October 22nd, 2008
07:01 PM ET
6 years ago

Giuliani gets tough on Obama in new robocall

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Giuliani is in a new robocall for McCain.
Giuliani is in a new robocall for McCain.

(CNN) – Rudy Giuliani is the star of a new robocall from the McCain campaign and the Republican National Committee that seeks to portray Barack Obama as soft on crime.

In the new call, to be blasted to voters in several swing states, the former federal prosecutor and New York City mayor says Obama opposes "mandatory prison sentences for sex offenders, drug dealers, and murderers."

"You need to know that Barack Obama opposes mandatory prison sentences for sex offenders, drug dealers, and murderers," Giuliani says in the call. "It's true, I read Obama's words myself. And recently, congressional liberals introduced a bill to eliminate mandatory prison sentences for violent criminals - trying to give liberal judges the power to decide whether criminals are sent to jail or set free."

"With priorities like these, we just can't trust the inexperience and judgment of Barack Obama and his liberal allies," Giuliani says.

Listen: Giuliani narrates the McCain/RNC's latest robocall

The Obama campaign did not have an immediate comment, but according to its Web site, the Illinois senator does support "reforming mandatory minimum prison sentences."

"Every leading expert body in criminal justice has opposed the use of mandatory minimum sentences, including the Sentencing Commission, the Judicial Conference, the American Bar Association, and leading criminal justice scholars," his Web site ways.

Giuliani's robocall comes a week after the Republican National Committee and the McCain campaign blasted a robocall to swing-state voters highlighting the Democratic presidential candidate's connection to 1960's radical William Ayers.

Those calls have drawn criticism from a handful of vulnerable Senate Republicans wary of turning off independent voters, including Maine's Susan Collins, Minnesota's Norm Coleman and Oregon's Gordon Smith.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Extra • John McCain • Rudy Giuliani
soundoff (136 Responses)
  1. Adam

    I can't believe this old drag queen is actually calling anybody a liberal!!

    October 22, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  2. Tony

    WAKE THE HELL UP AMERICA.

    IF YOU GET MCCAIN AND PALIN BECAUSE YOU SAT ON YOUR BACKSIDES AND DIDN'T GET THE FACTS AND DON'T VOTE, THEN SHUT UP FOR THE NEXT FOUR YEARS.

    I NEVER CEASE TO BE AMAZED BY THE IGNORANCE AND APATHY OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. SO PATHETIC!

    October 22, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  3. Collin Kelley

    Oh, Rudy, do shut up.

    October 22, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  4. I can see Alaska

    Guiliani is an IDIOT!

    His campaign strategy worked great, I hope he does the same for McCain!

    October 22, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  5. Alex

    Rudy is an idiot who is easily dismissed as evidenced by his primary campaign. What's next calls on morality from Larry Craig?

    October 22, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  6. Dhillon

    Again a wrong tactics No body like Giuliani, Not even republicans Find somebody who is credible Call from Giuliani will move more voters away from MCCAIN. I don't know who advice MCCAIN such a stupid moves

    October 22, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  7. Broody

    Robocalls, swift boat, negative tactics – this works for some of the attention deficit electorate. For the rest of us it shows how despicable the GOP tactics are and is representative of their own character or the lack thereof.

    The GOP records stands for the last 8 years and the contract with America. Sometimes its best to keep quiet especially coming from someone like Giuliani who can best be judged by his super presidential campaign.

    October 22, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  8. steveg

    When will this slimebag slither back under the crevice he ooozed out of?

    To profit on the death and suffering and horror of 9/11 is unspeakably horrific – and he seems to revel in it.

    Sick.

    October 22, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  9. Nik

    Is it me or does the McCain/Palin ticket seem so irrelevant now? Obama held a major summit yesterday while the Rick Davis contemplated using Rev. Wright because of John Lewis. Obama is giving policy specifics and solutions. The McCain campaign has useless robocalls. Obama will win as long as the republicans don't steal the election.

    October 22, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  10. John

    Hey Rudy, how's the ex-wife you left for your mistress. Get your own affairs straight before you talk about others.

    October 22, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  11. Ex-RePub voted for OBAMA

    Man..Nov. 4th can't some soon enough so I do not have to hear these guys in the news anymore.

    They sure are desperate!

    October 22, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
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