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. EBC

    Gulliani needs to go home to his mistress-wife and shut the hell up. NO ONE cares about what he has to say politically. This guy is just another Karl Rowe "wanna-be". NO ONE voted for him for President, gee I wonder why....

    Actions SPEAK louder than words folks... the GOP is here waving their banner stating "WE'RE PROUD TO SUPPORT TEENAGE PREGNANCY" across this country!! It's truly gives new meaning to the word "Evangelicals" who live by the Bible on an strict "as-needed political basis".

    You have John Libber-mouth praising John McCain's pick as a "fresh" choice. FACT: Sen. John McCain did NOT even consider Gov. Palin until 4-5 days before he picked her. John McCain wanted to pick Joe Lieberman, the conservatives said HELL NO!! So John McCain just went behind their backs!! Nice huh?

    Yeah.... but can you honestly TELL us if Gov. Palin's daughter would have CHOSEN to be "politically" forced to get married at age 17 OR to have a baby or NOT, if her mother was NOT in the political arena? How much of this whole mess is politically corherced on her daughter Bristol? It seems to me like, Gov. Palin is making ALL the decisions for her daughter Bristol to gain political sympathy.

    I don't know about anyone else, but I would NEVER be waving an "I AM PROUD MY 17 YEAR OLD MINOR DAUGHTER IS PREGNANT AND BEING FORCED TO GET MARRIED". Bottom line.

    John McCain played the American voters as fools in his thinking that we view this pregnancy as a "positive" message to all minor girls in this country by GLAMORIZING it.

    Many GOP Conservatives and Evangelicals, are lying through their teeths if they think this is a "positive" message to this country. This whole nonsense that every family makes "mistakes" is just silly. If this were MY family or YOURS, the GOP would be crucifying us big time!!!

    If this were Sen. Obama's daughter or Chelsea, they would have been RAKED OVER THE COALS by John McCain's and his GOP Conservatives "attack dogs" in a heartbeat. Just take Karl Rowe for example.

    Poor Rudy... just craving for any level of "spotlight" since NO ONE cares what he does or says anymore.

    September 2, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  2. James

    Giuliani is a joke.

    Noun, verb, 9/11

    His campaign strategy for the presidency shows just how unintelligent he is and also the people he surrounds himself with for advice and guidence.

    He is a looser who's name has allowed him to have a public stage to be a hatchet man for McCain and lie and distort facts.

    September 2, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  3. Not So Delusional

    I don't understand the whole Giuliani thing. If it wasn't for 9-11, Guiliani would still be nothing more than a below average politician caught up in scandal after scandal.

    CNN, you're so silly. You gave rise to this idiot Giuliani just like you did with your no-talent "anchor" Miles O'Brien during the shuttle disaster. Talk about a joke. You guys sure do know how to attempt to make someone relevant when they shouldn't be.

    September 2, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  4. J from DC

    Who Cares: McCain has removed the diapers off the Republican Party, exposing their astronomical incompetency, not to mention their hypocrisy on conservative family values. 4 more years of this???

    September 2, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  5. Cindy

    Based on the Ticker snippets I've been reading lately, I expect a bunch of off the wall statements, that make no sense. Guliani uses 9/11 like McCain uses his POW years.

    However, he is a better "speaker" than McCain is. I'll give him that much....

    September 2, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  6. Mavericks are risky

    The job of Vice President is a job that requires 200% of a person.

    I am a woman and I have to say that I am VERY uncomfortable with the idea of anyone with a newborn, a pregnant teen, and two other children, taking on a LIFE OR DEATH responsibility for an entire nation- especially in a time of war. Especially when that person has very little experience to begin with.

    Yes! We women are great multi-taskers and can do it all for the most part. My own mom raised three kids and put us all through college by herself, while maintaining a family business.
    Women can be lawyers, medical professionals, anything we want to be; but there is also wisdom in knowing when you've bit off more than you can chew, and making clear decisions critical to the welfare of others.

    It is WAY TO RISKY to be using Sarah Palin as an experiment to the argument that a person (man or female) can run the country while raising a newborn child and pregnant teen.

    Her daughters pregnancy IS EXTREMELY RELEVANT because now more than ever, her daughter will need her mother, and some of us have loved ones in Iraq. When it comes to security, this is our business.

    The Vice President's job is not a part time job, nor is it on smaller scale like the job of mayor of Wasilla or Gov. of Alaska for 17 months. She hasn't been in office long enough for things to fall apart.

    Many things can happen when a person is overwhelmed at their workplace: family and children can be neglected, or their work is neglected. Her daughter is pregnant- how could this be a reflection of Sarah Palin's own overwhelmed life? Teen pregnancy happens a lot in America- but let's also ask ourselves why it happens and I guarantee that the own-ness in not on teens alone.

    I wish the family well and support Palin at a difficult time in her family's development, but that does not mean I will vote for her or think that she is capable. This job means way too much to risk.

    Sorry McCain. You picked the wrong woman.

    September 2, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  7. Lost in CNN Moderation AGAIN

    What was it that Biden said

    "A verb, a noun, and 911. "

    Now it will be A verb(surge), a noun (Bin Laden), and POW!!!!

    Yep, that's what we can expect to hear from Rudy!

    September 2, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  8. Sarah Palin=Phyllis Schafly

    I can't believe the Republicans keep dredging up old fossils like Rudy!

    And Leiberman!

    And McCain!

    September 2, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  9. Candy West Virginia

    Charlotte, did it ever occur to you in your hate filled craze that Hillary may not have wanted to be VP slot or better still that she may do much better as Secretary of Health or some other high cabinet position? I am not a hillary supporter and you couldn't pay me to vote for her and thank God 18 million others agreed with me however I do think her talents could be used elsewhere in a much better capacity.
    Rudy's speech – 911,noun,verb,pow, america,911,noun,verb,pow, america...

    September 2, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  10. Brina

    Another example of "Family Values"

    September 2, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  11. Cecil

    So What! They'll Do What They Do Best, Distort, Lie, Be Negative Of Course, McCain Will Be A Bored.

    Republican John McCain, whose running mate disclosed that her unmarried 17-year-old daughter is pregnant, has opposed proposals to spend federal money on teen-pregnancy prevention programs and voted to require poor teen mothers to stay in school or lose their benefits.

    September 2, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  12. Bob

    CNN There is no reason to cover Rudy's speech. All he will say is a noun a verb and 911.

    September 2, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  13. W O W WO W

    S T R E S S--T H E--T H E M E--W E ' V E--–L E A R N E D--

    F RO M---O U R---M I S T A K E S

    September 2, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  14. Jane E.

    Why is CNN, THE poltitical news station, braodcasting nothing but the hurricane and Headline News is showing stale Hollywood stories? Snowbama got 24 hour coverage on these 2 cable stations last week . The storm has dissipated. FOX and MSNBC are now broadcasting from the RNC. Could CNN be any more blatant and partisan in their reluctance to give McCain the spotlight? You need to update your tagline to CNN – THE place for democratic campaign coverage!

    September 2, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  15. Felly

    Who cares? Here is another script reader like Bush and McCain. Unintelligent. All he knows is 911, which is why he lost woefully during his primary campaign.

    September 2, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  16. Broad street buddy

    Here is a preview of his speech:

    Noun, verb, 911. repeat.

    September 2, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  17. Mike

    CNN you didn't get the message...Giuliani will not be speaking at this Convention (Gathering).......... LOL

    September 2, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  18. MFVJR

    Giuliani who? A mayor who was made "famous" because of 911? For what?

    September 2, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  19. 57yo/w/w/ republican school teacher for Obama

    The dems have the character to lead this nation into the future and gain back our rightful status in the eyes of the rest of the world. I am voting for Barack Obama for President of the United States of America.

    September 2, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  20. Molly

    GOOD! The RNC can now go back to work.
    The DNC and obama gang are a DISGRACE – to put this "story" out and then act all outraged – same dirty Chicago gang style tricks they used on Hillary Clinton. The obama group better back off this pregnant daughter – this will rally woman everywhere to vote against this FRAUD.
    WHO is watching the obama girls while mommy works – and Biden's child???? YES – woman can have a career – and a Baby – we have been doing it for years – this is 2008 – not the l970's.

    September 2, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  21. Tainopower

    Unity McCain / palin 08

    September 2, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  22. Tonya, Richmond, VA

    The whole Republican convention is a joke. I'll be watching for a few good laughs.

    September 2, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  23. nathan

    I've seen the speech:
    "Ladies and Gentlemen 9/11, 9/11, 9/11, 9/11, 9/11, 9/11, 9/11, 9/11, 9/11, 9/11, 9/11, 9/11, POW, Goodnight"

    September 2, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  24. Isaac Brooklyn NY

    I bet Rudy says this – 9/11 9/11 9/11 9/11 9/11 9/11

    September 2, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  25. MaryJo Bruce Surprise, Ariz

    Remember folks, sticks and stones... Each party is calling each other so many different things. The Dems do it also. If the two parties would concentrate on the issues and what they will be bringing to this country, Instead of acting like 2 year olds. Whining, stomping their feet, raising their arms, lying down going in circles until they get their way. Just o silly. Everyone stop it and act civil to keep this country soverign. Get to the basics. Victory in Iraq, not to demean our military, oppose appeament and efforts to negotiate with dictators, support tax cuts, eleimate all earmarks, balance the budget, build new refineries, using nuclear facilities, expand coal mining, watching the envionment, SECURE OUR BORDERS, support agents at the border, free-markets solutions facing healthcare, fight for individual health saving accounts, , fight for choise with education and let parents decide, save social security anbd medicare from bankruptcy. , and to remember their primary goal land job is to protect and serve Legal Americans. Leave the sticks and stones at home. Doing all this will keep them too busy to look to avenues leading nowhere.

    September 2, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
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