November 26th, 2007
11:00 AM ET
11 years ago

Attacks get personal between Romney, Giuliani

CONCORD, New Hampshire (CNN) - GOP hopefuls Mitt Romney and Rudy Giuliani exchanged numerous verbal spars over the weekend - just days before the two will meet face-to-face at the CNN/YouTube debate.

The bulk of the battle stemmed from Romney's decision on Friday to call for the resignation of Massachusetts Superior Court Judge Kathe Tuttman - 20 months after he appointed her.

Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts, learned that Tuttman had released without bail a convicted killer, who has since been charged with killing a married couple in Washington state.

- CNN's Sareena Dalla contributed to this report

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  1. Su Me, New Orleans, Louisiana

    Let's hope Romney and Guiliani devour each other before the nominating convention. That way either Rain Man or Chuckabee will be the nominee, which means the Dems will win.

    November 26, 2007 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  2. David, Dallas Tx

    One guy appointed a state judge who a couple years later exercised very poor judgment.

    The other guy tried to get a guy under an active investigation for corruption and fraud appointed to the national Director of Homeland Security spot.

    It's not hard to figure out which has the worse judgment. Hint: it might be the guy who wants to appoint the corrupt to positions of national importance. Imagine how many corrupt individuals he could appoint if he were president?

    November 26, 2007 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  3. Wynter, Loudon, NH

    It looks like Romney is trying to avoid being the next Dukakis with this bit of Juris Interference. If he didn't say anything about it then someone would likely torpedo him in the debates that he is "like Dukakis" referring to the democratic presidential candidate that ran afoul of a prisoner that ran off while on his weekend furlough from prison and killed again. This practice was a normal and legal rehabilitation process for all prisoners. But while Dukakis had no direct hand in letting the prisoner out the door he was blamed and paid for it in the election.

    The problem with Romney's situation is that he is blaming the judge for something the convict had done. As a judge you cannot "predict" a crime nor can you hold someone in Guantanamo-style to serve pre-emptive justice. So Romney's complaint is as bad as his silence on the matter. The problem isn't the Judge, and it's not the system being too soft. It's simply a matter of fate playing a cruel hand.

    The moral of the story: Don't play politics with the criminal justice system.

    Telling it like I see it,

    November 26, 2007 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  4. John, Chicago, IL

    Romney has done the right thing, once again.

    November 26, 2007 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  5. Surrealist, Fort Myers, FL

    They both just forgot to take their medication. A day without your tricyclic's is like a day w/out sunshine–and makes one fretful and grumpy!!!

    November 26, 2007 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  6. Chris, Middletown, CT

    I choose....the moderate...the only one running...Giuliani...he will make an excellent next president. Think about this...the Democrats (the smart ones) really dislike Hillary – yet...they are Democrats and lean toward social issues (i.e. abortion) – which candidate are we running who is a social liberal and fiscal conservative (which 70% of the population describe themselves as) – Giuliani.....and who are the Democrats running who is moderate....nobody....its a no brainer....we need a moderate

    November 26, 2007 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  7. Chris, Pensacola FL

    That's great, but the readers/viewers would like info the the Top Tier Candidates.

    Who will win the debate this Thursday?


    November 26, 2007 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  8. Reality Check

    Romney consistently shows integrity, courage, honesty and class. Yet another example.

    Romney isn't afraid to admit and correct his errors. Romney is presidential material and an honorable person.

    Mitt has my vote.

    November 26, 2007 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  9. Tom - Dedham, Mass

    True, Romney appointed her but other facets of the story being left out are she was voted in 7-0 by a independent panel, she won awards for being pro-victim rights (WE ALL SHOULD LIKE THAT), he was under pressure to hire a woman (I live in the state and know this is true) and the judge years later IGNORED a prosecuters warning that the guy was dangerous so SHE let him out on bail.

    I liked Kerik, but he did turn out to be NOTHING BUT a HACK appointment which is a big difference.

    What should Romney do, just stick up for the judges poor judgement or tell the truth that SHE alone blew it.

    Hammer him for his words and actions, as many people agreed with this selection.

    November 26, 2007 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  10. Walt, Belton, TX

    Sounds like a big time mistake in judgment by Romney in the first place. Put the judge in jail for endangering the public, and I'll vote for you!

    November 26, 2007 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  11. rob

    I'm a liberal democrat and oppose Romney strongly, but, just like he shouldn't be pillaried because he's a Mormon, he shouldn't be pilloried because one of his judges made an error. The world is simply imperfect.

    I also don't blame Dukakis for the Willy Horton thing, I blame Lee Atwater (who on his deathbed apologized for exploiting the issue, to his credit.)

    November 26, 2007 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  12. aaron Smithsburg, Maryland

    Nosfertu versus the Jesus lizard

    November 26, 2007 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  13. Alice Newman Center Harbor NH

    I always find it fascinating that when Republicans change their mind, change their positions, admit mistakes ... they are just "evolving" – this in a political party that does not believe in evolution.

    The same change in a Democratic candidate is called "flip-flop." ... and woe betide anyone who votes for someone who changes their mind ...

    One of these elections the GOP will realize they can't have it both ways ... until then – pass the fool-aide and be happy....

    November 27, 2007 06:56 am at 6:56 am |
  14. Tom - Dedham, Mass

    I'll write this slow Alice so even you can get it.

    The difference between evolving positions over a period of time (like YEARS) based on life experiences is a little different than changing ones position from poll to poll, debate to debate and from crowd to crowd.

    Do you understand the difference?

    If not, feel free to vote for your candidate that does EXACTLY what I note above, Hillary Clinton.

    November 27, 2007 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  15. Mike, Westport, CT

    I wouldn't vote for Romney but I am afraid Giuliana has jumped into bed with the Neo-Cons and will lead us deeper into war. Also, I can't believe the anti-Clinton Moralists would even consider a man who has had affairs on his wives and who wants a first lady who has the same track record as her husband? They make BillClinto look like a straight arrow.

    November 27, 2007 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |