August 26th, 2008
10:20 PM ET
10 years ago

Giuliani: Hillary 'a no brainer' for VP


Watch Rudy Giuliani's interview with CNN.

(CNN)– Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani joined the choir of ardent Hillary Clinton supporters Tuesday night– asking why Barack Obama passed up the New York senator for his number two spot.

"I just think that they made a big mistake in the choice that they made," Giuliani told a CNN panel at the Democratic National Convention. "It's a no-brainer. [Hillary Clinton] got 18 million votes, Joe [Biden] got 9,000 votes...The normal political thing to do in terms of the best decision to make to win would have been to pick Hillary Clinton," Giuliani said urging the presumptive Democratic nominee to give an explanation to unhappy Democrats.

Giuliani has been an outspoken supporter of the presumptive Republican nominee John McCain since abandoning his own presidential bid - emphasizing the Arizona senator's talking points on various political broadcasts.

Last week, during his first conference call as a surrogate for McCain, the former New York mayor had a difficult time when the subject veered away from the intended foreign policy talk. Giuliani accused Daniel Kurtzer, an Obama adviser and former U.S. ambassador to Israel of engaging in a freelance “mission” to Syria - accusations at which the Obama campaign quickly fired back.

Asked Tuesday night if he would draw contrast between the two parties during his keynote address next week at the Republican National Convention, Giuliani said you can expect him to do exactly that.

"I'm sure there will be comparisons," Giuliani said. The choice is between "John McCain who has tremendous experience who has worked on both sides of the aisle, against a senator from Illinois [who is] one of the least-experienced candidates we ever had for president."

Giuliani is expected to be part of a news conference Wednesday, during the Democratic National Convention to discuss "why Barack Obama is wrong on national security," according to a media advisory.

soundoff (183 Responses)
  1. Matthew

    Duh. But, Democrats have always been pretty unintelligent when it came to business decisions.

    Hence, why they are 3-10 in elections.

    August 26, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  2. ralph

    Republicans stir up trouble. Guiliani is a loser crybaby, why would his judgment matter? Please stop taking 9/11 credit. You were not harmed, you just thought 9/11 gave you political power over what you really had. Sit down and shut up.

    August 26, 2008 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  3. arbite

    That's the longest sentence I've seen from him without 9/11 in the middle.

    I guess McCain and Romney will be partners after all. Governor Flip and Senator Flop.

    The Republicans had their turn. Their failures were catastrophic.

    We got next.

    August 26, 2008 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  4. Fitzgerald from Florida

    This tactical advice brought to you by the originator and proponent of the highly successful Florida strategy

    August 26, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  5. Andrew

    If Hillary is a "no-brainer", Mr. Guiliani, then why hasn't Senator McCain asked her to be his running mate??

    August 26, 2008 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  6. FactCheck

    Rudy you are a bald headed fool. Is that why you slammed Hillary back in 2007 for over an ad done by and then called her a liar? "A noun, a verb and 9/11".

    August 26, 2008 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  7. Newly Independent Former Dem STILL Writing in Hillary

    For once I agree with Rudy.

    August 26, 2008 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  8. Yeah right

    Wow, like Democrats won't see through your lame attempts to divide their party Giuliani.
    McCain's going to lose big time. I wouldn't be suprised to see a jump in the polls after the speech HRC gave tonight. It was amazing.
    Obama/Biden 08 and 12

    August 26, 2008 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  9. Clinton supporter

    Not this time, after hearing Clinton's speech, tabloid journalism and these tactics trying to split the party for ratings will not work! Anyone who is still stiring trouble is a republican in disguise, we are united, Hillary has made it clear and I will follow her lead!

    August 26, 2008 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  10. Ann

    Definitely agree!!

    August 26, 2008 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  11. Marc PDX

    I disagree. I don't think that Hillary was a no-brainer for VP choice for Obama. He's a relatively weak person and would have been no match for a strong personality like Hillary's. He knew it (everyone knew it) and he went with someone else. He would have been completely overshadowed by Hillary. He couldn' have picked her.

    August 26, 2008 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  12. Roll Tide Roll

    Doesn't this guy have someone to scare with 9/11? He's good at that.

    August 26, 2008 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  13. Clinton supporter

    Thanks to idiots like you Mathew, thanks to idiots like you...

    August 26, 2008 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  14. Sandy- PA

    Of course he said that, all the Republicans wanted Clinton. They tried to sway the election to her with their so-called Operation Chaos. So what does that tell us? That Clinton was the wrong choice, and we made the right one.

    August 26, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  15. Phil Newton in Murphy, Oregon

    No brainer. Hmmm. This from a guy who blew the wheels off his "sure thing" campaign.

    No brainer indeed, Rudy.

    OBAMA 08

    August 26, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    Just having rudy speak at the rep convention is a testament to mccain;s judgment and character. just listne to huckabbee's view on rudy.

    August 26, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  17. Latinos for Obama/Biden

    We don't need your suggestions. Go back to the dark hole you came from.

    August 26, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  18. Rise America Rise

    As Hillary pointed out, the republicans are about the past, the democrats are about the future. Get out of the past Guiliani!

    August 26, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  19. KLJ

    Republicans are now determining who should be the competition. This is simply an attempt to stir up tensions within the Democratic Party. I don't think the American people will be fooled by these school yard games. Rudy G. is a political one hit wonder.

    August 26, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  20. Sean

    You don't put two Alpha's together. They would have clashed consistently. But what does he know. Wasn't he closer to Biden's 9000 than Hillary's 18 million?

    August 26, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  21. Marie in California

    Hillary as VP would have been a SURE win for the Dems in November. But Obama chose Biden. Just another example of Obama's poor judgment.

    No how. No way. No Obama!

    Another Democrat for McCain!

    August 26, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  22. Rick

    typical republican reteroic, fuel the fire to split the party. Got news for you, its not going to work this year. I'm betting that 80% of all the blogs addressing Sen. Clinton not being chosen as VP are actually being written by Republicans. I learnt one thing over the past 8 yrs. DO NOT BELIEVE WHAT COMES OUT OF A REPUBLICAN;S MOUTH.

    August 26, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  23. Kimberly from Houston, TX

    What a LOSER! No one's listening you your garbage...verb noun 9/11 Rudy.

    August 26, 2008 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  24. Katrina

    More misdirection from the people who can't even come up with their own attack ads... when's the last time a winning candidate offered the VP slot to the runner-up? Could it be... never?

    August 26, 2008 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  25. Ms. RDS

    The McCain campaign is getting nervous...they already released a statement about Hillary's speech....ah I love it!

    August 26, 2008 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
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