October 15th, 2007
03:15 PM ET
11 years ago

When Mars attacks, Giuliani's ready

Watch Giuliani field a unique question at a town-hall meeting in New Hampshire Sunday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani often stresses his ability to protect America from terrorist threats, but what about from enemies beyond this planet?

Campaigning in Exeter, New Hampshire Sunday, the New York Republican was asked by a young questioner what he would do if aliens attacked the United States, according to the Associated Press.

"Of all the things that can happen in this world, we'll be prepared for that. Yes we will," Giuliani said, noting that he had never fielded a question about potential attacks from outer space before.

"We'll be prepared for anything that happens," he added.

Giuliani spent most of Sunday campaigning in the Granite State, the same day a new poll indicated he narrowly trails rival Mitt Romney there.

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soundoff (109 Responses)
  1. Wheels NY

    Do yourself a favor and rent a documentary called Guiliani Time and learn about the real Rudy. He's an opportunist who will say anything to leverage power. If he's elected its going to be Bush Jr. all over again.

    October 15, 2007 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  2. Shawnie - Grants Pass, OR

    Giuliani shows short-sighted selfishness towards his wives, his children and again towards America with the wonderful "constitutional" murder of the line-item veto. So he got NYC 200 million back at the expense of putting back 200 trillion waste back into the government. And we're supposed to cheer because hey, he defeated Clinton...yes and every other president and taxpayer thereafter. Moron.

    October 15, 2007 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  3. spraynardkruger

    How the hell can you prepare for an attack from an unknown source that utilizes an unknown technology? What a crock of BS!

    October 15, 2007 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  4. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    They're already here, Rudy. Bellicose Repellicans are from Mars, peace-loving diplomacy-preferring types are from Venus.

    October 15, 2007 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  5. Pat, Huntington, NY

    I presume then if elected president, Rudy would commission the creation of Starfleet to respond to a possible alien invasion with the USS Enterprise as the flagship, and would reconstitute the UN into the United Federation of Planets and proclaim himself emperor...pahleeze!

    He should've responded to the question in the joking manner in which it was obviously made. That he purported to respond to it seriously shows his utter arogance that he's so tough, he can even protect us from ET!

    October 15, 2007 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  6. David

    Way to get around the question.

    October 15, 2007 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  7. John, CHICAGO

    Of course he'll be ready... He is one.!

    October 15, 2007 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  8. Peter D. Walnut Creek, CA

    Well it is great to see a candidate who is always thinking, and can handle the unexpected. I understand from the campaign web site (http://www.joinrudy2008.com/blog/) that any friendly extraterrestrial who is given permission to stay will need to carry a biometric id card – a key part of Giuliani's immigration policy for all aliens.

    Seriously, a candidate who can think and act when tipped off base. A candidate who acts according to the broad base of ideas and concepts we have been told about before voting the candidate into office. What more could anybody ask for? Maybe $5,000. then, no no $1,000, oh I don't know. I hope that level of indecision does not carry into the oval office, well we could always check with the lawyers.

    October 15, 2007 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  9. Bradley Schaubs, Greeley, CO

    Is Giuliani off his rocker? Seriously, I wouldn't take extraterrestrial attacks into consideration for at least the next century. Besides, we have to consider the fact that we "earthlings" may very well be technologically inferior to outterworldly beings.

    If you ask me, someone has been playing a little too much Halo 3.

    October 15, 2007 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  10. Kari

    Okay, what retard would ask about outer space. Sorry trekkies, but I think issues a few lightyears closer to home woulod be more useful.

    October 15, 2007 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  11. Ben, Claremont, CA

    When Mars attacks, perhaps they will take the candidate back where he came from.

    October 15, 2007 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  12. Brian Tampa, FL

    Will they give Bush the Nobel Peace Prize if he and Rice grab the holy grail of American foreign policy, a solution to the Palestinian issue, or is the prize reserved for terrorists and liberals only!

    By the way why do we waist serious peoples time answering foolish questions. Rudy is the man for the job in '08 but can anyone really expect a good answer for such a foolish question.

    October 15, 2007 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  13. Jon Webb, Pittsburgh, PA

    What about zombie defense? Isn't New York City notoriously one of the worst-prepared cities in the case of a zombie outbreak? Here in Pittsburgh, this is an issue of pressing concern

    October 15, 2007 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  14. Tom, Anaheim, CA

    "We'll be prepared for anything that happens,"

    How about a working, non-judgemental dialog with Muslim countries and an end to the insane hegemonic wars and foreign policies of Cheney and Bush and 3 or 4 administrations before them? Are you prepared for that?

    October 15, 2007 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  15. JunkNews

    CNN is such a joke. People, use the internet and watch PBS. Don't waste your time with this junk news.

    October 15, 2007 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  16. Tim James, Las Vegas, NV

    If Mars attacks, we will not be ready. Not for several thousand years. Is there anything Giulliani is capable of talking about besides attack and defense? Surely, there are other pressing matters that the U.S. also needs to deal with.

    October 15, 2007 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  17. Stephen New York City, New York

    I think that the kid was funny to ask that. BUt RUdy was nice to answer.

    October 15, 2007 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  18. Kurt, Boston, MA

    Good to know...thanks Rudy...looks like you'll get the UFO enthusiast vote.

    October 15, 2007 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  19. Ivan, Chicago, Illinois

    What exactly did you do as mayor of Mr. Giuliani to protect New York city?
    The radios used by your Police and Fire Department were inadequate for the task, as was well know before September 11th and yet you did nothing. You put the command center in a building that previously was attacked. Why, do you believe that lightening doesn't strick the same place twice.

    October 15, 2007 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  20. rudy? nah miami fl

    Yeah, he´ll be ready as he was at the Control Center right at the World Trade Towers, he´ll be ready, sure.
    Besides why does anybody listen to this oportunist?

    October 15, 2007 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  21. Sandrina

    What about attacks from inside the hollow Earth, using liquid nitrogen lasers? Eh, Rudy, you ready for that??

    October 15, 2007 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  22. Marty, Sacramento CA

    Most people I know, both liberal and conservative, are turned off by this "hard on terror" stuff, and none of them likes Rudy for president. The guy's got so many skeletons in his closet, he could start his own mausoleum, and I don't think he is either a good candidate, or electable. Does anyone really buy into this baloney?

    October 15, 2007 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  23. Ed McKeown

    My God, Guliani is on to us..call off the attack!!

    October 15, 2007 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  24. Scottt Mayhew Sioux CIty, Idaho

    It's very assuring, as my family goes to bed at night, to know that Rudy Guliani is prepared to save us from invaders from another planet. I am sure he has a plan to defend our planet and when the little green men appear in their spaceships it's great to know Rudy will ride to the rescue.
    Just another example of why the Republican party is truly lost in space.

    October 15, 2007 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  25. Nan, Charleston, SC

    Why is it no one remembers the lackluster performance of Rudy Giuliani before 9/11? People were so disenchanted they were ready to demand a recall election to kick him out.

    Rudy, like Mitt, is nothing but a snake-oil salesman.

    October 15, 2007 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
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