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

Giuliani: Hillary 'a no brainer' for VP

CNN

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. Mikey

    Rudy is right. I followed Hillary all the way through her campaign. But I will not follow her through Odumba's ways. He has so many failed policies that he wants to try. All Jimmy Carter policies. So a change? no change. A Jimmy Carter change. Hillary democrats for McCain 2008!

    August 26, 2008 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    LOL. If I were looking for free campaign advice I know the first guy I'd turn to is the "sure thing" candidate that blew $50M to win one delegate.

    What happened to all those Rudy '08 bumper stickers anyhow?

    August 26, 2008 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  3. Ian

    Coming from a guy who based his whole campaign on one state, and got beat by Ron Paul every time.

    August 26, 2008 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  4. AMERICA FOR OBAMA

    BARACK OBAMA IS RIGHT FOR AMERICA AND WE MUST ELECT HIM PRESIDENT! NO MORE BUSH... NO MORE MCCAIN... & NO MORE NOUN..A VERB..AND 9/11 GUILIANI!

    NO MCCAIN-- NO WAY!

    August 26, 2008 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  5. Scott

    If Obama had picked Hillary, G would be saying he caved to pressure to have her on the ticket. This is simply political strategy and as a republican, he is not going to say anything positive about Obama just as democratic pundits and candidates aren't going to say anything nice about McCain... politics as usual

    August 26, 2008 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  6. AMERICA FOR OBAMA

    BARACK OBAMA IS RIGHT FOR AMERICA AND WE MUST ELECT HIM PRESIDENT! NO MORE BUSH… NO MORE MCCAIN… & NO MORE NOUN..A VERB..AND 9/11 GOULIANI!

    NO MCCAIN—- NO WAY!

    August 26, 2008 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  7. bob

    They didn't print my Ghouliani comments. No profanity but CNN powers to be are for McCain so they didn't print it!

    August 26, 2008 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  8. Steve

    "It's a no-brainer. [Hillary Clinton] got 18 million votes, Joe [Biden] got 9,000 votes…"

    Irony.

    It's a beautiful thing.

    August 26, 2008 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  9. John McShame, Obama Is Going to Tax You & Cindy, but Not Me & 95% Americans Making < $250,000/Yr

    what does this man-of-many-divorced-wives know about politics?..same as mcshame!

    August 26, 2008 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  10. Jim

    The opinion of that drag queen is not important.

    August 26, 2008 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  11. Michael

    So it's a no-brainer then that Mitt Romney will be McCain's VP? 22% of the Republican primary popular vote, after all..how'd you do Rudy??

    August 26, 2008 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  12. Tom in VA

    Rudy is a complete idiot, and I used to like him. He has way overplayed 9/11. As for McCain...EXPERIENCE = isolated from the world and reality in a POW camp, dumping his sick wife for a rich hot chick, getting fat and old for 20+ years in the senate where they pretty much do nothing but chair committees on steroids in baseball. Where exactly is the "experience" that has anything to do with leading the country? THERE IS NO ONE WHO HAS NEVER BEEN PRESIDENT WHO CAN EVER CLAIM TO HAVE "THE EXPERIENCE TO BE PRESIDENT". Obama doesn't, and McCain doesn't. And if you think Obama is a bigger risk, can you really afford the "safe" choice?

    August 26, 2008 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  13. Neil McIver

    Clearly Clinton was the best choice from a marketing standpoint and it would have united the convention – imagine how this convention would have gone if she had been the VP Candidate?? He speech demonstrated how powerful she could have been. It would have been amazing.

    I like Biden and I think he's a good choice. But Obama's choice does kind of make McCain's point about experience. He can't attack to wacky right wing McCain on being 'old Washington' anymore. I think Biden was a politician in Washington while McCain was still a POW.

    By the way, love Carville tonight, he tells it like it is. It was a bad night to be a Rubublican!

    August 26, 2008 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  14. Sandy

    Mafia Rudy is no brains.

    Doesn't he know about her law suit coming up soon? Hasn't he talked to Larry King who has to be a witness?

    August 26, 2008 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  15. Obama/Biden 08

    I love to see a guy who was leading in the national polls among Republicans and should have had the nomination locked up, lecturing a guy who came from down 30 points against a heavy favorite (Hillary Clinton) whose nomination seemed inevitable, on how to run a campaign. Sorry, Rudy, I used to have some respect for you, but I don't respect your opinion on running political campaigns anymore.

    August 26, 2008 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  16. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    RUDY = LOSER!!!! you couldn't even win the primary and now you're what, a sycophantic McCain supporter.

    dude, you are a LOSER!!!
    what else do you have to offer besides war and fear?

    stupid New Yorker!!!!

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2008

    August 26, 2008 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  17. OBA-DEN 08... all the way!!

    And we care what Giuliani thinks why? Isn't he still in Florida somewhere waiting to win?

    I've been hearing this narrative in the media and from the Republicans, "Oh, Hillary was sooo qualified" "Why do they treat Hillary so badly" "Blah Blah Hillary Blah" . Do they think Democrats are stupid? Or is it that they think women who supported Hillary are such emotional voters that all they have to do is give them sympathetic pats on the back and they will run over to John McCain... oh wait, lol.

    I think except for a small irrational few, the rest of the convention will turn them around if Hillary and Michelle's speeches haven't already.

    August 26, 2008 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  18. Jan lL.

    One of the smartest things you have ever said!!!

    August 26, 2008 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  19. Dready1rasta

    Blow it out your arse slimeball!

    August 26, 2008 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  20. Rolf

    Listen up, Obama. If anyone knows how to lose a presidential election, it's Giuliani.

    August 26, 2008 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  21. Obama 4 Life

    Rudy you are a serious no brainer really pathetic, Hope McCain never Gets Close to the White house!!!!!!

    August 26, 2008 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  22. Denise

    Shut up!

    August 26, 2008 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    If Guilliani had not been sick during election time for senate Hillary Clinton would have never beaten him. She would not be a senator of NY today.

    August 26, 2008 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  24. Sandy

    She's not VP Pick because of Bill's Library contributions and her law suit coming up.

    WAKE UP AMERICA !!!!!!!!

    August 26, 2008 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  25. Frank, California

    This is from a man who couldn't even win one single primary... Now he thinks he can give advice on picking the best vice-president. Rudy, just stick to your usual line: Word, noun and 911

    August 26, 2008 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
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