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. VenetianRug-Phila. PA

    OK, well that should put him ahead of Romney. If the "the marshans are coming, the marshans are coming" happens, we have our true national security candidate.

    Would it be safe to assume that Giuliani has the endorsement of H.G. Wells?

    October 15, 2007 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  2. Ramesh, Fremont, CA

    He couldn't protect us on 9/11, what will he protect us when aliens strike. I think he will just be busy in some party dressing again as a drag queen, like he often likes to, when the aliens come to meet their friends in earth, Tom and Kate.

    October 15, 2007 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  3. bukky, Baltimore, MD

    Now we are lying to the children Unh?

    If anything has the technology the get here from another planet, Weapons intact, intent on destruction... we might as well say our prayers.

    October 15, 2007 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  4. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Well atleast we know Giuliani believes there are aliens; sounds like he's seen them.

    October 15, 2007 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  5. Dan ~ Longview, WA.

    Rudy will say anything to put a positive spin on. Geez, we'll be ready for that? How, When, Where?

    No specifics, just like his campaign.

    The only one to trust is Ron Paul.

    October 15, 2007 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  6. Grace, NY


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    October 15, 2007 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  7. anon, new york, NY

    Giulian is a phoney. His sayings and replies appear not to have gone through his brain at all.

    I watched him a few times in Larry King, and he does not appear to be an intelligent, articulate person who can reasons things out.

    He is full of fluff, like a snake oil salesman. He is also a person without redeeming personal characters: he had affairs in two prior marriages (one with his cousin), his son doesnt support his election campaign and his daughter supports obama.

    Twice, he received phone calls from his 3rd white during his two public speaking engagements, presumably to show that he has a good marriage life. The phoney part is that he knew she was calling before he picked up the phone from his pocket! What a phoney!

    But, he leads in all rep candidares, and he is all that the rep party can offer??? Guess he must be the one eye man in the republican kingdom of blinds

    October 15, 2007 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  8. Bubba, Swainsboro GA

    What about pirates? What about Godzilla? And finally, what about the cost of healthcare and gasoline?

    October 15, 2007 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  9. Connie, Tn.

    I feel better already. I was so afraid those Martians were going to invade us!!

    October 15, 2007 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  10. David Sereda, Sedona, AZ

    This is no joke! You have to see http://www.fromheretoandromeda.com
    Boyd Bushman, a Lockheed Martin Senior Scientist of 20 years testifies that we shot down the Roswell UFO and there were 4 aliens. We reverse engineered the technology at Boeing, Convair and Lockheed.

    October 15, 2007 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  11. shawn lisa, west jordan utah

    Thats a load of crap, they supposibly didnt even have enough airplanes when IRAQ attacked ... or was it even Iraq that attacked us?!?

    October 15, 2007 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  12. Daniel F, NYC, NY

    Rudy has really gone NUTS! He's made a number of wacko statements that seem to indicate some type of Post-Traumatic Stress delusions.

    October 15, 2007 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  13. THOMAS BILLIS las vegas nv

    The myth of Rudy and 911 continues.If New Jersey had attacked New York on 911 as well prepared as Rudy was the capital of New York would be in Trenton.

    October 15, 2007 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  14. Trevor, Austin, TX

    Does no one here have a sense of humor?

    October 15, 2007 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  15. Rudy, Saratoga Springs, NY

    why wasn't he prepared on 9/11?

    October 15, 2007 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  16. John, Chicago, IL

    I am so sick of hearing this "but he put the command center in the World Trade Center even after it was attacked" argument. He put the command center in World Trade Center 7, people! That building isn't one of the "twin towers" and had never been attacked before. At the time it made sense to put it there since it already contained many law enforcement agencies and was close to the levers of government. But to hear these comments you'd think he put it on the 100th floor of one of the twin towers. Get informed, people!

    October 15, 2007 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  17. Steven in Charleston, SC

    Really, Rudy? Ok, I'll bite - how? What is your carefully analyzed, fully fleshed-out plan to protect us against Alien Invaders? Have you coordinated this plan with the other world leaders, or is this another "The American Way is the Only Way" campaign? Or are you, as I suspect, just full of hot air?

    Rudy's comments highlight exactly what is wrong with politics today - he sought simply to placate the questioner without any consideration about what was being asked. Regardless of whether you feel the question is silly or substantial, the ~questionner~ felt it was important, and deserved an honest answer as opposed to a soundbite.

    I don't know if there is other intelligent life in the universe, or if, if they exist, they wish us harm. What I am fairly confident of is that it is not a risk we are prepared for and that Rudy (along with most of the others) would ignore any potential warning signs unless he thought it was good for a vote.

    October 15, 2007 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  18. Jim, Atlanta

    Just put a fence around the world Rudy....that'll keep 'em out

    October 15, 2007 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  19. Jo, Atlanta GA

    Whoa... politics of fear.

    Can someone tell me what experience he has over protecting a nation? Just becos you can talk like a fool does not make you tough.

    People please... THIS MAN MARRIED HIS COUSIN AND LEFT HER.... What a heartless man.

    October 15, 2007 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  20. Bob, San Francisco, CA

    Rudy would be the kind of knee-jerk responder that he would nuke an alien ship trying to make a peaceful contact with Earth.
    I usually try not to stoop so low as to ridicule someone's physical attributes, but Giuliani does kind of resemble an alien himself:)

    October 15, 2007 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  21. Richard, West Palm Beach, FL

    ""We'll be prepared for anything that happens" – Rudy Giuliani

    Just like the administration handled Katrina? For 4 days while Americans were dying in a major United States city, Bush's main accomplishments were to play an air guitar on a stage and to praise a total incompetent. The inexcusable, pathetic, immoral, disastrous job done by this administration then left the United States looking so helpless that it gave Fidel Castro, of all people, the chance to offer us assistance.

    October 15, 2007 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  22. matt, philly, pa

    Some of you people need to lighten up. This was apparently a question from a child. What did you want him to say, "Well, son, SETI has yet to find any conclusive proof that alien life exists so I belive that your question is largely irrelevant. Next please."

    Lying to kids? Somebody better start prosecuting the mall Santas for lying to kids while we're at it. [insert roll-eyes icon here]

    October 15, 2007 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  23. David B

    Wow. And I thought Kucinich was a nut.

    October 15, 2007 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  24. Mike, NY

    Will we be ready for bankruptcy?

    October 15, 2007 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  25. Kevin, NY, NY

    "Rudy Giuliani often stresses his ability to protect America from terrorist threats."

    I kind of have a problem with him stressing 'his ability to protect us' seeing how 9/11 happened on his watch.

    October 15, 2007 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
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