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. conny

    CAN HE BE VOTED OUT OF OFFICE AND JUST SICK OF THIS HIPOCRITE

    October 22, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  2. 37-year-old First Time Voter

    Another desperate move....so sad

    October 22, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  3. jim

    Double YAWN

    October 22, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  4. TROOPERGATE

    This idiot is not relevant. the crook of 9/11

    October 22, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  5. MarylouSC

    BIRDS OF A FEATHER FLOCK TOGETHER...Rudy and John...both CHEATERS! Rudy sent the first responders into the TRADE CENTER with sub standard radios. He should go hide somewhere.

    October 22, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  6. dustin

    I personally do not think there should be mandatory sentences for anything, why have a judge if you're taking away their ability to make a judgment?

    October 22, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  7. sandee in Portland

    LOL this is funny. One of the biggest crooks calling Obama soft on crime. You'd think he'd like Obama's stance.

    October 22, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  8. Joe Plumber Six Pack for Obama

    A Noun, A Verb and 9/11

    Your time is up!

    October 22, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  9. Bethany in Nashville

    Another Republican robocall of un-factual crap.... imagine that.

    October 22, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  10. AEJ - Miami

    Can someone please tell this man to go to a dentist and look about his yellow teeth!!!

    October 22, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  11. Purple Alaska

    AGAIN! Okay, I'm now seriously wondering if she can be that aloof (and i'm tryin' to be kind here)...my goodness! Whew, Nov. 4th can't get here soon enough!!!

    Change is in the air...

    October 22, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  12. Who's Listening To This Guy

    Boo hoo, Obama supporters are frightened.

    Well, at least Barack never had a mistress, like Giuliani and his buddy McCain. Oh wait, Cindy Lou was McCain's mistress. I guess they're two peas in a pod.

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 22, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  13. Georgia Gal

    Oh Rudy, Rudy, Rudy ... what has become of you? You are becoming nothing but a lying, deceitful Republican just like McCain. It's sad, because I used to like and have immense respect for the both of you, but not anymore.

    October 22, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  14. Emery

    McCain, when Joe Biden kindly but firmly said "STOP THESE CALLS", he meant your blatant attempt at swaying undecided voters with your ROBOCALLS.....NOT phone calls....don't get them confused...we know you're getting to that age where Alzheimer's is a concern, but don't confuse the two.....and Giuliani needs to focus on his own agenda instead of getting tangled up with you and your corrupt, mudslinging campaign....

    OBAMA-BIDEN 2008!

    October 22, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  15. Tonya

    And they wonder why McCain is down in the polls.

    October 22, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  16. sandee in Portland

    As if I'd believe anything the biggest crook (Giuliani) would say. You'd think he'd like Obama's soft stance.

    October 22, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  17. Tina

    Obama is unfit to lead! We will have another 9/11 attack during his watch! CNN sucks and a propraganda arm of the Obama campaign and will never beat FOX!

    October 22, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  18. Jadie

    Rudy is an idiot and he's proving once again how much of a true Republican he really is. He needs to join George Bush and get out of the way!!

    October 22, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  19. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    Keep it up you irrelevant old fool. As an older Independent, I'll tell you it turns me against the caller. Not FOR them.

    I don't think I stand alone on that. Disgusting is as disgusting does.

    October 22, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  20. Mark G

    Just when you thought they couldn't sink any lower...Bam...it hits you right in the face. I am tired of people lying about his record, lying about his character, and lying about his supporters. As far as I can see it, we have been faced with two clear and entirely different choices...those who haven't made up their mind...it's time to get off the fence. Vote the facts...not the smears.

    October 22, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  21. repub 4 obama

    -----LOOK AT GIULIANI'S FACE-----

    ------ENOUGH SAID-----–

    October 22, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  22. Republican Woman for Obama

    You mean he lies don't you CNN? HE'S LYING!!!

    October 22, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  23. Joe Plumber Six Pack for Obama

    Palin deserves to be in Jail! For stealing from the people of Alaska!

    Send McCain and Bush for their part in the War!

    October 22, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  24. Canada

    Here comes the man who knowes "A WORD NOUN AND 911".

    October 22, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  25. anne

    Oh please, Giuliani is the worst. He was about to get kicked out of new york he was so unliked there. Then 9/11 happened. No one profited more from 9/11 than him except the bush administration. Who's the real threat to america? I think it's guys like this that delight in talking about 9/11 because they only look good when compared to a national tragedy. Shame on him attacking Obama!!! Let's put an end to this shady kind of politics for good!!!

    Obama 08!!

    October 22, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
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