September 2nd, 2008
08:03 AM ET
10 years ago

Giuliani to speak at convention

Giuliani endorsed McCain after ending his own presidential campaign.

Giuliani endorsed McCain after ending his own presidential campaign.

ST. PAUL, Minnesota (CNN) – Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani will have a speaking role at the Republican National Convention, a GOP official tells CNN.

Giuliani was scheduled to deliver the keynote address Tuesday, but Hurricane Gustav forced Republicans to alter the program. Giuliani will speak later in the week.

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  1. Tony

    Do you think Rudy will metnion any of the folliwng in his speech?

    1. By Elisabeth Bumiller

    Palin disclosures raise questions about vetting

    Alaskans say no one from McCain camp asked them about eventual VP pick

    ST. PAUL – A series of disclosures about Gov. Sarah Palin, Senator John McCain’s choice as running mate, called into question on Monday how thoroughly Mr. McCain had examined her background before putting her on the Republican presidential ticket.

    On Monday morning, Ms. Palin and her husband, Todd, issued a statement saying that their 17-year-old unmarried daughter, Bristol, was five months pregnant and that she intended to marry the father.

    Among other less attention-grabbing news of the day: it was learned that Ms. Palin now has a private lawyer in a legislative ethics investigation in Alaska into whether she abused her power in dismissing the state’s public safety commissioner; that she was a member for two years in the 1990s of the Alaska Independence Party, which has at times sought a vote on whether the state should secede; and that Mr. Palin was arrested 22 years ago on a drunken-driving charge.

    September 2, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  2. Lisa from VA

    Another reason I'm not watching. Just look at those schmucks in the picture.

    And Molly, if you think this special needs baby does not need his mommy then you think again. I have a family member with a downs baby.....she is unmarried and HAS to work. She would give the world to be able to stay home and take care of this baby because he needs her more than you can know but she does not have that choice. She has to leave her child...she does not choose to leave her child. I know it is not the 70's but babies now have the same needs that they did in the 70's. The needs are just ususally met by someone besides mommy. And btw, Obama has said the pregnant girl is off limits. Seems like you must think shes fair game because you sure don't mind talking about her.

    September 2, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  3. maverick my A$$$

    CNN) – In a unanimous decision Thursday, the Federal Election Commission granted a request from John McCain’s campaign to withdraw from a program that provides presidential candidates with matching funds during the primary season.

    The Democratic National Committee filed a complaint with the FEC earlier this year after the McCain campaign announced that it was withdrawing from the primary season matching funds program, in a bid to avoid spending restrictions that would have resulted if they participated. Democrats argued that the McCain camp could not legally opt out after obtaining a $4 million line of credit using the prospect of the public matching funds as collateral, and could not unilaterally withdraw without approval from the FEC, which did not have a voting quorum for much of the year. The party also called for an FEC investigation of McCain’s campaign finances.

    The McCain campaign had said that the possibility of receiving public matching funds was not in reality the collateral for the line of credit that kept the Arizona senator’s campaign afloat.

    The DNC has not yet said whether they will continue to press for a federal investigation.

    John McCain...all Bush all the time

    September 2, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  4. Ian

    Isn't Ron Paul's event bigger than the entire GOP convention? That certainly says something.

    September 2, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  5. Clevelander

    Nine-Eleven, the end.

    September 2, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  6. afra

    Is he also on the Republican Dream Team? OBAMA/BIDEN 08 And Palin, you are no Hillary, you do not come anywhere close. No way, no how.

    September 2, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  7. Peter (CA)

    Hold on...McCain now...

    Did you say that McCain was "helping to stop the hurricane"?

    Sorry, don't think I can take anything you say seriously.

    September 2, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  8. cherrystrawberry

    @McCain Now

    what the are you talking about when you say "Palin has more international experience than Binladen she lived in Germany and Ireland he never did."

    She has gone on record as saying that she has only been out of the country TWICE on vacation. She hasnt lved anywhere but the USA.

    Get the facts right...

    September 2, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  9. Ron democrat turned independent

    where are all those people Obama no longer recognizes. get wise chum this is a one-man show

    September 2, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  10. aliou FL

    4 > Months

    September 2, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  11. Jimi NY

    What cracks me up about Rudy is his latest that Sarah Palin has more world experience the Obama and Biden . . . combined! He's crazy . . .
    As far as 9/11 goes, I live fairly close to the WTC and all he did was the job he was elected to do. The worst mayor we had, David Dinkins, would have done as good a job.
    Rudy is crazy . . . He shouldn't be allowed to speak.


    September 2, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |


    September 2, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  13. Colo Sprgs, CO

    McCainnow, please tell us oh intelligent one, exactly how do you stop a hurricane? Let's see, Bush stole money from taxpayers, sent jobs overseas, trashed our economy, alienated the world, and ordered an illegal war in the hunt for mythical WMDs. Palin is a loser PTA/Hockey mom. You are the one stuck in fantasy-land.

    September 2, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  14. FactCheck

    > Rudi – NYC will always love you. Thank you for your service.

    You are either an immense idiot or a Republican troll. Guiliani is reviled in NYC for all the political pandering. Ask the firemen who took out full page ads in all national papers denouncing his candidacy. Or ask the policemen who couldn't believe that he'd value a quick clean-up of Ground Zero over finding remains of their fellow deceased. Or ask Bernie Kerik who's busy spending our reconstruction money financing his homes.. oh wait, he's in jail.

    September 2, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  15. Concerned

    How can any of the Reps watch this convention; being a Navy Vet I have much respect for McCain and what he is trying to do with this country, but to be honest I dont want to see out beautiful country be involved in a conflict that will cause more harm then good, regardless what what positive outcome is happening now in Iraq, all of this is a mistake and should not of happened. If Gore would of won, this country would be in a better situation.

    If MCCain gets in he will cause more tense situations.. God Forbid !

    Regarding the Rep VP candidate, it was a wrong choice, no exp, no exp whats so ever in running a country, maybe a state but not a country, lets all back the Democrats!!! OBAMA 2008!!!!!!

    September 2, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    Nate in St. Paul:

    That wraps it up completely. You seem to be able to make a lucid, compelling argument based on facts. What are you doing on the Ticker?

    September 2, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  17. cevans, tx


    Have you been in a coma or what? Bush has done nothing but destroy this country!! Living in place does not qualify them as having experience. What an idiotic comment. You are seriously blind, stupid or crazy...


    September 2, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  18. w.l. jones

    Hale to........because this will be the closes he ever come to being president so let him have his day. GOD BLESS AMERICA.

    September 2, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  19. Jeff

    Rudy (who's on what, his third wife?) fits in perfect with this group that pays nothing more than lip service to "family values". With him up on stage with McCain and Palin they'll have 6 former or current spouses and one unwed teenage daugther who apparently doesn't share her mother's enthusiasm for abstinence only education.

    September 2, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  20. Ted, WA

    A noun...a verb and 9/11

    September 2, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  21. Niel

    Righto MCCAINNOW:


    September 2, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |

    Who cares, just get tonite over, the greater part of the Free World is waiting to see the Clampett Clan Mom which is right out of an episode of JERRY SPRINGER, but without the flying chairs.

    However, the end of her first week is Friday, and with McCrypt's anger issues. we may still see flying furniture.

    BREAKING NEWS: McCrypt's statf was unable to do a true vetting process, due to the fact the staff was running and inventory count of his homes!

    September 2, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  23. Steve

    Guliani did a great job in a very dark time for New York and the country.
    That was 7 years ago, and yet, he still keeps talking about it like it was yesterday. Let's move on, Rudy.

    As far as Palin goes, I now see into the hearts and minds of the conservative right. It's OK if you pressure a state organization to fire someone who you think did something wrong to your family. It's OK if your daughter is having a baby out of wedlock. It's OK if your experience consists of being the mayor of a town of 6500, and a state that has a smaller population than most medium-sized cities in other parts of the world. As long as you keep spewing self-congratulatory nonsense about "right to life" and "hooray for the oil companies" you're a great candidate. What utter nonsense.

    If McCain wins, at least we'll have high entertainment value, as he and Palin try to explain away the indictments.

    I would be willing to bet that Palin withdraws in the next week or so. She's trouble.

    September 2, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  24. chelle

    McCain Now..... He helped stop the hurricane???? Say what????
    The guy went to get a photo op at a shelter....whooooooooooo By doing so, he used resources that should have been deployed else where. Do you think they really needed the extra work involved in coordinating with Secret Service, and police??? Yikes!

    September 2, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  25. John from CT

    Did anyone see Rudy on Fact the Nation this past sunday. When
    asked about Governor Palin's experience to run this country over
    Senator Obama he just laughed and laughed. Senator Palin has
    more administrative experience than Senator Obama and Biden combined he said. Oh by the way Rudy she has more executive experience than Senator McCain.

    Experience, experience. Look how experience showed in how you ran your campaign. Now Senator Obama – with little or no experience – ran a terrific campaign. So keep laughing Rudy, your campaign was
    a joke.

    September 2, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
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