October 29th, 2007
05:23 PM ET
5 years ago

Giuliani highlights cancer battle in new ad

Giuliani and wife Judith picked pumpkins in New Hampshire over the weekend.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani highlights his successful battle with prostate cancer in a new radio ad out Monday, and claims a "socialized" healthcare system would have significantly decreased his chances of survival.

“I had prostate cancer, five, six years ago,” the former New York City mayor says in the radio ad set to air in New Hampshire. “My chance of surviving prostate cancer, and thank God I was cured of it, in the United States, 82 percent. My chances of surviving prostate cancer in England, only 44 percent under socialized medicine."

“You and I should be making the decisions about what kind of health care we get with our doctors, not with a government bureaucrat," Giuliani continues in the ad. "What we need to do is to give people a $15,000 deduction for a family, a $7,500 deduction for an individual so they can go out and buy their own health insurance.”

All the leading Democratic presidential candidates have proposed universal healthcare plans, a policy approach Giuliani has often referred to as "socialist."

Giuliani dropped out of the New York Senate race in the spring of 2000 after announcing he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. He underwent successful surgery the following September.

– CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney


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soundoff (92 Responses)
  1. pat huntington ny

    And despite Canada's so called socialist medicine, prostate cancer survival rates are higher there than here! Rudy, before you go off in a prostate rage, Hillary's medical program is the least bit socialist...rather, it's better than anything you can suggest. And while we have quality medicine here, the problem is not enough can afford it!

    October 29, 2007 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  2. Jon, Toledo, OH

    American medicine is the greatest, if you can afford it. So unless you are rich and white like Guiliani, or you are a child on SCHIP... Oh, wait a second... Bush just vetoed SCHIP, didn't he? I guess you just have to be rich and white now.

    October 29, 2007 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  3. Connie, Tn.

    I think being a middle-class American would have significantly lowered his chances of survival since he wouldn't have been able to pay his medical bills. What does he think MEDICARE and MEDICAID are if not socialized medicine??

    October 29, 2007 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  4. Chris, Madison, WI

    That's very nice for him and I'm glad he's fine, but what about all the American who don't have any health insurance? What are their chances?

    October 29, 2007 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  5. CB Seattle WA

    The United States trails Canada and Great Britian (and many others) in life expectancy and has higher infant mortality rates than both. Rudy, why is that?

    October 29, 2007 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  6. Andrew, London, U,K

    Hmm lets see, latest statistics for the NHS in England point survival at 71%. I think Mr Gulliani can't tell the difference between metatastic rates and single cases in which case the U.S survival rate in comparison is also around the 40%. Poor stats amounts to lying not what you want in a President

    October 29, 2007 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  7. Bob, Seattle, WA

    Right on. 'Healthy Care' under socialized medicine will only go the the wealthiest as they will be the only ones who could afford to 'buy' healthcare AROUND the system. They would not partake within the system as they would have to wait far too long for the care they needed which would sink to such low standards that when their 'appointment' to see the doctor did come around, the skills of those doctors remaining within the system would be at the lowest end of the spectrum. The highly skilled doctors would only practice outside of the system where the wealthy could afford their services. 'Healthy Care' for the masses would be non-existent. Only 'Health Care' in name but not quality or timeliness. Myself, I would choose just to live with my ailment and go when GOD calls me. Eternity with HIM looks so much better than the direction of that life on earth is headed. There is an eternity. Heaven or Hell. "I am the life,the way, and the truth. No one comes to the Father except thru me" – Jesus. Whether you like it or not. Whether you believe it or not. GOD is in control of all. You will end up in one place or the other for eternity. Only 'faith' in Jesus will earn your salvation. Nothing else. Period. Your choice. This IS the land of the free.

    October 29, 2007 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  8. Jane G., Jacksonville, FL

    Giuliani said, "“You and I should be making the decisions about what kind of health care we get,,," Yeh, well what if we can't afford private health insurance, like 47,000,000 plus Americans can't? Then what–beg, borrow or steal? What's wrong with providing citizens with the "right to life..." as in the US Constitution? If that's socialism is, so what? It ain't the bogeyman come to snatch you away in the middle of the night.

    October 29, 2007 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  9. TheInsider

    He's the best!

    After dumping wife and kids #2 in a PRESS CONFERENCE(!) he used his illness as an excuse to punk out on his race with Hillary, who would have CRUSHED him, and also as an excuse for why, even though he was meeting Judi (Future wife #3) at a midtown hotel, his cancer meant he wasn't able to cheat!
    He is a cancer...soon to be excised.

    October 29, 2007 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  10. Jim Tucson, AZ

    How did he get rid of his cancer? Did he divorce it too?

    October 29, 2007 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  11. Carmen, Miami FL

    Republicans love to throw around the term "socialist" so much that I wonder whether they know what it really means (credit to Princess Bride)...

    Of course, it doesn't really matter, now that conservatives have embraced it as an all-purpose word to villify any democrat's health plan, while not providing any alternative or plan of their own.

    October 29, 2007 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  12. Brad, Omaha NE

    pat... don't you mean JOHN EDWARDS healthcare plan? or are you also one of my fellow dems who has decided to let guliani tell you who he's gonna be battling in 08?

    lets not let anyone else from the bush/clinton regime into office

    October 29, 2007 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  13. Dalton Detroit, MI

    Does Rudy the racist mention that he was MAYOR OF FREAKIN NEW YORK at the time!?! I am sure as the leader of one of America biggest cities he had excellent health care coverage. Maybe if Rudy was working a minimum wage job at the time he was diagnosed he wouldn't be so opposed to giving people a chance to live.

    October 29, 2007 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  14. Scott, Madison, WI

    While I wish him no harm ... really!Chances for surviving Rudi and his gang until the next election .... less than 0%.

    October 29, 2007 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  15. Shawn, Boise ID

    If Giuliani can't even earn the respect of his own children what the heck makes him think he can earn the respect of the international community.

    October 29, 2007 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  16. jim signorelli, champlin, mn

    Do you guys fact-check candidates' claims at all? This just can't be true. Please do your readers the courtesy of providing a reality-based column.

    October 29, 2007 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  17. Tom, ALBUQUERQUE, NM

    What a creepy couple. These two monstrosities strike fear in the hearts of millions sane Americans. I would rather have Chuckie in the oval office than this creep so close to the life and death fate of millions of people.

    October 29, 2007 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  18. Rob, Minneapolis, MN

    As the above poster mentioned, the problem has never been the quality of health care but the cost.

    October 29, 2007 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  19. lar, boston

    What a surprise, no mention of 9/11 healthcare issues? A kinder, gentler, more vulnerable Giuliani. Don't think so.

    October 29, 2007 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  20. Steve, Portland, OR

    More pandering for the sympathy vote? Last week it was the mob contract on you and now discussion about your prostrate cancer. Seems if you want to have an honest discussion about the costs of medical coverage in this country you could start by talking about how the insurance companies and pharmaceudical companies are ripping everyone off by charging for the possible high costs they "may" encounter. Your an attorney, weren't the limits placed on supposed "frivolous lawsuits" supposed to help with some of these cost increases. My medical coverage sure doesn't seem to ever go down in costs.Granted most of us feel the government screws up whatever it's involved in, butI'm all for trying something other than just handing my money over to the insurance industry and drug manufacturers.You don't seem to understand Americans are fed up with business as usual.

    October 29, 2007 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  21. Mark Lodes, St. Louis, MO

    Where do you get your statistics Mr. Giuliani? 44% Survival rate in England? Hah! I'm certain you won't respond to this question given that you don't advocate, nor do you allow free speech on your YouTube page. Typical Republican behavior these days. What a sad state of affairs.

    October 29, 2007 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  22. Henry, VA

    What do you people think is so bad about socialism anyway? It's no different than the collection plate at church every Sunday morning. Except now, EVERY AMERICAN gets some of it. Ever wanted to do something to make every American's life better? Yeah. That's socialism.

    October 29, 2007 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  23. Tim, El Cerrito CA

    What a big yawn....this is what we have come to expect from Republicans – more distortians and lies. I don't think they are even capable of telling the truth. There was a time when I would consider voting for a Republican. Not anymore. They lack any kind of scruples and will do anything to gain and retain power.

    October 29, 2007 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  24. bill new york, ny

    Rudy says that with "socialized" medicine he may not have survived. That is just another Rudyism that he is becoming famous for. He was the Mayor of NY at the time and had access to top medical care all paid by the taxpayers of the city. He is incredibly wealthy and would have no trouble paying premiums for healthcare. The bills proposed for healthecare are designed to help those less fortunate that Mr. Guiliani. His tax credit is a farce, his whole platform is a farce.
    This man will say anything do anything to get elected

    October 29, 2007 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  25. GM, OH

    If Giuliani has so much confidence in a Government Bureaucrat, I am not sure why he wants to lead the Government.

    October 29, 2007 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
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