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. Sue, Greensboro, NC

    Guiliani is a repulsive, greasy, opportunistic slimeball, and that about sums it up.

    January 20, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  2. Hope

    How can anyone support a potential leader of our great national, who has the worst presidential election plan in the history of mankind. Rudy listened to some fool and made a terrible decision to wait till Florida. As the rest of the candidates attended thousands of functions across America, Rudy was on a vacation in Florida. Nothing like telling the rest of the country you mean little to me.

    If your concerned about the economy then take a second look at one of the greatest business leaders in the world the look at Mitt. If you think leading by example as a model father and husband is important then look at Mitt. If you think big government needs competent reform I think you should look at one of the best consulting leaders in the world, yes its Mitt. Of course most of you know the president has a huge team to help make decisions. Mitt has shown he surrounds himself with the best leaders... The answer is simple if we want progress, look no further then Mitt Romney.

    January 20, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  3. Jen Cedar Falls, IA

    Rudy can't make it to the end.
    Support Mitt Romney.
    If you're prejudging Mitt, drop that and check him out.
    It's worth your time.

    January 20, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  4. Rod Smith

    Rudy claims to be the tough guy when it comes to a fight.
    Record so far – ran away in Iowa, New Hampshire, Michigan, Nevada and South Carolina – message to Osama – I'll fight you, but only if I'm guaranteed a win

    January 20, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  5. David Spirt Eagle

    Being a member of the native american people we want to know what stand these future leaders take in reguards to native rights.We were the first people here and we had everything taken from us in treaties written by the government. The native american people have one of the highest unemployment rates in America but nothing is done to help, why?Many of the reservations live in sub standard conditions with no heat no running water and many with not enough food to live healthy and productive lives.Why in a country like this can this happen? We are a forgotten people despite all we have done to help this nation.We would like to know your stand on this matter. We are a people that needs answers to why we are left behind in a country that we have been in from day one.We as a nation have the right to be heard in this election time because we are people too.Now here is a question DOES OUR VOTE COUNT we are Americans too?

    January 20, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  6. Sensible Cape Coral Fl

    I am a strong Democrat and at this point I don't really care who becomes President as long as it is NOT Giuliani. I say that as a former New Yorker who was there during his reign. If he should win in Florida, don't blame it on the transplanted New Yorkers. We have the best reason of all not to vote for that crook.

    January 20, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  7. Chuck

    Everyone supports tax cuts, but responsible Americans want a balanced budget, not just tax cuts and borrowing.


    January 20, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  8. Cable King Pittsburgh PA

    Since no one else has asked the obvious question:

    How many other "commandments" has Rudy broken?

    January 20, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  9. Sean, Santa Barbara, CA

    Don't you mean 9/11th commandment? It is Giuliani after all

    January 20, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  10. Thomas Murphy

    Where is the candidate's objectives on cleaning-up government's wasteful spending? Take security clearances, for example, the fact that millions of dollars are spent by one agency to award clearances for their employees, but if the employees transfer to another agency, the clearances aren't reciprocal and the investigations and adjudications are performed AGAIN, costing the tax payer many more millions. Department of Homeland Security is a prime example!

    January 20, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  11. Palo Alto, California

    Rudy Giuliani will turn this race around. He is the only candidate with a track records of working in a sea of democrats and still manage to make drastic changes to turn one of the largest city around. No other candidates can make this claim. You can stand by your candidate and hope for good positive changes to happen or you can support a candidate that's been there and done it. Four years is a long time to live with waiting, hoping and regrets. My family is supporting Rudy because we are ready to implement his vision to see American have the great turn-around such as NY. Rudy's economic vision is inclusive and not exclusive like other candidates. I support the idea that we need not ignore the middle class to help the poor, nor ignore the poor to help businesses. Rudy's plan provides a win win for all and that is what this country need. Help for the poor, assitance and opportunities for the middle class, a competitive edge for businesses so that more jobs will stay in america............thus, all will benefit at the end and the solution is a long lasting one. Listen, a $500 tax rebate for one year is not going to get any struggling families out of their financial hole. But strategic tax cut for all will allow relief to families and the competitive edge for US businesses that will provide opportunities a long way into the future. If you want lasting economic change, Rudy is the person to do it.........Rudy's got this family vote here in california. God Bless

    January 20, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  12. Lucinda, Albquerque, NM

    Voting to continue the war in Iraq is NOT a tax cut. Just wait until China, Japan, Saudi, etc. want their loans paid off. Anyone who brags about supporting Dubya's "tax cut" is a complete doofus and does not deserve to be a president of anything much less the U.S. Too bad that air boat didn't have wheels on it, the pilot could have driven Rudy and Judy back to N.Y.

    January 20, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  13. Sean, Santa Barbara, CA

    He is no longer the overall poll leader, that's Mcain, he's not the delagate leader, thats Romney. So, why is CNN still covering this lunatic? Because he says he's going to win? Don't all candidates say they're going to win? Why does Guliani get special privlages? He gets more free advertising then even Ron Paul and Paul has beaten him in every state thus far and is even polling higher nationaly. Stop giving this guy any more attention CNN. He's done and everyone knows it turn your camera to a candidate who actually has more then one delagate

    January 20, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  14. Jim, Burlington NC

    If you all haven't figured this out yet, Rudy is fighting Huckabee for the VP slot, he has no illusions of the Presidency. He is a shrewdpolitician, and a masterful tactitian...

    January 20, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  15. Marc

    Well, if there's one thing to smile about a Ron Paul supporter; at least we're kickin' Rudy's butt so far. I think he'll dropout after Florida.

    January 20, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  16. Robert New York City & Miami, Florida

    Rudy is a poison pill.

    January 20, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  17. Sean, Santa Barbara, CA

    Guiliani needs to take Lieberman and go back to Israel since they love them more then the US

    January 20, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  18. Ryk

    It's funny, until I read about it, I forget Rudy is even running. Ron Paul the supposed non-candidate is on everybody's lips. People start discussing the primaries and I hear Mcain, Romney, Huckabee, and "Wow did you see how well Ron Paul did, nobody expected that" but no one mentions little Rudy. He is like Bill the Cat, or Mickey Mouse, he's gonna get a bunch of votes but no one really expects him to be president.

    January 20, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  19. Nick Batzdorf

    Not having supported the Bush tax cuts for the rich is supposed to be a bad thing?!

    January 20, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  20. Geoff, Long Beach CA.

    Rudy for Guv! Florida is calling you! What a lame campaign strategy to sit on the sidelines get terrible results in the first 5 or so states and then claim you only care about the Floridas, New Yorks and Californias of the World. In a Presidential Election based on Electoral votes that's a pretty arrogant and foolish strategy Mr. G. Rudy has run NYC, has a perception of doing well post-9/11, OK what else? I'll take a big pass!

    January 20, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  21. JAmes V McCormick McCormick

    O DEAR!! RUDY GIGIO BROKE THE 11th commandment!! God Reagan created
    the important commandments for his disciples, but the real divine scawling in
    stone did not look kindly on sneaky finances or week-end sojurns with a new
    lady person while old lady person is stilll on he legal documents, not to mention
    any moral ones (metaphor of course.)
    Rudy has no commandments, and breaks any devised or conventional rule
    at will when it serves his purposes, and his main purpose is simple: ME==and
    that includes 9/11 which was an amazing Broadway Song and Dance to bedazzle
    anyone who was not terrified at seeing Cheney in charge of the White House while
    planes of our own were sent dashing about towards Pennsylvania when no Arabs
    were in or over Pennsylvania==yet/
    Heaven spare us all from these inveterate liars who would be ludicrous and
    mildly nauseous were things not so gravely urgent in the dangers. If we do not
    make peace with Iran soon-they want it and they want Mr.A out–then we will have
    allowed Israel to drag us into a global warfare to match their 60 yrs of mindless
    assault on the Palestinians.
    As for me, Im 72 and planning to move to Canada–the nation that now warns all its foreign workers about the primary danger outside Canada–America's
    likelihood to torture anyone captured....legally or not. James McCormick

    January 20, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  22. Lee House, York Pa

    Simply put....
    Rudy should graciously welcome PRESIENT HILLARY CLINTON to Florida when she arrives!
    Rudy is grabbing at straws and i'm a bit tired of his using "911" as a campaign measure....ALL americans suffered that horrific day.

    January 20, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  23. limbo

    we're screwed... the end...

    January 20, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  24. Shannon

    The bottom line... there is only one Republican with the honor and dignity to lead this country... he happens to also be the only Republican that can beat Hilary. It's John McCain. Go Home Rudy!

    January 20, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  25. Vexxarr



    How will the civilized world go on? If this is everybody's idea of an attack campaign then turn off the television set in February. Your delicate ears will explode.

    January 20, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
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