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. Laura -Tulsa, OK

    well, Bob in SF, you have to admit that Congress as they are now wastes millions and millions in pork barrel spending. We see a government that cannot even responsibly spend what we give them. The health care spending wouldn't be so distasteful if it werent' for the creeping entitlement minimum that Congress is determined to hit. Families making $82K would now be eligible. That's just wrong to say that a family wouldn't otherwise have private insurance making that salary.

    October 17, 2007 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  2. Dan

    Rudy Giuliani is an idiot, and Sarkozy is a neofascist. No wonder they like each other so much - they both have a very similar streak of authoritarianism.

    October 17, 2007 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  3. Charles in Utah

    I can say one thing about Giuliani, and I believe I echo his lovely wife: With Rudy in charge, I would feel safe. In these times we live in I'm not sure I could say that of others. Good luck, good man.

    October 17, 2007 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  4. Tricia M Charlottetown PEI

    I'd like to know why Giuliani gets to have such light, airy, Disney like dreams while he gives others nighmares.

    I think it's time for RG (Rip Van Golddigger) to call home. ET wants someone to play with before it's time for Martians to enlist for IEM "Invade Earth Misson." NANANANANANA

    October 18, 2007 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  5. scott,manchester NH

    the guy is a story teller and has had so much practice spinning political drama that he can make stupid comments, and still sound like he's got a clue what he's saying...
    drag him to a stage with any of the qualified democrats and he'll wish he'd stayed in the private sector.
    TELL ME one thing this guy's got besides some law experience and being the face of 9/11...

    NOTHIN...but some pissed off "ex-wives"

    October 18, 2007 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  6. Dave, Red State, USA

    Why do American people make fun of the French? Is it because they had to find someone else after they couldn't make fun of black people anymore?

    October 18, 2007 01:06 am at 1:06 am |
  7. Laura -Tulsa, OK

    Anon in nyc – Please don't lie when it's easily confirmed that Mayor Guiliani reduced crime in nyc and cut taxes many times during his time serving as mayor. which democratic candidates can you say accomplished these two important achievements?

    October 18, 2007 01:33 am at 1:33 am |
  8. ronnie - knoxille, tn.

    'john batiste', the way it works is real men volunteer to go save us all from enemies of our country. it's called military honor. you can't put a price on it. the government is obligated to figure out a way to pay for it , and usually put a higher priority on protecting you from enemies than on paying for whiny liberals who make $80K but can't budget to pay for their kids' doctor's visits. god help u s if people can't understand how crucial it is NOT to elect a socialist Democrat.

    October 18, 2007 02:10 am at 2:10 am |
  9. Evan Esteves, Boca Raton, Florida

    Without France....America would still be a British colony...Think before you poke fun at a proven ally of this great country! Shame on you Rudy...Shame on you!

    October 18, 2007 02:59 am at 2:59 am |
  10. Kyu Reisch, Radcliff, Kentucky

    Christian, Atlanta, I like your comment, I agree with you. Rudy is too small for the President, good for small town Mayor. He has no any idea what's going to happen in General Election. Rudy will falldown completely by Hillary's powerful campaign and people's enthusiasm.

    October 18, 2007 03:05 am at 3:05 am |
  11. Sam, IA

    Well, I see Rudy has taken a page from Reagan's book. If you don't have real answers make up a story. As Reagan's press secretary said in a candid moment on PBS, The lie was on the front page the next day, the truth was on page 7 , 3 days later, We just let Ron make it up as he goes.
    Bye the way , James, Phoenix. Turn off Fox and turn on some news instead of propoganda. The russians have poured massive amounts into thier military for the last 6 years while your clowns have danced in the aisles of congress. Nirvana for Cheney and his pals in the military industrial community. A nightmare for our grandchildren.

    October 18, 2007 04:41 am at 4:41 am |
  12. laurinda,ny

    Well, my grandfather is French and I don't care for the way France is acting. They are to wishy washy!

    October 18, 2007 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  13. Ringo, Earth

    McCarthy is running for prez?

    October 18, 2007 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  14. Chris, Middletown, CT

    Its because Hillary didn't tell them to think another way....they don't research anything for themselves...its call rhetoric....the same stuff that makes them believe Bush tricked Hillary into voting for the war in Iraq....and then funding it again and again....(which by the way...there is zero proof of) – lets pretend it is true....(which...it isn't) – but would you want someone so easily "tricked" – but....the Clinton excuse machine is in high gear...pop a bag of popcorn and pull up a chair....its so fun to watch

    October 18, 2007 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  15. demwit

    "NOTHIN…but some pissed off "ex-wives"

    And now that Sarkozy is divorcing, he and Rudy have something in common. Two-timing Bill better watch out or Sarkozy might come after Hillary..., NOT!!

    October 18, 2007 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  16. therealist

    Tax and spend, tax and spend, until we have the economy of France. That's the only plan dem's have for America.

    If you think other wise, please show me any new legislation that doesn't involve a tax hike. The proof is in the pudding.

    October 18, 2007 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  17. Moe, NY

    Recurring dream? Perhaps Rudy should seek out a psychologist or psychiatrist. At any rate, I certainly think the man should be receiving therapy for this affliction.

    October 18, 2007 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  18. rudy? nah.. miami fl

    Rudy lovers, this from the latest news, does it sound familiar with his own life style....and yours, perhaps?????

    The Sarkozys themselves have had a tumultuous marriage, staying together despite public affairs and rumors of infidelity.

    INFIDELITY, that´s what you conservatives preach, but never practice. Enough said!

    October 18, 2007 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  19. James, Phoenix AZ

    Bob – SF,

    You wrote, "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."


    Perhaps I am too cynical to trust politicians (Hillary) when they espouse simply wanting to "help the poor".

    I, too, Bob believe the worth of a country is demonstrated by how the most vulnerable are treated. We have programs to hope our most vulnerable (Welfare, Medicaid, Section 8 housing, Hud homes, Social Security & Disability, State programs, etc).

    There are 2 fundamental issues where I believe the line from "helping less fortunate" to sprinting down the path of Socialism:

    1. Is the program an "entitlement" program that provides benefits/services to those individuals ABOVE the poverty level?

    2. Is it a Federal Program?

    Simply doling out dollars isn't a solution for any problem. Working WITH the Healthcare community, limiting skyrocketing litigation (ambulance chasing lawyers), putting serious pressures on Drug Companies, Insurance Companies, providing tax incentives to employers and individuals when paying for insurance benefits – – THOSE are solutions.

    The Federal Government was NOT designed by our forefathers to be a cradle-to-grave provider for all inhabitants. Heck – settlers REVOLTED against England BECAUSE of taxation! The Federal Government simply provides for the common defense (military), Executive, Legislative, Judicial branches of Government, and brings into union 50 States.

    STATES have the rights (and responsibility) to provide for the people the types of benefits and programs Hillary & Co wish to enact. Anyone pushing for universal healthcare should do so at the State level – not Federal.

    Perhaps I am WAY OFF BASE... but I beleive our Presidential candidates make promises of new, large entitlement programs because they want to get elected – and hope the beneficiaries of the program will vote for them. Republicans over the last 7 years have done a HORRIBLE job at fiscal responsibility. My vote will be for the candidate who articulates a way back out of deficits without raising taxes.

    October 18, 2007 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  20. Jerry Spiegel, Richmond, VA

    If Rudy's theory is true that democrats will raise taxes and convert this country to a socilism. Then, on the same token republicans will take this country to private contractors. Armed forces, CIA, public utilities, transportation, health services and may be the congressmen. That will wreck this country and millionaires will become billionares and middle class will be on the poverty line. There will not be any welfare.

    October 18, 2007 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  21. Steve, Lyons, CO

    To the Republicans these days, anyone to the left of Fred Thompson is a "liberal."

    In fact, to the Republicans these days, GIULIANI looks like a liberal.

    A liberal calling a liberal a liberal.

    It doesn't get any more stupid that this.

    October 18, 2007 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  22. al, San Francisco, CA

    Giuliani has lots of dreams lately. First about how to fight off the alien attacks, and now dreaming about the plane flights of hillary and the french president.

    This dreamer will have a nightmare in the next election.

    October 18, 2007 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  23. RuthieM

    Can Giuliani campaign on anything else but FEAR? If it wasn't for 9-11 Giuliani would be sitting right now in his rocking chair picking his nose. He's just like Bush, campaigning on their necessity that America's knees will continue to knock, that their teeth will continue to chatter, that their bodies will continue to tremble, all in the name of FEAR and then they tell the American people that the only way to rid that fear is to embrace them - Bush - Giuliani. Gimme a break. He would be the worse president ever, he was NY Mayor and still acts that way, or like he still wants to be, while giving the American people nothing but fear to fear and fear itself.
    And watch out, as my WWII vet husband has said, give the American people a war and they will embrace the president. Well, Bush is positioning himself to attack Iran, and it's happening - all over again - around an election time - just in time for the American people to embrace the Republicans who've falsely campaigned as the party to 'keep you safe'. Hogwash!!!

    October 18, 2007 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  24. Unthinkable USA

    I must confess I was frightened to read beyond the headlines but I relieved after my curosity overcame me to proceed and discover at least is was not a "wet" dream of Hillary. Thank you Giuliani for common sense.

    October 18, 2007 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  25. Tom, AlBUQUERQUE, NM

    Yes Giuliani you will dream of Hillary Clinton when she rakes your ass across the hot coal during the '08 presidential campaign. Then to top it off the ultimate nightmare will be the thrashing she gives you in nov, 08.

    October 18, 2007 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
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