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. Scott from Freehold

    Once again, Rudy G. is lost in George Bush mindset. Clinton's idea is no different than any other campaign proposal, and her point is that Bush has made a mess of the U.S.'s name worldwide. She aims to change that if elected. She is not saying she has already been elected. Perhaps Rudy is nervous that he is no different than Bush, and that is the last thing the people want.

    October 28, 2007 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  2. linda, bella vista, ar

    Hil is a little presumptive, but "Pot" Rudy's objection is a more than a little LOL. Spare us the Hil-Giul Ground Zero Subway playoffs.

    Hey, Giul how about your trip to England, Giuliani Partners, and very especiallly, Bracewell Giulani?

    October 28, 2007 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  3. Tony, Enterprise, Alabama

    Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani has a point, to a degree.

    Senator Clinton is not the President-elect or President, yet. And, Constitutionally the President does conduct foregin policy. But I'm sure that Senator Clinton and former President Clinton and all those that work for them know that.

    No retraction is necessary. And, the urgency conveyed by her remarks to repair the failed diplomacy or lack of diplomacy under the Bush Administration, is valid.

    Her remarks in many ways don't amount to much more than former Mayor Giuliani's threats to bomb Iran.

    They mean nothing unless they are elected, thank God!

    Hillary Clinton '08.

    October 28, 2007 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  4. Ron Nebraska

    Oh yeah, Rudy has the whole manipulate the ignorant part of the Republican playbook down pat. Definately makes him the frontrunner for their nomination, poor fools!

    October 28, 2007 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  5. Stephen, Naples, Florida

    The longer Hillary goes on pretending she is already President the greater the opportunity the American people have to see what a disaster the reality would be.

    October 28, 2007 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  6. Ron Nebraska

    Rudy has definately got the 'manipulate the ignorant' part of the Republican playbook down pat.

    October 28, 2007 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  7. Dave, Cheverly, MD

    Hillary also made another critical error with her vote “Yes” to Kyl-Lieberman amendment that will lead as an Authorization to give Bush the ok to attack Iran. Nothing can be done to take Hillary’s vote back. Just like Hillary’s vote “Yes” for Iraq War authorizing Bush to invade Iraq. I guess if “She knew then what she knows now”. That plus her and the Media Crowning her the Winner of the Primary and Hillary NOW Campaigning for the General Election and Hillary keeping her name on the Michigan ballot in a snub to Iowa and New Hampshire. All this should prompt Iowa and New Hampshire to Vote for a Candidate that does NOT take their votes for granted. Obama is the better choice as he has the Primary money to continue defeating HILLARY AFTER Iowa and New Hampshire hands Hillary a decisive DEFEAT. There by showing Hillary and any future Candidates NOT to take Iowa and New Hampshire votes for granted. OBAMA 08

    October 28, 2007 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  8. Mrs. America

    Bill Clinton is already all over the world with the William Jefferson Clinton Foundation. Hillary might as well make use of him and others. Doesn't sound like she said she would be sending people to represent her in the capacity of president prior to her signing in. Giuliani is grasping at whatever he can get ahold of. But, he may as well keep in shape as it will probably be all about Clinton and Giuliani next November.

    October 28, 2007 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  9. Chris, Middletown, CT

    I know there are people who will vote for Hillary...none that I know of personally...but there are those who are easily led....like sleep...or pack dogs....or...cult members....

    Giuliani will be the next president....and it will show that America is not that stupid (I hope in Hillarys speech she mentioned that SHE VOTED FOR THE WAR...AND FUNDED IT 100% OF THE TIME!!!) – omg....

    October 28, 2007 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  10. Polins New York NY

    Well, Rudy, give the hillary some credit. She got it part right. It is much better that she send someone else, other than herself. So at least she is halfsmart.

    October 28, 2007 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  11. Yonoly New York NY

    Rudy, why don't you candidates run a reasonable campaign for a change. Like inform the public of what you plan to do in office. This childish name calling and candidate bashing, reminds me of a pre-school tattle tail party. Grow up, be informative, say something that makes sense.

    October 28, 2007 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  12. Charles in Orem, Utah

    It should be crystal clear by now to all but the most naive or deluded that Hillary Clinton has no defined agenda for being President - her only agenda is and always has been simply to become President.

    Hillary is a divider, not a healer.

    October 28, 2007 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  13. Vic Dallas TX

    Really Michelle Obama should be the one running for President.

    October 28, 2007 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  14. Fred Seattle

    Why is this guy still talking? Iowa voters dislike him and Romney's holding strong in NH.

    Seems to me ol'Rudy is jealous of the Senator because she takes a lickin and keeps on tickin. I mean let's face it–the girl has the Nomination in the bag and anyone who doesn't accept this fact is not living in reality.

    Let's rally around our nominee and beat the right wing nuts in a little over a year!

    Wait until Clinton wins in a landslide victory over Romney. How sweet it is...I almost piss myself just thinking about it!!!!

    October 28, 2007 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  15. Xaiver, Sydney AU

    Hey Rudy, have you been to 99 counties in Iowa? Better speed up, Edwards is outdoing you. Oh, and Go Hillary !!

    October 28, 2007 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  16. Hachan El Paso TX

    Real good Rudy. So is that what you will do when Hugo or Ahmoudinejad makes some off the wall statement. Send a stern warning that they correct their statement ? Just what we need a real powerful diplomat in office that makes kindergarten playground type demands. I really think Al Gore and Michelle Obama should be running. So at least we got class in the options.

    October 28, 2007 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  17. Sam Toronto ON

    So I see this moderator is a democrat.

    October 28, 2007 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  18. Tere, FL

    Hillary has enough people willing to tear her down from both parties, it is a pipe dream, a miracle for people to think she will ever be president

    October 28, 2007 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  19. Anise, Los Angeles CA

    Um, what? All candidates say, "When I'm President, I will do this or that." It's pretty standard candidate-speak and is usually just meant to communicate confidence. There's plenty to criticize about Hillary–this is a waste of a press release if that's all he's got.

    October 28, 2007 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  20. Bryn, Australia

    Why is it so terrible for Hillary to outline a policy that she would carry out if elected? Isn't that what all the candidates are doing?

    Giuliani can go ahead and criticise the content of the policy, but saying that she shouldn't be allowed to propose a policy is absurd.

    October 28, 2007 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  21. Wynter, Loudon, NH

    A bit presumptive of you Rudy. Taking issue of a candidate citing specifics? Hmmm. I think that is what is needed most in a Primary and in the General Election. We NEED to know the specifics of WHAT these candidates will do when they get into office. But I guess Rudy just wants to play the game of vague campaign promises as usual.

    Telling it like I see it,

    October 28, 2007 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  22. Kyu Reisch, Radcliff, Kentucky

    What is the matter with Republican's English? I heard Bush's English is lower than 5th grade, Giuliani's English is worse than Bush? My goodness, he doesn't understand Newspaper article, how could represent our Country to the world? Giuliani is interfering, please take care of own business.

    October 28, 2007 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  23. Hillary for President, Illinois

    well, at least SOMEBODY wants to mend fences and build bridges that dubya Bush has diplomatically burned around the world during his term-–mend them the faster, the better.....and hey, why NOT focus on wishing someone else was President (ANYBODY but who's in now!!)--we've still got a whole YEAR of dubya Bush to go....will it EVER end???

    I'm voting for Mrs. Clinton
    and HOPE in the future again.

    October 28, 2007 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  24. Misha, New York, NY

    So Rudy's argument is that Hillary can't make promises for if she is elected?

    Is this to be taken seriously? I don't understand what's incorrect here: When she is voted President she will change foreign poicy.

    October 28, 2007 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  25. erika morgan black dimond wa

    This sort of pre-election diplomacy was begun with the esteemed Republican Reagan's deal with the Iran to release the hostages after Carter had been defeated, so HRC is following the Republican model, so what is Giulliani's beef ?

    October 28, 2007 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
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