October 22nd, 2008
07:01 PM ET
5 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. Chi.

    Another loser on the loose. Could someone find something for Gulliani to do please. By the way who is he married to these days?

    October 22, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  2. Aviate

    How many times does Rudy mention 9/11 in the call?

    The McCain campaign has officially gone from tragedy to farce.

    October 22, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  3. former gop

    I wonder if it starts with, "What are you wearing? Because I'm wearing a pretty dress and candy apple lipstick."

    The man likes to wear women's clothing. Dress up once – okay it's a costume. But when you're photographed multiply times in ladies clothes...I guess that makes a great republican.

    October 22, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  4. willcnnpostthis?

    "I'm Rudolph 9/11 Guiliani and I approve this message, 9/11"

    McCain's attacks are lies.

    October 22, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  5. Kathy J.

    Rudy G. lost his last marble.

    October 22, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  6. Gregory G Wied Jr

    I like how he's saying he wants murderers and sex offenders to walk the streets, which just isn't true. He wants to get rid of minimum sentences, which I agree with. If there's a kid who's 18 and sleeps with a girl who's say 17, should that be a 5 year sentence? I don't think so.

    October 22, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  7. Gina

    Is anyone listening to ole' Rudy these days? I don't think so.

    October 22, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  8. Kate

    Stuff it, Rudy. You had your chance and YOUR brilliant 'judgement' was to bank everything on one state. Obama has more integrity in his big toe than you have in your entire being. Still riding the coattails of 9/11? Pathetic.

    October 22, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  9. Obama is for UNITING of the PEOPLE

    WHO IS THIS....didn't he cheat on his WIFE????????

    October 22, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  10. DR in So. Cali

    RePugnants are getting downright nasty! They are desperate and will say anything!

    Obama-Biden in ’08!

    October 22, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  11. Sandra

    Giuliani is just one of the most horrible person I ever hear speak in a campaign he has no substance or credibility whatsoever...

    These tactics just stink and the American people are just smarter & deserve better than that!

    October 22, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  12. Todd

    Go hug George W.

    October 22, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  13. Obama Supporter from FL

    Mandatory minimums are idiotic. The major problem now is that you have mandatory minimums for a bunch of drug crimes, NOT necessarily for violent offenses.

    Frankly, I think we would all be better off if judges sentenced drug dealers to shorter prison sentences so we had the space to lock up the more serious offenders.

    October 22, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  14. maynard hopkins wi

    GIVE THEM HELL RUDY.... ITS PAYBACK TIME !!!!

    October 22, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  15. Obama Supporter

    Rudy Giuliani can not blast anyone because he has his own issues.....issues that I think are more serious than the ones that he says are confronting Sen. Obama. If we had known what we know now about Rudy Giuliani, we would have had second thoughts about him becoming the Governor of New York.

    October 22, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  16. Lynn, CT

    Reforming mandatory minimum sentences does not eliminate sending someone to jail. It does, however, give judges the ability to take situations into account which are not entirely black and white and be sure the punishment fits the crime. It also allows for common sense, something the McCain campaign increasingly seems to be lacking.

    October 22, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  17. rok

    Giuliani does not have credibilty. Everything about him is ZERO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 22, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  18. Coda

    Outside of far right conservatives, who respects Giuliani? Who would this nonsense appeal too? The GOP is officially a lame duck.

    October 22, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  19. Disgusted with the GOP

    Rudy Giuliani is on the sinking ship that is the republican party, and these nasty and viciously untrue lies they are spreading are only bringing them down faster. This will be the year America realized the Republicans true colors.

    October 22, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  20. thomas

    Right now we should be focused on sending a bunch of fat cats and crooked politicians to prison for all of their crimes against the American people. Getting nervous, Rudy?

    October 22, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  21. Sam-NJ

    Guiliani makes me sick, he will do anything with no regard to morals and ethics. He is a gold digger and I am sure Mccain promised him something if he wins.

    October 22, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  22. FN Wright

    Look at the pic - Giuliani is a weasel or a ferret... and he smells like one too...

    October 22, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  23. lolo

    Hey did you say that you cheat on your wife and used money, cars and other stated benefits to court her the new wife, of course you didn't, next time when you make a call, add that to the robo message, Take it from me, I 'm a liar and a cheat you can beleive me. Get real.

    October 22, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  24. Lisa P

    Giuliani is creepy, no question about it. Hence his lack of success in the Republican primaries. I hope this robocall doesn't scare my cat like the last one did.

    October 22, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  25. jfs Memhis, Tn

    Why doesn't this former Democrat go away for awhile and get hair plugs or something done with those teeth !!! I think he turned Republican shortly after 911 ??? At anyrate he thought that he would have had a shot at the VP position in 04'. Channey fooled them all and did not have to resign for health reasons.

    October 22, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
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