September 19th, 2007
07:11 PM ET
7 years ago

Giuliani: MoveOn.org will help me get elected

Watch part of John King's interview of Rudy Giuliani.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani told CNN Wednesday that he welcomes attacks from the liberal organization MoveOn.org, and predicted that continued criticisms from the group will likely raise his standing among Republican primary voters.

“Frankly, I wish MoveOn.org would do several more commercials attacking me, because if they do it could get me nominated," Giuliani told CNN's John King in London. “They are not exactly the most popular group among Republicans.”

"They have spent $200 or $300 million assassinating the character of Republican candidates, and the fact that they want to personally attack me is probably a badge of honor for me, and probably is going to jump me five points in the Republican primary," he added.

The presidential hopeful has been highly critical of the organization for publishing an ad in the New York Times last week questioning Gen. David Petraeus’ trustworthiness in reporting the latest conditions in Iraq.

MoveOn responded to the criticism with a television advertisement in Iowa — and nationally on CNN — condemning Giuliani for dropping out of the bipartisan Iraq Study Group last year, and alleging he opted instead to hit the high-priced speaking circuit.

In the interview with CNN, Giuliani defended his decision to leave the group charged by Congress to assess the United State's Iraq policy, saying he would "have totally politicized it."

"The reason I didn't: I couldn't give the time to it, and secondly I knew that, ultimately, I could very well be running for president of the United States," Giuliani said. "[H]ad I stayed on that group, their report was put out just at the time I announced for president and it [would have been] totally politicized. It was a mistake to join in the first place."

In the wide-ranging interview, the former New York City Mayor also said that, as president, he will not hesitate to take action against Iran if the country acquires nuclear weapons.

"I think we should be clear that Iran is not going to be allowed to become a nuclear power," he said. "This idea of containment of Iran is too dangerous. Iran is already the biggest state sponsor of terrorism. They already are therefore handing off armaments and weapons to terrorists. [They are the] biggest supplier of it."

"America should be precise what it will do and what it wouldn't do," he added. "And the reality [is] we don't want them laboring under the misimpression that we wouldn't take action."

Giuliani also predicted that the United States would need to maintain a military commitment in the Middle East — including Iraq — for the "indefinite future," and said it was a mistake on the part of the Bush Administration not to increase the size of the military.

“We need a bigger military. We need a larger military,” he said. "This whole engagement in Iraq [and] Afghanistan has shown us that."

Giuliani also faulted Bush for cuts in the CIA's budget.

“The cuts that were made to our intelligence budgets were dramatic,” he said. "I think some of the CIA people described them as gutting the CIA. We've got to rebuild that."


Filed under: New Hampshire • Rudy Giuliani
soundoff (55 Responses)
  1. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    Offer accepted, RudeGuy. How about a 30-second spot about your show-off "perp-walk" of securities fraud defendants from the trading floor of their brokerage on charges that were later dismissed when you were USA in NYC?

    September 19, 2007 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  2. Steve, Portland, OR

    Iran AND the US are the largest sponsors of terror in the middle east you baffoon. As it is all in your point of view as to who is who. Just what we need there is more guns and bullets and less diplomacy.God help us if you were ever elected.

    September 19, 2007 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  3. Dan (Baltimore, MD)

    Jeff – That goes for you too. Lefty bloggers are despised by Republicans too. All your nonsense conspiracy theories and third grade insults (proudly exhibited by you here) are just what Republicans need to start thinking that maybe this is their candidate.

    When Hillary is fuming after her general election loss to Rudy, you'll have MoveOn, yourself, and your lefty buddies to blame. See you at Rudy's inauguration!

    September 19, 2007 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  4. Jimmy, Cherokee, Ok

    BAHHHHHHHHH!Senator Clinton is soon to be adressed President Clinton. Rudy Giuliani is a nobody has been. I have not seen MoveOn.orgs add about him and I'm a news buff. Couldn't find it. He only wishes they would do an ad on him, but you have to be a somebody before that happens

    September 19, 2007 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  5. John, Ca.

    Sweetie, you'll need all the help you can get!

    Edwards in 2008

    September 19, 2007 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  6. Jim Smithers

    Mr.Giuliani will win the primary and the general election beating Hillary Clinton by 3 percentage points. Hillary Clinton is an appeaser and thoughtful, rational adults do not want civilian deaths to occur in the USA. Mr. Giuliani has the stones to do what is necessary to secure the USA, yes even the malcontent left.

    September 19, 2007 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  7. George W. Scherf, DC

    Gulliani had knowledge about the 911 attacks along with the NY Port Authority prior to 911. He's part of the Facist New World Order.

    Google Freedom to Facism.

    September 19, 2007 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  8. RB, from the bay state

    The only thing that can help Judi Riulini get elected is MorOns.org

    What a buffoon...........

    September 19, 2007 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  9. Rose Hann New London, CT

    Giuliani can try to run on his record as mayor, but the truth is he was a terrible mayor. He spent more time with his third wife, trying to kick out his second wife from the mayors mansion.
    9/11 was a shared tradgedy which included then Gov. Patacki, Senator Clinton and Senator Chuck Schumer. If one month at ground zero is the criteria for being President, FDNY and NYPD have better people. Let us remember, Guiliani was supposed to implement communication in 1993 for Port Authority, FDNY and NYPD. Never happened. This contributed to loss of life on 9/11. Command center was set up in WTC. Shameful! The man doesn't get it. He is not presidential material. Heck, he's not mayoral material. He was far to busy with family and marital embarrassments.
    Now he is telling MoveOn.org to "bring it on". Be careful what you wish for.

    September 19, 2007 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  10. Mike, Wisconsin

    Oh yeah mayor, we Dems are really scared of you! Thats why we are literally PRAYING for you to get nominated. I for one hope the ads boosted your polling among primary go-ers!

    September 19, 2007 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  11. Greg, Phoenix, AZ

    He's got a point. MoveOn.Org will help him far more than it could ever hurt him. The more they attack him, the more solidified his lead will become.

    No reasonable American could support MoveOn.Org or any of it's actions after this last putrid display. The Democrats would do themselves a favor to try and distanance themselves as far away from the black cloud as possible.

    September 19, 2007 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  12. C.LyOnS, New York, NY

    IMBECILE...

    September 19, 2007 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  13. Laura Niles MI

    This moron is delusional. He's the same kind of trash as Craig, Vitter, Newt and all the rest with the morals of an alley cat. The only difference is they have more money than and alley cat.
    As far as his vendetta with moveon.org, He's way out of his league.

    September 19, 2007 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  14. Bill, Streamwood, IL

    So, in the world-according-to-Rudy terrorism, the economy, illegal immigrants, health care, and the war in Iraq have been pushed to the back burner by MoveOn.org?

    Where are this man's priorities? Where is this man's campaign manager and why hasn't he been fired?

    September 19, 2007 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  15. Deepraj, Fairfax, VA

    Giuliani is all bluster and does nothing more than propel empty and pointless partisan bickering. He's pretty much more of a divider than President Bush ever was and is definitely not what this country needs. He even admits to stepping down from the Iraq Study Group for fear of "politicizing it." Can we even fathom what he will do to our nation?

    September 19, 2007 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  16. Wynter, Loudon, NH

    Rudy is getting delusional if he thinks attention from MoveOn.org will lift him in the polls. The more light that is shown on his abysmal record will only show to everyone how liberal he really is. By the way, why the heck is he visiting Brown and Blair in London? Give me a break Rudy. You ain't even close to being president yet. Stick with the primaries, Rudy. And please do something with your walk!

    Telling it like I see it,
    Wynter

    September 19, 2007 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  17. laurinda, shokan,ny

    Rudy Giuliani must have some of Bush's thinking skills. He doesn't seem to grasp the idea that not to many people want him for president. I would still like to know what is going on with his eyes? Am I the only observant one that notices this?

    September 19, 2007 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  18. RB, from the bay state

    Right, Mr. Smithers – Giuliani may have the stones, but unfortunately they are all in his head.

    I still think of that scene when Rudy and Bernie Kerik (there's a real loser)were racing toward the WTC on 9/11, and he was muttering his now famous line "Thank God George Bush is our president"

    You can't make stuff up that's as funny as that.

    Rudy, join a traveling circus somehere.

    September 19, 2007 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  19. KD, Dallas, TX

    I just don't understand the warmongers. If this guy gets elected we may as well prepare for Armageddon. Bush has done enough damage to our country, Guiliani would put the last nail in the coffin. What does this guy stand for anyway? He wants to push off every single topic onto state governments; making the president's job nonexistant. We need someone with ideas, vision and energy, not just someone with very old rhetoric that amounts to absolutely nothing.

    September 19, 2007 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  20. Justin B., Springfield, MA

    I get it. Now that Rudy is running for president, he was a terrible Mayor. Funny, five years ago everyone said he was the greatest mayor in American history. Sorry, but America doesn't vote based on whats in a lesfists head.

    September 19, 2007 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  21. Rich, Michigan

    Giuliani will never be president so he should just give up! He's ugly and does not have the experience needed. You do not become mayor of a city one day and President of the United States the next.

    September 19, 2007 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  22. Allen Sircy, Nashville TN

    If it wasn't for 9-11 He wouldn't even be running. He would be a partner in a law firm somewhere. He pretends to be a hero who helped save the day. He didn't do anything to earn that. He was the idiot who decided to have his emergency headquarters in one of the twin towers. Before 9-11 New Yorkers were ready to run him out of town due to his infedility.

    September 19, 2007 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  23. Allegra Khan, Chicago, IL

    Ooohhhh guys, don't be too hard to RG. I mean, he is very crafty though ... at least, he's been doing his fundraising in London (United Kingdom, not City of London in Ohio). So, he knows how to get more and more and moreeeeee money and who knows he will do the same to mitigate our budget deficit. Don't you think? Don't you think?

    September 19, 2007 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  24. James Irvine California

    It's a good thing Rudolph is a uniter and not a divider. That's all we need, another president picking fights with whomever he can. Beware Republicans, this is your last warning about RG.

    September 19, 2007 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  25. S Carey

    Once again, good old Rotten Rudy has distinguished himself as an idiot! God save us from these lunatics!

    September 19, 2007 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
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