October 28th, 2007
06:12 PM ET
10 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. Roger

    Yes the person is right this bashing American Canidates every 4 years been through it,we've caught on..Her past is the future see that Rudy Quit being Bush.they all go back to Hillarys past wev'e heard a 1000 times over its OLD news..So she will beat you.

    October 28, 2007 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  2. Rex, Toledo, Ohio

    simple math:


    There is no difference folks.

    October 28, 2007 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  3. William, Des Moines, IA

    The Republicans are in no position to criticize election protocol, having illegaly taken the presidency away from its rightful winner for the last 2 elections.

    October 28, 2007 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  4. Daniel, NY

    Meanwhile Dodd continues to show surprising leadership by announcing his opposition to Mukasey's nomination for Attorney General.

    October 28, 2007 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  5. deroy w. palm, FL

    rudy is absolutely right on this.

    bush and state dept would have to legally block this interference by someone with no executive experience.

    her claims of white house experience are astounding,

    October 28, 2007 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  6. R Anderson Charlotte, NC

    Is there anyone who really believes this woman knows how to be president? She's no diplomat or negotiator, only a pacifist with grandiose designs on empowering gov't. I don't want more government or any more of Hillary (or Bill for that matter).

    October 28, 2007 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  7. Henry Miller, Cary, NC

    Among Hilary's many less-than-sterling qualities is her arrogance, and she seldom misses an opportunity to display it.

    October 28, 2007 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  8. gorge bouge,DC

    umm,wait...is that a picture of Rudy or Mr. Burns???

    October 28, 2007 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  9. E. Ellott, Orlando, FL

    Her comments are for the red meat bunch of her supporters, so what. A very knowledgeable man like Biden calls Rudi the most uninformed man in the race. I see fluff, nonsence and hot air. As a Repug on the blue side of the sheets he has to find some thing to be tough about, just to deflect the attention of the hard core wingnuts that run GOP primaries. True Ms H has not been elected as yet, but then neither did Bush and no one anywhere respects that liar's words. So if we need a new start and sicne it may be our last chance as a nation, don't fret the little stuff. The lady is on target. Except on immigration that is. I hate to say it, but if one could believe Rudi, he does have the right ideas with respect to the 12 million criminal immigrants. Capture and expel, asap. That is why the dems are not likely to get my vote this time. Wish Tancredo could leave the bible thumpin to the pros.

    October 28, 2007 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  10. Walt, Belton, TX

    I'm tired of having to vote for the least worst Presidential candidate; that's all the choices I've had for the past 15 years. I'm not planning on even bothering to vote this time unless Hillary is a candidate. I couldn't desert my Country at a time like that.........

    October 28, 2007 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  11. Hubert Little Rock AR

    Great Demands, Rudy. Is this what you are going to do with Iran? Demand they share their nuclear ambitions with Rudy ?

    October 28, 2007 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  12. Billy New York NY

    And Rudy, what are you going to Demand of CNN and their moderators, since is is obvious they all are Democrats ?

    October 28, 2007 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  13. hawk,texas

    Any one that would vote for this nut is wishing for 4 more years of bush.

    October 28, 2007 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  14. Jo, ATL GA

    Yes, she is not a healer. GOP and their low minder voters can not be healed.

    They can't read for themselves and are easily mis-lead by their talk show host. The core are the list educated in a country with more schools than the rest of the world combined.

    No. I believe in the power of the majority. You've had you chance in the last 8 years and messed the world.

    Hillary will win the election. So if you don't like it move away somewhere else. Rudy is already ready to leave for France or Iraq. I know McCain is.

    October 28, 2007 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  15. Jim Briggs

    Rudy, give it a break! The way I read this is Clinton saying what would happen if she is elected President. I didn't see her forming foreign policy. Rudy, what will you do if elected?

    October 28, 2007 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  16. Ann ME

    Okay CNN, why are you pulling comments this time?

    October 29, 2007 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  17. Bea, Hoboken, NJ

    Anyone who's thinking on voting for Giuliani please read the October 23 piece in the Village Voice titled "Running Scared" by Wayne Barrett. Also, the August 29, 2006 article titled "Rudy's Grand Illusion" and you'll see what he really did before and after 9/11.

    October 29, 2007 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  18. Texrat, Fort Worth, TX

    Good God, Rudy, I never dreamed you were so neurotic!

    Give it a rest. So she made a campaign promise. Relax. Candidates do that. Haven't you???

    October 29, 2007 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  19. Ken, Tucson, AZ

    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….

    Posted By Chris, Middletown, CT : October 28, 2007 8:13 pm

    The American people were stupid enough to re-elect G.W. Bush on 2004, and I can only assume that you were one of them. And, If the American people do elect Rudy, then they will not have learned from their past mistake.

    October 29, 2007 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  20. Trollmaster, CA

    This is a no win for Giuliani.

    America does not want more of the same Necon foreign warmongering policy that's creating way more problems than it's solving.

    If this what Giuliani is going to run on, he'll lose the general election in a landslide.

    October 29, 2007 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  21. Trollmaster, CA

    Why is Giuliani spending more time bashing Hillary than what he's going to do as president?

    October 29, 2007 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  22. rgforwar

    How about Clinton goes Giuliani,its gonna come all out folks,she is way more Talented than this 3 times married man.which they shouldnt allow,him to be in it,thats real family values yep it is.its ashamed your kids dont speak to you.there is more to that than told,yeah i think so.

    October 29, 2007 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
  23. North Carolina


    October 29, 2007 01:21 am at 1:21 am |
  24. Puthenmadam Radhakrishnan, Trenton, NJ

    I am glad to see that people are looking at the bigger picture and not falling for those " who made her president lines'. May be this is one time we need to inaugurate the new president in Nov 08 rather than wait for Jan 09

    October 29, 2007 01:44 am at 1:44 am |
  25. Bea, Hoboken, NJ

    Oh, and one more thing Rudy, where are your children? I saw Hillary's 60th birthday party and there was Chelsea standing proudly by her mother.

    I guess those ungrateful children of yours just won't forgive you for finding out through a press conference that you were divorcing their mom. Kids.......

    October 29, 2007 01:56 am at 1:56 am |
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