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. nancy

    Sort of like you are a 'NO BRAINER' loser, Rudy. The whole country isn't New York. You haven't figured that out yet?

    August 27, 2008 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  2. Sean, Detroit

    Rudy Giuliani is the slimiest, most sickly opportunistic man I've ever seen. Nothing he says should hold any weight with anyone.

    August 27, 2008 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  3. Jack Jodell, Minneapolis, MN

    Giuliani, you're a discredited fearmongering blowhard. You may love hearing yourself talk, but the rest of us HATE it! GO AWAY!

    August 27, 2008 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  4. La Raza

    Look at this nut Rudy "Ghoulianni".

    August 27, 2008 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  5. Lucas, Nashville TN

    Oh look! Campaign advice from...



    Uhhh... next story.

    August 27, 2008 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  6. Walter

    Well, if anyone qualifies to judge no-brainers its this moron.

    August 27, 2008 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  7. mimi

    Hillary might have been in the running for VP if she had spoken like she did tonight sooner than tonight. Instead she selfishly led her supporters to believe the race was closer than it really was, and that she had won the popular vote, when that was only true with some very creative math.

    She bashed him in a desperate attempt to win by default if he melted down. Now McCain is using her in ads against Obama. She doesn't deserve the VP position.

    This race was hers to lose and she lost it. Obama and his team took advantage of every opportunity and it paid off. She is where she should be.

    I do think this speech tonight was her finest hour, and I also think she will have many finer hours. (I'm not a fan of her or Bill, but let's tell it like it is. ) But no. She should not be the running mate.

    August 27, 2008 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  8. PM in NM

    Rudy, SIT DOWN and SHUT UP! Your opinions do not matter to us anymore! We Democrats will unite and succeed in November regardless of what you have to say.

    Obama/Biden 08-16

    August 27, 2008 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  9. Soldier for OBAMA

    Dude, I expected this from this guy! He is a crook, a cheat and a liar, NO WONDER a bum like MSAME beat him, ha ha!! Guilliani and McSAME believe OBAMA was gonna choose Hillary and they got caught! PA, NC, GA, MT, MO, MN, IO, WI, OH, VA, NM, NV, AZ will all vote for OBAMA. This election will be close until people go into the polls and they they will really do the right thing! "NO WAY, NO HOW, NO MCCAIN!"

    August 27, 2008 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  10. lil

    This man dont care about Hillary none of them do they are just
    stirring the pot and playing for her supporter who want vote for
    Really the republicans are just getting free press and free play for
    their nasty campaign ad.

    August 27, 2008 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  11. Michael

    Because Obama did not pick Hillary as VP, she will likley never have a chance at running on the Democratic ticket as President.

    If Obama loses in 2008, many Democrats will blame here supporters and the party will shun her in 2012.
    If Obama wins in 2008, he runs again in 2012. If he wins in 2012 his VP will be by far the most likley choice for President on the 2016 ticket.

    If Obama loses she is shunned and as long as Obama wins she has no opportunity to run. He struck her down for good by not making her VP.

    August 27, 2008 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  12. John B

    Who cares what Giuliani thinks. It makes perfect sense the he would think Hillary should be on the ticket: the two of them have a lot in common. They both went into the primary season thinking that it was just going to be a victory lap for them and they both found out otherwise. McCain scored a first round knock-out against this clown. If Barack Obama wanted to know how to lose an election impressively, he should ask Giuliani. Otherwise, he'd be an idiot to take anything he says seriously.

    August 27, 2008 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  13. Soldier for OBAMA

    "Marie in California August 26th, 2008 11:20 pm ET

    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.'

    u r a REPUBLICAN and that's fine, we know you r from NAPA Valley, and ur sort can never vote for anyone of ethnic creed.


    August 27, 2008 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  14. ET from MN

    It's been reported that part of the HRC's vetting process for VP would have had to include looking into donations to the Bill Clinton presidential library. If so I would suspect that much of the reason she was not seriously considered was her and Bill's choosing..

    August 27, 2008 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  15. John

    Shame on Obama!!! It was a no-brainer Hillary was the best person for the job!! That's way alot of democrats like us will vote for McCain!! McCain has better judgement and leadtership skills needed. MCain all the way !!!!!

    August 27, 2008 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  16. Steven P.

    Obama has a brain – that's why he didn't pick her. If he didn't have a brain – perhaps...

    go back to cheating on your wife & shaming your family! At least you're successful at that..Jerk!

    August 27, 2008 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  17. R.I.F.

    I wish Biden had of sneeked up behind Rudy and started crushing him on the a verb...a noun...8/11

    August 27, 2008 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  18. Cyrus

    Yes Mr. are a no brainer for a moron!

    August 27, 2008 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  19. Beth Holmes

    Just Republicans trying to start another fight, another War!!!!

    Republicans need to SHUT UP, and STOP TRYING TO START WARS!!!!


    Obama 2008 & 2012
    HIllary 2016 & 2020

    August 27, 2008 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  20. W O W WO W

    P U M A S-–D O N ' T--F O R G E T--T H E--D R E A M---G O E S

    O N---

    August 27, 2008 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  21. haas

    Why is this cross dresser still relevant? Guliani is for Guliani, not for American's

    August 27, 2008 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  22. IL voter

    I've heard enough of this contemptible man. The agenda of the GOP is transparent. They hope to win by tricking Hillary's supporters into actually believing that John McCain really cares about them, or about her. It is campaigning at its lowest. I guess when you have no credibility on REAL issues, the lowest, dirtiest tricks are all that's left. I hope that most Clinton supporters will not be taken in by this vile tactic. The GOP is using your candidate as a pawn, and against her wishes.

    August 27, 2008 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  23. KW

    I agree with you Diamond.

    August 27, 2008 12:52 am at 12:52 am |
  24. Jesse from Kansas

    Using that logic, McCain would have been Bush's best choice in 2000, Pat Buchanan Dole's best choice in 1996, and Jerry Brown as Clinton's pick in 1992. But that sort of "logic" is ridiculous.

    August 27, 2008 12:52 am at 12:52 am |
  25. Republicans Hate Clintons!

    Republicans hate Clintons!!!!

    Republicans always Unite to fight against Clintons! They know their own party does NOT SUPPORT McCain!!!! They only wish Clinton was on the TIcket, so that Republicans would actually go out and vote for McCain. They wish CLinton supportors would vote for McCain, because the real Republicans won't vote for McCain!!!

    Republican after Republican is crossing the line and voting for Obama, because they trust Obama more! They like Obama better on the issues!

    As long as Democrats stay together as Hillary says, then Obama will win by a landslide in 2008 and 2012!!!

    If that happens, if Hillary's Supportors vote for Obama now, then it will insure that Hillary will be President after Obama! Giving us 16 Years!!!! Now that's the TRUE DREAM!!!!

    Obama and Hillary being Presidents in 2008, 2012, 2016, and 2020!!!

    16 Years of Democrats is Better Than just 8!!!!!

    An Obama Win Now, Will Insure A Hillary Win in 8 Years!!!!

    August 27, 2008 12:53 am at 12:53 am |
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