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. Tyrone Calgary Canada

    Broom Hilda in the white house with a woman leading the senate would be two democratic women who thing with Iran the hug a thug thing will work, and it will for a while and them we will be facing incoming nuclear weapons, time to vote Mitt Romney.
    Broom Hilda seems like she is getting wore down and cannot keep up the pace.

    October 29, 2007 02:46 am at 2:46 am |
  2. G,NY

    Rudy is simply RUDE

    October 29, 2007 03:35 am at 3:35 am |
  3. San Ramon, CA

    Just another failed attempt to dog on Hillary. Mr. Giuliani have you not learned yet that when your running for president you should act like it, we all understand that its not November 2008, Hillary is just telling us what she would do if elected. Anyone with a calandar knows that Giuliani is grasping at straws on this one!

    October 29, 2007 04:27 am at 4:27 am |
  4. Max, Boston, MA

    One of the things that I despise in political news near election time is the abundance of schoolyard "Take that back!" bickering among candidates. To me, it suggests that they have little to run on other than to try to bring the other candidate down.

    Thus far, Giuliani is the only candidate who I've noticed (repeatedly) demanding that candidates apologize for expressing what they believe in.

    Does Giuliani really expect me to be upset that Clinton is expressing her plans if elected president? Is he not telling crowds what he plans to do if elected president? This demand simply seems superfluous to me.

    October 29, 2007 04:30 am at 4:30 am |
  5. jw, canadian,ok

    Rudy – you and Sen. Craig need to go to 'Learn When To Shut Up' class. Hillary knows it will take a lot of diplomacy to restore our good name around the world. Thanks to 'Dubya' and 'The Shooter' we have little creditability left. This election will not be lost in Electoral College, Congress or anyhere else. Hillary in a landslide.

    October 29, 2007 06:05 am at 6:05 am |
  6. David, California

    She will end the war in Iraq and reverse the Bush Cowboy Diplomacy by sending over bipartison envoys, hopefully her husband too? This is great news. No wonder Giuliani wants to stop it. He is scared of her and losing to a woman. His policy is the Bush Cowboy go get em with guns too.

    October 29, 2007 06:15 am at 6:15 am |
  7. Stephen, Naples, Florida

    Giuliani is wrong. The American people and the rest of the world for that matter need as much time as possible to prepare for another disastrous Clinton Presidency. More illegal wars like Bosnia, Serbia and Haiti. More failures to address terrorism. More failures to reach a detente with Russia and China. More failure to achieve a settlement in the Middle East. More failure to address the problems in Africa. The list of Clinton foreign policy mistakes is endless.

    October 29, 2007 06:29 am at 6:29 am |
  8. Brandi

    Who does Rudy think he is to put any DEMANDS on Hillary ! He is such a bitter man and he thinks that he can start demanding. She has the right to say anything she wants. He is just worried because he knows she will topple him in the elections.

    October 29, 2007 07:15 am at 7:15 am |
  9. jw, canadian,ok

    To Stephen in Naples – remind me what has 'Dubya' did in these countries.

    October 29, 2007 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
  10. Rocco, Wellington,Fl

    Does anyone care what Giuliani demands? Whether or not Giuliani likes it or not Hillary is right, the Cowboy diplomacy is the pillar of Bush's foreign policy and that is the reason we are in trouble around the World.

    October 29, 2007 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  11. Chris, Pensacola FL

    I'm not voting for either Rudy or Clinton. They are both commies and care nothing about the people. Rudy won't get elected because he is bald and Clinton won't because she will be in jail during the general elections. So lets focus on the other candidates that actually care.

    October 29, 2007 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  12. Stephen, Naples, Florida

    To jw – "what has dubya did"? Firstly learn some respect for your President, and secondly learn to write properly. If in a couple of years you can master that, then I might teach you some history.

    October 29, 2007 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  13. AJ; Montpelier, VT

    If we forced Rudy to correct all of the erroneous or misguided or offensive statements he has made over the years, he wouldnt have time to campaign. Hmmmmmm..... Not such a bad idea!

    October 29, 2007 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  14. Tom - Dedham, Mass

    Her spokesperson said she will end the Iraq war, WHEN EXACTLY?

    She is on record that we will be in there at least till 2012 ACCORDING TO HER, so how is that ending the Iraq war as the insuation is that it will be soon.

    Of course a Clinton being on record and then saying something else means nothing to the idiot sheep, who find ways to explain her nuanced lies and non-answers.

    October 29, 2007 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  15. Mary, Beaver, PA

    Guiliani must be obsessed with Clinton. She was only blowing hot air when she said that. She's always blowing hot air. Why anyone ever believes her is beyond me. I don't believe that she even believes herself half the time.

    Incidentally, I wouldn't do a darn thing "on her behalf."

    Rudy and Hillary can both take a long walk off a short pier.

    October 29, 2007 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  16. Mike Nakagita, Green Bay, Wisconsin

    So according to Ms. Strand "Hillary will end the war in Iraq". When?

    October 29, 2007 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  17. Mary, Beaver, PA

    Guiliani must be obsessed with Clinton. She was only blowing hot air when she said that. She's always blowing hot air. Why anyone ever believes her is beyond me. I don't believe that she even believes herself half the time.

    Incidentally, I wouldn't do a darn thing "on her behalf."

    Rudy and Hillary can both take a long walk off a short pier.

    October 29, 2007 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  18. A. Thomas, New York, NY

    Giuliani spins and is an idiot. To know him is to hate him. I predict a landslide victory for hillary.

    October 29, 2007 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  19. therealist

    Hillary will end the war without withdrawaling combat troops by 2012.
    And reverse the Bush era cowboy diplomacy that has brought Libya back into the world community, North Korea to shut down its nuclear reator and international sanctions against Iran.

    Yeah sure, Hillavision is just what we need now...

    October 29, 2007 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  20. Brandi,ny

    Thomas..we know that you are really the enemy and no one will listen to a word you say. So put a lid on it!

    October 29, 2007 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  21. Bea, Hoboken, NJ

    Giuliani spins and is an idiot. To know him is to hate him. I predict a landslide victory for hillary.

    Posted By A. Thomas, New York, NY : October 29, 2007 9:50 am

    From your lips to......you know the rest.

    How come it's us who live in NYC or its vicinity who despise Rudy the most? Could it be because we lived under his mini dictatorship and know him best?

    Wake up people!!!! Rudy is mean, nasty, petty and vindictive to anyone who opposes his views. He does NOT have the temperament to be president!!!

    October 29, 2007 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  22. Moe, NY

    Mr. Giuliani please stop attacking Hillary...we, American citizens, know all about Hillary and her past...it is old news. It is YOU we do not know about! Actually I am tired of politicans attacking each other...just get on with the program and state what you are willing do for this country and American citizens. Attacking other politicans is both childish and non-productive.

    October 29, 2007 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  23. jay, Snellville, GA

    Hillary wants to end the war?????????????????????????? No. Hillary said she'd couldn't promise she'd get us out before 2013 (THATS 2013).

    She recently voted to declare the Iranian Revolutionary Guard TERRORIST!

    If you think she will get us out of the war you are CRAAAAAAAAAAZZZZZZZZZZYYYYYYYYYY!

    By the way..I am not for Rudy either.

    October 29, 2007 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  24. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Rudy, let's talk about your demand to immediately stop aid to Yemen because of your misinformation that Jamal al-Badawi had been released, not true. This is just an example of what Giuliani will say and do that will continue this Bush era. We can't have a president that takes any misinformation and reports it nationally, that's exactly what happened that got us in Iraq, WMD's. Giuliani needs to apologize to Yemen and the Bush adm. needs to be all over Rudy about this.

    October 29, 2007 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  25. Dave, Alpharetta GA

    Giuliani is an IDIOT (believe me, I am being nice by using that adjective!).

    The picture CNN used is so perfectly suited to his "I am right and you are wrong" approach to every question.

    I have said before, and will say again, if the Republicans nominate him, they have sold their political soul forever.

    I actually look forward to seeing that happen in a strange kind of way! 🙂

    Looking forward to helping President Hillary Clinton move this country FORWARD!

    October 29, 2007 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
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