September 21st, 2007
04:50 PM ET
11 years ago

When Judith calls, Rudy answers

Watch Giuliani take a call from his wife during a speech to the NRA. Was it real or staged? You decide.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - When former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani gets a call from his wife Judith he takes it, even if it happens in the middle of a speech to hundreds of people.

The New York Republican presidential hopeful was delivering a speech to the National Rifle Association Friday in Washington when his cell phone began to ring. He was in the middle of discussing the importance of the 2nd amendment.

"Let's see now, this is my wife calling, I think," he said as he answered the phone.

"Hello dear, I am talking to the members of the NRA right now, would you like to say hello?," he asked, as the crowd sat mostly silent.

She apparently did not.

"I love you and I will give you a call when I am finished, OK," he said, trying to wrap up the call. "Have a safe trip, talk to you later dear I love you."

The crowd quietly applauded after he ended the call and Giuliani joked, "It’s a lot better that way. This is one of the great blessings of the modern age, to be always available - maybe it isn't. I am not sure."

Was the call Friday real or staged? Giuliani received a similar call during a June 21 rally in Hialeah, Florida – telling the crowd it was his wife on the phone. The clip of that moment is posted on YouTube, and being noted by other campaigns.

The Giuliani campaign says the call was legitimate.

UPDATE: Wayne LaPierre, the executive vice president of the NRA, told CNN he thought the moment was "light hearted" and the crowd was "amused by it."

"I think we've all taken a lot of phone calls from our wives," LaPierre added.

Asked if he would take a call from his wife during a speech, Lapierre said, "I don't know that I would have it (the phone) in my pocket on."

- CNN's Alexander Mooney and Steve Brusk

Filed under: Rudy Giuliani
soundoff (168 Responses)
  1. Wallace, Chicago IL

    Actually, I thought the OJ comment was pretty funny. OJ is a walking circus–it's not an issue that should cause division (even though people want to make it that).

    As for Rudy, this was a sad and blantant publicity stunt. This guy is a joke.

    Nicho, are you serious? So you want your president to answer the phone while he is in the middle of giving the State of the Union address? Or even better, while talking to the UN about peacekeeping efforts?

    And he is the front-runner? (shaking my head)


    September 21, 2007 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  2. Mike, Torrance, CA

    He says it was his wife calling, but he never said which one...

    September 21, 2007 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  3. Silvana Volpato, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

    How henpecked are you Rudy Giuliani.

    Be a little more manly, please.

    September 21, 2007 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  4. Kris, Toronto, Canada

    Wow, that was so staged it deserves to be replayed on Broadway.

    I hope you people (GOPers) realize how dumb he is taking you for.

    September 21, 2007 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  5. John Starnes Tampa Florida

    This is as embarassingly transparent as Rove dressing up Bush in drag in that way-cool flight suit, followed by the sailors "spontaneously" crafting and hanging a huge, very well executed "MISSION ACCOMPLISHED" banner behind The Decider as he announced "victory" in Iraq almost FIVE years ago..(gee, sure is a long victory!) guess is that Rove's new job is dispensing deceipt and duplicity as Rudy's campaign advisor. I bet even die hard Republicans are cringing at this painfully embarassing staged event showing much how Rudy "cares" for this newest wife. Geesh!

    September 21, 2007 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  6. Kari, New York, New York

    I absolutely agree with Dean A. This was totally staged. C'mon now folks. As we all know, Rudy doesn't put a family member before himself! Duh! Didn't do it with wife/family #1. Certainly didn't do it with wife/family #2. Why should wife #3 get any more consideration? A leopard doesn't change his spots...except in front of the cameras.

    September 21, 2007 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  7. Andrew, NJ

    Here is another possibility...Rudy was talking in front of the NRA...he is anti-guns.

    I wouldn't be suprised if it was his campaign manager or something like that giving him some extra pointers on how to answer a question

    September 21, 2007 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  8. Tom, Anaheim, CA

    What a crock! This smacks of a staged event for a giggle.

    I don't believe it was an coincidence for one second.

    Shame on you.

    September 21, 2007 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  9. dean, new york

    staged....and not well executed i might add

    September 21, 2007 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  10. Derrick, Chicago IL

    What type of relationship does this man have with his WIFE that she doesn't realize that he is speaking at an important function? Do they not communicate at all?

    September 21, 2007 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  11. Bill, Mission KS

    Rudy takes a call in the middle of a speech on the importance of the 2nd amendment? I guess he thinks the amendment isn't that important after all.

    September 21, 2007 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  12. erik tucson az

    its like a perfect little splash of gas on the proverbial publicity fire, considering the way he speaks to, and about his ex wives and his children, i hardly think this guy is sincere, not to mention the fact that he essentially claimed that he was the reason that the events at ground zero were cleared up and held together so well. He apparently forgot about the thousands of volunteers.

    September 21, 2007 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  13. Tina, Chicago, IL

    Maybe TMobile can hire him as their spokesman.. his new wife just helped us get rid of one extra Republican candidate...

    September 21, 2007 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |

    that was rude, he would do the same thing as pres,he would always answer it thinking it was a new girl freind.whats he on wife #5,his own daughter dosent support him,give it up and save your money(other peoples money)

    September 21, 2007 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  15. Erwin, Birmingham, AL

    LOL..this is such a lame PR is sooooooo staged..he should fire his PR manager who came up with this lame idea if he seriously wants to become a republican presidential nominee.

    September 21, 2007 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  16. Alexandra, London, Ontario

    Obviously, it was staged.

    When was it necessary to say "I love you" three times in a phone conversation that lasted 15 seconds.

    September 21, 2007 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  17. David, Boise ID

    What a PR stunt. Everyone knows his family life is probably one of the weakest points of his campaign so he has his wife call (or his assistant in the back room) just so he can show how loving he is. That doesn't take away from the fact that his kids don't like him and x-wives can't stand him.

    September 21, 2007 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  18. CherriB

    Great publicity stunt if one is looking to show that one has no "home training."

    But great, nevertheless because folks are commenting and CNN and others have covered it ~ great publicity stunt. Let's show our youth how adults handle the cellphone ringer/vibrator/off rule in public.

    ~LOL~ Vote for Me, RG! I can make headlines with silly stuff!

    September 21, 2007 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  19. Destiny Fairfax, VA

    I've never been much of a fan of Giuliani's, though I respect him for how he handled himself through 9/11.. But this story irritates me on many levels.. Of course it was staged, a PR stunt for the media.. In and of itself, it shows a lack of respect and class for this audience. He wants to be President and he doesn't even regard common cell phone etiquette? What would happen if he were elected?? During the State of the Union, his phone will ring and it will be the 1st Lady wondering where he is and when he'll be home?? No class. No manners. No vote from me.

    September 21, 2007 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  20. rudy,benld,illinois

    That gives us an idea what it takes to be a Republican candidate...well,after Bush ,anything is possible

    September 21, 2007 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  21. Baltimore, MD

    Anything for press, I suppose.

    Rudy is a one-trick horse. He went to lower Manhattan when the dust was flying.

    Props for that. But the man does not have the consistent voice it takes to represent America well.

    He's erratic, and quickly losing his identity as Mr. 9/11.

    Given his views (pro-abortion and anti-gun) and his background (aggressive northerner) he would be more likely to get elected as a democrat.

    This country has had enough of an ill-qualified, plain-spoken suit.

    Let's find someone with some talent, and elect them. Mike Huckabee or John Edwards could both do better.

    September 21, 2007 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  22. Cable King Pittsburgh Pa

    Orenthal James,

    Your comments were mostly lacking in maturity, but still funny in a harsh sorta way.

    September 21, 2007 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  23. A. Thomas, New York, NY

    Giuliani is a phoney in staging these stunts. He has had a bad record in treating his ex-wives and kids.

    God bless the republican party in the next election as he is now the front runner.

    September 21, 2007 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  24. Rice, IL

    What a joke! I don't even know where to start with this one, but it was staged and done in very poor taste.

    September 21, 2007 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  25. Ethan, Brooklyn, NY


    September 21, 2007 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
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