January 20th, 2008
09:55 AM ET
10 years ago

Giuliani breaks '11th Commandment'

Giuliani is getting tough on his rivals.

Giuliani is getting tough on his rivals.

(CNN) - As the Republican race was focused on South Carolina and Nevada Saturday, Rudy Giuliani ended his longstanding observance of the famous "11th Commandment"– attacking his main rivals as he prepares for the make-or-break Florida primary in just 10 days.

He has often referred to the 11th commandment, first coined by Ronald Reagan: “Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican.”

The former New York City mayor, who has long said he would only strike at other Republicans in defense of his own record, hit Nevada victor Mitt Romney and South Carolina winner John McCain over taxes.

“I’m running against good men, some very fine, all of whom have very good motivation. But there’s a big difference,” said Giuliani at a Florida campaign event Saturday.

“I supported the Bush tax cuts. John McCain voted with the Democrats against the Bush tax cuts - twice. And Mitt Romney did not, clearly, support the Bush tax cuts.”

Giuliani has avoided the race’s early contests, and is counting on a strong showing in Florida’s January 29 primary to revive his flagging campaign. On Sunday, he will begin a two-day bus tour across the state.

The former mayor is currently locked in a four-way battle for first place in the state with Romney, McCain and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.

- CNN Associate Political Editor Rebecca Sinderbrand

Filed under: Rudy Giuliani
soundoff (206 Responses)
  1. Dale

    Since he wasn't on Capital Hill, Giuliani can "SAY" he did or did not support anything at all and it is meaningless. There's no evidence to really prove or dispute him because he simply wasn't one of the people elected to vote on these issues. This needs to be made clear if reporting the facts, is among your goals. Otherwise this could be very misleading.

    January 20, 2008 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
  2. James Mo

    Rudy needs to get a life! John McCain voted against the tax cuts because he wanted them to cut spending also. Gee, could it be that John was right. Now we need to have a stimulus package, and how are we going to pay for that?

    January 20, 2008 01:20 am at 1:20 am |
  3. Bo

    The scariest thing for me is that so many uninformed people are allowed to vote.
    Just look at these other posts. Where do you all come up with this? Someone voted for Kerry? Someone is voting for McCain? I really fear for the future of my children. Romney is by far the best choice to get us back on track.

    January 20, 2008 01:33 am at 1:33 am |
  4. ClubbieTim

    McCain spoke at the DNC convention and can only win when liberals can vote, he's not conservative, he's an ornery old man, "Hey kid get off my lawn!"

    If he didn't want the bridge to nowhere he could have philibustered, but he didn't. I wouldn't buy that anymore than his mockery of the GOP.

    January 20, 2008 01:33 am at 1:33 am |
  5. Bevan, Greensboro, NC

    Hey Rudy, how does the Governer of Massachussets support or not support tax cuts made by an administration? We are not as dumb as you think we are Guliani.

    You might want to study Huckabee's speech on concession and get ready for when Romney takes Florida.

    Does Rudy really think that all the New Yorkers in Florida are Reublican? 90% of them are Dems.

    January 20, 2008 01:50 am at 1:50 am |
  6. Tannim

    Rudy needs to follow Hunter's lead and quit. His last stand is Florida and he'll do a Custer imitation to Florida's Little Bighorn. He's all about one thing : 9/11. Nobody cares anymore about his supposed leadership that day because he was exposed as a fraud long ago.

    Time to leave, Rudy. You knew you couldn't beat Hillary in New York for Senate so you bailed under a crock excuse. You can't beat ANYBODY for President, so go ahead, create a crock excuse again and leave, and don't le the door his you in the head on the way out.

    January 20, 2008 01:53 am at 1:53 am |
  7. Gene

    There's going to be a big surprise in Florida....MITT ROMNEY.

    January 20, 2008 02:33 am at 2:33 am |
  8. Oklahoma_Pol

    It is so interesting to see the falsehoods put out by posters who should know better or perhaps they dont?

    Rudy G (9/11) wants to be president but has ducked (9/11) South Carolina, Michigan, New hampshire and is making a stand in Florida. That should work as well as did Thompson's in South Carolina. Of course I have a lot more respect for Fred Thompson . I know Rudy G (9/11) is basing his campaign on something, but I dont know whar because he doesnt stay in a state long enough to asked him.

    Mitt Romney is trying to be all things to all people. Actually he is on record as both not to fond of the Bush tax cuts and also as being lukewarm to them while being governor, Now he was for them even when he wasnt sure . Amazing

    John MCcain again.. He wasnt for the tax cuts because they were not in the Reagan form of a tax cut. There was no decreases in federal spending with the Bush tax cuts.

    Seriously IF you are a republican and dont want the Clinton News Network to spoon feed Hillary to the voters. YOu need to be voting for John MCCain

    January 20, 2008 02:34 am at 2:34 am |
  9. Alice Newman Center Harbor NH

    Why is the GOP always singing the single note of "tax cuts?" .... without ever mentioning "spending cuts?"

    Because they are the "borrow and spend" party!!!! Never met a deficit they didn't love!! What few feeble attempts made at cutting spending means less money for children's health care and veterans benefits.

    The energy bill left in government subsidies for big oil .... didn't bother their huge profits (that's your tax cut theory) but left in place the flow of money going from the government to the oil companies so they (gasp!) survive!!

    The party of the bridge to no where – couldn't have dreamed up a better obituary for the Republicans.

    Now Bush is proposing a $150 billion stimulus package – without every noting where the money is coming from – from one of your pockets into the other ... ah, yes, conservative fiscal responsibility!

    January 20, 2008 02:40 am at 2:40 am |
  10. Michael Minorgan Montreal Quebec Canada

    Thank God the majority of American voters see the Real Guiliani.
    He's just another 'fear monger' like Cheney and Bush before him.He probably checks under his bed and under his toilet seat for terrorists before he goes to sleep every night!
    God luck mayor!
    I think you join the rest of the New Yorkers who have moved to Florida and yes, maybe you could run for mayor or 'something'.

    January 20, 2008 02:46 am at 2:46 am |
  11. Brad Marston

    McCain will win Florida

    January 20, 2008 02:55 am at 2:55 am |
  12. john

    I admit Rudy isn't the one to take on Hillary. But neither is McCain. What
    worries me is when 70% of Republicans in Conn. vote for Joe Lieberman
    and hand the Senate over to Harry Reid. These northern bozos could do
    the same thing by voting for McCain(endorsed by Lieberman) and then
    the result is HRC.

    January 20, 2008 02:59 am at 2:59 am |
  13. Leo

    Rudy should be ashame of the comunication or the lack of on 9/11...
    A lot of emergency people would not have run in building with a 747 air plane crashed in it with full fuel tanks...
    Rudy can't react never mind of acting...
    We know your wife will probably leave you after you lose, but, c'est la vie!!!

    January 20, 2008 03:15 am at 3:15 am |
  14. John, Washington

    Rudy, give it up and go home before you get embarrassed. Romney is on the way to the White House. If he wins Florida he'll carry most of the Feb 5th states, then it will be over. His economic and immigration plans will beat out anything the Dems can offer.

    January 20, 2008 03:19 am at 3:19 am |
  15. Jon, Charlotte NC

    "He would steer it away from the far religious right and would be objective on many social issues."

    is that why he accepted Pat Robertson's endorsement?

    January 20, 2008 03:22 am at 3:22 am |
  16. wmu engineer

    RUDY Sentence Structure: insert noun, insert verb, 911.


    January 20, 2008 03:26 am at 3:26 am |
  17. Lars Justinen

    All of a sudden Ron Paul looks a lot more relevant than Guiliani. Nevada thought so.

    January 20, 2008 03:31 am at 3:31 am |
  18. Michael

    The former mayor is currently locked in a four-way battle for first place in the state with Romney, McCain and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.

    Are you kidding!? He is in 6th place! behind Thompson and Paul! Try not to be obviously bias.

    January 20, 2008 03:56 am at 3:56 am |
  19. sick

    he's sick. noboby will vote for him

    January 20, 2008 04:17 am at 4:17 am |
  20. Bryant Casperson

    I agree with Young Voter. The future generation is going to pay dearly for the national debt, social security, and so on. The Bush tax cuts are not going to help lighten the burden on the young adults of today. I don't blame McCain and Romney for not being in favor of them. With Rudy bringing that up, along with the little care he has shown for the other states that have already gone past in the primaries, it makes me wonder if he really cares for the American people as a whole. The one who seems to care the most to me is Romney. He seems to be putting together detailed plans to boost the economy, and is even sharing those plans with the public now. He also has a brilliant track record with fixing financial problems with his personal success in business, the 2002 Winter Olympics, and being govenor in Massachusetts. Huckabee has proven to be a very nice and personable man, but I worry if he really plans on doing all the things he claims he will do. McCain is very experienced and knows the ins and outs of Washington. If I had to make a 2nd choice for a republican, I would have to chose McCain. I only wish he would focus more on what is going to be done about the economy and the future. Young Voter, I hope that things don't turn out as hard as they are looking to end up. The Bush Tax cuts will not put a big enough dent in, so I believe that Gulliani is ruled out as the right choice for president and Romney is the best choice, followed by McCain.

    January 20, 2008 04:24 am at 4:24 am |
  21. billybob

    Well I Live and vote in Florida. I am voting for Rudy Gilliani

    January 20, 2008 04:50 am at 4:50 am |
  22. Hajo

    Rudy, go out of this race!

    January 20, 2008 04:59 am at 4:59 am |
  23. Jayson

    The title of the article is a joke in and of itself since every single Republine/Democrat candidate has attacked every other Republican/Democrat candidate in the race.

    First posters comments are the comments of someone who is either oblivious to how politics typically work or just chooses to ignore the flaws of his own given candidate.

    January 20, 2008 05:14 am at 5:14 am |
  24. redhots in Alaska

    Rudy WILL win Florida:) Go Guiliani!!!

    January 20, 2008 05:26 am at 5:26 am |
  25. Andrew

    American voters should watch against the notion to personalise their intentions when voting for a candidate. I am convinced that the best person for the job as president of America will be in the end the person who values family as the cornerstone of the USA and has a balanced veiw on local and foreign policy and of course has and does the honest thing. The world is watching you Candidates closely. I am an South Afrcan. I have been and is still reeling from our things from the past. True democracy comes at a price. USA choose with wisdom and keep the fight clean. Yes canvass and fight for what is right and just, but dont do it to gain points on the short term as it would most definitly come and haunt you. You are a great nation. Choose the right person who could take you to the next level of greatness.

    January 20, 2008 06:02 am at 6:02 am |
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