wars in an early primary state.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – After first sharply criticizing Gen. David Petraeus, MoveOn.org is now setting its sights on former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

MoveOn.org is planning to air a television ad in Iowa, which will focus on Giuliani’s “frequent absences” while working with Iraq Study Group, said a MoveOn.org spokesperson. Earlier in the week, the liberal advocacy group took out an ad in The New York Times attacking Petraeus, the top military commander in Iraq.

A Giuliani spokeswoman was dismissive of the new television ad.

“This is, after all, the same liberal group whose website compared President Bush to Adolf Hitler, the same liberal group that wanted no military response against the Taliban in Afghanistan in the aftermath of September 11,” the spokeswoman said.

The announcement of the new MoveOn.org television ad comes the same day Giuliani placed his own ad in the Times Friday rebutting the organization and attacking "the Democrats' orchestrated attacks on General Petraeus."

– CNN Ticker Producer Xuan Thai


Filed under: moveon.org • Rudy Giuliani
soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. James, Phoenix AZ

    Hopefully the FEC will begin investigating the political hit group (Moveon.Org) and it's contributors (San Francisco Group – 501c3). Moveon.Org's political counterpart Americans Come Together (ACT) – George Soros's group – was recently fined over $750,000 for coordinating efforts with the Kerry Campaign in 2004.

    Leopards don't change their spots.

    Hillary is taking illegal contribution from the Chinese.

    Liberal Political hit groups (527) are taking in non-profit dollars, violating 501-C-3 rules and coordinating their efforts with Democratic candidates and the DNC.

    September 14, 2007 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  2. Iraq

    This is a good ad. ITs fair politics.

    I wished these guys didnt make the General Petraues ad. Some one in Moveon.org got there heads out of there rear. Keep up adds like this instead of bashing Miltary.
    Bashing miltary is bad. It will kill the dems getting middle america or swing voters to vote dems.
    But feel free to bash on Generals report that was cooked by the white house back door politics and ordered to give it to congress.
    But dont bash on the General who represent all of us out here in Iraq.
    I hope all you future adds give strenth to the dems vs the repulicans. REMEMBER IT THE SWING VOTERS THAT WIN ELECTIONS.

    September 14, 2007 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  3. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    This back-and-forth between MoveOn.org PAC and Rudy is better than I could have hoped for, with Patriots shouting down Subversives.

    September 14, 2007 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  4. Dan (Baltimore, MD)

    This is great! With MoveOn.org against Rudy, that will be a great advertisement for Iowa Republicans to start linking Rudy to the good guys. I hope they play their ad so much that Rudy takes the lead in Iowa!

    September 14, 2007 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  5. Justin, Lawrence KS

    That spokeswoman should check her facts. I was not very happy about the ad that MoveOn ran about Petraeus but they are right. The Bush administration has been lying and misleading for all seven years. Guiliani may be as bad. Scary. Lets elect someone who will take us in a progressive direction, not sell us out to big business and send our troops to die needlessly. Oh yeah, I am a combat veteran of the Iraq War.

    September 14, 2007 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  6. CL in TN

    Since Rudy is running on being Mr. 9/11, why doesn't support the bi-partisan report? After all, it happened in his back yard.

    September 14, 2007 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  7. Nate Minneapolis, MN

    Hmmm...Giuliani goes after Clinton for having similar attack approaches on Gen. Petraues...Clinton denies any relation to Moveon and their positions...then Moveon comes up with a new attack ad on Giuliani...no correlation there. Wondering if this will get more coveage on CNN than the $850,000 Clinton returned this week that had no correlation to the crook that gave it to her?

    September 14, 2007 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  8. Lee, Mays Landing NJ

    It's time to send a check to MoveOn.Org.
    Do it just to irk these republicans who have been in a full scale "jihad" and "cultural war" since 1992 trying to turn the clock back in America, not to the 1950's or 1920's, but to the time if the Salem Witch Trials and belief in superstition.
    It's a good time for a contribution, even a small one, to send a message.
    It's about time we fight back these right-wing slime balls and give them a taste of their own medicine.

    Our country can never be taken down by a band of criminal terrorists and bomb throwers but it's principles, laws and the ideas that it was founded on can be degraded and even destroyed by this right wing movement that has emerged this past 30 years and completely taken over the republican party.

    Remember, they declared war on us first. Lets not shy away any longer. They are the threat.

    September 14, 2007 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  9. Carmen, Miami FL

    Giuliani's camp isn't so "dismissive" when asking (or demanding) Democrats to repudiate MoveOn.org...

    September 14, 2007 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  10. Rose Hann New London, CT

    Good for MoveOn.org for going after Rudy. He started the smea WAY too soon and it will come back to bite him.
    His own party is disnterested. His mantra is "the Democrats are in denial"! I guess like Bush, he lacks in language skills. Of course he needs speech correction, but too late. He is no leader. He leads people in the wrong direction. Just take a look back on 9/11. He caused more misery do to his family distractions. Three wives? Not exactly a family man is he?
    Notice please, Senator Clinton has more to offer so she doesn't have to dignify his lies with a commeent.
    CNN doesn't seem to want Senator Clinton as a guest. I have seens Edwards and Obama, but no Hillary. I saw Giuliani, but no Hillary. I'm beginnig to wonder if it's deliberate. I sure hope not!
    Mean while, I ca't wait to see Moveon.org hammer Giuliani.

    September 14, 2007 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  11. Larry A. Taylor, Los Angeles, CA

    You wrote that MoveOn.org is "not setting its sights" on Giulani. Surely this is a mistake: it should be, "now setting its sights" on him.

    September 14, 2007 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  12. Glen, San Jose, CA

    Give it up Jamesy-Pooh. Your republican party is about as corrupt as anyone can imagine, and they are again going to LOSE BIG in '08.

    MoveOn.org has truthfully exposed the facts and figures on your beloved neo-con traitorous war profiteering republican politicians and lobbyists, and of course you want to whine and moan about it. Though I'm sure you were completely mum when demonstrable liars (Rush Limbaugh, Swift Boat Veterans, etc...) use actual lies to carry out their political hit jobs. Pathetic.

    Fortunately the American public is waking up to the vile America destroying corruption of the Republican party and are quickly changing their voting patterns.

    September 14, 2007 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  13. michael tapia

    typical conservative think,

    first of all just because Hillary took money from a person of Chinese dissent does not mean she's taking money from the "chinese" typical scare tactic from the right.

    September 14, 2007 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  14. Chris, Middletown, CT

    I agree with James – have the Democrats been spoon fed so much rhetoric that they actually believe Hillary is on the level? I will preface this by saying I have no proof that Hillary has had any contact with MoveOn – its fairly obvious that a left wing group would be supporting an ultra left wing candidate (again – thats just my opinion) – see Democrats...when we "believe" something – but have no proof – this is how you have to phrase it not the "General Petraeus lied" – again – just like all Democrat rhetoric...there is no "proof" – just a band of whining liberals.

    September 14, 2007 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  15. EB

    Wait until someone tries to untangle Giuliani's family tree. That ought to be interesting, if it can even be figured out in the next 14 months – they'd better get busy soon.

    September 14, 2007 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  16. FT Doylestown, Pa.

    Rigt On James from AZ.
    The Dem's LOVE a Good Investagtion!!!

    I want to know Who sell these Loons Drugs. They are Totally OUT of Control!
    No Wonder they Think Hillary is a GOD!
    Clintons just keep giving them Drugs to attack every one. Has anyone checked the Local Mental Hospitals to see if their missing some of inmates.

    September 14, 2007 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  17. Val Davydov, Agawam, MA

    I am getting sick and tired of this Moveon.org deal. Although I am keenly aware of "freedom of speech" rights in our country, this organization is over the board with its vigorous agendas to destroy our nation. Talk about polarization!

    September 14, 2007 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  18. anna, Appleton, WI

    Moveon.org is a total DISGRACE!!!! All that comes out of their website is garbage. They are an ignorant waste!

    September 14, 2007 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  19. Amy, Fl

    James,
    A Rush Limbaugh fan I presume? (LOL)
    God help our country!

    September 15, 2007 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  20. Linn,harrisburg Pa

    Is Moveon.org being funded by Soros or the Chinese? Or both. Let Hillary step forward and answer questions about her donors. I bet she is to chicken to take even one unscripted question! And thats the goofy democrat front runner?

    September 15, 2007 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
  21. Bea, Hoboken, NJ

    Good, what's good for the goose is good for the gander!! Even though I think that the MoveOn ad was over the top, I don't approve of Giuliani using it shamelessly to attempt to link Hillary to the organization in full knowledge that she had nothing to do with the ad. Let's see how he feels when the attacks are squarely aimed at him. He's always been thin skinned, so I expect that he'll be screaming like a banshee, to my great delight.

    September 15, 2007 01:56 am at 1:56 am |
  22. Rick, Kansas City, MO

    moveon.org is a bunch of fringe group lunatics, for the most part, and their opinions do not even closely resemble their own party's opinions.
    It would benefit all involved on both sides to ignore moveon.org and make educated, balanced decisions based upon the facts instead of fantasies.

    September 15, 2007 01:59 am at 1:59 am |
  23. Robert, Atlanta, GA

    This is going to be a nasty campaign.

    Rudy would have been better served if he had taken aim solely at MoveOn.org and not at Hilary. Personal attacks generally backfire.

    At this point, Republican aspirants would do well to follow a more genteel approach to campaigning. MoveOn.org itself has become the Democrats' Bush. MoveOne bashing is fine (and may be a winning strategy) – just don't try to make it personal. Democratic aspirants would benefit greatly by distancing themselves from this politically toxic organization.

    No Democratic candidate can hope to win without capturing Southern Democrats. With Southern Democrats, three issues may force them to vote Republican or to stay home from the polls: 1) border security (illegal immigration); 2) radical islamic terrorism; and 3) the prospect of tax increases.

    Sadly, none of the leading Democratic candidates is serious about tackling the first two issues, and suicidally, all of the leading Democrats are intent on promising tax increases.

    Given that the Democratic leadership and MoveOne.org are intent on handing the presidency back over to Republicans, it is a shame that a Southern gentleman like Edwards has failed to distinguish himself from the hard left. He could have waltzed into the White house if he had recognized the real issues I have described above.

    Thanks, MoveOn.org and the hard left – for killing the Democratic party's chance to win.

    September 15, 2007 06:20 am at 6:20 am |
  24. Alice Newman Center Harbor NH

    Let' see ... attack the messenger while not commenting on the fact that Rudy was skipping meetings he was responsible to attend – The 911 Study Group isn't exactly the PTA and he was supposed to have experience ... or at least he says so – others disagree.

    Note: People who hate Move-On, love the Swift Boats and didn't complain when Karl sunk McCain in 2000 with blatant lies ... that's OK! That's the GOP way!

    September 15, 2007 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
  25. Robert, New York & Miami, Florida

    Giuliani is a crazy man and needs to be in serious medication.

    Watch his eyes!

    September 15, 2007 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
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