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. Tom - Dedham, Mass

    If you look into this with any non-bias, he of course takes a swipe at Guiliani and at the same time mocks Mitt Romney and his faith.

    Imagine if Romney were Jewish or allah forbid, a Muslim and this was a Republican POLITICIAN (not a yakmeister, but an elected politician) spewing such hate.

    So Bill just strayed once, nope twice, keep going, three, four????????

    Simple marital problems? So that is how repeated cheating on your wife and she is aware of it is being "spun"?

    Sorry people, one time is without question forgivable, two times is unfathomable, three and four times is staying together for political expedience ONLY, not exactly a strong woman or strong character trait.

    I would respect her so much more if she told him in front of the world, to take a hike after the THREE and FOUR times (that we know of) became public.

    That would be a strong woman. Telling that lout off and standing on her own two feet, that would be a sign of "strength" and I would totally RESPECT her for that.

    But gee, it was a one time fling wasn't it? Nah, don't think so.

    October 23, 2007 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  2. Greg, Athens Ga

    His personal life should not be brought up...has nothing to do with his ability to lead.

    October 23, 2007 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  3. TonyD, St. Cloud, MN

    Idiot. You want to talk about moral ambiguity? Let's talk about the Clinton record...

    October 23, 2007 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  4. Gary, Port Hueneme, CA

    Talk about family values. He had 3 wives, but what about Mrs. Clinton having a husband that was unloyal.

    October 23, 2007 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  5. Chris, Middletown, CT

    Wait...is this the same guy who tacked on a million dollars to a childrens insurance bill (SCHIP) for a Woodstock museum?? And Giuliani is embarassing?? Give me a break...we don't take marriage or child rearing advice from the president....(at least we won't when Giuliani is elected next year) – Rangel and Clinton should both be slammed hard for adding an earmark to a childrens healthcare bill....two dirtbags....who showed their ability to overspend....(over 700 billion for Hillarys new "programs"....and counting (and liberals....before you do the classic "but we are spending billions in Iraq" – remember – Hillary voted for the war...and Rangel is funding the war....equally culpable)

    October 23, 2007 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  6. roger, conway sc

    Rangel is exactly right...there is nothing wrong with him discussing the GOP's hopeful's personal lifes up until this year the GOP slaughtered the Dem's about anything in their past personal life...but now that most everyone knows they are bunch of hypocrites they don't want to talk about anyones personal life..

    October 23, 2007 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  7. Eric, Richmond VA

    Please... Let's not get started with Mr. 'I did not have sexual relations with that woman'! Billary's personal life includes her husband lying under oath! But she stuck with him? They have basically been living seperate lives since the scandal! But someone is going to say she 'stuck with him'. Good for you Hillary... you idiot! The only part that actually entertains me about Hillary Clinton getting elected is having Bill named first lady.

    October 23, 2007 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  8. Joe, St. Louis MO

    Hard to believe that "Christian" conservatives cannot find it admirable to forgive a person like Hillary did with her husband. They stayed together – isnt' that what marriage is about! Yet, they will end up having to vote for Guiliani – a adulterer, gay rights advocate who is pro abortion. Then the "Christian" conservatives will have no credibility left and be exposed for the political hacks and hypocrites that they are.

    October 23, 2007 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  9. Andy J, Upstate, NY

    Are you kidding me? A Clinton supporter bashing someone's personal life????? How absurd. Look at what Bill did, WHILE he was the President of our country! And if Hillary were such a strong woman, she would have kicked him to the curb. But, she stuck with a liar and cheater, and somehow people respect her for that? The Clintons, as we all know, have a record which is far from spotless, both in the public and private spheres of life. It always amazes me how the American people can elect bone-heads such as Mr. Rangel. It is not the former mayor of the great New York City who embarrasses us, it is all politicians in America, the Clintons, the Rangels, ect. who embarrass us. THINK BEFORE YOU OPEN YOUR BIG HYPOCRITICAL MOUTH, MR RANGEL.

    October 23, 2007 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  10. Mike, Houston, TX

    More hypocracy from Rangel, surprise surprise. This guy has no shame. Sure, Guiliani has been married 3 times. Bet that Bill Clinton has had way more than 3 affairs. Hillary "stuck by him" because she realized that staying with Bill would get her elected. That seems obvious to everyone but Rangel and the rest of MoveOn.org.

    October 23, 2007 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  11. Jake, DC

    'Rengal Embarresses New York' for his IGNORANT WORDS OF BIGOTRY, implying that Mitt Romney is a polygamist because he is Mormon! That is an insult to Mormons in general. Shame on you Rangel!

    October 23, 2007 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  12. joseph, austin, tx

    can someone plz criticize hime about something else. he got divorced so does about 55% of all other marriages do as well. will charles rangel plz remove the lips from mastas behind.

    October 23, 2007 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  13. Tom, OKC, OK

    Since when democrats look into somebody else's bed life? I thought it is a flaw of republicans...

    October 23, 2007 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  14. Kris Murphy, Huntsville, Alabama

    That's a hoot.... What about Hillary letting her husband cheat, cheat, cheat....if she had any self respect AND she wasn't motivated by politics, SHE WOULD HAVE DUMPED THE BUM, NOT TRIED TO MAKE HIM "FIRST GENTLEMAN!"

    October 23, 2007 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  15. Philinda Walker, Lexington South Carolina

    What about Hillary Clinton's cheating husband? That was embarrassing to every women in this country. You have allot of brass to look down on someone else with your national record of being a cheating husband supporter.

    October 23, 2007 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  16. Ed W, Fredericksburg, VA

    I'd bet some long odds that Bill Clinton's affairs over the years add up to a whole lot more than six. Kinda of makes Giuliani and his spouses six marriges pale in comparison.

    October 23, 2007 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  17. Lynn Montgomery Alabama

    Tell that loser that it is better to marry and divorce for your differences, then to marry and committ murder like some of these crazy people that have just had it with their spouse. STOP being ignorant.

    October 23, 2007 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  18. Tim W, Tampa, FL

    I don't like Rudy at all, but this kind of political trash talk is way off base. Rangel loses some credibility in my opinion by acting like a gossip reporter and mudslinging.

    There's plenty of other reasons not to elect this 9-11 warmonger Giuliani other than his marriages.

    October 23, 2007 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  19. Wayne C., Orlando, FL

    If Guliani wants to run on conservative family values, his personal life is fair game. Plus the fact that he's probably worn a dress more times than Hillary.

    October 23, 2007 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  20. Michael W, Orlando FL

    So this is how it is in the CNN Political Tickler. When a Democrat makes bigoted and inflammatory comments about a Republican Presidential candidate, what do we hear? Crickets..... This Democrat just degraded an American because he has been divorced and remarried. He has moles on his skin and he even included a shot against the religious beliefs of another candidate. So, according to Charlie Rangel, if you are divorced and remarried, and have a skin blemish, or you belong to the "wrong" church, you should not be in public service. Gimme a break! If a Republican had made such outrageous comments, the rabid Bush-haters that often post in here would go ballistic. You people are pitiful hypocrites.

    October 23, 2007 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  21. Uriew, CA

    I wonder what Rep. Rangel thinks of Bill Clinton? Dont deceive the public that you did not endorse HRC coz of favors from Bill. Do you Rep. Rangel also think Bill is a bad husband who should not be in the White House with HRC once she is elected. What double standards. Dont give us that BS that you endorsed HRC over Obama coz you think she is a better leader

    October 23, 2007 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  22. Allison, Winter Springs, FL

    In no way am I a republican or a republican supporter and while I normally like Charlie Rangel he really needs to shut up about this as it's not relevant and just makes him look bad.

    October 23, 2007 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  23. RightyTighty

    "This woman got married [and] stayed married [to] the same husband. When they had problems, she stuck with him."

    Charlie's point about "Hillary the little wife" is valid. And its the only redeeming quality that I find in her, if its truely for love(gulp).
    So we shall see..

    October 23, 2007 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  24. DJ, Albq, NM

    Their marriage is a big joke, it's for political purposes only, not a true marriage. Democrats lose more votes by believing/treating voter like they are stupid.

    October 23, 2007 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  25. straighttalker

    Marital problems? What problems??
    Its called an open marriage, even if Hillary chooses not to partake. Look it up please..

    Or should we believe that the powerful and experienced Hillary was disillusioned about her own husband's affairs, with multiple women, for 20 years?

    October 23, 2007 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
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