October 9th, 2007
06:20 PM ET
3 weeks ago

Paul, Giuliani exchange sharp words over 9/11

Rep. Ron Paul sparred with former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani again during Tuesday's debate.

(CNN) - Reminiscent of the tussle the two had in a May GOP debate, on Tuesday, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Texas Rep. Ron Paul reignited a war of words over 9/11.

Giuliani took issue with Paul's contention that in "220 years" Americas has never been under imminent attack. Paul was responding to a question on whether the president needs Congress to approve a potential invasion of Iran.

"I don't know where he was on September 11," Giuliani said in response to Paul's comments.

"That was 19 thugs," Paul sharply fired back. "That had nothing to do with a country."

"Well, I think it was kind of organized in Afghanistan and Pakistan," Giuliani said. "And if we had known about it, maybe - maybe hitting a target there, quickly, might have helped prevent it."

The debate was similar to an exchange the two had in a May 23 debate, when Giuliani sharply criticized Paul for saying the 9/11 attacks were the result of America's involvement in the Middle East.

"As someone who lived through the attack of September 11 - that we invited the attack because we were attacking Iraq - I don't think I've ever heard that before, and I've heard some pretty absurd explanations for September 11th," Giuliani said then.

In response, Paul stood by his comments and said that "if we think that we can do what we want around the world and not incite hatred, then we have a problem ... They come and they attack us because we're over there."

– CNN Ticker Producer Alex Mooney


Filed under: Michigan • Ron Paul • Rudy Giuliani
soundoff (122 Responses)
  1. Anonymous

    What makes me sickest about Guiliani is that, more than any other Republican, he uses 911 as a sickening photo-op. He seems to think that being mayor at the time it happened gives him some kind of deeper understanding about the reasons for the attack than the millions of other New Yorkers who endured it (most of whom will probably vote for Hillary, btw). Ron Paul is absolutely right on this issue– and the only way to end the cycle of terrorism and violence is to end the oil economy which keeps us so bitterly entangled in a region where our presence is resented.

    They don't hate us because we're free– they hate us because we're powerful, and for decades we have projected that power, in our own interest, right into their back yards. If Giuliani or any of the other Republican warmongers is somehow elected, we're just going to perpetuate the conflict.

    October 9, 2007 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  2. Eric, Huntington Beach, CA

    If only there was a candidate who spoke the truth about 9/11 like Ron Paul and didn't want to do away with our whole government, they would totally have my vote.

    October 9, 2007 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  3. Joe Corrao, Brooklyn, NY

    Ron Paul once again stands out from the pack (of jackals) cause he talks sense...Rudy is an evil man. Ron Paul wants to save the country not to kill other countries to do it!

    October 9, 2007 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  4. Virginia Brock, Rock Island, IL

    I'm glad to see the reasoned position held by Paul getting some media attention. Giuliani sounds like he hasn't touched the reading list Ron Paul offered him after his uninformed comments in the May 23 debate.

    October 9, 2007 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  5. lavelle Rochester,ny

    Ummmm Ron Paul is right its pretty obvious with that. ANd i wish the democratic party spoke about our being there. ROn paul is right

    October 9, 2007 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  6. Peter, Chicago, IL

    It was a crime that was never solved officially. However many millions of people worldwide have a very good idea what group of people are responsible. They were the ones who had the means, the opportunity, and the motive. They were also the same parties who benefitted from it. Thank God there are some VIPs in the military who know too. Connect the dots.

    October 9, 2007 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  7. Troy, Renton WA

    Rudy will never win that argument. Ron Paul has had it right since day 1.

    October 9, 2007 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  8. MJ, Seymour,CT

    Ron Paul just makes sense on foreign policy, monetary policy and protecting our borders. He has my vote regardless of the media's interpretations.

    October 9, 2007 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  9. Ryan, Overland Park, KS

    Ron Paul, the only voice of reason on that stage. Of course when you only get asked 4 questions of any sort of substance, that voice can't be heard much. Frudy McRompson need to go away.

    October 9, 2007 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  10. Subir, New York, NY

    As usual, Ron Paul speaks the truth, and nobody in this brianwashed nation wants to listen. We've been intervening in the Middle East since 1953 for oil interests, and now that same group of aristocrats wants to bankrupt our nation protection their own special interests with an unmangable foreign policy that makes our nation less safe by the day. The GOP has it's head up its rear.

    October 9, 2007 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  11. Christian, Tampa FL

    Well at least Ron Paul actually speaks the truth, regardless of how much we'd rather not hear it...

    October 9, 2007 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  12. Ben Weinberg, Ocean Springs, Mississippi

    Yeah... Giuliani still needs to do some reading... We knew about the threats on 9/11 well before it happened and did nothing about it because of pure stubborness and irresponsibility. I swear, if Giuliani would just open Scheuer's book, he would be forced to never speak another word again. Giuliani should be reminded that there were candlelight vigils in Tehran after 9/11. I guess he does not remember the celebrations in the streets of Saudi Arabia afterwards... they are our friends though.

    October 9, 2007 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  13. Jim Jensen

    Gulliani is an actor playing a part. As is Romney, Thompson, etc..Dr. Ron Paul is telling the truth, which we all need to hear, Vote Ron Paul. Investigate 9/11. Seek the truth about what happened that horrible day.

    October 9, 2007 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  14. Aaron, Bondurant, IA

    Please, Giuliani, stop saying the words "September 11th". Also, why would hitting some target quickly in Pakistan or Afghanistan stop a terror attack??? And remember, most of the terrorists were from Saudi Arabia. You, sir, are an idiot. Ron Paul, you may be the only chance the Republicans have at not being destroyed in the presidential election; Hillary or not...

    October 9, 2007 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  15. Mike, Milwaukee, WI

    Maybe Rep. Paul should have reminded people that before 9-11...it was not uncommon for people to walk the streets of New York City in an "F– Guiliani" T-Shirt....

    October 9, 2007 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  16. James, Boston, MA

    Paul is correct once again. NONE of the 9/11 hijackers were from Iran. Most were from Saudi Arabia. And they were not representing a country. They were working for Al Qaeda who is independent.

    October 9, 2007 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  17. Reggie , Anaheim, Ca.

    The Doctor is correct again! Rotten
    rudy needs to take his lisp back to
    private sector. The ex mayor with the least knowledge of Foreign Affairs
    than anybody running for office.

    Ask the Firefighters / 1st Responders!
    Micheal Moore taking them to Cuba for
    Healthcare, because according to the gop America has the "best" Healthcare
    in the World!

    Yeah they are in touch! Pathetic!

    October 9, 2007 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  18. Danny, Orlando FL

    Giuliani is an idiot and the Democratic nominees even bash him on his ignorant foreign policy.

    October 9, 2007 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  19. MS Johnson City, TN

    Best of all
    Ron Paul

    October 10, 2007 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  20. Manuel, woodbridge, VA

    Politicians will no longer be able to use fear against us. The trick is up. It's not working anymore.

    Dr. Paul is 100% correct.

    There is no way that I could vote for Giuliani.

    October 10, 2007 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  21. Robert, Shelton CT

    Again Ron Paul had a respectable debate that handed Giuliani who is the biggest idiot on the Republican stage to date.

    October 10, 2007 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  22. bobbysingleton, Philadelphia, PA

    As far as I can tell, Giuliani only gets brownie points for 9/11 (he seems to have nothing else to work with), and now it's clear he doesn't have a clue as to what really happened then or who was involved.

    October 10, 2007 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  23. Matt, Alabama

    Ron Paul 2
    Rudy 0

    Scoreboard.

    October 10, 2007 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  24. Lorenz, Queens, New York

    Ron Paul once again, destroyed the former mayor of new york. How dare the media try to slander and bash him. Ron Paul has my vote, and many MANY more.

    October 10, 2007 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  25. Eli, Oregon

    As someone who lived through a Ron Paul and Giuliani debate – Giuliani is an idiot, and I've heard some absurd polls that say the rest of the Republicans are as well.

    October 10, 2007 01:20 am at 1:20 am |
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