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. Steve/Houston,TX for Obama

    Giuliani who?

    August 7, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  2. jason, tx

    um, if he hasn't talked to McCain, how is this a story?

    August 7, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  3. JJ

    For all of you who are screaming Hillary...PLEASE BE QUIET!!!!!!
    There is no way in H E L L that Hillary would be on the same ticket as McCain. Please go educate yourselves on the issues and find out where McCain stands as opposed to Hillary. Your whining and screaming are starting to make all of you look ignorant.

    Give it up! Hillary lost! Move on!

    There I said it........

    August 7, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  4. Cynthia

    Yes, maybe Lieberman. He has been leaning Republican for a while calling it being an Independent. It most certainly help with with other true Democrats and certainly not with the age thing.

    August 7, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  5. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I doubt that there would be many "Blue Dog" Democrats that would really want to be a part of the McCain campaign. How many would want to be the VP on the ticket; that would be none. Lieberman is technically not a part of the Democrat party; he is an independant Democrats that cacuses with the Senate Democrats.

    August 7, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  6. Joyce in Florida

    Who cares what you think!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 7, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  7. Uncle Sam


    August 7, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  8. Javi

    Hillary? Hillary? Any disgruntled Hillary supporter speaking of her running as McCain's running mate seems to forget one basic bit of info: the RNC and many rank and file Republicans HATE this woman and her husband! No matter how much McCain is positioned as a maverick, the party faithful won't allow this to happen. Would present an opportunity for Bob Barr to siphon off a few Republican votes, though.

    August 7, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  9. River70

    9 11 911 9 11 911 9 11

    August 7, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  10. Canadian black & white man for Obama.

    Guys am just thinking if McCain picked Hillary as his veep, what will happen?

    Will Hillary accept to be McCflip flops veep?

    That will be a disaster.

    August 7, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  11. Independent

    For all you Hillary(crack head) supporter that keep saying that Obama is not ready to lead, you keep forgetting that Bush was not ready to lead and he was elected twice. Shame on you if you vote for McCain because Hillary did not get the nomination. Hillary ran a pitiful campaign that was left deep in debt. She lost fair and square and so stop being cry babies and either move on or move out of the way.

    August 7, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  12. Nija

    You are a big joke. You sound like a wounded Hyena

    August 7, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  13. SIMP

    Now this is scary. mccain/lieberman ticket. why that'sjust like what we have now bush/cheney. Lieberman is the biggest crook and mccain is short tempered old grumpy man.If those two, dumb and dummer get together I'm moving to another country.

    why is Rudy in the news? He is such a loser. LOL

    Obama all the way

    August 7, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  14. ran

    They say never say never but NEVER going to happen. Hillary 's false supporters she will not be vispotus. so go ahead and vote Mccain because you really not supporting Hillary's policies just her gender.

    August 7, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  15. Rob, Ohio

    If some of you could get past your bile and hatred, you'd be able to realize that Lieberman actually votes against the typical Republican positions about 95% of the time and that he votes in a way that makes sense, NOT just towing the "party line". But realizing that means you actually have to read and think, rather than (like "enlightened voter" out there) not bothering to read but still blogging anyway. It's a lot easier to just hate him, call him names, etc. rather than realize he's EXACTLY what politicians should be...people who vote their conscience NOT what their party boss tells them to. How are you EVER going to get rid of partisan politics if you castigate those who DARE to vote their conscience???? And by the way, geniuses, don't you realize that he got elected against all odds because so many people in his state respect him? So how about you shut it with regard to Lieberman...if we had more politicians like him...if we had a Congress full of people like him...we would be MUCH better off.

    As for meaningless, PLEASE tell me something that Kerry has done other than just criticize other people. If there is ANYONE that exemplifies the career politician who doesn't take any chances, offers all kinds of "Monday Morning Quarterbacking", and is in general just a talking suit, it's Kerry. If you think he's the bomb you've really got some serious perceptual issues.

    August 7, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  16. AA

    John McCain is a pathetic old man. He would make a lousy president.
    He is not a good speech giver. And you heard the old saying a short man will never be elected president. McCain doesn't even look presidential.

    August 7, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  17. georgia independent

    Is this all because no real Republicans want to join McShame? Why not have him select Cheney? Cheney doesn't care....

    August 7, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  18. Daina, Tampa, FL

    I heard Hillary on the radio saying she's done more to campaign for Barack than any of her counterparts. Hello, most of the time she was stumping for money to pay for a debt she should not have had. And the other time, she was missing in action. What support?

    She is selfish, self-centered, a liar, an opportunist, disloyal, a bigot, a snob (remember how she bragged about not having to pump gas in a long time) and a fraud.

    I'm an American Citizen, and I approve this message.

    August 7, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  19. al






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  20. Florence, MN

    Gulliani and McCain are soulmates. They both cheated on their wives with bimbos. The fact that they married the bimbos doesn't make a difference.

    Obama 08

    August 7, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  21. Erik

    McCain and Zell Miller! Then it'd totally be the "wrinkly old white dude" ticket!

    August 7, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  22. Matt

    you all are crazy, if mcjoke offered the spot to hillary she would say no, she would never turn over to the other sides ticket after endorsing obama. i don't believe mccain would pick a democrat

    August 7, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  23. Brad, NJ

    If Cindy McSame is our first lady she will be called First Mistress.

    August 7, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  24. Sari


    That is the most hilarious line I've heard in ages! I laughed out loud. You should be writing for Stewart.

    August 7, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  25. jim

    Come on cnn rudy is as relevant as bush. Why not stop your silly polling and tell the truth? IF Obama leads in the national polls by 5, 6 points it will be a landslide and you know it. Bet this gets removed. where is the real truth? Try it you might like it.

    August 7, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
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