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. Voting for Obama

    "You haven't worked so hard over the last 18 months, or endured the last eight years, to suffer through more failed leadership," Clinton told the delegates. "No way. No how. No McCain."

    August 26, 2008 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  2. Justin in CA

    Give me break. This from the only other guy that can wear out his bread and butter talking point before he even needs to use it.

    August 26, 2008 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  3. willcnnapprovethis?

    says the guy who thought skipping the first primaries was a "no brainer"

    August 26, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  4. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    There was no mistake by Republicans in not supporting Giuliani so this scumbag can just take a hike.

    August 26, 2008 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  5. AP (ATL)

    What business does a republican have in suggesting a VP for our party? Unfortunately, the repulicans are trying their hardest to pry open a crack they see in the perceived and much talked about democratic dis-unity. After tonight's great speech from Sen. Clinton, I would hope that her followers will take a decisive and resolute stand to NOT be used by republicans in their sad attempt to win the White House. The republicans care NOTHING for the issues we democrats care about. We all lose if the republicans win in November.

    No way, no how, no McCain!

    Obama '08

    August 26, 2008 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  6. Edgar - Orlando

    Rudy please take the air out of Obama medicine that everyone is on!

    August 26, 2008 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  7. The ONLY voice of reason

    I like Hillary (didn't vote for her, but I like her), but if she was such a "no brainer" wouldn't she have given that speech for herself months back? I mean she has NEVER given a speech of that caliber EVER! Maybe she should have done it on the campaign trail.


    Are you SERIOUS? Okay, I can understand you being bitter or whatever because your precious Hillary isn't the Democratic Nominee, but I mean COME ON! Seriously... Would you honestly rather go with George Bush the third? I mean do you live in the world that they live in and you don't think there are several problems that need to be addressed and CHANGED? PLEASE, vote independent, vote for Ralph Nader, Vote for Pedro.... Just don't lose your mind and vote for McCain.

    August 26, 2008 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  8. Diamond

    They said Abraham Lincoln was inexperienced...... He was the best President in the United States.

    They said Bill Clinton was inexperienced ..... He created the most jobs and left the biggest surplus.

    They said Ronald Reagan was an inexperienced celebrity ..... He ended the cold war and tore down the soviet union.

    This is a no-brainer!

    Barack Obama has the right judgement and temperament to lead and he will be the best president this country ever had -- read my lips!

    August 26, 2008 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  9. John

    As far as Rudy's concerned, marrying your 2nd cousin is also a no-brainer so I'm not sure what his advice is worth.

    August 27, 2008 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  10. blue collar


    August 27, 2008 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  11. A Vet Against McCain

    9-11, 9-11.......September 11th.......9-11.......

    I love how all the republicans are talking about Hillary like they are friends and havn't for 8 years tried to picture her as a big feminist elitist. I love how republicans are trying to use people.....

    Republicans = no policy, just attacks

    Not now, not ever, No John McCain...And I'm from Arizona and he is a wack job

    August 27, 2008 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  12. D in Indiana

    I forgot that in Free America, only Democrats get to voice an opinion. If anyone else does, then by all means Attack, Attack, & Attack. Then blame an entire party for every single problem, statement, or opinion made by one person. Wow, nice

    August 27, 2008 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  13. ML - California

    It is ironic that voters who support Obama because Hillary Clinton told them to, doesn't make sense. Of course,these voters who are Democrats should either stay in the Democratic party and do what is necessary, or they should get out. It is obvious that the Obama camp was unfair and rude to Clinton, and why would anyone supporting Clinton hang around! It will be interesting to see if the Democratic party REALLY UNITES!

    August 27, 2008 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  14. chip

    Rudy turned NYC from a disgusting crime-festering ****hole into a fun and bustling metropolis, conducive to business. There is countless evidence in support of this, but of course nobody reads or trusts anything any more except for chain emails and uninformed comments on the Political Ticker. So I'm not surprised to see such hatred of Rudy from the Obama sheep (the most hateful people I've ever seen in my life). The Republicans are idiots for not nominating the Rudy.

    August 27, 2008 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  15. Trina

    McCain's ads ... Rush wanting Republicans to vote for Hillary in the primaries ... and Guiliani's latest charge is all evidence that they are trying to SPLIT the Democratic party.

    Guiliani ... you're an expert now? Please. Your ship didn't even leave the dock, buddy! Get a clue.

    August 27, 2008 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  16. Dem

    pandering... if only the GOP offered women what they deserve!

    August 27, 2008 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  17. jose in Idaho

    Desperate Republicans!!! If the race is tied without the 18 million, than what will it be when they satisfy their hurt feelings and do what true patriots do and put their country first? Bush barely won 8 years ago. Be very afraid...

    August 27, 2008 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  18. Sherry, Atlanta


    OBAMA/BIDEN '08-'12

    August 27, 2008 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  19. Cleve

    Think McCain will select her?

    August 27, 2008 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  20. Sherry, Atlanta


    OBAMA/BIDEN '08-'12

    August 27, 2008 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  21. Evans Ombori

    Rudy please go back to New York and hope that something bad will happen and then start talk about security. You are a loser you couldn't win in Florida. You are a waste of time republicans don't like you. Monday Morning quater back. stop criticising Obama the next President.

    August 27, 2008 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  22. Peter (CA)

    Why would anyone listen to this pathetic wannabe?

    I am sure the Republicans would have been incredibly civil if Hillary had been selected. Why they would have suspended their campaign and declared Obama/Clinton the winner!

    August 27, 2008 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  23. Thom

    Why does anyone care what Guiliani has to say. 42 million dollars spent without a single delegate. He makes W look like an economic genius.

    August 27, 2008 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  24. Tommy

    Hillary asked Obama not to consider her for VP slot, PERIOD.

    August 27, 2008 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  25. p v ca

    Rudy you may be a New Yorker, but you are what I was for fifty years. I changed to vote in the CA primary for the next President of the UNITED states of America. BARACK OBAMA

    August 27, 2008 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
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