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. Peter (CA)

    Giuliani is even filthier than the rest of the McCain campaign. His smugness at the RNC showed he should not hold any public office as he thinks he is too good to deal with regular people.

    October 22, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  2. VON BISMARK,Vienna.

    The world is watching.

    October 22, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  3. Arkansas Undertaker

    This from the man who was instrumental in giving America George W. Bush.

    I dont think so Mr. 9/11! Go back to New York and get back under your rock!

    October 22, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  4. GP

    Rudy, just go back to whatever it is you do.

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

    WOW how long has it been since he held office?

    October 22, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  6. Glenn in California

    Biden had the best line ever about Giuliani, the one that in every sentence he uses a noun, a verb, and 9/11.

    Giuliani was great as the mayor of NYC in cleaning up the city and dealing with crime. After that, it was all downhill to the point where he's now a total joke.

    October 22, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  7. Steve/ Houston,TX

    Rudy the Idiot is another non-issue. GOP really knows how to waste their money. If your going to spread something, try spreading the truth!!!

    October 22, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  8. Illinois Blue Dog

    So Giulianni interupting people during their dinner hour with robocalls is McCain's new weapon? Isn't Giulianni the same guy who spent the entire Republican primary season in Florida and still finished 3rd in the state? Isn't Giulianni the same guy who pimped out 9/11 during his speech at the Republican convention? What a loser.
    And by the way, I'm a prosecutor (just like Giulianni used to be); mandatory minimums don't work.

    October 22, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  9. President OBAMA

    FEAR FEAR FEAR FEAR FEAR FEAR FEAR......

    That's all the republicans have!

    HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA

    Can you say President Obama?

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

    Does anyone even care about Guliani anymore? His only claim to fame is a national tragedy that he was foisted upon him. Every time he defends the Republican BS, I just want to puke. How anyone can defend the decisions of the McCain campaign with a straight face says more about their personal character than the sad state of the campaign itself. That's saying a lot.

    October 22, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  11. katiec

    If I were a republican I would be embarressed to admit it.
    I know you cannot support or agree with the actions
    your party is taking.
    They have become so radical, so dishonorable, so
    extreme with their campaigning.
    No wonder our country is in such a mess. Look at the
    caliber of the people who have been running it.
    There is no level as to how low they will stoop.

    October 22, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  12. Preco, NY

    Who is Ruddy Julliani?

    If Robo calls win crucial elections, why did he not use it to win the GOP nomination.

    Enough of these clowns parading as leaders. Americans have better values!!!

    October 22, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  13. Donna

    Anyone remember how popular Rudy was on September 10, 2001?

    Not very.

    October 22, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  14. FemiMommy

    When someone has to say "It's true..." you can be sure it's not.

    October 22, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  15. Evan

    get out of the way Rudy, a new generation is a coming!

    October 22, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  16. Tom, KS

    These people will reap the whirl wind when the election is over. Shame on all the GOP.

    October 22, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  17. Kelby from Houston, TX

    You can lie, You can bare false witness, you can hate, and you can lie some more. IT JUST WON'T WORK! And they know it's not working. I can feel their anger and frustration from here. It burns like fire consuming their souls.
    I believe that even if Obama does not win The Great State of Texas, he will most certainly win The City Of Houston

    VOTE FOR DEMOCRATS
    VOTE FOR OBAMA
    THAT ONE '08

    October 22, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  18. Mark

    Did Obama have a short relationship with a male midgit in late 90's??? I have got to know this before I vote!!!

    October 22, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  19. Laidetea

    Some how Giuliani thought that he qualified to become president but he drop out after the first primary started.

    October 22, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  20. John

    I thought this hacks 15 minutes was up when the Florida folks sent him home crying. Only a Republican would lump Obama with such a distinguished group and then badmouth the group. Does the GOP really think that people are that stupid and gullible (aside from the "twenty-four percenters")?

    October 22, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  21. Texas for Obama

    Has anyone mentioned that most people hang up on robocalls?

    Caller ID is a beautiful thing.

    Who wants to listen to some old man with a cartoon voice anyway?
    Giuliani's lisp sounds like he's spitting into the phone. Gross!

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

    The robo calls and negative ads are totally demeaning to the intelligence of the American people and the political system. Talk about the issues!!!!!! The slimy use of the facts is a turn-off.

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

    HYPOCRITE!

    Never heard a word from this fool regarding McCain's robocall lies!

    Typical republican!

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

    Well, if it is Giuliani speaking nobody will be able to understand a word of it, anyway.

    October 22, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  25. Allan G.

    Hey Dems...Looks like Obama's got it in the bag...No need to vote now . Call and tell all your friends the good news, especially you guys that registered multiple times. All there is to do now is sit at home and wait for your check.... And just think of your dumb company owner where you work, he has to work even harder to pay for it all, what a dope. Yes Sir...were well on our way to a wonderful economic recovery.

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