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

Giuliani: A Democrat possible as McCain's VP

CNN

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. RB from NH

    Excellent....abandon ship!

    August 7, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  2. Jack

    Baloney,

    John McSame does not have the full support of conservatives and if he puts a Dem on the ticket he's toast. He's such a panderer he won't buck the system. He'll put a Republican white man on his ticket. I'll bet the farm on that one.

    August 7, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  3. Ken Pittsburgh

    Rudy knows all sees all i don't think this is going to happen this will keep McCain in the news cycle for a day on this point and will him some computer commets for a while

    August 7, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  4. Rudy NYC

    This guy is clueless and out of touch with reality. His just a little bit to full of himself. Self-confidence is a good thing, but only so much of it. Too much is called arrogance.

    Does he have any clue as to why he did so poorly in Florida, where a great number of former NY residents live? He lost because those voters know the real Guiliani.

    Look at how he managed his campaign. He was not well like as mayor of NYC, but he managed to get re-elected through the power of money. He brought that same approach to his presidential run.

    August 7, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  5. Jim Schimmer

    Guliani is an idiot like McSame!
    Welcome to the Idiot party!

    August 7, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  6. pat C.

    you hillary followers make me sick. do you really think she gives a darn for you idiots? she needed your votes and pandered to your uneducated ignorance! get over it...this is not a beauty contest like you all think. it is about running our country and frankly there are more votes out there for obama and the voice of the people are what counts. if you all knew anything about democracy you all would know that. maybe all of you should read up on your politics uinstead of playing on the computer. all of you sound so trailor trash!

    August 7, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  7. Steve

    Why is Giuliani even being quoted on here. He's a complete moron, and I think after seeing his tactics in the primary, he's not a very credible source for campaign strategy.

    August 7, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  8. Brenda of Saginaw ,Michigan

    OKAY !!!!! that's where Hillary Clinton and the rest of her crew will be. She will be McCains VP choice.( now we know what time it is.).

    August 7, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  9. Greg Pottstown, Pa.

    I love all the Obamabots talking about how Hillary divided the party. Just like they say " if you were a real dem you would fallow the party line".
    I have news for you most Americans do not agree with every thing a party has to say. They usually agree with a mix of liberal views and conservative views. The division in your party did not come from Hillary or her supporters. It came from the notion that if you don't support Obama then you are a trader to the party. That was the basis of what the Hill supporters endured from the primaries till now. Do I think at this point they are a little over the top, Yes. But I can not bring myself to look down on that ,after the way they were treated by Obama his supporters and the media. If it were me I would be more than a little over the top. I would love to see a bipartisan ticket Hillary would make a great VP for McCain. She would be a good counter balance to the extreme right that exists is parts of our govt. And McCain would have the opposite task.

    August 7, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  10. Sharon Kitchen

    some of the folks that are posting here seem to think hillary would be chosen.......let's see, before becoming a Democrat she was a Republican........so maybe that's her plan.....since people are talking about it.....I certainly hope not.......her husband, bill, signed the pres order that McShame wrote, in 1997,removing 2,000 people off their land to a radio-active toxic dump,this was so Peabody Coal could get a huge profit,which the Morman church with it's head deacon and lawyer had been working on for a long time. All was on video and in 2000 taken to the U.N. for world leaders to watch.They were shocked that the U.S. should do such a thing........seeing as the U.S. says it is for freedom,life,etc.....Oh, that's right this Pres. while coming down on China and the Human Rights they ignore has allowed Gitmo.....changed the constitution.......ignored laws,which hopefully the courts will be instructed to delve into.....made up laws,looks to big oil.........Yep ,we need a change alright.....hopefully she will be honest to her "word" and campaign for Obama......Go Obama !!!!!!!!!!

    August 7, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  11. ron

    Why does anyone care what this wannabe has to say, he attempted to exploit the tragic 9 11 event all the way to the White House, but thank God people saw through him and dismissed him early on.

    August 7, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  12. California Gold

    No self respecting Democrat would take the bait.

    August 7, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  13. A CANUCK

    NOW THAT'S A WINNING TICKET......GO FOR IT MCCAIN !!! LOL

    August 7, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  14. STILL FOR HILL

    I hope McCain chooses Hillary!

    And to people who keep saying that PUMA's are voting against Obama b/c they are racist: Get over yourselves. Playing the race card worked for Obama. It really doesn't work for you.

    The reason I will vote for McCain is because he is more of a centrist, just like Hillary. They actually care about the American people.

    No matter what Obama says, he is a left wing radical just like Pelosi, Kerry, and Kennedy.

    I want someone in office with a history of working across the isle, not just a speech about it.

    Still for Hill, but voting McCain!

    August 7, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  15. matt

    I am so so sick sick of Hillary supporters. Why do you have to be so bitter Lets move on as a party and as a country. Do we Really want John McCain or any other republican in the white house running this country the same way. The truth is I don't and I am pretty sure Hillary Clinton doesn't want that either. The truth of the matter is that Obama is not snubbing Clinton it is his choice who he would like to be his VP lets not forget about the ugly things Hillary said during the primary process that probably hurt the relationship a little wouldn't you think. Obama said his fair share statements too, so please lets move on as a party and a country we can not afford another mistake like bush.

    August 7, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  16. John B. From New Hampshire

    to the Hillary supporters from the other articles. to suggest the DNC chose obama is ludicrus!! He won the majority of PLEDGED DELEGATES... meaning the PEOPLE elected him. No one was SELECTED. my lord, it's unreal. as a Red Sox fan, you don't or didn't see us protesting in '03 when aaron boone hit a homer in the 11th to beat us... this was historically close... but OBAMA won!!!! enough is enough!!

    August 7, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  17. Lorna, NY

    Can he just go away!

    August 7, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  18. Nunya

    What an ignorant story to publish. Some moron reporter with nothing better to think of asks whether something is possible and he responds that he can imagine it happening – nothing said about the wisdom or the likelihood of it, just that he can imagine it being possible. Well, guess what, people can imagine all sorts of things that are never going to happen.

    Find some real news.

    August 7, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  19. Bushwhacked in Eugene, OR

    Hmmmmm - so this is where Hillary and her PUMAs are headed. McCain will kick off from old age and she'll be president by default - the only way she could make it.

    August 7, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  20. yala

    Dress up pretty

    August 7, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  21. www.NoClintonNoParty.com

    I could think only of one such "Democrat" and it's .... Obama. So maybe voters should choose between McCain/Obama and Obama/McCain tickets!

    August 7, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  22. Vincent

    Being a Veteran, I would not spend one minute of my time listening to Songbird McCain. His despicable treatment of his first wife and the deplorable way he spoke to the family’s of our POW/MIA (calling them whiners, vultures and the lunatic fringe) is not, in this Veterans view, anyone that I would cross the street, let alone, vote for office of the President as he has no respect for anyone.

    His voting record on veterans affairs is sorely lacking and he has had 25+ years in Washington to do something, 6 1/2 years both houses Republican run to accomplish something and what has he done? Nothing.

    For the person who stated that he spent 5 years as a POW, let me tell you this, McCain was shot down on Oct 26, 1967 and by Nov. 9, 1967 he was giving interviews to foreign correspondents, providing information on his prior command, casualties and tactice, in direct violation of the Code of Conduct. Which, is considered collaborating with the enemy.

    Me has repeatedly stated that he was given no special treatment while in the Hanoi Hilton. Yet when he was interviewed by the North Vietnamese he is shown at a hosptal reserved for Vietnamese military and was taken care of by Soviet Surgeons. He was drinking coffee and smoking cigarettes while being interviewed. This is a far cry from the way the rest of the POWs were treated.

    I say NO to Songbird McCain. (I would suggest that you google Songbird McCain to see how he sang to the North Vietnamese)

    August 7, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  23. John Tiller in Dallas Texas

    McCain and Clinton would be great. Talk about CHANGE!

    Where do I send the check???

    You"ve got this deocrates vote!

    MC 2008

    August 7, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  24. Greg

    It is extremely scary to see all the blind support Obama has at this time. You would think Americans would have more logical reasoning capability then what is being displayed today. I'm very disappointed. People are not concerned about this country, they are only concerned about the here and today and take no responsibility for their person, kids and the countries future. Obama plays on the “WHAT'S IN IT FOR ME” which is the mentality of the Democrats of this country and he knows it.

    August 7, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  25. Vincent

    McCain had no business offering up his wife like he did. He had no reason to be at Sturgis as he doesn't ride and it is just one big adult party. But then again, most riders at Sturgis as of late are just weekend warriors and not hard core bikers who think it is proper to bring their young children. I haven't been to Sturgis since 2005 for that very reason, and being a Veteran, I would not spend one minute of my time listening to Songbird McCain. His despicable treatment of his first wife and the deplorable way he spoke to the family’s of our POW/MIA (calling them whiners, vultures and the lunatic fringe) is not, in this Veterans view, anyone that I would cross the street, let alone, vote for office of the President as he has no respect for anyone. His voting record on veterans affairs is sorely lacking and he has had 25+ years in Washington to do something, 6 1/2 years both houses Republican run to accomplish something and what has he done? Nothing.

    For the person who stated that he spent 5 years as a POW, let me tell you this, McCain was shot down on Oct 26, 1967 and by Nov. 9, 1967 he was giving interviews to foreign correspondents, providing information on his prior command, casualties and tactice, in direct violation of the Code of Conduct. Which, is considered collaborating with the enemy.

    He has repeatedly stated that he was given no special treatment while in the Hanoi Hilton. Yet when he was interviewed by the North Vietnamese he is shown at a hosptal reserved for Vietnamese military and was taken care of by Soviet Surgeons. He was drinking coffee and smoking cigarettes while being interviewed. This is a far cry from the way the rest of the POWs were treated.

    I say NO to Songbird McCain. (I would suggest that you google Songbird McCain to see how he sang to the North Vietnamese)

    August 7, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
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