October 17th, 2007
06:10 PM ET
11 years ago

Giuliani: I dream of... Hillary?

Giuliani said he dreams of the Democrats flying to France.

DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN) - Republican hopeful Rudy Giuliani said Wednesday that he's been having a recurring dream lately. No, it's not visions of sugar plums dancing in his head– it's the top three Democratic presidential candidates and Nicolas Sarkozy, the new president of France.

As the former New York City mayor described it to an audience at a town hall in Des Moines, Sarkozy is flying from France to the United States, and in another plane - headed in the opposite direction and so near that the two "almost hit" - are Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and John Edwards.

As they pass each other, Giuliani continues, Sarkozy "waves to them very politely, and they wave to him very enthusiastically."

"[The Democrats] are going to France to figure out how they can get all these failed policies from France...and inflict them on the American people," Giuliani said. "[The policies are] higher taxes, more government control of health, more government control of education, more government control of who knows what–the air that you breathe!"

The GOP presidential candidate had nothing but praise for Sarkozy, who, he said, is moving away from the failed policies of France's past and moving toward implementing a lower income tax, eliminating the inheritance tax, and giving people the ability to send their children to any school of their choice.

Giuliani concluded the story by saying, "The whole world is going in the other direction– bigger free markets, more free trade, lower taxes, and we have three candidates for president who are going in the opposite direction."

"If you don't elect me, this country could be to the left of France."

During his stop on the campus of Drake University, Giuliani repeatedly singled out Clinton–her party's frontrunner–on fiscal issues, and said, "You can't promise all things to all people."

"I'm losing track now of all the promises of spending money."

–CNN Iowa Producer Chris Welch

soundoff (55 Responses)
  1. Lance in Monrovia CA

    Guiliani dreams of Hillary because Barack Obama is his worst nightmare.

    Really Rudy, leave the plane crash metaphors in the rubble with the rest of your political future, eh?

    Barack Obama just raised 1 million dollars in a single day thanks to an email. We already know you're scared of him, so stop saying how certain you are that Hillary is the nominee and face the facts, Obama is going to mop the floor with you should you be the nominee, which thanks to your lackluster campaign remains a big what if. Sort of like you.

    Obama 08. Stop the hate. Don't be late. Change your fate.

    October 17, 2007 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  2. Bea, Hoboken, NJ

    "If you don't elect me, this country could be to the left of France."

    This guy is not only a nasty creep, but also a weirdo! Dreaming about him would be enough to make one wake up screaming in fear!!! Talk about nightmares!!!!!

    October 17, 2007 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  3. James, Phoenix AZ

    Rudy is absolutely correct. Hillary and her gang of social-crats are recommending a fist full of new social entitlements costing the American Tax Payer over $200 BILLION every year – with likely rising costs – for the foreseeable future!

    Baby Bonds: $20 Billion
    401-k entitlement: $50 Billion
    SCHIP increase: $35 Billion
    Universal Healthcare: $100 Billion (not considering illegal aliens)
    Amnesty for immigrants: untold Billions

    3 Years of Hillary will cost taxpayers the same as 6 years of Afghanistan/Iraq. One day... we will be out of Iraq. But Hillary's socialism will continue eating away at the US Economy.

    European Socialism today require the inhabitants of Europe to pay:

    $12/gallon for gasoline
    9% Unemployment
    40-50% in effective tax rates

    If you desire this same economic environment – vote YES to Hillary and Co. If you believe America should offer a helping-hand to the LEAST fortunate and give everyone else the golden opportunity to create their own destiny (homeownership, low taxes, small Federal government, State's rights to direct social programs, etc) then REJECT Hillary and the Socialists supporting her.

    October 17, 2007 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  4. Laura - Tulsa, OK

    Mayor Giuliani is right. Hillary especially promises all kinds of money things such as company leaves paid for by other taxpayers, medical care for people making $82,000 !, everything to do with tax, tax,tax the very same people she purports to be helping.

    October 17, 2007 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  5. John batiste, minneapolis, minnesota

    James and Laura you must be blind, Rudy will do worse by spending trillion of dollars in his quest for more wars than any other candidates will do if ever elected president. And leave France alone, the lifestyle there is better than your miserable life here. Oh I also hope that you millionaires too, because you sound like republicans. As for Sarkozy, his wife Cecilia she is leaving him because he is impossible to live with, same Rudy is impossible to live with, ask his kids.

    October 17, 2007 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  6. Bradley Schaubs, Greeley, CO

    Lance in Monrovia, CA: Kudos to you! Thank you for making that wonderful point!

    I too have dreams. I dream of Barack Obama kicking HRC's and RG's asses on his way to the white house.

    October 17, 2007 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  7. Lee, Boston, MA

    It saddens me how few people that comment here seem interested in finding who will do the best for America.

    For that matter, few of the candidates seem interested in it either.

    What have we all come to?

    October 17, 2007 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  8. James, Phoenix AZ

    John Batiste – Minneapolis,

    I'm sure the good General doesn't mind you hijacking his name to make negative remarks about Mayor Guiliani.

    France has a better life style than the US?? Really?? Au Voire – Mr Batiste. Again, if you think socialism wrecking the economy of a country some how qualifies it as a success – by all means pack up and Viva La France! I much prefer a country that defends it's citizens, empowers individuals, and is the last remaining Super-Power not intimidated by Saddam Hussein and his "special deals" he gave France.

    I'm not a millionaire (yet)- but because I'm not rich isn't justification for me to cry for socialism – as it appears you do.

    NEWSFLASH Johnny – socialism isn't a viable economic solution. Communism is all but dead. French people are revolting and elected a US-inspired fiscal conservative.

    Dude – Karl Marx is dead!

    October 17, 2007 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  9. Bob, San Francisco, CA

    I don't want an out-of-control welfare system and high taxes just like most people. AND THAT INCLUDES Democrats. To think that all Democrats are fond of raising taxes, or worst, are communists, is intellectually dishonest. But then again, I don't expect anything intellectual from Giulliani. This guy has reached a new low with the embarassing attack-France ploy that panders to the lowest minds in the US.

    The difference is that the majority of Democrats would like a society that helps those who are less-than-millionaires to have a fair shot at the American dream. We need to stop the polarizing rhetoric of "Democrats only want to raise taxes". A responsible society takes care of the needy and elderly. Yes, there is abuse that should be addressed, but most Democrats would support reasonable reform.

    You conservatives that spit out this kind of talk need to stop listening to talking points and think with some common sense. Reforms being proposed for health care, for example, are done in an effort to allow people health care access without costing..ahem...an arm and a leg. You have to admit that insurance and drug companies have taken health care too far for their own profits. This is not socialism as much as it is responsible capitalism (or mild socialism, which is not always a bad thing when you really think about it, unless you belong to the privileged minority).

    October 17, 2007 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  10. Jeff from Jersey

    Sarkozy would be flying here to take back the Statue of Liberty if Giuliani is elected.
    It's criminal that americans will spend trillions on killing people,trillions on rebuilding those countries and trillions to stop hunger and disease and shelter for all of the widows and orphans that all those bombs and money creates!Yet they don't want to give our own children the educations they deserve,the healthcare that ALL americans deserve,food for our own hungry,shelter for our own homeless and any other necessitie of life.Then they call themselves good christians and americans,then piously and callously wash their hands of our own in need!
    It's not Socialism that we should fear,it is HYPOCRISY!

    October 17, 2007 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  11. joan

    hey rg leave france alone by gosh i got family there.,hes a weirdo your right hes strange,very weird...hed be spending more than hillary to more wars then in Iraq thats gonna go on for years with him in the white house,so hillary isnt out of line actually because look what we spen in both wars and now ya got bushie open his mouth on world war3...you forgot something if ya have fiscal responsiblity you live well,she is doing the same thing as Bill did.you get most of all your taxes back.

    October 17, 2007 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  12. Chris, Middletown, CT

    Giuliani is 100% correct – I agree – one would think we would learn our lessons from other countries....but we don't....and if Saul Alinsky was still alive – I'm sure Hillary would have him by her side....(do a quick search about her "teacher")

    October 17, 2007 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  13. Sam, Portland OR

    what is it with these conservatives hating France so much? It's a first world country, they have a top notch education and health system, they have voter turnout upwards of 80%, they have a kiss named after them, and they're a nuclear power.

    I think France is O.K., Mr. Giuliani

    October 17, 2007 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  14. Brian, Orlando, Florida

    Giuliani dreams of Clinton, Obama and Edwards....... no wonder Colbert should win the Republican nomination!

    Colbert '08!

    October 17, 2007 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  15. Gorbashov, Long Beach, Ca.

    Does anyone with half a brain buy any of this hysterical nonsense?

    The socialists are coming, the socialists are coming.

    Gimme a break.

    October 17, 2007 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  16. Virginia, Rock Island, IL

    At least the Democratic candidates would pay for their pricey programs.

    Guiliani has the priciest program of all – trillions of dollars every year on war.

    For those Americans who really believe in small government, the only option is Ron Paul.

    October 17, 2007 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  17. Milo Janus

    Well, at least his dreams aren't outlandish. If he said that he dreamed that he was elected president, that would be crazy.

    Or maybe he dreamed that he had true conservative stances on the issues. Hillary is more conservative than he is on some things.

    Did you know that Rudy was mayor of NYC during the attacks of September 11, 2001? He NEVER mentions that. Ever. Because he would never want to exploit that.

    October 17, 2007 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  18. Q. Christian Atlanta GA

    Does Giuliani have any idea what's in store for him if Hillary is the nominee? I don't think he does. This is where the Clinton political machine goes into high gear. Rudy will be CRUSHED by Hillary in the general election. They are going to tear him apart inch by inch. He has no idea the political onslaught he is about to go through.

    Hillary has to keep the gloves on now because she is still wooing primary voters, but if she gets the nomination–ALL BETS ARE OFF for the Republican nominee.

    The Clintons really do play for keeps–that's why I support her.

    Hillary 2008

    October 17, 2007 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  19. Ruzy Pittsbury PA

    I think Rudy should be Pres and Hillary VP. Sure show real harmony.

    October 17, 2007 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  20. anon, new york, ny

    Why the heck does giuliani bring the french president into his speech? Is he trying to show that he knows about international politics?

    Giuliani has no experience about international politics, and american federal politics. He happened to be a city mayor on the 9/11 terrorists' attack, which he failed to prevent and has done nothing significant since.

    October 17, 2007 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  21. JC, Motor City, MI

    Can anyone here please give me a good argument for raising taxes? Rich people should pay more taxes...how much more? What is fair? The only answer is "MORE", because that would be more fair. Not sure how that is fair. Also, all these Dems want to raise the rate on those making greater than 200k-250k. That won't buy you a house in some parts of the country...right Lance in Monrovia, So Cal (might have to move to the 909 if you want a house on that salary)?

    Rather than giving poor people all these "baby bonds, 401K programs, etc" why not just lower the tax rate for the poor. Alternatively, the geniuses inside the beltway could take that money and put it into social security to make sure the younger folk actually get something.

    Hillary is clearly attempting to buy votes even though she knows there isn't a chance in DC that any of that garbage would ever pass.

    October 17, 2007 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  22. Lee, San Francisco, ca

    Giuliani is asking people to elect him? At this point, the republican voters are trying to find another guy for nomination. He does not represent the republican core values at all.

    In additional, he has lots of personal baggages that will be magnified during the general election. He has not redeeming personal characters to be the next president. He married three times (once to his cousin), had affairs while married to his previous wives, daughter supports obama, and son does not support him period. The new york firemen and policemen hate him.

    To know him is to hate him! If people close to him does not like him, how does he expect the general public to like him and vote for him? Besides, he is an inexperienced politican, as far as federal politics is concerned.

    October 17, 2007 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  23. Mike, Cleveland, OH

    James, Phoenix AZ

    Your numbers seem a bit higher than the truth. For example, I was in Europe back in March 2007 and saw gas at about $6-7 per gallon, not $9.
    Besides, many more people use the public transportion system as it is a. cheaper and b. better than what we have here.

    To top it off, if life is so much harder over there, why aren't they leaving in droves? Trust me, they aren't and as a matter of fact they are getting a large influx of immigrants from Africa and the Middle East. Stop try to scare people in to voting for Republicans. Not every Dem running for president agrees with every proposal Hillary makes.

    October 17, 2007 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  24. Patrick, New york, NY

    I pray to God America wakes up sees how bad Rudy will be for America he will continue the War in Iraq and our government will go bankrupt because we will be so far in red and he will start a war with Iran...please dont elect him, he will be worse than Bush

    October 17, 2007 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  25. ronnie - knoxville, tn

    look I already pay in the high 20s in payroll taxes, almost 30 per cent. That's ridiculous, when everything except food that I buy gets taxed 7 or 8 per cent. Utility companies are another little problem; property taxes , don't even get started. So, you see we are taking steps in the wrong direction. we are close to the fifty percent mark in both what we make and what we spend.

    Voting for hillary or barack will assure we ALL hit the 50 percent mark and that, ladies and gentlemen, puts us in the category of socialist country.

    October 17, 2007 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
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