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)

    If the last seven years havent taught you anything,well shame on YOU.It doesnt matter who is elected.The puppet masters are now in full control and the American people no longer have any say about it im sorry to say.More smoke and mirrors, while your rights and freedoms are erroded and your pay checks and savings destroyed.Only Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich arent on the puppeteer payroll and they wont be allowed the office.

    January 20, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  2. Jaik , chicago, IL

    That's not speaking ill at all. This is just CNN trying to put a nail in Guliani's coffin because he polls well against their sweetheart Hillary. CNN is as biased as FOX, it used to be so much more even handed until this primary season began.

    January 20, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  3. Dylan the California Liberal

    "Oh, so you've forgotten about me since I've decided to take a month-long vacation during Primary Season, eh? Well... 9/11! 9/11! 9/11! 9/11! 9/11! 9/11! TAXCUTS! 9/11!"

    Superb strategy. Way to go, Rudy...

    January 20, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  4. james

    its unbelievable that the people on this blog that just dont get it !! everyone of you fell into the media trap !!! all the media keeps saying is "he didnt win in any primaries, therefore hes not viable" give me a break !! the evangelical in iowa and the mccain machine in new hampshire. mich is romneys home state....he wasnt going to win there anyway..and all of you sheep are so concerned about 5 states together that dont add up to fla. delegates....the idea is to win the election, where how and when is up to the candidate !! how does anyone, that has a strong conviction on the issues and policies, change their mind on their candidate solely because the media has told them to !! if you support a candidate and he still has a viable chance to win the election, then you vote for him...IF giuliani wins FLA, he becomes the front runner. so how can anyone that believed in giuliani before the other primaries, not believe in him now !!!!??? and, how can any republican vote for mccain.... he is a republicrat... a momentum vote is a vote by those who are feeble-minded and have no strong convictions to begin with..IN THAT CASE, stay home because you dont have aclue on policies and issues anyway...

    January 20, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  5. A Hridaaya

    Giuliani a 911 profiteer,a warmonger, whose treason involving a Spanish
    client Cintro which is attempting to buy a Texas highway is on record... Giuliani an animal abuser, married to an animal abuser
    from dog carving US Surgical,

    January 20, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  6. in CT

    What does it mean to be in a 'four-way battle for first place?' At best, it means 25% of the vote. Not exactly a tidal wave of support. The process have a lot more integrity if the news would stop reporting the results of polls as if they meant anything real.

    January 20, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  7. REAL numbers

    Hey, 'Numbers' You said:
    "AND, from what I hear, Ron Paul has been winning HUGE numbers of delegates.
    .Do your own research…….think for yourself………….."

    Romney 72, McCain 38, Huckabee 29, Thompson 8, Paul 6.

    Your guy's "HUGE" numbers of delegates is only huge compared to Guiliani-2.

    January 20, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  8. Eric

    Rudy - drop out of the race and endorse Ron Paul.

    January 20, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  9. They all lie

    Yet another luser. "I supported the tax cuts'. Who cares if the current president, the current congress, the last 3 congresses and the american people can't do math. It's not about tax cuts, it's about tax cuts coupled with reduced spending that remove the debt. It's about removing entitlement programs if you don't have the guts to tax for them (or leave them alone to be self-sufficient). It's about making energy and economic decisions and investments that don't just favor the get-rich-quick types on Wall Street - but that make sense for longer than 2 or 4 years. It's about having the guts to say: we really screwed up with Iraq, and with big oil, and building or supporting regimes like Saddam, or the former Shah, or the Saudis, or bailing out Detroit (can't preach 'market forces' then backtrack every time a badly-run company cries bankruptcy), or religious extremists who feel the 2nd amendment only means THEIR faith.

    It's the deficit, stupid. It's supported despots, stupid. It's the future, stupid. It's not 'quick fixes', or tax bribes to your buddies or short-sighted sheep. It's about leadership, and it's all lonely, no popular choices and having backbone. Kinda like being a parent. Only, every one of these 'candidates' and the leadership we've had since 2001 on both sides of the aisle are too weak. These are the best we can come up with? Have pity on our nation. Our children will dance on our graves.

    January 20, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  10. JIMNUZ

    What most don't realize about Rudy is that he sees the election process in a new light and probably the proper light....right now he has NY, NJ, Conn and probably California in the bag.....with Florida that's enough votes....Iowa, NH Nev SC combined don't come close to NY with NJ.....his logic is quite simple use your money wisely and win where you have to win...he will never play well in the south and hearltland against other republicans but when forced to choose between Rudy and hillary or Barack....the South and Heartland will have no choice but to vote for Rudy.....I'd personally like Romney...I think we need a CEO's approach.....but I have seen what Rudy did to NYC...and folks who don't know the city....it was truly miraclous.....he'd be OK as pres

    January 20, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  11. Tim, Minnesota

    Which commandment is the one dealing with adultery?

    January 20, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  12. Tom Masters

    Rudy is the best candidate, I hope he wins Florida and the White House.

    No one else in the race has done anything that can come close to what he's done.

    All of these nay sayers are on the bandwagon with the media.

    Anyone ever play risk or wargames? Strategy.

    This is the most unconventional election ever, and it is a good strategy, with risk.

    I like a candidate who will think outside the box while all of the brainwashed public play Monday Quarterback and complain about a strategy. Get a clue everyone!

    We need a president who will go to bat for the people, and take some risks like JFK & RWW & MLK did.


    January 20, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  13. Tom Masters

    In no way did he break the11th Commandment regarding his comparative analysis of this tax issue. He did not speak ill, he spoke factually. Hmm.

    January 20, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  14. Craig in Madison

    Just as a childhood sets the pattern for an adulthood, so does a campaign set the pattern for the running of a political office. Given that, Giuliani (quite hypothetically, at this point) would avoid all the issues that he was weak in handling, and instead stick only with the ones he thought he might actually deal with successfully. Now ask yourself what your personal life would be like if you tried to live that way.

    January 20, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  15. Miles W. Rich

    Why is it that Wolf Blitzer and others don't seriously question Rudy Guiliani? He claims how he is responsible for the economic upturn in NYC while he was mayor as if the national economy, and Wall Street boom had nothing to do with it. NYC's economic growth under Guiliani was substantial but was driven by forces that had little to do with him. Did he clean up the city? Yes. Did he reduce crime? Yes. Did he engage in racial politics? Yes. But it's a fairy tale, to quote Bill Clinton, to credit Guiliani with the economic resurgence of NYC. When NY was broke and asking the government, and the Daily News ran that famous headline, Gerald Ford was President. The Dow Jones Industrial Average did not grow AT ALL from 1962 when it hit a high of 995 until after Reagan was President for a year or so. That is 20 years of little growth on Wall Street and lots of bear markets. Since then, the market has steadily gone up, with a few corrections along the way, and NY, more than any other locality in the United States, has benefited from that, and RUDY GUILIAN HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH IT AT ALL. Good or bad, his term as mayor was marked by the continuing middle exit from NY. It has been said for a long time that NYC is a city of the very rich and the very poor with little in between. That is even more true today. Rudy was a successful mayor because he was mayor when Bill Clinton was President. Remember in 1994, he backed Mario Cuomo, not George Petacki for governor. Rudy is a big blowhard. Just how did handle 911 so well? Give me a break!

    January 20, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  16. Tom Masters

    What do you guys do, just read the headline and not the content?

    Get informed America, or you're gonna vote the wrong person into office!

    January 20, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  17. Palo Alto, California

    Rudy's approach is to spend his resources in a way where his message can get out to most voters. Perhpas it is a gamble to underestimate the momentum game but only time will tell. Rudy is the turn around artist in this campaign...the rest are just polictical talking heads with much talk and no real actionable changes to rely on. Give me less talk and show me what you've done. Appears that Rudy is the only candidate who can step up to that challenge easily. The CEO approach is right on and Rudy's the only real choice in this arena.

    January 20, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  18. Brandon from Nowhere, ME

    To "john" who made the comments about "northern bozos" in CT voting for Lieberman and handing the Senate to Reid. The Republican candidate was a joke. The Republicans in the state had to choose between Lieberman or Lamont because there are far more Dems in the state and they knew Lieberman is basically a conservative in liberal's clothing, so they voted for him. Shows how ignorant those of us not from the North can often be.

    To "Mike VE", Mitt Romney is like the John Kerry of the Republicans. He changes his position to reflect whatever he thinks the voters want to hear. He certainly wasn't this conservative as the governor of one of the most liberal states in the country. And most of your assertions about McCain, Clinton and Obama are wholly wrong and ignorant. Expecting illegal aliens to pay a fine by definition is a penalty for their crime and thus not amnesty. It's ridiculous to think that we could afford or orchestrate an effort to round up all illegal aliens and deport them or jail them or whatever stupid thing some Republicans want to do. McCain is a true fiscal conservative and voted against Bush's tax cuts because he wants to reduce spending as well. Obama and Clinton want to make tax cuts permanent for the middle class and remove the tax cuts for those making over $250,000 dollars a year, which is a very small percentage of the country made up of those who can actually afford it. Clinton and Obama weren't even in Congress in the 80's and 90's thus couldn't have "stood by while al-qaeda attacked our interests" and McCain had just recently been elected. Seems likely to me that McCain, being a veteran and a p.o.w., would know more about supporting the troops and protecting the country than some spoon-fed, yuppy bussinessman. Also, did you know that we basically created the Taliban because we trained and funded them to fight the Soviets. Most likely you didn't seeing as your views on Romney were pretty ignorant. The one Republican who probably does know that is Ron Paul because he understands the theory of blowback, and all the other conservatives are afraid of him. Even still, people like Paul are too radical to get elected. And people like Romney who claim that they should be elected because they haven't been corrupted by the Washington system is humorous to me. They're not going to change how things work in Washington, so it's better to have someone who understands how to get things done within the system, regardless of how broken it is, and someone who can garner support from across the aisle and unify the country.

    January 20, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |

    Wake up mr. Moderator or does the Truth hurt too much?

    January 20, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  20. stephen

    HA HA Rudy you phony...Biden had you pegged perfectly. and to think how smug and arrogant you and Thompson were especially, in the last debate, toward Ron Paul...it's nice to see both your faces rubbed in it.

    Take your Reagan hero worship and bury that, too....

    January 20, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  21. Another Young Voter

    TEN in Europe,
    Yes, we did learn arithmetic in school. Some of us even learned such common sense things like consistently spending more money than you bring in is a bad thing and unable to be continued for long, though the federal government is trying!

    There is no magic solution for our country's problems despite candidates implying otherwise. We need to seriously evaluate government programs as to whether they are 1) whether they are actually needed, and 2) effective AND efficient. And within these programs, such as say welfare, they need to better evaluate whether the people receiving the benefits actually need them.

    So TEN in Europe we did learn how to add and subtract. And in some cases, we even learned how to make hard decisions about what is absolutely necessary and what is just fluff.

    Another Young Voter

    “A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.” George Bernard Shaw

    January 20, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  22. Anonymous, Upstate, NY

    Watched CSPAN coverage of a Rudy stop in Florida the other day. First, Sen Kit Bond (R-MO) came out and told everyone that the terrorists are COMING FOR YOU!!!! And that the only person who can handle it is 9iu11iani. Then Rudy got on the dais and proceeded to call the local ambulance corps (you know, commonly known as NINE-ONE-ONE), the "local 9-Eleven"...... It is so patently obvious that his only tactic is fear that it is literally astounding to me that anyone would take him seriously. As a 4th generation NYer who was in lower Manhattan on 9/11, I hope his "9/11 world tour" speaking career ends with his political aspirations. We need a Democratic President and we need to get Bin Laden, ya know, the one who is responsible for 3,000+ American deaths almost 7 YEARS AGO. Remember him? The GOP doesn't want you to... They just want you to live in fear of the generic word "terrorism" so you are easily manipulated. Rudy mentions 9/11 and the fictitious word "islamofascism" all the time. But how often does he invoke the name Osama Bin Laden? Never. His whole campaign is a sham.

    January 20, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  23. Jack Jodell, Minneapolis, MN

    Just because you were mayor of New York during 9/11 and supported tax cuts that benefitted the wealthy does NOT qualify you to be President! NOR does it make you an expert on terrorism or world affairs-how completely ridiculous! You are merely a self-serving, self-centered publicity hog, fear-mongerer, and opportunist. The way you've discarded wifes as though they were candy wrappers is all we need to know about you, and that's been too much already. Do the world a huge favor: Hang it up and retire this farce once and for all!

    January 20, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  24. JB

    Rudy lost the big mo' by just not showing up in the early primary races; in that respect he's like Thompson who arrived unfashionably late. He's relied on the media to keep his name out there while the rest of the field has been hard at it for months. I'm a Florida voter, and I'll be casting mine for Mitt.

    January 20, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |


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