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. Lionel Peters

    Rudy should not be running for puiblic office.
    What recommends him?
    He can't run a home/house. How many homes has he broken up. He can't keep his flock together. Are his own kids supporting him? His mistresses are his priority. He is honeymooning at the public's expense.
    In Britain he would not be allowed to run for the top job as a divorcee.
    Rudy, stop living the lie about yourself and your opponents.
    America is a gracious land. Just go into the setting sun and bed down with some broad, if she will have you outside of the spotlight.

    January 20, 2008 06:14 am at 6:14 am |
  2. Richard

    Rudy please go away, you are embarrasing yourself.

    January 20, 2008 06:26 am at 6:26 am |
  3. Jared C.- in Korea

    Mitt will surprise the nation when he takes Florida. He is the man. He has the experience, leadership, and morals our country needs. He will be the nominee. We support you overseas.
    Go Romney!

    January 20, 2008 06:28 am at 6:28 am |
  4. Tim, Minnesota

    Apparently Rudy hasn't done his reading assignment yet, or else he would bow out and support Ron Paul

    January 20, 2008 06:45 am at 6:45 am |
  5. Sean R

    Sems like the only man with a plan, and the only one who is actually giving straight talk, is getting no love......... GO RON PAUL

    January 20, 2008 07:02 am at 7:02 am |
  6. Lawrence

    Rudy's day are numbered. All that money wasted on a snake in the grass. Good to see the american public hasn't been duped by this disgrace of a man. Bloomberg stands a far better chance than Rudy. And about him supporting Ron Paul.. That would be funny!!!

    January 20, 2008 07:26 am at 7:26 am |
  7. Tom Marril

    Well, the American politics has become a joke. I have followed it and I fail to understand how a population of close to 300 million people has become so dumb as to let 10% of its "special interest" states select a president for all.
    Probably, the Giuliani strategy is an eye opener for all of you American electors.
    Rudy went to Florida to get away from the "circus-like" primaries completed to far.
    How can you call this an election is beyond people's mind. Everyone is a "flip-flopper", and at heart a phony. From Obama, the master illusionist, Hilary Clinton
    the "plastic performer", Romney the " late night show ventriloquist", Huckabee
    " the charlatan of a fossilized God", " Edwards "the high school socialist dreamer"
    .Ron Paul " a white supremacist, suffering from dementia".
    If all, the only decent person that has remained a "human" and not abecome a political clown has been Giulilani.(Fo crying out aloud you are chastising this guy just because he did his JOB as a Mayor and as a crisis-leader!)
    He will not win, not because of his strategy, but
    because the American electorate consists of only 10% who use their brain..
    the other 90% vote like sheep. NO! then look at the percentage of people who
    have already selected your "presidents", in your so called "demon-cracy).

    January 20, 2008 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  8. Sue, Michigan

    Of course you supported the Bush tax cuts-they were aimed at wealthy folks like you, Rudy, and have hurt the rest of us. We aren't buying it!

    January 20, 2008 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
  9. lyndon

    rudy is running for president of florida.

    January 20, 2008 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  10. AmericanBorn

    There are alot of NYer's in Florida that won't forget guiliani the way that he forgot the firemen that sifted through the devastation of 911.

    The crookedness of his team.
    Tax dollars used to protect his mistress, and remember how his wife found out about the other woman and divorce at a press conference.

    We want a president that represents ALL of the USA, not just a portion.

    guiliani's strategy is about guiliani, nothing else.

    He has the morals of a mongoose.

    January 20, 2008 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  11. ED WinterPark fl

    Rudy it is time to find another mistress who won't care if she isn't going to the white house.

    January 20, 2008 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  12. Chris, Middletown, CT

    Yet....the only moderate running....you'd think that since 70% of the population describe themselves as "moderate" – he'd show better –

    I really hope his strategy works....a social liberal/fiscal conservative is exactly what we need....unless the Democrats end up running Hillary....(and Giuliani doesn't get the nod) – Obama will get my vote...go Giuliani!!!

    January 20, 2008 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  13. Mike48723

    The notion that Rudy did not campaign in New Hampshire is completely false. He was there 35 times last year.

    January 20, 2008 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  14. Mike VE

    I am voting for MITT ROMNEY!!!!!

    Mitt has not been in Washington for years like John McLaim, Clinton and Obama.

    Mitt has held executive positions as a Govenor and in private business, Obama, Clinton and John McLaim have only worked in Washington they do not have a clue about private business or the American economy.

    Mitt is a conservative that’s why the media hates him; John McLaim is a liberal just look who he associates with Kennedy, Feingold, the gang of 14, ect. and that’s why the media loves John McLaim.

    Mitt is against amnesty for illegal aliens; Obama, Clinton and John McLaim are for amnesty for illegal aliens.

    Mitt is for tax cuts, Obama, Clinton and John McLaim are against tax cuts and want to raise our taxes.

    Mitt is for conservative judges, Obama, Clinton and John McLaim are for liberal judges.

    Mitt wants to free Americans and American business from the federal government Obama, Clinton and John McLaim want big government and are responsible for big government we have.

    Mitt will fight to protect this country and build a strong military; Obama, Clinton and John McLaim stood by when al-Qaeda attacked our interests in the 1990 and the 1980s.

    Mitt Romney is the right change for America

    Vote for Mitt!!!

    January 20, 2008 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  15. Mike48723

    Lte me correct the previous comment... Rudy was in New Hampshire 35 DAYS last year.

    January 20, 2008 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  16. EB Rideout, Georgia

    Rudy is running off a cliff, not for president of Florida.

    Hell, he's broken most of the other ten commandments, so why not the 11th?

    This buffoon is going nowhere.

    January 20, 2008 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  17. TEN in Europe

    I was intrigued by "young voter"'s comment concerning taxes, national debt, social security, and medicare. Apparently he/she wants the national debt lowered, social security guaranteed, medicare improved, and taxes lowered. Does this mean young voters haven't learned arithmetic in school?

    January 20, 2008 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  18. RB, from the bay state

    Actually, Giuliani isn't doing anything that the others aren't.

    They all trash each other and then try to claim they're Reagan-esque.

    Rush Limpbawl and the other blabbermouths in the right-wing media have been savaging McCain, Paul, and Huckabee since day one.

    Rudy gets attention because he actually believes he's going to win – now THAT'S funny.

    January 20, 2008 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  19. Jason

    Tax cuts ARE good for the economy. This is being demonstrated in multiple countries across the world right now. The best "stimulus" we could have right now is a reduced corporate tax rate, which would create jobs, spur more investment, and encourage US companies to use more of their capital HERE rather than abroad. The high US corporate tax rate is doing nothing but harm.

    January 20, 2008 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  20. beastofbourbon

    I don't consider Rooty's statements an " attack " . Rooty is usually nasty but this time he is simply stating his campaign position . Of course , his latest 911 ad was tasteless in the extreme . Overall it seems that this repub race will be a free for all for a while yet................but this fellow is now just a footnote and a lesson in how not to run a campaign......................

    January 20, 2008 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  21. Kyle

    He's broken so many Commandments already, probably thought no one would notice.

    January 20, 2008 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  22. Tom, Boston MA

    Let the corporate neo-con candidates spend their money during this drawn out campaign, and drop them broke, financially and morally, at the election.

    change your mind every day,

    give a different name to the pollsters every time,

    go to every rally for every candidate and

    have three meals a day at their expense,

    don't forget to take and wave their pickets and banners while you're there and throw them in to dumps later, so that they have to order more of them,

    make them all run to the end.

    that's all these pigs are good for and that's GOOD for the people's economy!!!

    January 20, 2008 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  23. Richie in SC

    Rudy is not simply a 9/11 candidate (although his leadership during that crisis should be applauded . . .). Take a look at his RECORD as mayor of New York. He is a candidate who has DONE SOMETHING . . . standing up to organized crime as a prosecutor, cleaning up Times Square, lowering the NY crime rate dramatically, etc., etc. And, perhaps most satisfying of all, he got rid of those annoying squeegee guys at the entrances to Manhattan!! This guy knows how to get things done!!

    January 20, 2008 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  24. not a fan

    America's Myth

    January 20, 2008 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  25. Mel

    Can't we just pin the candidates' pictures on a dart board, and throw a dart to see who will be our next president? No lobbyists, no campaigning, no attack ads.

    January 20, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
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