September 3rd, 2008
10:28 PM ET
6 years ago

Schneider: Another attack dog speech

ST PAUL (CNN) - The left wing and Hollywood celebrities are the true stars of the evening, prompting another chant of “USA!” from the crowd.

How did “USA” become a term of defiance and division? It sounds ugly, like they’re saying: “We’re real Americans – and you’re not.”

Giuliani, like Romney, relishes the attack. His language is stinging. The crowd keeps chanting “zero” – as in the talking point that Obama has no executive experience, and has never run anything. Except his own campaign. Obama beat the Clintons, and the inevitable candidacy – that’s not nothing.

soundoff (73 Responses)
  1. TexasDem

    I am just completely disgusted by the lack of "Americans" in the audience. It all looks like white america to me......

    September 3, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  2. 17 year old future politician

    This guy said "this is the ONE time they (republicans) agree with hillary. Wow...and this is who a small portion of hillary supporters want?....this speech was extremely shameful for any public administrator of America to use. It was seperating left and right, not joining america

    September 3, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  3. O the President

    Didn't she already say that?

    September 3, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  4. Jon

    Well when you can't attack the other side on the issues you have to resort to lies and division.

    The GOP hasn't run on the issues since 1996. They have used fear and division to keep the American people in check.

    It's time to take our country back from Rovian politics.

    September 3, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  5. carl

    Instead of talking about how to dealt with issues, all they can do is attached ..

    September 3, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  6. Nicky

    Amen. That was just about the most vile, purely mean-spirited speech I've seen. I'm sure the ugliest core of the base will love it, but that's no way to appeal to independents.

    September 3, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  7. richard j h

    truth often "Stings"

    September 3, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  8. Hillary Supporter

    What a joke. Whenever they get in trouble they start chanting USA? Is that all they have? Trying to scare people into voting?

    September 3, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  9. Tyler in Raleigh

    Dont forget.... Giuliani just said that all Muslims are terrorists. Nothing "insulting" about calling them Islamic Terrorists he says....

    MAN... THIS IS THE PART OF RESPECT AND HONOR????

    September 3, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  10. Vic

    Attacks and hate is all the republican party and the John McCain campaign has left.
    Where is the christianity that these people profess to have in their hearts? All I see and hear is hate!

    September 3, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  11. Barbara

    Wait a minut d- when did the NOMINEE nominate her? I missed it. Has McWarmonger been voted on? He's still the presumptive nominee himself.

    Has he nominated her? She just ACCEPTED.

    How presumptuous !!!!

    September 3, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  12. Ken

    Running his own campaign is the best that you can do for qualification? That is simply lame.

    September 3, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  13. Don't Vote For Hate

    There is so much hate and hostility in the this room!! I half expect to start seeing pointy hoods in the crowd shots.

    September 3, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  14. Ranger

    Talk about flip floppers, is this the same party that 4 years ago belittled the military tradition of awarding service men and woman purple hearts?????

    September 3, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  15. Gracie

    Wow.... Rudy Gulliani has proven yet again that he's nothing but a "has been" a hatched man of the past.

    I mean here's a guy who is NOT a Senator, he's NOT a Governor and he's NEVER been a Congressman, he was a Mayor, a bad one at that. So WHY the hell is he speaking and carrying on as if he's the man in charge or something, when we all KNOW he's in charge of NOTHING!!!

    Why is this man on the stage? Will someone please tell me? Does his "attacks" mean anything to anyone in this blog? To the media?

    Gulliani needs to go home and take his mistress wife with him. We've move on, we're not living in the PAST anymore. Get a clue Rudy boy.

    September 3, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  16. Coby

    Executive decision, the new republican buzz word. No matter how many years you were in the senate, you shouldn't run for president until you've made an "executive decision".... unless of course you're McCain.

    September 3, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  17. Raj, TX

    Congradulations Obama...; GOP is going in the right direction for you.., empty speeches, personal attacks, no mention of economy, war is the solution foreverything.....seems they have still not learned anything from past 8 years.

    September 3, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  18. Tom

    I used to have some respect for Guiliani but he's just become another shill. What do Iraq and Al Quaeda have to do with each other? Still speading the fear. Are there any people out there who actually believe there was a link "before" Bush occupied that country.

    What a hatefest this convention is.

    September 3, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  19. boston observer

    It was truly vile. It was personal attacks, ridiculing other people's service, and the changing "drill baby drill" captured the sad shallowness - and risk - of electing the Republican ticket.

    Compared to the Democratic convention, this leaves me feeling depressed. A McCain presidency would be 4 years of personal tear downs, parisan fights, and nastiness.

    September 3, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  20. diane08

    The Reps get an A for cheap shots, but an F for substance...... still waiting for them to address the economy, the housing crisis, the deficit, social security, skyrocketing unemployment......guess I shouldn't hold my breath.

    September 3, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  21. Maverick for Obama-Biden, Oregon

    so let's talk about family values: violating the sanctity of marriage – John McCain, divorce – John McCain, teenage pregnancy and an unwed mother – Mr. and Mrs. Palin, drunk driving – Todd Palin... Yep – sounds like family values were really on their minds...

    September 3, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  22. Coach K

    Bill Schneider .. you have done it again! While listening to the Guiliani speech, I felt like because I'm not a Republican, I am not a true American. I was truly being open-minded about who I was voting for until after this convention. Having watched tonight, I now know that I'm going to vote Democratic.

    September 3, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  23. Cynthia

    Giuliani, really? Who even takes the man seriously. He did do a great job during 911, we can't take that away from him, but was he the best guy to rip Obama, particularly with his own flip flopping during his own campaign and does anyone remember him cheating on his wife. Maybe Guiliani's wife should get it in writing. I think Guiliani as a speaker was a mistake. The other speakers were expected.

    September 3, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  24. Barbara

    OMG – we're in trouble. Listen to what ROVE wrote for her to MEMORIZE

    September 3, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  25. Jason

    This is 1992 all over again. The Republicans have mistaken their hard-core base for the rest of the public.

    After the DNC where every speaker went out of their way to compliment McCain, this is pretty disgusting.

    September 3, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
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