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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  1. Hank, Fort Myers, FL

    Karen says: " I am voting for Joe Biden and that is my final decision and I am sticking with it. If he isn't nominated than I will not vote.PERIOD."
    Hey..Karen, vote for somebody. Even if it's a Republican...make sure every person's opinion is counted. The Presidential election isn't a lottery or horse race girl!!! There are always choices...I like to think of my children and grandchildren when I vote. You know, which candidate will likely make life for them more free, less dangerous, more prosperous, happier in the next 4-8 years–then I vote. Try it...but do not sit it out girl no matter families future is also on the line!!!

    November 11, 2007 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  2. JB Boston MA

    Hey Keith and Ed-

    Our governemnt is rooted in religion. The morals and ethics that our founding fathers wished to protect and promote were pulled from Christianity. To say that religion hurts our government shows how little you know!

    Tom from NM-

    I do not think anyone gets posted more than you. Why? Because you spew pro Hillary BS. Where is Rudy's waffling on abortion? He is pro choice. And before you accuse him of flip flopping, your hero Bill Clinton was pro life a few years prior to running for office. Look it up. Regarding gun control. . . .I wonder if you have the capability of understanding that being a mayor of a city and being a President of the entire US makes for different policies. Not alot of hunting going on in NYC.

    November 11, 2007 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  3. Molly, Green Bay, WI

    This guy just happened to be mayor of NY on 9/11 and did nothing more or nothing less than anyone else in that position would have done on that day.

    This qualifies him to be President??? Get real, this guy's a joke.

    May I suggest the theme song for the entire line up of 2008 Republican Presidential hopefuls: "Send in the Clowns"

    November 11, 2007 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  4. Bill

    Just more of Giuliani trying to create an issue where there is none. Hillary Clinton has said we should pull out of Iraq for for over a year. She's been for "immigration reform" for forever, same as he is. It doesn't mean anything more from her than from any of them. He's just desperate about having his numbers stuck vs Romney.

    November 11, 2007 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  5. Barbi Doyle

    As a former New Yorker, I can say with
    certainty that Guiliani DID NOT reduce crime in NYC. Bill Bratton, the police commissioner, did. Like all Republicans Rudy Baby takes credit for everything good and no blame for anything else.

    November 11, 2007 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  6. New York, NY

    oh sure sure lets all vote for Rudy he'll get us into iran syria and who know what else, and he'll have us there for decades.
    Republicans: Unless the american people are the dumbest people ever born the next president will be Hillary Clinton. The media should just suck that up as best it can. Things are changing whether you like it or not.

    November 11, 2007 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  7. JD Rugby ND

    Rudy has absolutely no presidential qualities. He would be a danger to the United States if he were to occupy the White House. I would never vote for a Clinton either.

    November 11, 2007 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  8. Ed,Ellenville,New York

    Scott-"Pat Robertson lite"? No he's not religious.I think it's you.Lol.Val Davydov-Last time I checked Mitt was calling this a christian nation on his website and calling on theocrats to support him at Bob Jones University. Those actions are directly opposed to our nation's founding principles. But I guess correcting them now would be "waffling" so better to be a bigot than a "waffler".Btw it isn't possible to run for office without riding public opinion and changing with it."Waffling" is surely better than"stay the course" to imminent failure.Every candidate will change course to remain popular.(Except Bush)Romney went too far the wrong way and Rudy's beating him.

    November 11, 2007 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  9. Ed,Ellenville,New York

    JB-Our government is rooted against the imposition of religion in our governance,not in it.You're a bigot and know nothing of our history. Even Jesus himself condemned theocracy. You should have studied his thoughts on government. Go read your bible.

    November 11, 2007 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  10. Rocco, Wellington, FL

    Yes voters will have some real decisions to make in 2008; do we want a true politician in the Whitehouse or a crook? It is true Hillary waffles from time to time, it may not be right but this political system demands it. Now take Giuliani, you take him I don’t want him and I don’t believe he can get the nomination, he is a liar a crook a womanizer as bad as Bill if not worse. Why would America Dem or Rep want this Man as President? I hope to God “We the People” figure this out by Nov 2008.

    November 11, 2007 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  11. andrew s. rostolder hillsdale nj.

    rudy, let's get real. there are two things i stand by in the life scheme. a man who can't swim, or a guy who forgot he married his cousin, should never be president....andy

    November 11, 2007 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  12. Joseph Fort Smith, AR

    Ok. Seriously, stop freaking out on Hilary Clinton.
    Does everyone see her as such a big threat. Seriously, everyone is like ganging up on her.
    Totally unfair, I'm voting for her.
    If the other candidates can't even have the decency to respect their fellow opponents, then I don't think that they should be president.
    Why in the world would you care what Hilary says? You worry about what you're doing and how your planning to run it and don't criticize her, she's doing her own thing, you do yours and shut up.
    And besides, you know what. I'd rather have a president that has the courage to realize the facts, and is able to stand proud and change her stance or even shift it in certain cases, you know why?
    Because people's pride is what got us into this big mess we're in right now.
    If Bush were to change his stance on the war, wouldn't many of you be very happy? It's just that he's decided not to and to let the people suffer and dive us more into debt because of his overweight pride.
    Sometimes changing your mind from the beginning isn't such a bad idea.
    It's guys like these that are stubborn and arrogant that will end up getting us into big trouble again because their pride is way too strong.
    So yeah. Just sayin.

    November 11, 2007 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  13. Robert, New York & Miami, Florida



    November 11, 2007 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  14. BDOYLE Cape Coral, FL

    As a former New Yorker, I can say with certainty that Guliani DID NOT reduce crime in NYC. Bill Bratton, the Police Commissioner, did. Like all Repubilcans Rudy takes credit for everything and blame for nothing!

    November 11, 2007 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  15. George, Rutland, VT

    hmmm... it seems to me that staking out a position and sticking to it no matter what is exactly why we're still in Iraq... the ability to switch positions and deal with reality is at the core of politics, ask Mitt..

    November 11, 2007 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  16. Retired Sgt. Alex Brown Chicago

    You speak the truth...Hillary if you keep claiming how incredibly ignorant this administration is but yet BUSH tricked you into supporting IRAQ isnt that kinda like talking out of bothsides of your mouth. Sorry Hillary you have been exposed....What are you going to do in 2-3 months when things keeping going well in Iraq say you supported the mission the whole time????You are pathetic and make me sick to my stomach. And all you left wing idiots on here claiming BUSH lied and it is a illegal war...REALLY ...So when Congress voted to authorize war that was Illegal too????You people really need to get educated and stop your common theme of BUSH lied..cause he didnt and it is looking more and more like you will be on the wrong side of history. See what you short sighted mental midgets dont understand is War is hell and it sucks but you dont give up when things dont go your way and Another thing you uneducated fools dont understand is if you give our Brave men and woman enough time they will adjust their tactics and we will prevail. I am so glad we have such a strong leader in Bush that understands that Wars are not won by opinion polls but yet thru determination and persistance...God bless our troops and our President....

    November 11, 2007 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  17. Barry, Phoenix, Arizona

    It is amazing to me that a two time adulterer is still alive in the presidential race.

    November 11, 2007 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  18. John Starnes Tampa Florida

    Perhaps Guliani would approve more of Hillary if she arranges for Bill to call her on her cell phone in the middle of a speech so the nation can watch her coo sweet nothings to him "spontaneously"?

    November 11, 2007 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  19. Karen,ny are absolutely right. My other choice will be Duncan Hunter.

    November 11, 2007 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  20. Gene L.A. Ca

    Giuilani bashing Hillary Clinton for waffling?!!! BWA HA HA HA HA HA!!! I haven't laughed so hard since I heard some nut on the radio say Bush was a smart President! Hey there Rudy old boy, did you even think about how preposterous it sounds for you to be calling ANYONE a waffler?! Hypocrites in glass houses really shouldn't be throwing stones!

    November 11, 2007 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  21. Marilyn Bryan, Taylor, AR

    My wish is that the time to run for political office could be shortened so we could all be spared the constant barrage of negative comment. Shortening the time would lessen the expense of running. The success of any candidate should not rely on who is the best money-raiser, but on who is the best qualified.
    Failing to ever change one's mind, even when proven to be wrong, is not a virtue.
    Looking at every side of an issue is.
    Everything is not clearly black and
    white, as some believe.
    There are shades of gray as well.

    November 11, 2007 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  22. Alice Newman Center Harbor NH

    ... of course some prefer a leader who takes a firm position then refuses to budge ... no matter what the facts show or how the situation changes ...

    Cheney is still preaches that Iraq is responsible for 911 ...

    November 11, 2007 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  23. Julie, Chandler, AZ

    If you want a character debate with Hillary you will lose EVERY time. You are a typical loser – you have nothing great to say about yourself so you have to pick on another candidate. You ran when you knew Hillary was running for Senator – you know you have to play dirty in order to win – great another loser candidate. Why can't you be a Republican like Chuck Hagel? He is a citizen that wants to do better for the United States – you are a typical loser Republican "swift boating" candidates.

    November 11, 2007 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  24. Jason Welch, Atlanta, GA

    Rudy calling Hillary a waffler? Laughable! Look in the mirror Rudy! One wife, no two wives, no three wives....One could say you waffle with your marriage decisions.

    November 11, 2007 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  25. Jeff Fisher, Manhattan, New York


    November 11, 2007 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
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