October 9th, 2007
06:45 PM ET
11 years ago

Giuliani: Despite bashing, America is most attractive, envied

Rudy Giuliani, sometimes referred to as "America's mayor" was very pro-America during Tuesday's debate.

(CNN) – Former New York City Mayor Giuliani tried to rile up voter confidence in the U.S. brand during a debate in Michigan Tuesday, saying millions of people want to come to the U.S. and Americans need to get their heads up.

"I don't care if they bash us all over the world. What country do they most want to come to? What country do they most want to copy?” Giuliani said. “[T]he United States of America.”

The topic arose when he was asked if London would replace New York as the financial capital of the world, to which the former Big Apple mayor responded "No way, no how!"

–CNN Assignment Editor Katy Byron

Filed under: Michigan • Rudy Giuliani
soundoff (47 Responses)
  1. RudyMussolini

    A lot of people have been dumping the US dollar over the last several years. Hence the free falling dollar. Does that sound like a vote of confidence?

    October 9, 2007 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  2. laurinda,ny

    Rudy's comment was assinine. Of course alot of people want to come here because it's starting to turn into a free for all. People are coming everyday and alot of them are probably sleeper cells. People from Mexico are also coming everyday. They all tell their friends go to America it's run by idiots! Stop by NY and get your free license. No proof nescessary!

    October 9, 2007 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  3. Matt in Hoboken, New Jersey

    He has no idea what is going on.

    "No how, no way!"

    Way to ignore the question, man!

    October 9, 2007 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  4. Kay, Las Vegas, NV

    Amen Rudy! No matter how many of our own citizens and those of other countries want to spin it negatively, try traveling abroad, at length...I have and what have I discovered? Go to any country and you can bet they have something in their culture that is derived from the good old USA. You can go most anywhere and the population will know something of the US, even if it's just our pop culture, which they are amazingly interested in...not many countries can say that. Love to hate us? Yes they do! Want to be us? You betcha!
    Bash away US haters, inside and outside of our country. In the end, we'll stick together to defend ourselves...we always do, whether we like each other or not! It's what we "ugly" Americans do!

    October 9, 2007 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  5. roger nielsen Minneapolis Mn

    how could you print the trivial, chest pumping americona.. no substance, with the costs, inflation, war, were in for a soviet style crash... with our dollar worthless, stop pushing yesterdays hero, 9-11 or a new 9-11 won't make him president.
    Dr. Ron Paul is real, and can win
    The nation needs him to win

    October 9, 2007 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  6. Drew, Dearborne, MI

    This guy is living in a dreamworld. This simpleton acts like we don't owe China the next three generations of Americans' taxes, just because we needed to borrow money for a useless war in Iraq. Financial, the United States of America is in RUIN.

    October 9, 2007 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  7. Josh, Los Angeles, CA

    Interesting caption to the photo: "Rudy Giuliani, sometimes referred to as 'America's mayor' was very pro-America during Tuesday's debate."

    I guess stating meaningless platitudes about the U.S., pretending that serious problems don't exist, and criticizing efforts to help American citizens makes one "pro-America" (at least according to the brilliant minds that write the photo captions at CNN.com).

    I suggest the following caption instead: "Rudy Guiliani, sometimes referred to as a 'major league charlatan' was very dishonest during Tuesday's debate." It's about as fair and balanced as the caption that exists now.

    October 9, 2007 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  8. Matt, Coral Gables, FL

    It won't be if Giuliani becomes president and implements his policies.

    October 9, 2007 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  9. Ed,Ellenville,New York

    That's a good message. Don't screw it up just for cheap fundraising.

    October 9, 2007 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  10. Vancouver, British Columbia

    Here is one proud Canadian who does not envy the United States nor does she want my country to be like them. I believe that I live in a more democratic gov't with a more stable economy, and a less indebted country. I can wear my maple leaf anywhere in the world.

    October 9, 2007 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  11. lavelle Rochester,ny

    "I don't care if they bash us all over the world. What country do they most want to come to? What country do they most want to copy?” Giuliani said. “[T]he United States of America.”

    And this is who some want to be president???

    October 9, 2007 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  12. J Corrao, Brooklyn NY

    Any friend of Joe Torre should not be President...Rudy is a grand-standing fear monger...c'mon America do you really wanna trust him to be in charge of anything outside of Thug NYC cops?

    October 9, 2007 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  13. Don, Toronto, Ontario

    No one envies the US anymore, sorry. 8 years of Bush have taken care of that. In fact, just last week, the Canadian dollar officially became worth more than an American dollar. If you don't believe me, check the financial markets.

    October 9, 2007 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  14. Mike, Cleveland, Ohio

    I disagree somewhat with Rudy's assessment that people from other countries all want to come to the US. I think that people from third world countries do want to come here. Mostly because there are more opportunities here, but I think they reluctantly leave for various reasons.

    By and large, people from Europe for example, are happy in the countries where they reside. Furthermore, European countries are seeing a large influx of immigrants from Africa and the Middle East.

    I think Rudy should be careful with his choice of words. Just because we are a big power in the world, doesn't mean that we need to be arrogant about it. This is why Americans are sometimes vilified because we think we are the best in everything that we do. Don't get me wrong, we've done a lot of wonderful things in this world, but we need to realize in this global era, we are also not without our own problems too. Believe it or not, other countries do survive without copying everything that the US does.

    October 9, 2007 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  15. bobbysingleton, Philadelphia, PA

    I guess Mr. Giuliani doesn't realize that there are a lot of people who don't really care for what's going on in the United States of American today. It probably hasn't occurred to him that this presidential election race, and these clown-like candidates running for office, exemplify what's wrong with our country. Guiliani, more than anyone else, should understand that if our country were so attractive, so envied, we wouldn't have people flying planes into our office towers.

    October 10, 2007 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  16. Bradley Schaubs, Greeley, CO

    Commendable as Giuliani's confidence in America is, the world's view of us couldn't be any more different.

    Giuliani: America is the "go-to guy." America is attractive, envied.

    Rest of the world (between uncontrollable fits of laughter): America is a warmongering nation. Merely saying "America" makes us laugh. I cannot believe we once held them as our superiors! Now we hold the upper hand in civilized society!

    October 10, 2007 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  17. Robert, Shelton CT

    Giuliani, travel to asia, look at the polls in political science and foreign affair journals; america is hated, distrusted and misunderstood....even Ron Paul knows that.

    October 10, 2007 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  18. Bea, Hoboken, NJ

    Hey Rudy, we are all pro-America but some of us are anti-Bush, Iraq war and bullying creeps like you!!!

    Rudy's way of governing is by being a mini dictator, it's his way or the highway. Ask any of us who lived through his term as mayor. If it hadn't been for 9/11 Rudy couldn't have been elected dog catcher, let alone run for president. Ask the NYPD and the NYFD what they think of "America's mayor".

    October 10, 2007 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  19. Tricia M Charlottetown PEI

    Dream On Rip.

    Who are they? Could you give us a few names?

    October 10, 2007 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  20. ramona

    you pundits are all with bush.so old news.i think he has demetia.no clue on America your right Matt.he is an idiot.he wont win new york he didn't even help them liar dream on.those firefighters cant stand him.

    October 10, 2007 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  21. Charles, Los Angeles, CA

    That's a good message. Don't screw it up just for cheap fundraising.

    Please donate $9.11 to support Rudy! LOL

    October 10, 2007 03:07 am at 3:07 am |
  22. Marshall, Atlanta, GA

    Amen Rudy! No matter how many of our own citizens and those of other countries want to spin it negatively, try traveling abroad, at length…I have and what have I discovered? Go to any country and you can bet they have something in their culture that is derived from the good old USA.

    Oh, look. American self-centric narcissism rears its ugly head again in the name of a failed, civil-lberties reducing mayor whose arrogance is only matched by Napoleon. Imagine that.

    Let's try to remember the kind of Mayor Rudy was BEFORE 9/11, shall we? You know, the kind that whined about individual rights getting in the way and freedom being an impediment.

    October 10, 2007 03:24 am at 3:24 am |
  23. Echo

    What an idiotic, narrow minded rant that was from Rudy. I would think the USA gets a lot of flak from around the world (and not just from the middle east) because of it's horrendous foreign policy gaffes (let me not even start on WHO first funded and armed likes of Bin Laden, Saddam, the Taliban, etc).

    Generally the world has no problem with the common American on the street (although how you people managed to vote in George W twice was astounding – and can only mean a vast majority of the citizenry are blinkered and brainwashed)

    Rudy america's Mayor??? Puh-lease that's more insulting to Americans than one of Bin Laden's crazed videos.

    October 10, 2007 07:15 am at 7:15 am |
  24. Sérgio, Porto, Portugal

    On a side note, when asked how many contries there were in the world, Rudy said "That's a no-brainer: five!. USA, Mexico, UK, Iran and Iraq".

    October 10, 2007 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
  25. David, New York City, NY

    Rudy's comment shows his age..that's an outdated way of thinking and expressing things...AMERICA IS THE GREATEST!!!!WE'RE THE BEST!!!..Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!..scary that this guy could become president..really scary...

    October 10, 2007 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
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