October 23rd, 2007
09:31 AM ET
8 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. Ryan Indianapolis

    Speak for yourself, you pompus loser. Rudy has more guts and will than you will ever have. Remember folks this is the same guy that asked for over 100k in pork spending to have a painter paint a self-portrait of him. Good use of taxpayers money huh? Also in an interview this loser said he wanted to increase the tax bracket to 52%, get ready folks if a democrat becomes president to higher taxes and less individual rights.

    October 23, 2007 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  2. exwife#2, NY, NY

    Independent, your logic is failed as it was Rudy doing the cheating.

    October 23, 2007 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  3. Caleb Brooklyn NY

    Charles Rangel is completely right on this. For a man who wants to lead the party of "Family Values" he really needs to get some. Not to mention he is a draft dodger while Charles Rangel earned both a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star. Its nice to see how badly our veterans are regarded by people like you. Would I be wrong to assume you are all chicken hawks too just like Giuliani?

    October 23, 2007 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  4. Wallace, Chicago IL

    Victor Totaro Philadelphia, Pa

    Give me a break. How foolish are you? Like black people think you're doing them a favor by "sympathizing with black causes". If one black person's opinion makes you change the view of the entire race, you never cared in the first place.

    People are so lost and clueless.

    So if a hispanic, Asian, or Indian person says something you don't agree with then you don't like any of them either huh? Talk about embarassing. And then we wonder why we [Americans] aren't respected as much as we should be.

    My goodness...

    And then the comments about him being "irrelevant". Do you know what committee he chairs in Congress? Arguably the most powerful-The Ways and Means... but in your view, he's "irrelevant". Do research before spewing nonsense.


    October 23, 2007 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  5. Nick, Chicago, IL

    Rudy runs out on family when ever it gets tough , he doesn't know how to stay and work things out , NO MARRIAGE is perfect , but the ones that last are the ones that 2 adults stay and work on there problems , NOT run at the first sign of trouble. And for christsakes people even his children don't support him WAKE UP AMERICA !!

    October 23, 2007 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  6. Wayne, Greenville TX

    Speak for yourself, you pompus loser. Rudy has more guts and will than you will ever have. Remember folks this is the same guy that asked for over 100k in pork spending to have a painter paint a self-portrait of him. Good use of taxpayers money huh? Also in an interview this loser said he wanted to increase the tax bracket to 52%, get ready folks if a democrat becomes president to higher taxes and less individual rights.

    Posted By Ryan Indianapolis : October 23, 2007 11:05 am

    And which party controlled both the White House and Congress when they pushed through the PATRIOT Act? And which part was in power when government officials told Hurricane Katrina victims that they were to have their firearms confiscated? Right – the GOP.

    So don't give us that old-tired crap about Democrats taing away individual rights. The GOP is the party of fascists. Democrats are for freedom, which is why I'm a life-long Democrat.

    October 23, 2007 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  7. Chris, Middletown, CT

    and the majority has it....Hillary and Rangel are two dirtbags.....

    October 23, 2007 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  8. Caleb Brooklyn NY

    If Guiliani wants to be the leader of the so-called "family values" party its about time he learned some. He cheated on his wife and is estranged from his son. Hes also a draft dodger while Rangel earned a Purple Heart and Bronze star. Its funny how the biggest proponents of the Iraq war are the chicken hawk republicans while war heroes like Rangel, Kerry, Murtha, Webb are trashed by the right because they don't support the war.

    October 23, 2007 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  9. Sensible Joe, Gainesville FL

    Like it or not, Rangel made a good point. Giuliani is a divorcee and an adulterer who has had three wives. Clinton stuck with her marriage even though her husband cheated on her. That says a lot about Clinton's moral character and Giuliani's lack of it.

    October 23, 2007 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  10. Wayne, Greenville TX

    Well, Charlie Rangel did a very good job of breaking down Rudy. I think that he has hurt Rudy's chances somewhat which I think is good. Rudy was not a very good mayor and he would not make a very good president.

    Posted By Karen,nj : October 22, 2007 6:48 pm

    Too many people across the country never heard of Rudy before 9/11. And the only impression they got was of Rudy as "America's Mayor". I found that out first-hand last year when I moved to Texas. A co-worker was saying how much she liked Rudy, but when I told her about his multiple marriages, how he tried to move his then-mistress into Gracie Mansion along with his family, and the generally low opinion most New Yorkers had of Rudy prior to 9/11, she quickly changed her mins about Giuliani.

    The rest of the country needs to learn the truth about Rudy Giuliani. But they refuse to listed to people like Charlie Rangel and the NY firefighters who know first-hand about how Rudy is in a crisis.

    October 23, 2007 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  11. Ivan, Chicago, Illinois

    Reading the comments pro and con, it seems to me that Rudy Giuliana is a very polorizing candidate.

    October 23, 2007 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  12. Angela, Alexandria, VA

    Although I don't agree with what Rangel is doing, one must admit that Rudy has alot of personal problems. His own kids don't even like him and dont plan to vote for him, so why should we?

    October 23, 2007 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  13. Scott, Boulder, CO

    Rangel is a fossil and should be returned to the tar pit where he was found.

    October 23, 2007 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  14. J, Arlington, VA

    Brilliant analysis – because Charlie Rangel represents all of us... when we get together and vote for black leaders

    Congressman Charlie Rangel has always been a big bag of wind. Does CNN know what he has accomplished? Having that piece of nothing talk about Rudy on your station is a double waste of time for me. I will no longer watch your station. I will no longer sympathize with black causes.

    Posted By Victor Totaro Philadelphia, Pa. : October 23, 2007 10:46 am

    October 23, 2007 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  15. Henry Tucker, Ga

    Gee, Charlie, since we're on the topic of "marital relationships" – how about you sharing with us all how you feel about Hillary's husband being a sexual predator? Many MANY consentual affairs, 2 accusations of sexual harrassment, 1 accusation of rape.

    How does that sit you with you, Mr $70,000 self-portrait?

    October 23, 2007 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  16. Wayno K'Port Maine

    Who elected this waste of space?? Oh...the same people who elected Hillary! All makes sense.Next this idiot will want to bring back the draft! oops...

    October 23, 2007 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  17. Liberal Chic

    Charles Wilkins, Smithfield Pa :

    Ha ha. So you think he just cheated on his wives once and married the paramour? ha ha ha.

    When Rudy Giuliani first started the affair with his current wife, Judith Nathan, Donna Hanover, his then-wife was actually relieved because Giuliani stopped seeing the mistress Donna Hanover KNEW about - Cristyne Lategano. Little did she know he was just cheating on her (and the first mistress) with a different woman.

    This guy is a cheater through and through. And I am not going to castigate him for that because the flesh is weak. But if I am going to have a husband who cheats, I want him to give me the courtesy of being discreet - not bringing the other woman into my home overnight while we have two elementary aged school children, not parading her in public events like she's the first lady of NYC, not trying to take away my privileges (by trying to shut down the First Lady's Office) because he can't be a decent human being.

    It's ok for people to divorce, though I think they should avoid it if at all possible, especially if there are young children in the family. But being a royal jerk like Giuliani in a marriage and during a divorce is just unacceptable.

    I would make a small wager that this third marraige will not last more than the usual 15 years for him and that another paramour will be involved in the dissolution.

    October 23, 2007 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  18. Luke, Wilmington, DE

    How many times has CNN's Larry King been married?

    October 23, 2007 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  19. Trollmaster, CA

    In 2000, Republicans showed their hypocrisy by voting for chicken hawk W Bush over McCain, a war veteran and POW in the Republican primaries.

    Watch them show they stand for nothing once again when the 3 time married adulterer Giuliani wins the Republican primaries.

    They once rightfully asked the question with Clinton "If we can't trust him being faithful with his wife, how can we trust him to run the country". It's truly pitiful when they only hold their high standard to those they despise, while ignoring the standards of their own.

    October 23, 2007 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  20. jvl,Springfield,VA

    Don't you just love the party of "family values". Rudy on wife #3, cheated on wife #2 with current wife, his kids have disowned him, dresses in drag, said he was pro-choice/pro-gay rights to get elected and now says the opposite. Repubs should go with Rudy and Larry Craig on the ticket, real family values.

    October 23, 2007 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  21. scott, manchester NH

    take a look at: comment Posted By Ray, Rochester : October 22, 2007 7:12 pm
    i ask myself how someone can spin all that information stated, so freakishly out of control...
    the big difference between anything clinton-related......and the Bush years of misery and incompetence..is that: america was run by a prez with brains and communication skills who was respected throughout the world for sitting at the table and engaging in solid, substantive problem solving..
    the bush years (as most people on planet earth know by now) have been plagued by nothing but horribly embarrassing and overwhelming incompetence, total lack of concern for the middle and lower income people,and and absolute braindeadness when it comes to tackling the global war on terror..Bush is destined to go down in ALL history books as the guy who came into office with bad news,and left with a trail of destruction and a world that was constantly amazed at how americans could not see this coming.
    the problems "listed" in that post are NO different than the ones of just about EVERY presidency in history...
    what makes Bush so God-aweful terrible is that on TOP of all the problems he's created (mostly when congress had been republican majority), he's going to leave behind such an abominable mess that the rest of the WORLD is gonna be stuck with..
    oh, and how many people lost their lives when bill and monica were involved?...im pretty sure it was NONE.

    Poster child for sleaze??
    maaan, what planet do you live on..

    October 23, 2007 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  22. George, Billerica, Mass.

    I'm no fan of Rudy, but this marriage test to be President has to stop. The number of marriages and divorces is not a qualification for any office. He should come right out and say so and help put a stop to all this nonsense.

    October 23, 2007 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  23. Salita, SC

    Last time I checked Hillary never had an affair. Bill Clinton has outstanding numbers and could win re-election again today. Why do you waste time commenting on Bill Clinton when it is HILLARY running. Very few people will be fooled by your comments about what you think she might have done way back when. The more she talks to people the more they seem to like her and she isnt wasting her time making comments about who the republican contenders might be married to.

    At this point what rangel had to say about Giuliani is just the tip of the iceberg should he become the nominee of the republican party. If you follow politics these comments should not have been a surpise to you.

    October 23, 2007 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  24. Zack, NJ

    Rangel Embarrasses Us. Didn't he make a big deal recently to try to have funds earmarked for a building named after HIMSELF?

    October 23, 2007 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  25. Chris Wright, Greenville SC

    I believe that Charlie was making a point that some conservatives attack the democrats on moral issues and how it's such a hypocracy that the same ones who are attacking are often the same ones lacking in morals.

    October 23, 2007 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
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