November 11th, 2007
12:15 PM ET
11 years ago

Giuilani knocks Clinton for waffling

Rudy Giuliani campaigns in Colorado on Saturday.

(CNN) - Leading Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani criticized Hillary Clinton Saturday in Colorado for being indecisive on illegal immigration and Iraq.

“It is the whole shifting positions of Hillary Clinton, which I think has now caught up to her. Hillary Clinton has been doing this for a long time. The driver’s license answer merely displayed what has been going on with Hillary Clinton throughout this entire campaign. She cannot take a position and stick with it,” said Giuliani at a campaign stop in Loveland, Colorado.

“And if you want to go back, you can track six different positions on Iraq and that is a very serious matter,” added Giuliani.

Giuliani was interrupted by 9/11 conspiracy theorists who accused Giuliani of having prior knowledge of the attack on the World Trade Center. As one protester was escorted from the Loveland Coffee Company by police, others continued chanting and carrying signs reading, “911 was an inside job.”

Giuliani dismissed the protesters as being small in number. “After being mayor for eight years, I would consider this kind of a minor four or five person protest. It doesn’t compare to anything I have faced in the past,” said Giuliani.

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soundoff (142 Responses)
  1. Kyu Reisch, Radcliff, Kentucky

    Tom, Albuquerque, I agree with you. I couldn't believe Rudy doesn't know himself at all. I don't trust him because he will change his commitment again. Gus T, Miami, Rudy may be lucky to get Republican nomination, because there is no a brilliant, powerful and strong leader on Republican candidates.

    November 10, 2007 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  2. Borasi New York NY

    Waffles are good, Rudy, and you know it. Real winners don't whine about oppositions defense. They just play good offense. Didn't you know notice how Illinois defeated Ohio State today ? It was certainly not by whining about Ohio States defense. How come you politicians just don't get it ?

    November 10, 2007 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  3. Adam, Madison WI

    Why are you guys even arguing about all of these candidates? They're all equally worthless and all would gladly off thousands of us just for their political benefit. There is only one choice and that is Ron Paul. Find me another candidate that cares about you and has a solid record for 30 years. If you find me one I'll shut up and go off myself.

    November 10, 2007 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  4. Javonaia Moscow Russia

    Hey Rudy, do you like Whipping cream on your waffles. Something like the Whipping Hillarys going to put to the goofy republicans this time around ?

    November 10, 2007 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  5. Gastonia, N.C.

    Go Hillary for President in 2008! Don't worry about being criticized by Rudy or anybody else. They are just jealous. Always remember that when you are GREAT (and you are) others are going to try to constantly take unwarranted jabs at you. We love you Hillary!!!!!

    November 10, 2007 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  6. Anne in Austin,TX

    Hey Gus,looks like you read the book, "The Pet Goat" all the way through.This finger pointing Jerk will never Get elected dog catcher now. Now go to Vegas and bet on it!Lets see if you really have a set?

    November 10, 2007 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  7. P. Sherman, Ontario Canada

    Rudy is hardly the person to be complaining about changing positions. Between not providing radios that work to firemen and 343 dieing needlessly on 9/11, picking the wrong spot for the Command centre, putting Kerick forth for head of Homeland Security, and coming out with that pitiful pitiful statement on 9/11 – "I thank God George Bush is President", Rudy should have been criticized for much much worse than his complaints about others changing a position that hopefully all thinking and informed people would do if needed. It is the boasting of never changing positions that has gotten your country into a lot of needless headaches. Time to picks omeone who will go with their head rather than their gut.

    November 10, 2007 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  8. Mark Columbus, Ohio

    I don't care if Rudy runs against her or Michael Jackson...I'll vote for whoever runs against Hillary.

    November 10, 2007 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  9. Dan Chisholm, Northville, Michigan

    Are you sick of Rudy and am I. A large group of Mitt supporters are organizing an event to collect pledges and raise money online for Mitt. We are having it on the 7th of December and the website is

    November 10, 2007 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  10. Bryan, Houston, Texas

    Pretty soon everyone is going to be stuck with the 'waffle label', it must be so frustrating to the script writers on strike. Frankly I'm not sure if Rudy is in a good position to cast the 'waffle' label, after all at least Hillary has stuck by her man... maybe we need an attribute for the term waffler... Rudy is a marriage waffler and guns issue waffler, Hillary is a health care and Iran/Iraq waffler... they might all aspire to be consumate wafflers like Mitt Rommey!

    November 10, 2007 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  11. Mike N, SF, CA

    Indecisive on Immigration??? In Iowas she has her staff plant questions with students in the audience. What a opportunist power monger!

    November 10, 2007 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  12. Pat, Salem VA

    Instead of finger-pointing at Hillary, ol' Rudy better be getting his "ducks in a row" for the fallout that's going to come from his pal, Bernie Kerick's misdeeds for which I'm sure Rudy played a significant albeit, at this juncture, unknown role in.'Cause Bernie is going to sing like a canary....I can't wait!!! Way to go, Rudy!!!!

    November 10, 2007 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  13. Bill Ross aka, Sylvania, AL

    I like that Giuliani has a platform of 12 "deliverables." He has an agenda, and even if you don't like all 12, at least you know where he stands. I think he would bring some strong common sense to domestic problems and would handle the foreign policy at least as good as anyone else.

    It disturbs me that most political discussion is rather childish name calling, etc. Giulani, I think, is aligned with the Republican party but really is more bi-partisan. He's focused on solving problems. That is something we need right now.

    Hilary might let her ambition be the issue, rather than the problems. We'll be knee deep in beauracracy.

    November 10, 2007 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  14. Bob, SI, NY

    So the man who got his first marriage annuled and announced his seperation from his second wife in public is stating someone else is waffling?

    This guy also has shifted positions on abortions, gays, and gun control.

    It's laughable.

    November 10, 2007 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  15. Len Albuq New Mexico

    If you really want to know how (bush-dumb) Guiliani is, just listen to the Republican debate when he responded to Ron Paul. He clearly does not have a good understanding of Muslims and the Middle East. If you vote for him, you're voting for continued WAR.

    November 10, 2007 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  16. Marko dezdri, Portland, OR

    This is what I hear from Guiliani: "Blah, Blah, Blah"

    November 10, 2007 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  17. John, College Station, TX

    Where can we find a viable option for an independent candidate? Someone already owns this bunch of clowns, maybe Lou Dobbs would consider a run?

    November 10, 2007 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  18. a.thomas, new york, ny

    GIULIANI IS A MASTER OF WAFFLING, saying anything to get the nomination, Pinocchio wannabe.

    Pat Robertson recent endorsement of Rudy Giuliani have focused on how it can be that Giuliani would associate himself with a man who had once agreed that it was America’s fault that we were attacked on 9/11. It is ironic because Robertson is endorsing a cross dressing, pro gay marriage, pro choice, thrice married, avowed social liberal… within seven years of agreeing that abortionists, gays, the ACLU, and liberalism in general were responsible for the 9/11 attacks. According to the Pat Robertson of a few years ago, Giuliani is the living embodiment of several of the reasons God allowed us to be hit!

    1) He waffles on his efforts and risks during 9/11.
    He waffles on an earlier position that he spent as much time as the rescuers (policemen and foremen) during 9/11 and he was subject to the same health risks.

    2) He waffles on guns.
    Rudy Giuliani who called the National Rifle Association (NRA) “extremists” presented his views on guns and Second Amendment Rights this week to none other than that same “extremist” group, the NRA. A week later, Guiliani sang a different tune–sort of–as he tried to woo the votes of gun owners and gun rights activitsts.

    3) He waffles on abortion.
    Giuliani waffled on whether he thought it would be acceptable for the Supreme Court to overturn Roe. Giuliani said it would OK if they did and OK if they didn’t, while reasserting his contention that abortion rights should be decided on a state by state basis. Rudy Giuliani, campaigning in South Carolina, firmly stated that as president he would not seek to make abortion illegal. That seems at odds with his earlier promises, also made while campaigning in South Carolina, to appoint “strict constructionist” Justices to the Supreme Court.
    Giuliani seems to enjoy playing guessing games with the public. Does anyone really find this amusing? Does anyone really want this in a President?

    4) He waffles on gay rights.
    Giuliani told a New York newspaper that he opposes the bill passed in New Hampshire legalizing same-sex civil unions, a surprising reversal of his past statements. In 2004, the twice-divorced ex-New York mayor, who lived with a gay couple during one of his marital crises, told TV pundit Bill O'Reilly he thought that was just fine. "I'm in favor of . . . civil unions," the Sun quoted him as saying. "A civil partnership, domestic partnership, civil union, whatever you want to call it, and that takes care of the imbalance, the discrimination, which we shouldn't have."

    November 10, 2007 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  19. Michael, Houston, Tx

    Guiliani, a man of respect,,,,
    with hoodlum, criminal advisor buddies like Kerik and other skeletons we have not seen yet, what a pillar of Republicrite ways. Yes Rudy has never changed his mind on a position, oops sorry just read the history again...seems he does have a checkered past in this regard too.

    Rudy's stand on marraige has for instance changed several times – coinciding with his divorces and affairs.

    Yes sir, that glass house could use a few more holes in it right Rudy?

    Run Rudy run!

    November 10, 2007 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  20. harold

    The issue of drivers license for illegals is still up in the air in NY state I understand. Where are these people employed.? Probably in some candidates home doing house work for the guy.

    I didn't hear Giuliani's views what he would this event I attended this morning.

    November 10, 2007 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  21. Bea, Hoboken, NJ

    Rudy is a great leader, with plenty of executive experience in New York and no one can call him indecisive, unless they are retarded. He'll be the next President. Start getting used to him. Hillary turned out to be a big dud. She'll be lucky to get the nomination.

    Posted By Gus T. Miami, FL : November 10, 2007 8:48 pm

    Gus, if you like him so much, why don't you make him mayor of Miami? Why should the rest of us suffer too? We sure were fed up with Rudy by the time his term was almost over. He would be just another ex mayor from NYC without 9/11. Please take him and that trampy wife of his, great family values they represent with their combined 6 marriages!!!!

    November 10, 2007 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  22. R. Anderson Charlotte, NC

    Is it too much to ask a potential president and former first lady not to manipulate anyone else in order to show us how intelligent she is? Could we just have a 'little bit' of honesty from this bunch for a change of pace? Or maybe we can't handle the truth... on second thought, if this is the best she can do i don't want to hear any more of it.

    November 10, 2007 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  23. Alan, Elmsford, NY

    Perhaps Giuliani isn't a "waffler", but his consistent positions are consistently rooted in flawed logic. I will not stand for a man who is one of the biggest proponents of Bush's foreign policy – this country can't stand another 4 years of that. I will not support somebody who will do nothing but reinforce America's newfound culture of fear – and most of all, I will not support somebody who exploits 9/11 for political gain.

    November 10, 2007 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  24. Jeff, Richmond ,Va

    Something eerie about Rudy, but he knows how to turn things around for the better.

    November 11, 2007 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  25. Tricia M Charlottetown PEI

    Well if another Republican takes office it will be good for Canada as our Canadian Currency will continue to rise!

    Of course it won't do the Canadians who fly South for the winter much good. Given that many business establishments in the US refuse to accept Canadian Dollars! It was o.k. for us to have to honour US Currency but now that the tables have turned a different story. I'm not surprised.

    November 11, 2007 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
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