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. Terri

    I hope he chooses Hillary so her and her PUMA can go away once and for all.

    Old Politics VS the New (the future)

    I choose the New

    Go Obama

    August 7, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  2. PUMA's suck

    2 Words: Bill Clinton. Bill Clinton WOULD NEVER....EVER....SUPPORT A REPUBLICAN AFTER THE WAY HE WAS TREATED BY HIM. Hillary does still have some self-respect. NO WAY IN HELL.

    August 7, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  3. karen-phoenix

    Again, the republicans keep following Obama!!! Obama has great judgement, they know it and they follow!!!! The republicans in no way have a VP pick like Obama has Hagel!!! Eat your words McBush!!

    August 7, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  4. cwille

    Hillary is too much of a traditional Democrat (and would be wary of burning bridges for the future) to run with McCain in the unlikely eventy that he asks her. Having said that, in theory it would be a ticket I could support.

    August 7, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  5. McCain:SmallWeakCowardlyMan OffersMoreOfTheSame TearsOthersDownToBuildHimselfUp

    Any democrat stupid enough to align themself year with McCain deserves the whuppin' they're gonna get – unless of course it's turncoat LIE-berman.

    August 7, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  6. Kevin

    Rudy did fall off a turnip wagon.

    OBAMA '08!

    August 7, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  7. Bob from Pittsburgh

    I am speachless

    How much can you pick on Gepeto Lieberman ..

    He like to be around his Buddies McShame and Pinochio Bush..

    Let him be..

    August 7, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  8. Pam

    What does he know? He didn't win a single primary and we're supposed to think he's credible?

    August 7, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  9. LA2NC

    LynnB August 7th, 2008 10:01 am ET

    Good – let Obama pick Hagel and then McCain can pick Hillary!!!!!!!!! That would suit me just fine since I am a Hillary supporter that is voting for McCain!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sick & tired of Obama snubbing Hillary!!!!!!!! She should be his VP pick with NO questions or vetting asked – he's just Mr. Uppity!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It would be fine with me if falls all the way down!
    Mccain may as well pick Hillary, she gave him the blueprint for his campaign. Just be mean, nasty and have no real plan, oh and have a sense of entitlement. Obama should snub Hillary, after all, she did run in the Democratic primary as a Republican. If Mccain wants her, he can have her. PLEASE TAKE HER..............

    August 7, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  10. Wanda

    To informed florida voter

    The person who would be in charge would be McCain and conisdering the man knows nothing about the economy or anything other than war then it wouldn't matter if she were on the ticket. The country will be in further trouble that we already are. End of story.

    I doubt Clinton would go for being his second anyway.

    Try and keep some grip on reality cause you are starting to loose it.

    August 7, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  11. Pam

    Anonymous August 7th, 2008 9:55 am ET

    Wow, what a non-story.

    It's also possible he might pick a ring-tailed lemur. Possible, but not likely.

    See, I can do it too.

    Too funny!

    August 7, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  12. david

    Um, little fact check here. Half of democrats are not voting for McSame. Only about 10%, which is in line with the normal cross-over in any election.

    August 7, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  13. ANGIE

    Hillary will never join mccain she dislikes mccain as well as the whole republican party, And the republicans cant stand her mr 911 man is blowing hot air!!!!!!!!

    August 7, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  14. What if?

    Republicans keep sending out people with just mouth. We will not be fools this election Giuliani. If this is really what McCain is planning on doing Giuliani , PROVE IT. ENOUGH with you singing the same old song….If this is true, tell McCain to choose and let it be known before the Democrats convention.

    Same old Threats, promises and trickery. Why do they take us as fools to believe anything Giuliani or McCain say?.....McCain flip flops so much, when it’s time for him to announce his VP, he won’t even remember Giuliani making such a comment.

    Giuliani, we didn’t see him in the media this much when it was annouced he was cheating on his wife.

    I agree, what a person of a non-story.

    Obama 08

    August 7, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  15. Adolf Hitler

    The world does need a uniter.

    August 7, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  16. Patches

    Let's be honest Hillary supporters:

    Hillary is not as upset as the rest of you. She would never join a McCain ticket. Why? Because she has spent her whole life working for liberal causes, getting health care and advancing women's rights. If McCain wins this election, no woman, including Hillary, will become president for 40 years, as McCain will roll back women's rights to the 60's. Was Hillary screwed? Probably. Is that a good reason to vote McCain? Of course not.

    Lastly, VP is the scum bucket job of the U.S. government. If you really want her to have power, make her secretary of state. If really want to support Hillary, elect Obama and get her in the cabinet so she can do some real good for the country.

    August 7, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  17. ArtNYC

    I think Hillary has no interest in becoming a VP for either McCain or nobama. She's hoping for McCain to win so she can have a shot at presidncy in 2012.

    August 7, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  18. Rhoda

    Who knows? Maybe Rudy is referring to Jesse Jackson or Sam Nunn or someone from the DLC. Alot of Democrats have been thrown under the Obama bus, and I'm sure one of them would love the chance to unite America.

    August 7, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  19. JDC // Ohio

    Maybe Rudy inhaled too much debris at "ground zero!"

    August 7, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  20. No Mc Lame for Prez

    Please put Rudy on the ticket that way you have Mc War and Killuani on the same ticket starting wars with everyone from Iran to Pakistan not to mention that Rudy is such a moral role model for the GOP's evangelical base.

    August 7, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  21. m4rk

    Ron Paul 08!!!

    August 7, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  22. Mr C

    It doesn't matter who he picks, McCain is still gonna lose.

    August 7, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  23. rickG

    Democrat for McCain here

    August 7, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  24. clarence virginia beach va

    the same people that are considering a mcain/clinton ticket are the same ones who voted for bush twice, enough said.

    August 7, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  25. Eleanor

    Giulianos opinion is of little importance
    Lieberman is a turn coat and how the people of his riding support him
    is mystifying to me
    I am not a MCSame supporter but his best choice would be Pawlenty
    Romney is an arrogant elitist who could not relate to the hard times of americans if he wanted too and he has been a flip flopper too on social issues like a womans right to choose

    August 7, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
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