August 7th, 2008
09:00 AM ET
10 years ago

Giuliani: A Democrat possible as McCain's VP


Watch Giuliani on American Morning Thursday.

(CNN) – Rudy Giuliani, former presidential candidate turned John McCain supporter, said Thursday that a Democrat could conceivably occupy the number 2 spot on the Republican presidential ticket.

“The reality is either way you might see something like that,” the former New York City mayor told CNN’s Kiran Chetry on American Morning when asked about talk of Sen. Barack Obama choosing a Republican like Sen. Chuck Hagel as his running mate.

Giuliani said he has not spoken with McCain about possibly choosing a Democratic running mate. “But, if you’re asking me is it possible in this day and age that you could have a ticket like that? I think so.”

While he conceded that he could think of “a couple” Democrats who might fit the bill as potential McCain VP’s, Giuliani said the decision was ultimately McCain’s.

Watch: Giuliani on American Morning

Filed under: John McCain • Rudy Giuliani
soundoff (283 Responses)
  1. Flip Flopper

    Used to be for Hillary... Now for McCain

    Annoy the Media, Say No to Obama!

    From a Proud flip flopper...

    August 7, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  2. Jake

    McCain/Biden!!!!! Two very strong men.

    August 7, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  3. Rich in Seattle

    Any self respecting Democrat who jumps on the McCain ticket.... wait, none would commit politicial suicide and do that. Unless the Republicans are serious about getting Paris or Britney?

    Break out the Viagra,
    McCain/Hilton 08!
    That's hot!

    August 7, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  4. marianna

    McCain/Clinton – I don't think so

    August 7, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  5. Peter (CA)

    Who can he possibly be talking about other than Lieberman?
    Hard to consider him a Democrat any way.

    And for the Hillary voters: if you guys are truly Hillary supporters, how can you say you would vote for McCain...a guy who does not support ANY of Hillary's positions.

    August 7, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  6. Raymond Duke

    He is just playing games. The only way this would happen is if he needed a certain segment of states and a blue dog conservative democrat fit the bill. There is a world of difference between a blue dog democrat then the left wingers.

    August 7, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  7. Lee from FL

    McCain lost five U.S. Navy aircraft.
    look it up!

    August 7, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  8. FLA Voter

    McCain doesn't need to worry about the Republican party base because Obama has taken care of that for him.

    He needs to worry about moderates and Dems who don't like Obama.

    Besides a moderate Democrat could bring in a historically Democratic state.

    If you morons think that Hillary is willing to take a backseat to Obama and be are dumber than you look!!!

    August 7, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  9. Trish Hussein - PA

    Maybe he should choose hillary. They are just so much alike.

    August 7, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  10. lil

    Mccain doesnt care anything about us. He only want to win by any means. He doesnt care what party or who the person is who runs with
    him as long as he wins. I remember the thing he said in the beginning
    of the primaries and I see the way he looks down his nose at certain
    groups of people. If you listen to his speeches and watch his expression he actually talk down to people.
    I truly hope he chooses Lieberman they are both rich and neither cares about anyone but themselves. the perfect union I think.

    August 7, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  11. Tony

    Giuliani. A hack and a has been! YAWN!

    August 7, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  12. Steve, Madison WI

    Since McCain is so old he might never make it through his first term, meaning a Democrat would become President. The Repugs would never allow that!

    August 7, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  13. arlene, CA

    I do not see that happening. The Repubs would not go for that at all. This is just something for Rudy to say to try & show the Repubs are open minded, willing to reach across the isle, just more of their lies to mislead the public. McCain, if elected, will be just an extension of what we have now, no change, just more of the same failed policies of GW. We need real change, Change We Can Believe In. We need Obama for President 08-12.

    August 7, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  14. ChicagoJosh

    What a load of Bull!! Its nothing but more pandering. McCain wouldn't dare upset W's base by choosing a Democrat. It would be a really really smart move, therefore its not even being considered.

    McCain and Guiliani and Romney and the rest will only move the country more to the right than it already is.

    I guarantee you, there is absolutely ZERO discussion about getting a democrat for VP. If so, they would announce the VP before the Democrat convention to show how separated the Dems are.

    August 7, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  15. JD

    I have some questions for all Obama supporters. One, why do you want the US to move so far down the path of socialism/communism? His proposed programs are stacked with expensive government give-aways that someone, presumably those who actually work, will have to pay for. Is it because you don't want to work and want to live in a one-room, government-owned apartment for the rest of your life?

    August 7, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  16. Ian

    "America needs a uniter, America needs Obama,
    this world needs Barack Obama."


    It make me sad to see so many supporters of this idiot whose solution to the Gas Prices is to put air in our tires and get tune-ups. Ohhh thanks for that mr. mechanic errr President. LOL, what a tool. the solution is not to depend on foriegn oil genius.

    The real problem is liberals in this country and their "feelings". Think for once, it helps.

    Also, please if you are on welfare kindly sit this election out until you are actually supporting yourself.

    August 7, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  17. Chris, Middletown, CT

    I supported Giuliani....but...I am now on the Obama camp –

    August 7, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  18. Denise Groves

    We are suppose to listen to a man whose run for the Presidency included campaigning in only FL?

    August 7, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  19. UNREAL

    Will not happen. I guess No Obama news makes for a boring blog.

    August 7, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  20. Really

    Seeing the truth – How can he pick the Mesiah. Isnt he running for president already?

    August 7, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  21. Southern for Obama

    I believe McCain will do anything to win this election....I wouldn't be surprised if he asked Obama to be his VP, just to win!

    And McCain would not see that as flip-flopping at all!

    August 7, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  22. Kathryn Irby - Metairie, LA

    Oh yeah? Since when are Democrats good enough, smart enough, etc. to run as John McCain's V.P.? He is nothing but a joke!

    August 7, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  23. Peter of Oregon

    Lieberman is no longer a democrat..

    August 7, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  24. skunkrat The Marine

    HEY RUDY! get lost you pretender.

    August 7, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  25. Sick and Tired

    To-So Tired of Obama .......get some Rest !!!!
    You will get over It .......I am sick and tired of You
    **** Giuliani! Wonder why McAttack did not Pick you ......You are a both have cheatedt on your wives and Look like a Monkey

    August 7, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
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