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. Sane John

    Is Lieberman still technically considered a Demcorat?

    I don't think anyone is all that fooled by Grimer Lieberman hissing into the ear of the old senile King McCain of Rohan.

    August 7, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  2. NELSON Colorado Springs, Co

    Go for it Rudy Giuliani. VP Rudy Giuliani sound good. GO Obama

    August 7, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  3. Puck

    Is it possible? Yes.
    Is it likely? Definitely not.

    The Republican Party elders would NEVER allow
    such a thing to happen, regardless of whether or
    not it would help McCain.

    On the other hand, the Democratic Party wouldn't
    halt Obama from selecting a Republican running
    mate. Obama is all about working across the aisle
    and strengthening government – no matter WHO
    the aide comes from.

    Giuliani is merely saying that its "possible" because
    he doesn't want to make the GOP look like a bunch
    of jerks.

    Like I said, its possible, but highly unlikely.

    August 7, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  4. RJ, CA

    How about Hillary Clinton? As an ardent supporter of Hillary during the primaries, I could take Hillary's #2 slot on a ticket with McCain, a proven, intelligent, experienced #1 (gonna vote for him, anyway - no way is Obama ready to lead!). BUT HILLARY #2 WITH OBAMA - NEVER!

    August 7, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  5. gl

    Yea, two old rich men who could care less about the poor. Out of touch and too old to relate the young.

    August 7, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  6. Old Stradlater

    The only reason Hagel would consider it is that he's leaving his Senate seat. Any politician with aspirations of continuing their political career would never consider this – especially no democrat in this election. And LIEberman is an independent now, so he doesn't count.

    August 7, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  7. Michelle, PA

    If he's talking about Lieberman, it doesn't count.

    August 7, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  8. Abby

    LIEberman is no longer a democrat if that’s who you mean. And he got OWNED by Kerry on ‘meet the press’ last week.

    August 7, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  9. Donkey Party

    Really, please name one Democrat who would consider such a folly?

    August 7, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  10. Praetorian, Fort Myers


    Talk about meaningless change!!

    This will not unite voters you fool. But what you do seek is the best of both GOP and Democrats...sadly the only place those ideals exist is within the Libertarian Party.

    Come on over Rudy–let the force be with you!!!
    Libertarians 2008–if you can't stand the way things are and want real, relevant, and practical change.

    Check our agenda–join us in recreating our government and its priorities.

    Bob Barr 2008...out of your lives and out of your wallets!!

    August 7, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  11. The Oracle

    Lol. As long as its not Giuliani, I'm good. This is a guy who has won "Mr. Irrelevant 7 yrs running

    August 7, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  12. Shari, NY

    Another desperate attempt I might say. I guess they figure that if someone like Sen. Hillary Clinton – by some chance – was chosen, her adoring fans would vote for Mr. McCain. Pretty interesting! (Just my view).

    August 7, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  13. Phil Newton Murphy, Oregon

    I dunno. But I do know there will be a Democrat in the White House.

    OBAMA 08

    August 7, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  14. Alice in Florida

    I'm originally from NYC, and I get back there every now and again

    I have to say that I was VERY impressed over the lack of graffiti on my ride from the airport back when Rudy was Mayor – also noticed no homeless people forcefully washing the windshield with filthy rags back then

    ...It was kind of a return home in an alternate universe 🙂

    August 7, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  15. AL in West Palm Beach, FL

    That would be one way to get the press coverage your party needs. On the other hand....that would piss off a lot of those so called "christians" in your party.

    I have an idea... pick Paris.

    August 7, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  16. Alice in Florida

    Oh, BUT Hillary as McCain's VP !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    TALK ABOUT AN UNBEATABLE TICKET!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 7, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  17. kendall

    HE will still look the the other VP's, Rich white and conservative, this is a gimmick, McCain is going to tell so many lies no one will know where he stands

    August 7, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  18. Dave in Atlanta

    It won't happen. The conservative wing of the republican party would riot.

    August 7, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  19. banderson

    Deception, misdirection and propaganda, that is what the Republican do.This is again simply an attempt by the McCain campaign to confuse the issues and keep attention focused on something other than what they should be focused on.

    August 7, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  20. soy

    Yeah he most certainly meant Lieberman but he has been a democrat in a while so i'm not sure he really counts

    August 7, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  21. Last Honest Man

    Even though Obama is an idiot. There is no way he picks a bigger IDIOT like Hagel as his running mate.

    August 7, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  22. Bob Indianapolis, IN


    August 7, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  23. John McCain is a tool

    John McCain could pick Jesus Christ as his VP running mate, and I, as a Christian, would still refuse to vote for him. John McCain = More War, Worse Economy, Same Results. VOTE OBAMA.

    August 7, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  24. Debby


    August 7, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  25. Uncle Sam

    Maybe McOld wrinkley guy should pick Paris Hilton. A recent poll stated 68% felt that she was more effective than McCain in getting the message across.

    August 7, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
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