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. Jenny, Rio Vista, CA

    Who cares. We could see from his losing campaign that people have no respect for him. And thanks to Joe Biden, he will forever be known as "A Noun, A Verb, and 9/11".

    This man is pathetic.

    September 2, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  2. cnn junkie

    i luv CNN,keep the news coming!
    Obama/Biden 08

    September 2, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  3. Spud

    Atleast Rudy and John can get together and compare notes on their many conquests and maybe even share some phone numbers.

    Wow the religous right condones these types> What next?

    September 2, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  4. Rocky

    Like I said the day John McCain announced his VP pick...

    Thank you, John McCain, for thinking women are fools and picking Palin as your running mate.

    We accept your political gift. When Obama becomes President, we'll be sure to thank you again.

    September 2, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  5. Quinn - Houston, Texas

    I think the ratings will go through the roof.

    Here's a preview:

    Barack Obama...cut and run...blah blah blah..retreat and defeat...blah blah blah...raise your taxes...blah blah blah...9/11 changed everything...blah blah blah...the leadership of President Bush...blah blah blah...why can't we drill...blah blah blah.

    Then, get ready for such electrifying speakers as:

    Dennis Hastert
    Newt Gingrich
    Kay Bailey Hutchinson
    and the entire cast of Fox News!

    Don't miss it!

    September 2, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  6. nola

    Well i think that I would prefer to read "WAR and Peace" rather than listen to MR 911.

    September 2, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  7. MaryJo Bruce Surprise, Ariz

    911 is something that will surly be talked about. This was a tragic event and many American have forgot what happened. It shoud not be dragged into the ground though. Stay on the topics that is the Governments main goal. Either Rep or Dems. To protect and serve Americans PERIOD. To keep this country soverign. We are second to none and are losing this concept. People are sitting back and letting other people and countries dictating what we are about. Nothing, nothing will hurt thie country more than that. We are number one and will NOT be defeted anywhere anytime. Leave family situations out of this campaing. Both Dem and Rep. Sen Obama has make it plain to stop the family stuff. ALso so has McCain. Leave it out. Stick to the issues to continue serving and protecting the Americans citizens.

    September 2, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  8. The Truth

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    September 2, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |

    P L E A S E,,,,,,,,P U R C H A S E,,,,,,,,,,,E M E R G E N C Y,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    L I G H T I N G,,,,,,,,,,F O R,,,,,,,,,,,O B A M A,,,,,,,,,,,,,,H E ' S ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    L O O K I N G,,,,,,,,,,,G H O S T L Y,,,,,,,,,S I N C E,,,,,,,,,,S A R A H ! ! ! !

    September 2, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  10. Helene

    About what ? Family values ???

    September 2, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  11. Lost in CNN Moderation AGAIN

    Mavericks are risky,

    I'm going to disagree with you a bit. It's not about whether her children will keep her from doing a good job. No one would think of asking that if it were a man.

    My problem with the situation is what kind of judgement she made in choosing to expose her daughter to all the scrutiny of the press. I mean here you have a 17 yr old girl that is going to have a baby and get married. That's hard enough. I'm guesses statistically speaking she's already at a disadvantage. But to be exposed to the press and have every detail of your life suddenly under a microscope? I don't see how in the world that could help her. Look at all these young girls like Britney Spears who are under constant scrutiny and are followed everywhere. Heck, I'd be crazy too if someone followed me around trying to take pictures all day. .

    That's the kind of life this young girl is likely to face. Palin had to have known when she accepted the nomination that her daughter would have to endure that.

    So for me it's not about can she do the job having children. It's why would she not put her daughters needs before her career?

    September 2, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  12. ArtNYC

    You guys sure are original, independent thinkers... Really think for yourself, not just soundbites that Nobama/Biden give you.

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

    September 2, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  13. Tony

    Show Giuliani, McCain, Palin and all the other republicans and independents who support McCain and Ms. "ABSOLUTELY NO EXPERICEN IN FOREIGN POLICY" that the American voter is a lot more intelligent than they give us credit for.

    Think of your families, yourselves, the country when deciding in November for whom to send tothe White House.

    Should they be elected and something happen to McCain, being a second-runner up in a ebauty pageant, a hockey mom, a hunter, fisher, etc., does NOT qualify her for the possible highest position in the country.


    September 2, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  14. republicans are a joke

    At least the Republicans have two talking points 9/11 and the surge . Here's an example of Rudi's speech .

    My fellow republicans 911, 911 , 911 , 911 , 911 , 911 , 911 , 911 , 911 , 911 , 911 , 911 , 911 , 911 , 911 , 911 , 911 , 911 , 911 , 911 , 911 , 911 , 911 , 911 , 911 , 911 , 911 , 911 , 911 , 911 , 911 , 911

    Thank you the end . Now Here's John McCAIN acceptance speech .

    My friends the surge worked , the surge worked , the surge worked , the surge worked , the surge worked , the surge worked , the surge worked , the surge worked , the surge worked , the surge worked , the surge worked , the surge worked , the surge worked ,

    Get the picture . It's that easy . Same old spin , same old fear tactics .

    Let work hard to change America my fellow citizens . no more of the same . Vote Obama/Biden 08

    September 2, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  15. Sue from California

    I heard on the news this morning that Rudy Giuliani's speech had been scrapped; that he will not be speaking. Remember, noun, verb and 9-11.

    September 2, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  16. Michele, Pittsburgh, PA

    I sure Rudy Giuliani will blast the Democrats on national security and invoke the memory of 9/11 many times during his speech at the convention. But in doing so, I hope Mr. Giuliani remembers not all those that lost their lives on September 11th or battling terror in Iraq or Afghanistan were Republican.

    September 2, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  17. Tony

    McCain talks about Country First!

    Give me a break. It has always been about McCain – first and only!

    September 2, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  18. Gayle

    I'm an Obama supporter, but I have to say this. Hillary supporters were not just voting for Hillary because she was a woman. So to see McCain pick a woman to gain Hillary supporters is moronic. He has made a poor choice, which makes me happy. America can see what type of impulsive, rash, sexist president he would be. He underestimated women, and the American people.

    Kick John and his campaign to the curb. Vote for Barack Obama.

    O/B 08

    September 2, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  19. Ex-Republicans for Obama

    Wow!! An adulterer supporting and adulterer!!!! He has about as much clout as Karl Rove!!! John McCain is destroying our party with his irresponsible actions. He did a poor job of vetting Palin, an unknown with only two months till the general election!!! He has lost our vote.

    September 2, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  20. Nate St. Paul

    A lot of people are saying McCain picke Palin because he's a maverick. He did it for the opposite reason. He's taylored his message and his policies to the far right since he started this campaign. This is more catering to the right of the republican party. She's a right winger and that's what McCain is trying to portray. It's nice that she's a woman- but if she was a man would McCain have picked her. I doubt it- so what are his intentions?? His motive is that he wants to appeal politically to as many people as he can so he can win. That's fine, but being 72 years old and having survived 4 bouts with cancer shouldn't he pick someone who's ready to govern?? Palin is a great person, I disagree with her policies but I have no problem with her as a person. However, it's ridiculous to think that she's qualified. She was the mayor of a town of 8000 people, and governor for less than two years of a state with less people than South Dakota. She's got a bachelor's degree in communications, oh and she played on the state championship basketball team and was almost Ms. Alaska. There are literally dozens more qualified conservative leaders in the US- both men and women. This is such a reach. When the excitement wears off peopel will wake up and realized the folly of this pick. This pick makes Obama and Biden the safe bet in the election.

    September 2, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  21. kim hussein taylor portland, oregon

    wow, the doomed S.S. GOP sinks more and more every few hours of every day-mccain as their nominee, the sarah palin fiasco (talk about HORRIBLE, DANGEROUS decision-mkaing), and now Giuliani, The Joke!!!! the fun never ends with these fools!

    anyone who thinks mccain and the GOP are good, safe decision makers needs some serious help, mccain/GOP is a DISASTER!

    September 2, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  22. 57yo/w/w/ republican school teacher for Obama

    I am ashamed that we can not proudly walk our President out to the rest of the country and tell them that we are gonna continue politics as usual but the reality is that we have messed up so bad that we can no longer stand on the republican message and say for sure that it is the right policies for the Nation. I am ready to give the dems a chance because I am getting older and we do not have the time to get this one wrong again. Besides we are all American's and Obama and the dems have great ideas and they had great vision on this war we should have never gotten into. And I know this war was wrong because Bush won't even come to the convention because McBush does not want to show how close they are. Want an example of how close they are, just look at the stupid decisions they make and the dumb things they say. Go Obama! Go America!

    September 2, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  23. JFK Dem @ 35

    Ummm, I guess nobody goes for originality on these boards as I have seen several attacks on what Rudy may say. If he talks about 9/11, so be it - it was a dark day in history & the man had to react & act fast. Did he do everything right? No. Can we change this? No. Do we owe me he respect? Yes. Afterall, how many of us would even know where to begin on that day?! Exactly. Same with McCain & his POW status - it made him who he is, gave him perspective, & he deserves RESPECT for not only enduring it, but for being able to persevere on behalf of others as a public servant.

    Palin does have more "executive" experience than any candidate (McCain, Obama, & Biden) - Political Science 101. The men have more legislative experience to be sure, but the office of President is in the executive branch, so some executive experience should be appreciated. So, her child made a bad decision - that's all we have been hearing from the media & liberal supporters. People make mistakes - Obama did with drugs such as cocaine, does it make him an awful person? No. He obviously learned from his mistakes & moved on.

    I am tired of the childish supporters & I am glad that none of you are running. Just know that you really sully your candidate & make them unattractive when you use personal attacks to smear the opponent. Some people only get what they know from such comments - hence, a loss of votes.

    September 2, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  24. linda n carolina

    I can't wait to see the numbers on how many will watch this convention. For myself I'd rather watch my corn grow than listen to POW SURGE MAVERICK. They surely can't talk much about the last 8 years....well they could I quess, the republicans are good at spinning. Ha I like to see their heads spin right off their shoulders.

    September 2, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  25. Janel, St. Paul, MN

    Have to check the TV listings. There has to be something more worthwhile to watch!

    September 2, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
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