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. Susan

    Rudy, do me a favor and shut up!

    August 7, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  2. donovansbrain

    What? Cheney's turning Democrat?

    August 7, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  3. Totally

    Take Lieberman. Take him. He's all yours.

    August 7, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  4. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    I'd love to see Hillary on McCain's ticket. The entire Republican party would implode adn Obama would win in a landslide. Get this through your heads – Hillary Clinton will never be President of the United States of America EVER. Not in 2008 or 2012 or any time.

    August 7, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  5. Walter

    Why does the media keep interviewing this putz about the presidential campaign? He has zero national experience. And he ran one of the worst presidential campaigns in history.

    Now, if you want to know how to stage a photo-op on a pile of rubble that people are still buried under, this guy is your obvious choice.

    August 7, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  6. Sig, Los Angeles CA

    Get over yourselves! Are some of you people really adults or from the loony bin. McCain ain't picking no Democrat and it certainly will not be Hillary Clinton. LOL!

    August 7, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  7. jeanette

    Rudy, you've turned into a complete joke!
    Keep your once held post 911 honor and stay off the campaign trail – you're making a laughing stock of yourself.

    August 7, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |

    You guys are killing me, Hillary is a Democrat, she would never, never, ever join a ticket with McCain.

    August 7, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  9. Steve

    Yeah, a Democrat is possible to run with McCain, but it's also possible that McCain will grow wings and sprinkle fairy dust over the entire world, while singing, "Tomorrow, Tomorrow..." On second thought, there's always Lieberfool. Now THERE'S a strong ticket (NOT!). EVERYONE would hate that one. Pretty much guarantee going down in flames.

    Are you NUTS?

    August 7, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  10. john

    democrates are desperate, even mccain was a democrate, something is wrong with this picture.

    August 7, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  11. Joel Dean

    McCain/ Clinton.

    August 7, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  12. Emma, San Jose, CA

    That is a preposterous idea. On which side would a Democrat VP vote to break a tie in the legislature? What Democrat would be a yes-person to a GOP guy?

    August 7, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  13. JC

    McCain probably has a much better chance of having a Democrat on the ticket than Obama with a Republican. McCain actually is a moderate, while Obama is pretending to be a moderate but is really a far left winger.

    August 7, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  14. Shakur

    For all those people who would not vote for Obama in any way, shape or form, I say you are just like all the rest of the Red-necks out there who just will not vote for a Black man. Who cares about you or your vote! I say cast your vote for whomever you like, but a least give a guy or gal the benefit of the doubt. In your mind a freakin dog would be better than Obama huh? Geeze, get a grip and step out of your Jim Crow mentality.

    August 7, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  15. Vicki

    For any of those thinking that Hillary would be a good VP choice.... hopefully neither McCain nor Obama would be that stupid. Choosing her would be signing their death warrants. Within a year Hillary would have to "regretfully & humbly take over the presidency after the tragic death of McCain/Obama"

    August 7, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  16. Mike in MN

    I do agree with all those who like the idea of a Democrat as his VP.

    Don't think enough of the Republican party is ready for that though.

    Hillary as VP would be a long shot.

    It may be true though that there are more McCain and Hillary supportes that would go for it then there are Obama supporters and Republicans that would be put off by it. It would be like a third party of moderates.

    I was hoping before McCain ran in the Republican primary that he and Liberman and other like minded Republicans and Democrates would form a third party of moderates. I agree 100% that is what the country needs, nothing is getting done with the current two party system that puts the parties interests first and the people second.

    August 7, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  17. Max Cohen

    He is not referring to Sen. Lieberman. First, he's not a Dem. Second, he's already counted homself out of the running for McCain's runningmate.

    August 7, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  18. Mike, TX


    You are so very ignorant.

    August 7, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  19. David

    What difference does it make? People are getting all excited about the election and in the end it will make very little, if any difference, for the majority of Americans.

    August 7, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  20. Marc PDX

    Hmmm... Hillary?

    August 7, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  21. Former Hillary Supporter Obama08 Obama12!

    It obvious the McCain Camp is paying bloggers now. Its on your website. Poll after Poll shows former Hillary supporters on board with Obama. Hillary would never commit political suicide by betraying the party she worked so hard to build up would she really stand a chance at being prez in 2016 as a democrat vp in the republican white house? And how would Mitt (next faux Regan) feel about it? Truth be told republicans and the media are using HRC to drive a wedge between democrats ala Nader in 2000. No body asked Al Gore grovel at the feet of Bill Bradley, no one asked John Kerry to beg Howard Dean for mercy likewise no rational Democrat is expecting or asking BO to gravel to HRC and especially not Bill.

    I for one won't be fooled again!

    Obama 08 Obama 12!

    August 7, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  22. s

    Who are you kidding, Rudy?! In this age of Bush-generated divisiveness it's inconceivable that either party would do such a thing. American politics has become like American football, or any other rough-and-tumble sports' competition–not a cooperative effort at all.

    August 7, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  23. Franky

    Let me remind you Mayor that the right, they don't dislike McCain, they don't appreciate McCain, they don't support McCain, etc. You wanna know what? They HATE McCain......

    August 7, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  24. Christopher, Madison, WI

    And the mobster speaks...who cares!

    August 7, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  25. David

    I really doubt this is going to happen. First of all, these decisions are made by others (Bilderbergs, ie- the elite). These suits just fall in line with the true powers that be.

    August 7, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
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