October 23rd, 2007
09:31 AM ET
4 years ago

Rangel: Giuliani 'embarrasses us'

Watch Wolf Blitzer's interview with Rep. Rangel.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - New York Rep. Charlie Rangel, a prominent supporter of Hillary Clinton, sharply criticized Republican presidential frontrunner Rudy Giuliani's personal life Monday, highlighting the fact that the former New York City mayor and his wife have each been married three times.

"Two people, six spouses. It's a little complicated if you're not religious, especially if you're running against a Mormon," Rangel told CNN's Wolf Blitzer in a reference to Giuliani's chief rival, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. For the record, Romney has only been married once.

"I think America has to look at all these things, and there are enough moles on this man that embarrasses those of us who have sought public life," the 19-term New York congressman added. "When we get involved in public life, it means we're in a goldfish bowl. It would seem to me, with all the breaks the mayor had, being involved with his personal problems, he would thank God he's gotten as far as he did go without making the politicians get involved in his personal life."

Rangel brushed aside the notion that criticizing Giuliani's personal life exposes Hillary Clinton to similar criticism. The former first lady’s own marital troubles have been well documented.

"You can say it over and over and over again. This woman got married [and] stayed married [to] the same husband. When they had problems, she stuck with him. You tell me what in her personal life is something she should be ashamed of, and I want to talk about it."

Contacted by CNN, Giuliani spokeswoman Maria Comella said, "This kind of ugly, personal attack isn't even worth a response."

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soundoff (264 Responses)
  1. therealist

    Since the dems arer moral less, Charlie aims his attack at independent and republican voters. Usually an effective attack, except when matched up against the immorality of HillBillary..

    October 22, 2007 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  2. Ben, St. Louis, MO

    This is just a ploy to persuade Republicans to vote for someone else. They don't like Rudy's chances so they attack the frontrunner in hopes that a less centrist candidate wins the nomination. I'm not a Rudy fan, but come on... a Hilary supporter is going to open the Pandora's box of attacking someone's marriage history?

    Also I'm insulted as a Mormon myself that he would say something like that. We got rid of polygamy over 100 years ago! How can you still be ignorant to that fact! Study a bit of history before you open your ignorant mouth. Romney, a mormon, is the only frontrunning republican that's only been married to one woman.

    October 22, 2007 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  3. Jake, DC

    "Two people, six spouses. It's a little complicated if you're not religious, especially if you're running against a Mormon.."

    I don't know Rep. Rangel but I am offended (as a mormon) that he would imply that Mitt Romney is a polygamist because he is Mormon! I don't know that Romney is best for our country but I will say that he is not a polygamist! Mormons have not practiced polygamy for over 100 years. RANGEL IS AN IGNORANT BIGOT! His comment was not funny or intelligent and should be held along the terms of racism! Hillary should be ashamed to be endorsed by him. He obviously just wanted attention but he should have thought before he spoke!!

    October 22, 2007 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  4. John, Newport News, VA

    "This kind of ugly, personal attack isn't even worth a response."

    Giuliani doesn't want to talk about his skeletons.

    October 22, 2007 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  5. Jim Ketcham, Malibu, CA

    Rangel must think Guilani is the most formidable candidate.

    October 22, 2007 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  6. Walter, San Diego, CA

    I'm sorry...I thought I heard a democrat taking about morality...somebody wake me up!!!

    What's next are they going to condemn abortion and homosexual marriage? the madness.....:))

    October 22, 2007 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  7. Leslie Somerville, Seattle, Washington

    With all the disgusting comments going on from the Giuliani people, I say, "ya" stick him a good one below the belt. Why in the WORLD would Giuliani be condemning H. Clinton with everything that is coming out of her mouth?????? She did not divorce her husband-she loves Bill–why did he have a weird "oral" affair in the White House, because he stated, "he could." Ego's, presidents, a bit too many ladies liking Bill as the President, and you have a set up for an affair.
    All the Republicans should argue with each other and leave the Democrats alone and vice versa.
    He said, she said crap is stupid (an one of these people is going to be out Commander and Chief.............

    October 22, 2007 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  8. Jill, Nashville,TN

    At least divorce was an option, not just some cigar girl, playing games.Why are we picking on him ? I am sure Hillary had her own "cigar".

    October 22, 2007 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  9. voyer in vernal, utah

    So the Clintons are the "moral" example here? Oh, puh-leeze! Old Slick Willie has rammed his stiff johnson into more women than Giuliani has shaken hands with, and Hillary has been an enabler for decades.

    Just charming, they are.

    October 22, 2007 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  10. Joe, NJ

    Typical liberal double standard if you ask me. It's alright for her husband to be unfaithful while in the Oval Office, it's alright for the two of them to break the law and hide behind it, but it's not alright for Guiliani to have personal difficulties in his life. Not that I condone his divorces..

    October 22, 2007 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  11. Robert Garcia

    Finally!! Someone is going after this drag queen candidate, who loves to dress like Marilyn Monroe. If you thought Bill Clinton was a sex freak, this guy is XXX to the max...

    Hopefully, this will open people's eyes and they can see that Mike Huckabee is the right one... Go Mike!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 22, 2007 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  12. Tim L, Phoneix, AZ

    Why is stating the truth an "ugly, personal attack"? It's like when the Cheney's got upset about Kerry mentioning their daughter is a lesbian. This feigned outrage is so boring!

    October 22, 2007 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  13. bprossersme

    Charlie, dear, you've got it wrong. It's you who is the embarrassment to all of us.

    October 22, 2007 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  14. Carlos Nevarez Negron, Dorado, Puerto Rico, U.S.A

    Everyone critizes everyone. This isn't a suprise. I know for a fact the Mr. Giuliani will not become President. Why? He's made mistakes. Alot of mistakes. I know I made alot of mistakes and I'm only 21.Mr. Giuliani is the type of person who changes sides due to polls. Like abortion. This abortion issue is really nonsense. People are still going to continue this method. Especially my peers. Mr. Giuliani switched sides on this issue I believe. So that makes him looks like a fool. How many Presidential Canidates switched sides on a so called 'Ímportant'issue? To my knowledge MOSTLY all of them. Like Mrs. Hillary.She was for the war in the sand box. Now she's against it. She says she will reduce troops, but I know for a fact that IF she is elected President, she will do no such thing. Why? Because the situation in Iraq is starting to turn around, LITTLE by LITTLE.She switched and I know for a fact that she commited some "Ëmbarrasing" things in her life time. As for Obama...I know nothing of him. If someone knows something about him, (Like , switching sides)then by all means, post.
    In conclusion. No ONE is perfect. Period. We all have our flaws. People will always Stereo Type. That's the way of the world. I shall ask one question to my fellow Bloggers...
    Are you Perfect?

    October 22, 2007 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  15. Leila Chicago, Illinois

    Someone who can not organize its own private life, who makes same bad personal decision three times over, can not be able to organize, lead and make right decisions for our nation and our country.

    October 22, 2007 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  16. angela, Austin, Tx.

    Are you kidding me? Who doesn't have moles on their lives and who hasn't had embarrasments in their lives? You support a candidate who has stood by her man-a man who not only privately lied to her, but publicly lied to entire nation-under oath! If we start electing leaders based on their personal lives and their moles, your candidate would have scars as much as any other. Giuliani's moles seemed to have functioned perfectly during 9/11 when he lead this country as a Mayor through our most horrifying public and private ordeal. He's demonstrated leadership. I'm not sure what Clinton has demonstrated, but it certainly hasn't been leadership.

    October 22, 2007 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  17. damien salt lake city ut

    Giuliani's personal life is embarrassing? How can people even think to vote for a woman whom has been cheated on by her husband in the public eye over and over again, yet stays with him. Is that the kind of moral judgement we are supposed to trust with our country?

    October 22, 2007 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  18. scott, manchester NH

    interesting response from maria comella...
    so does that mean that when any of the GOP candidates "eventually get around" to being critical of some (supposedly) irrelevant marital issues with the Clintons, you'll come out and say the same thing- and point out just how ugly it is??

    I doubt it..

    October 22, 2007 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  19. Sensible Joe, Gainesville FL

    This point is well made. Giuliani is a divorcee who has had three wives and committed adultery. Clinton stuck to fidelity and worked to make her marriage survive even though her husband cheated on her. That speaks volumes of Clinton's moral character and Giuliani's lack of it.

    October 22, 2007 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  20. Trollmaster, CA

    As the Republican voters proved their hypocrisy and voted for chicken hawk W Bush over POW war hero McCain in the 2000 primaries, watch them show their hypocrisy once again and vote for the womanizer Giuliani to represent them in the general election. If he wins, it’s further proof that Republicans stand for nothing.

    October 22, 2007 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  21. Dale, Smiths, Al

    Don't throw rocks when you live in a glass house. Hillary is married to a guy who specializes in cigars... what a joke. Why don't you look at how someone stays with a guy like that. Do you want someone like that leading this country?

    October 22, 2007 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  22. FT Doylestown,Pa

    All the POLLS say Hillary would kill Rudy...isn't this the message all the Media has been pounding us with! She's got a lock on the Women vote because they are so stupid that all that matters to a woman is her Gender! Not worried about being killed by terrorists...No I want a Woman for President!!!
    The Bias Media which give us the Polls are worried and I've NOT MET ONE PERSON THAT IS VOTING FOR HILLARY!!
    Plus I'm a Woman! Don't you just Love HONEST POLLS and NEWS REPORTING!
    I'm not worried how many wife's or husband's some body had...I want to know I'm going to be Alive! Call me Crazy.

    October 22, 2007 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  23. Jon, Duluth, MN

    What can one expect from a member of a party whos most lionized president, FDR, married his own 5th cousin, over the fierce objections of his own mother, who then had a series of affairs? One thing Hillary Clinton and FDR have in common, is that they both have/had marriages of convenience.

    October 22, 2007 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  24. Tim, Weld, ME

    Seems to me the Clinton campaign might want to stay away from commenting on the marriages of other candidates. The Clinton's marriage hardly fits the picture of a normal loving marriage.....given her husbands extra-marital affairs and her apparent disregard for his activities, some say for her own political gain. Yeah she forgave him....how many times?

    October 22, 2007 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  25. Rogan, Irving TX

    That wasn't a carefully plotted, politically motivated swipe at the GOP frontrunner's support from the religious voters, was it. Not much!

    It was to expected I suppose, but it leaves a sour taste regardless. A taste of the dirty tricks to come in the actual presidential race?

    October 22, 2007 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
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