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. Stephen in Red Bluff

    Keep trying to stir the pot! Haven't you heard Slurry 911: We're united now!! Hillary's moved on and now you and your Friend will have to find a new way to win. It won't be the issues (McCain and the GOP have none to run on) and it won't be this idea of Democratic Party discord (see Hillary's speech tonight). After President Clinton and Senator Biden have their say tomorrow, the "inexperienced, unqualified candidate" line will lose its power.

    What else you got, McCain??

    August 27, 2008 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  2. DEMS 08

    They are still stirring the pot the VP has been selected> I know Biden will make a great VP and they know it too!. Rudy and the gang are frightened by the mere thought of going up against a man with his resume. They only wanted Hillary so they could tear her down just as in the ads! But Hillary stood strong against wrong! Way to go Hill!

    Obama/Biden 08

    August 27, 2008 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  3. Andrew

    Why is the opposition's fifth place finisher being asked for his opinion?

    This man is not an expert. He was a complete failure in his bid to become president and treating him like an expert on presidential politics makes CNN look like a joke.

    August 27, 2008 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
  4. Pete Smith

    McCain is older now than Reagan was when he was first elected. Think about that. Go back and look at pictures of presidents before and after their terms. There is no way McCain will survive if he is elected. Republicans better vote based on who the VP is.

    August 27, 2008 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  5. jm from sc

    If Hillary had dropped out of the race for president, she may have been selected as VP. It would be an insult to offer the VP spot to an individual who is still in the race. Until she release her delegates, she is official still running for president. Why are people being so stupid regarding that fact. The "no brainer," is to pick a running mate that will run with you, not against you.

    Obama/Biden 08

    August 27, 2008 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  6. Mikey

    Agree's with Rudy 100%

    August 27, 2008 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  7. Faye

    Now Giuliani is an expert on what the Democrats should do to win elections? Remind me of how well he did in the Republican primaries.

    I don't think Hillary would have been happy in the VP spot anyway. She would have been in another supporting role behind a charismatic male. Been there, done that. She can be more effective advocating for her agenda in the Senate.

    August 27, 2008 01:03 am at 1:03 am |
  8. Oscar

    Hillary supporters kill me. Which at the beggin I was one. I have heard ever lame reason why Hillary lost the race, but you want to know the one reason I havent heard because she lost the Dems primaries ? And that because of her ego yes I said it ego. It was Hillary and Hillary only who was so sure she was going to sweep thru super tuesday and win the Nomination. It was her lack of a plan for after super tuesday is why Obama was able to win the next 13 contest. Obama didnt force her not to have a plan that was on Hillary herself. At the end after she got her campain on track she won out the last contest but by then it was to late.

    But everyone wants to blame everyone and everything esle. Obama was being sexiest, even tho the Clintons where the ones that made race a issue. Or at least Bill Clinton did. It was Hillary that ran the most Rep campain by a Dem that I ever seen. Obama didnt make Hillary tell that lie about snipper fire and yes that was a lie she didnt mispoke because she was tired. If she was confused about that time that must mean there was another time someone try to shoot at her and this was when ? Fact is she never been under snipper fire but it sure sounded on the campain tail didnt it ?

    So when will the Hillary supporters finally be adults and admit your Hillary lost because of herself and no one esle. Voting for McCain because she didnt win isnt a good thing. It just shows more that Hillary supporters are just spoilded children who dont get there way they throw a rant.

    August 27, 2008 01:03 am at 1:03 am |
  9. Richard, FL

    What credibility does Giuliani have after possibly running the worst campaign in U. S. history?

    August 27, 2008 01:05 am at 1:05 am |
  10. ruth

    This is so the Hillary supporters can remain upset she did not get the nod.Rudy do you think you are the person to talk about who should pick who? No one picked you for the VP spot, is it because you come with baggage same as Hillary?

    August 27, 2008 01:08 am at 1:08 am |
  11. jon

    shame on Julie he dumped his family for the rich blond same as McCain no respect for woman . and yet they call themselves conservative.give me a break pure fraud!

    August 27, 2008 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
  12. Andy in Charltote, NC

    Giuliani criticizes and talks about Obama's lack of experience, but look hwo far we got in his party's primary!

    August 27, 2008 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
  13. Robert C

    There are no "Democrats for McCain". These are merely Republican tools stirring a pot of soup they wish the media to keep eating from.

    If you were truly for Hillary, you are now truly for Obama - perhaps not because of him (I can understand even despising him personally), but because of the politics. Hillary made it 100% clear: "No way. No how. No McCain".

    I've yet to hear an argument to the contrary from any alleged former Hillary supporter now flipping to McCain that belongs anywhere outside of a schoolyard sandbox.

    August 27, 2008 01:18 am at 1:18 am |
  14. Please

    It's laughable that Guiliani is calling Obama inexperienced. The ONLY reason he was even in the running was because of 9/11. Hell if I was the mayor of NYC back then I too would have been championed as a presidential candidate.

    August 27, 2008 01:19 am at 1:19 am |
  15. qpq

    Hey Juli! Why don't you take your wives, girlfriends, mistresses, the Hillbilleries, Kerik and just go away. You are the definition of a Creep.

    August 27, 2008 01:22 am at 1:22 am |
  16. texas democrat

    diamond, i hear you!

    August 27, 2008 01:24 am at 1:24 am |
  17. JD

    It sends a message of divisiveness that Obama would pick Biden over Clinton. And it says a lot about him in the type of leader he would be. That basically he speaks one way about who he is and shows something else. Like how he won his Senate seat:
    An Obama/Hillary ticket would have been ost likely unbeatable landslide victory. I mean, isn't the goal to win the election?
    Obama wants "change", the theme for the convention is "unity". Well which one is it really ? Wouldn't real change come from unity???
    The most powerful statement of unity would have been an Obama/Clinton ticket.
    Of Obama’s choice, McCain called it "wise". Wise, yes, but for Obama? McCain could only be smirking with joy.

    August 27, 2008 01:27 am at 1:27 am |
  18. Joe

    What do you expect to hear from Guilliani who spent over $50miilion for his GOP primary, but go less than 3 per cent of the primary votes? He could not even organize his political campaign and did not even win a single state! He is very good in marrying and divorcing!!!

    August 27, 2008 01:27 am at 1:27 am |
  19. C

    Gilianni is just stirring the pot. Here's a man whose presidential bid las fall ended after 2 months. who was reviled in the state of new york until his reputation was saved by 9/11 which he totally profiteered from.

    this loser is in no position to talk about "experience" when his own presidential campaign never got off the ground

    August 27, 2008 01:29 am at 1:29 am |
  20. Susan, PA

    Yeah Republicans...


    August 27, 2008 01:32 am at 1:32 am |
  21. JackieB

    It took the McCain campaign exactly 5 minutes to come up with a speech highlighting all of Hillary's criticisms of Obama. What kind of field day would they have if Hill was the VP? Biden said far fewer negative things, but his comments were still brought up by Republicans as a problem for Obama.

    August 27, 2008 01:35 am at 1:35 am |
  22. sine

    Oh please- so now democrats are supposed to listen to Giulliani, sean hannity and McCain's campaign say that Hillary Clinton was a 'no brainer" – I mean seriously I can't imagine that my fellow democrats can be this gullible. We might as well start listening to Karl Roves advise.

    They say this because they know that if Obama picked Hillary -not only would that rile up the republican base , they would have a worldwind of HIllarys own attacks on barack as ammo, and not to mention Barack's first presidential decision would have been viewed as "weak".

    If dems/Indep. can't figure that out .....then you need to move over to the other side!!!

    August 27, 2008 01:42 am at 1:42 am |
  23. California (former) Democrat

    Mark this post: Obama will lose the election because he picked Biden over Clinton. This showed many Democrat fence sitters that he could not put his pride and ego on the shelf and pick the VP candidate who would have helped him to win a landslide victory against McCain. Poor judgment re: his first most important decision. I cannot vote for that. For all of you Obama supporters who rant and rave that Clinton supporters should "get over it," keep in mind that Obama could not get over himself. IF HE LOSES (AND HE WILL), IT WILL NOT BECAUSE I FAILED TO FALL IN LINE AS A GOOD DEMOCRAT, IT WILL BE BECAUSE HE MADE A VERY STUPID DECISION THAT ALIENATED 50% OF DEMOCRATS. Biden looks like McCain. The decision stinks and Obama will now sink. You should also know that I voted for Obama in the primaries and wish I could take that vote back (even though my state went to Clinton). I liked him before I saw the ugly side of his character–egotism, pride and shunning Hillary as if he were spoiling his party. Nader '08 Clinton '12.

    August 27, 2008 01:56 am at 1:56 am |
  24. WeBoDave

    The fact that Republican Mayor Giuliani thinks Senator Obama was wrong to pick Biden and that Clinton was a no-brainer proves that it was the right decision. The Republicans were looking forward to energizing their base with anti-Clinton ads. They are just disappointed they can not attack Bill and Hillary Clinton now.

    August 27, 2008 01:56 am at 1:56 am |
  25. brandon

    This guy is a loser. Go wait in florida until the party get there. Lame duck!! Bush lil buddy. if bush say jump he would in a heart beat.

    August 27, 2008 02:06 am at 2:06 am |
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