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. Wanda

    The other tread is closed.

    I think Informed Florida voter showed his/her true colors. Your an old, racist aren't you?

    BTW. I'm old enough to know what reality is thank you and I have a very firm grip on it. I also know that this is the 21st and its time for change and a change from your way of thinking.

    Come join us and we can all heal this nation.

    August 7, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  2. Jan

    I can't believe Dems are still referring to BO as a uniter! He has been the most racist, divisive candidate of all time! Wake up, people and check your tires–haha–they are probably worn out from overinflation just like Obama's EGO!

    August 7, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  3. GW

    It doesn't matter what the republicans come up with in terms of candidates, they are going to always smell like fish. That party stinks from the head down. And for all of you Obama bashers, as an individual Obama is going to be OK , it's you who are going to be during the suffering under the polices of McSame, McBush, McWarmonger. So you go ahead and stick your head in your kesster
    and vote for another republican( why do we keep eating food that makes us puke) and see where the country will be four more years from now. McCain looks like other presidents but everybody keeps tiptoeing around the issues in the blogs. That nonsense is going to ruin this country. Voting like that is stupid and we are suppose to be an educated country. If it wasnot for that this election would not even be close. McCain is a joke, he never talk issues he only attacks.

    August 7, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  4. Tony-Texas

    Why add a comment?

    I have left about 10-15 and CNN has not posted a single one of them.

    They pick and choose from the entries and they must be pro Obama to get posted.

    Boy...CNN is fair and balanced!!!

    Lifetime Democrat until now.


    August 7, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  5. Jim

    I think, because Oregon is almost "in play", that he'll pick the "spotted owl" as his running mate.


    August 7, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  6. BHO FTL...

    Mccain/Clinton would make the current democratic party irrelevent.. of course you would also see a shift to a new more conservative party. I also find it highly unlikely that the Mccain/Clinton could lose. Buy I doubt it will happen... BHO is a failure but still may get voted in... Power mongers like him in Chavez have a way to blind the liberal left/media/and universities....

    August 7, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  7. nathan

    Mr Noun, Verb and 911 Ghouliani .. please go away

    August 7, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  8. Thomas, Illinois

    Hey Rudy? Why did you move your head-quarters (located in building #7) two weeks before 9/11? You had the most fortified building in NY....Did you know before hand of somrthing looming in the air?

    August 7, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  9. Sane John

    Given that McCain is demonstrably sexist, and rather extremely so, I can't possibly understand what would motivate a former Clinton supporter to say that they're going to vote for him. Voter for Barr, vote for Nader, not vote at all, these I can see. Can there any reason other than petulance or racism to vote for somebody who not only doesn't agree with you, but is the antithesis of all your political positions on gender and equality?

    "If Obama gets the nomination, I'm going to vote for the candidate who left his first wife after she was disfigured in a car accident, who pimped his current wife out to a crowd of bikers, and who voted against equal wages for women! That makes perfect sense!"

    Explain this to me! Please! It's like a Christian voting for a Satanist over a pastor because the pastor is a Presbyterian instead of a Lutheran. There is no sense or reason to it, is there?

    August 7, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  10. lovable liberal

    Oh, yeah, right. Is crazy Zell Miller available?

    Giuliani is even more full of ... beans on this than his usual high level of nonsense and inanity.

    August 7, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  11. Franky

    Mayor.......didn't I tell you not to show your face?? Look a what happened to Pudge yesterday. And by the way, didn't you show your face yesterday?? I ain't playing around Mayor...

    Like I said, you shouldv'e seen it coming...

    August 7, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  12. N. DePonca

    Rudy ZERO CREDIBILITY Guliani ??

    August 7, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  13. Helene

    Wonderful choice. The biggest loser of all ! Go ahead Old Mac, you are making my day !

    August 7, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  14. john

    The reality is you are no longer relevant...

    August 7, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  15. Kelby from Houston, TX

    If he did pick clinton, that would actually unite the dems and divide the repugs...
    That way all those PUMA people and former hillary supporters CAN STOP PRETENDING THEY'RE DEMOCRATS!!!!!


    August 7, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  16. proud army and navy mom

    Let mcsenile pick hillary. they are a perfect pai.... two faced liars.

    August 7, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  17. sherry for Obama

    I never realized that so many people are so stupid and hateful.....To say that if HRC would run along with McCain as his veep and they would vote for them.
    To say they would want 4 more years of high gas prices, falling home prices ,people losing their homes, people losing their jobs, war in Iraq, war in Afghanistan, high prices at the grocery store .....The rich getting richer the poor getting poorer well then you go ahead and vote for McCain because that will be your future.

    August 7, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  18. Wake up America

    informed FLORIDA voter, i think you're are misinformed. Very few true democrats would vote for McCain. Stop trying to divide the party. If for any reason, as far fetched as it would be, Sen. CLinton were to be on the McCain ticket. It would be the end of her political carrer... and of your pitiful dream.

    Obama 08-16

    August 7, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  19. checkthisout

    WHY NOT PICK YOUR PASTOR, former or current, AS YOUR VP.

    Especially for those who currently do not belong to any Mosque or Church.

    Afterall one needs to get closer to the almighty in these difficult times.

    August 7, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  20. voter

    good. Pick Hillary because she is still behaving like a petulant child who did not receive her candy. For democrats voting for McCain out of spite, you should enlist in the war. A vote for McCain is a vote for continuing with the war. It is hyprocritical to support McCain, but not fight in the war. Have the conviction to fight in the war if you support McCain. Last time I checked afghan and iraq are looking for soilders.

    August 7, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  21. Lola

    We voted for Hill, will go for McCain in November!!!!! Republicans, please count our votes too!

    August 7, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  22. Max Grubb

    I notice a number of Hillary voters look for any excuse to keep her name on somebody's list as well as to bash Obama. It is sad that they are such sore losers. What is it that they don't understand about Obama WINNING the primaries. Hillary could have had a better strategy that included working in the early states that she thought were not important, as well as a strategy of telling the truth rather than so many lies. She didn't work for the votes that really counted, and she drove away many that would have voted for her. The primaries are over. How do you expect me to vote for Hillary in the next election when you have bashed the candidate I now support. We don't need SORE LOSERS as our next candidate.

    August 7, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  23. Mike in MN

    McCain won't pick a Democrat, he wants to win and that would put the far right of the Republican party over the edge.
    McCain will make a choice that will help further unit the party. McCain is a uniter. He does have a solid track record of working across part lines to get things done. The reason more does not get done in Washington is because there are not more there like McCain. He puts the needs of the people before party politics and at his own political risk. That makes him a hero to me even if he had not been a POW.

    What a contrast to the Democrats. Hillary supporters are going to disrupt the Democrat national convention. They still have some hope she will be nominated. When she is not, many will split from the party.
    Obama will not name her as VP and more will split. They will work to make sure he does not win and either not vote or vote for McCain.
    I love how the Democrats work together to get things done.

    Given how Democrats demonstate time and time again that they are unwilling to work with anyone they do not fully agree with, it makes McCain's track record of being able to cross party lines and work with Democrates to get things done all the more impressive, heroic even.

    August 7, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  24. Sad

    Republicans hate Hillary so why are people talking about that?

    August 7, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  25. Hojo

    Don't be fooled by the so-called Hillary Democrat's comments above that they would vote for a McCain/Hillary ticket. These are not Democrats. They are Repugs still taking marching orders from Limbo to cause chaos for Democrats. What a bunch of losers!!

    August 7, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
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