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. Mark

    Is it true that obama fooled around with a male midgit in the fall of 1997??? I need to know the answer to this before I vote...

    October 22, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  2. geraldine

    Uh oh – prepare for the onslaught of charges of racism, negative ads, smearing, etc.

    Heaven forbid someone hold Obama accountable for his legislative record. That desperate ploy is just trying to distract voters from "real" issues, like who can dance the best, give smoother speeches and get higher favorable ratings in France.

    Unfortunately, robocalls (or going door-to-door, i suppose) is the only way to get any modicum of truth out there – networks, papers, this website and others like it certainly won't.

    October 22, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  3. George of Texas

    Giuliani is like a broken record keeps repeating the yester-year mantra of judgment and experience.

    October 22, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  4. Nia Hussein- Phoenix, AZ

    noun, verb, 9/11...noun verb, 9/11 Guliani needs to stop the robocalls need to stop...

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

    Íts getting ugly. What comes next? I think there comes alot more Attacks till November4

    October 22, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  6. Accountant Guy

    LOL, guess this is the best the Republicans can do!! Get out and Barack the Vote America!!

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 22, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  7. Laura

    Sorry Giuliani .. but without the title Mayor of New York ( attach to 9/11 ) you really are not that important. Go spend time with your kids, last I heard things were not that impressive.

    Oh by the way ... you took millions from Mexico because you were suppose to ' bring change ' ... what happen? You got paid and NEVER return. Mexico D.F. is wondering what happen to their millions. Crime is at it's worst .....

    October 22, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  8. President OBAMA

    This man is an IDIOT and has nothing useful to add. SHUT UP GUILIANNI!!

    We're TAKING OUR COUNTRY BACK!!!!

    My husband and I just sent our ballots in for Obama!

    Can't wait until November 5th and these liars are silenced!

    October 22, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  9. Erik

    Man, what happened to you, Rudy? I used to think you were one of the few sane Republicans left. Now you just remind me more of Sean Hannity than, well, Rudy Giuliani. Go back to your consulting firm.

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

    You have got to be kidding me...

    October 22, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  11. Chris (WA)

    1,000$ bet on the fact that CNN left out another 9/11 comment he made.

    That guy is even dumber than Sarah Palin.

    October 22, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  12. Abdul

    This Idiots are just hurting Mccain More haha suckers

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 22, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  13. joe kiloz

    OBAMA'S...................TOUGHEST.................................CRITIC......................

    JOE......................BIDEN.......................WHO.........................KNOWS..............

    HIM.....................WELL

    October 22, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  14. matt

    Here's another Republican blurting out a fist full of lies. I doubt I'll ever vote for another Republican again. I won't even elect one to be a dog catcher!
    VOTE STRAIGHT DEMOCRATIC

    October 22, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  15. Credit Card Republicans

    Crawl back to your sewer hole Rudy.You have no credibility.

    October 22, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  16. Vegas Barbie for Obama

    Poor Rudy, reduced to robo calling. Strong talk from a man who, while mayor of NYC, made it a crime to be homeless and had people arrested for being victims of an economy that left them on the fringes. Him doing these calls for the losing McCain campaign is a comedy of errors!
    OBAMA/BIDEN '08 & '12 YES WE CAN!!!!

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

    Yet another shameful move for the McCain campaign. Have they actually read Mr. Obama's plans?

    It doesn't seem so, judging by their continued attacks.

    October 22, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  18. Olivia from Colorado

    Just another angry washed-up Republican.

    October 22, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  19. Jeff, Oregon

    Another "us" vs. "the liberals" comment. Will these politicians ever learn that voters are turned off by this divisive rhetoric...?

    October 22, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  20. Clare

    This is getting really sad.....
    I have lost all respect for the Republican party.

    October 22, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  21. sh

    Isn't he the one who could not win the nomination who cares about a looser and lobbyist. Signs of deperation from Republicans. Pathetic from a cross dresser.

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

    Giuliani...god gave you a chance to live after your cancer scare..so be greatful and stop talking rubbish!

    October 22, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  23. Dave

    The McCain campaign is so desperate to win by any means necessary, that they can't tell they are hurting their own chances with these negative campaign tactics.

    October 22, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  24. Liz, St. Louis, Mo

    Just one word 'Disgusting'. How desperate will these people get?!!!

    October 22, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  25. Julie-Washington State

    I think this is so wrong in so many ways. McCain has left his campagin to be ran by the same people who crucified him in 2000, that is why before Obama was in the lead McCain said he would run a fair and honest campaign on issues.
    Rudy Giulaini is an out and out liar in this respect.

    October 22, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
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