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. Mike

    Now every body knows that this jerk is a hitman for Mc Cain. Whats shocking is that even knowing that Republicans will never be able to fairly Govern the people of this Once great Nation. He still wants to be one that bothers me. How could anyone want to be a greedy , war mongering elitist, new world order pushing , ego having , let the poor people starve type. Get real , and please with the Evangelicals get real do you really think the one true lord would support these freaks one sided veiw I mean come on read the bible. ..... Shame shame I say.

    August 26, 2008 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  2. AAA are useless and your opinion doesn't matter. The republicans will lose anyway. Enough of the bad economy, ignorance and fear mongering. We need to focus on the future for our kids sake and make sure America stands tall in the world. Its no longer about the benefits of the few and the wealth of the connected. People are suffering.. wake up and smell the coffee Mr. New Yorker.

    August 26, 2008 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  3. Bye Bye Hill-Billies

    Obama select Hillary for VP to win the election?

    That's a perfect example of winning the battle and losing the war.

    Look at how the Clintons are behaving – especially Bill. Hillary would spend the whole term doing everything she could to to upstage Obama.

    Maybe McCain ought to select Hillary for VP? I think he should!

    August 26, 2008 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  4. John Zeger

    Guiliani is right. Obama will pay for this in November.

    August 26, 2008 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  5. Tori, Oregon

    blah blah blah 9/11 blah blah blah. I remember you Mayor Giuliani after 911 and I held such respect for you UNTIL you turned it into yours instead of ours. IT HAPPENED TO ALL OF US AND WE ALL HAD TO HANDLE IT. NOT JUST YOU.

    August 26, 2008 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  6. Andy

    This is pure political spin. I am sure Giuliani would have had an equally specious argument on why Clinton was the wrong choice for VP if she had gotten the nod. I expect nobody takes his and Romney's Punch and Judy show very seriously.

    August 26, 2008 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  7. Always a Dem in TX

    I've been an Obama supporter from the beginning but I don't think any true Democrat that heard her speech tonight can help but admire and respect what she has done. I'm sure that standing up there today must have been extremely difficult for someone who had worked so hard hoping for a different result. However, she is mature and wise enough to realize that this campaign wasn't about her, it was about the future of this country. I can only hope her blindsighted McCain supporters would learn a thing or two from her.

    Hillary, I applaud you for all that you have done for this country. I'm sure there is more to come. Till then, Obama/Biden '08!

    August 26, 2008 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  8. PCL

    When you want to know something about cooking, ask a good cook. When you want to know something about politics, ask a winner. Why listen to Guiliani when he also thought HE would be the Republican nominee. I guess waiting until the Florida Republican Primary was also a "no-brainer". The counsel of "911 Rudy" is not a good bet.

    August 26, 2008 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  9. CNN loves McCain

    Go away Goul-iani!!

    August 26, 2008 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  10. Tim

    Hey Rudy,

    How are your kids doing??

    August 26, 2008 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  11. zuq

    Rudy, nobody cares what you think. That's why you're not the Republican choice nor a VP candidate. Your own party doesn't like you. I'm suprised they found enough pillows for the chair you sat in to reach the mic. Someone should smack your head like the guy on Benny Hill.

    August 26, 2008 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  12. Tehran

    Is there just one Republican because they all say the same thing? Its like one person think up a plan and everyone else just repeat it. At lease Democrats disagree on issues and reasons to vote for someone or not. Lets talk about why McCain marriage failed???? I really want to hear that one . . .

    August 26, 2008 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  13. CAW in MD

    Of course Giuliani wanted Clinton as VP - that's the one sure way to unify the Republican base. Without that rallying cry, McCain and whoever he picks for his VP will have to attempt unification all by themselves.

    Good luck with that.

    August 26, 2008 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  14. jeanette

    How many times did Rudy mention 911? Did anybody count?
    Rudy tried to run for president on the dead bodies of 911 victims- he shouldn't even be allowed to show his face on any respectable news show.
    Shame on you, Rudy. Shame!

    We are the UNITED Democrats of America!

    We're going to kick some Republican Arse!!!!!

    August 26, 2008 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  15. Brian

    Although Guiliani's spewing the Republican line, he is also correct. An Obama-Clinton ticket would have been a sure thing. And a Clinton-Obama ticket would have been even more of a sure thing.

    August 26, 2008 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  16. Thuy, California

    It is quite simple, Obama wants to have a VP that got the least votes so that he would be always the star of the universe.

    August 26, 2008 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  17. McBain

    Obama didn't pick Clinton because her husband didn't want to open his books to the vetting team and the American people (post election).

    August 26, 2008 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  18. Kim

    Dividing a party or not... He speaks the truth and you know it. What's sad, is that the inexperienced is the democratic nominee.

    Wow, that speech she gave today was AMAZING... Obama and Biden pales in comparison.

    August 26, 2008 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  19. jack

    Rudy speaking about how Obama is wrong on foreign policy. That comming from a man who includes three things in a sentence, a noun, a verb and 9/11. Not going to work this time, Rudy.

    August 26, 2008 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  20. Derrick - Houston

    What, Rudy? No 9-11 reference? You could use a brain, and a heart and some courage, and a ticket back to where ever you came from-

    Why is he even AT the DNC?

    August 26, 2008 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  21. mcbush thanks mcclinton

    is this guy still alive
    i thought he was gone with 9/11
    that is all he knows to talk aobut

    he is nuts
    send him to hillary
    she cracks nuts

    August 26, 2008 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  22. DEREK

    The sudden consern and constant conversation shown by the Repubs towards the Dems and Clinton are so obvious. I am sure some of the bitter Clinton Clingers will fall for this crap. Rudy was a shocking dissappointment.

    August 26, 2008 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  23. Penn Voter

    Nobama Nobama Nobama

    If we want Bill Clinton economics then why is the DNC going for Obama and not Clinton ? Why Biden and not Clinton?

    The DNC leadership is stupid. Stupid if they think that Independents will vote for a donkey DNC puts in a suit on stage. We are Independents because we can think for ourselves. We do not need to told what to do by big brother. Either bring us messages of substance or lose our votes.

    Clinton yes, Obama no

    Nobama Nobama Nobama

    August 26, 2008 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  24. LINDA

    Hillary's speech was greatttttttttttttt......

    August 26, 2008 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  25. The Blind Lady of Justice

    She gave a great speach but who, in their right mind believes that Guiliani has the best interests of the party in mind?

    If I get the chance to punch Wolfe Idiot Blitzer in the nose though, watch out.

    His nimrod question to Rendell after the speech was tabloid journalism.

    I'm now going to PBS for the rest of the convention.

    August 26, 2008 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
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