October 28th, 2007
06:12 PM ET
11 years ago

Giuliani demands Clinton correct statement

Giuliani goes after Clinton.

PETERBOROUGH, New Hampshire (CNN) - Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani took aim at Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, and her recently proposed foreign policy agenda on Sunday.

Giuliani read from an Iowa newspaper article that quoted Sen. Clinton: "The day after I'm elected, I'm going to be asking distinguished Americans of both political parties to travel around the world on my behalf with a very simple message to the governments and the people alike: The era of cowboy diplomacy is over."

The paper wrote, Sen. Clinton "promised to send envoys to foreign capitals before she takes office to herald the end of the Bush administration's foreign policy."

"I noticed an article in the Des Moines Register today and I think this is a statement that's a mistake. And rather than criticize, I'm going to give Hillary Clinton a chance to correct the mistake before it keeps going in this campaign," Giuliani said. Giuliani proceeded to read Clinton's statement in the paper.

Giuliani turned to the audience and said, "Hillary's not a president elect the last time I checked - Hillary's not even the nominee of the party. So, I mean, this is very premature to be talking about sending ambassadors all around the world even before she becomes President to, in essence, interfere in the foreign policy of the United States."

Reading the problems enumerated by the Iowa paper over Clinton's statements, Giuliani stated that only the President could conduct foreign policy. He then said "it would be good of Sen. Clinton would correct that statement now."

Responding to Giuliani's statements, Kathleen Strand, Clinton's New Hampshire communication director wrote in an email, "Senator Clinton and Mr.
Giuliani have a fundamental disagreement. She will end the war in Iraq, reverse the Bush era cowboy diplomacy and restore America's standing around the world. Mr. Giuliani wants to escalate the war in Iraq and supports President Bush's failed foreign policy approach."

- CNN New Hampshire Producer Sareena Dalla

Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Iowa • New Hampshire • Rudy Giuliani
soundoff (90 Responses)
  1. Mike Roberts, Chicago, IL

    There is nothing wrong by Hillary making a campaign promise to reverse Bush's failed policy. Who is Rudy to tell her to correct the statement? He too can rubber stamp his promise to continue Bush's cowboy policy-attach Iran, continue the war in Iraq, build missile defence in Europe, alliniate Russia, bomb N. Korea, cut all the social programs incl. SCHIP, give isurance companies and pharmaceutical companies free hand in health care, privatize social security, cut taxes across the board, wire tap all the citizens of the US, continue torture policy, build mre amd more secret prisons, abolish habeus corpus act, privatize all the govt. services, military, spying, utilities, police dept., and open ended contracts to0 oil companies and award contracts to big oil companies for exploration anywhere in the US including Alaska.

    October 29, 2007 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  2. Jeff, Augusta, GA

    I like neither Rudy or Hillary, but I like what he's saying. people are starting to tire of Hillary thinking she has it all sewn up. looks like some of the others are closing in on her in Iowa. I just hope people are as sick as me and others I talk to of the 20 years of Bush/Clinton rule. people just don't realize you are basically getting the same thing no matter which one is in the oval office. these people cater to the international bankers and corporations. they are tied into the CFR and Bilderbergs.

    October 29, 2007 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  3. Vic, Las Vegas, Nevada

    Guiliani is a sick and twisted wanna be.

    Three marriages, more affairs (of various sorts), married his cousin and (sshhhhhish) a wife beater.

    Presidential material...yeah, maybe in the state pergatory in the country of chaos...on the planet of WhoCares!

    Oh, but wait, WhoCares is a planet of carnivorous neo-conistic fascist who serve whiney weak Dems up with a nice bottle of Cianti.

    The Dems need to grow a set and get tough!

    October 29, 2007 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  4. George

    Bush Light or Reagan Lager[dog p_ss] with lime!,they both suck! Lou Dobbs should be drafted for the job.Hes the only person working for the middle-class!

    October 29, 2007 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  5. Jon, Pittsburgh, PA

    Stephen in Naples, FL you must be kidding…. Bosnia, Serbia and Haiti – how many of our young, brave soldiers were killed there? How much did it cost the taxpayers? Who benefited the most?

    Failure to address terrorism? Bill Clinton told Bush Jr. that Bin Laden was the biggest threat to the US. What did Bush Jr. do? Nothing.

    Think things are good with China and Russia today? Look into Putin’s eyes, do you see his soul?

    Not to mention North Korea – remember the criticism Bush Jr. made of Clinton? What has he done? The same thing only this time, North Korea’s word is somehow more true???

    We’re real close to peace in the Middle East, too. You must have been listening to right-wing talk radio all these years. There is no other plausible excuse for your misunderstanding.

    October 29, 2007 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  6. Eric, from THE Republic of Texas

    "The era of cowboy diplomacy is over."

    Yes, with bells and trumpets and great fanfare, let us celebrate and usher in the new Era of Doormat Diplomacy,
    Rip Van Winkle Diplomacy,
    See-No-Evil-Hear-No-Evil-Speak-No-Evil Diplomacy,
    September 10th Diplomacy
    and The Great Satan / Paper Tiger Diplomacy.

    I'm sure our enemies are just shaking in their boots, saying, "Please don't throw me in that briar patch."

    October 29, 2007 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  7. Dixon Benshoof, Des Moines Iowa

    If you want to run for President you better be able to understand the written and spoken word better than that Rudy. Every candidate is telling us what they will do as president. I love the fear you people have of Hillary. That can only mean she has good things to offer the average working citizens in this country.

    October 29, 2007 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  8. Dixon Benshoof, Des Moines Iowa

    By the way, who ever is elected must send diplomates around the world in an effort to repair the damage done by the Bush/Cheney administration.

    October 29, 2007 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  9. Mike Roberts, Chicago, IL

    This guy, Stephen of Naples must be either living in a different world or must be from inner circles of Cheney-Rumsfield-Wolfowitz to make such weird statements about Clinton's foreign policy failures. The whole world knows that the Bush's foreign policy disaster is the worst any american president has ever made. And, Guliani and the other republican hopefuls are following the same old cowboy arrogance in dealing with other countries. Other than Ron Paul there is not even a single candidate who can come close to any of the democrats. Its not Stephens fault anyway. Too much of FOX or Rush!

    October 29, 2007 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  10. JC, Topeka, Kansas

    Rudy, what would you do, continue Cowboy diplomacy? She has stated what she would do after the election if she won. Only the President can screw up foreign policy, but a President elect might be able to start straightening it out.

    October 29, 2007 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  11. Mac, Severn, Md

    The article says the following:

    Sen. Clinton "promised to send envoys to foreign capitals BEFORE SHE TAKES OFFICE to herald the end of the Bush administration's foreign policy."

    This action would undermine the foreign policy of a SITTING President. That is the problem with the statement.

    In the past, there have been "unwritten" rules of behaviour regarding ex-Presidents (they never criticized a sitting President – until Carter and Clinton started doing that).

    Also, a President-elect waits until they get into office before acting as if they are President. H. Clinton is violating that one.

    Note that H. Clinton's representative did not answer the question – she "deflected" the question and talked a bunch of bubble-headed nothing. Can't anybody answer the question that is asked anymore?

    October 29, 2007 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  12. sean Metamora,IL

    so, now U.S> citizens need presidential authority to speak to people in other nations....yeah that sounds like less government in our daily lives.

    October 29, 2007 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  13. Kev, Hungtington Beach

    Regarding to Mrs. Clinton's statement ' the day I'm elected...' is clearly one of many hypothetical statements which people uses to make a point, convey a message. The importance should be the message's substance. It would make Mr. Guliani look and sound unnecessarily subtle and picky when he tried to pick a fight on little things. Please to all candidates, let think big and talk on issues that most of Americans care about.
    Kev in Huntington beach

    October 30, 2007 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  14. Doremus

    Hey Rudy. You're somewhat correct. Only Bush (the president) can MISconduct foreign policy like nobody else. We need some controlled leadership to clean up the current mess that your party has created.

    October 30, 2007 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  15. Tim, Brentwood, NH

    Tis guy is a loon! A vote for Das Fuhrer Rudy is a vote for the status quo! He is THE MOST DANGEROUS candidate running!

    November 5, 2007 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
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