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. kristi

    Giuliani, go find a job.

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

    I used to kind of like Giuliani...how can he call himself a true republican? he's confused

    October 22, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  3. Charlie Bradley

    Desperate Times
    Desperate Measures
    Desperate Housewives
    Desperate McCain
    Desperate Palin

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

    the real team of change is McCain/Palin. there are a team of outsiders and her being a women means real change. Obama broke with public financing and Biden looks like a pathetic tired old man. 2 men does not equal change. Same old washington crap. same old phony slick democrat politicians. women who are you voting for. a man who could of picked hilary clinton instead he called her little annie oakley
    and picked an old man. obama is a sexist.

    October 22, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  5. Obama '08

    Using the phrase 'liberal allies' to conjur up fear does not convince me that McCain would be a President that could reach across the aisle.

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

    This man cannot be trusted. An ever growing number of conservative pundits have spoken out against this latest ploy of the RNC. It would figure that Guilianni would be for them!

    And no wonder a Republican-controlled Congress voted to make it so political phone calls would not be subject to the Do Not Call list.

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

    i agree let all the criminals out

    October 22, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  8. Jacob K. in Montreal

    I have lost any respect I had for Giuliani. I don't know what has possessed him but this is not the articulate, intelligent man I admired.

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

    You "Tina" that made such comment. I reject your terrible comment. You must have evil mind, if 9/11 happen again you will be held responsible. Tina evil mind.

    October 22, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  10. Red, Red WHINE!!

    Giulliani...a man that couldn't even protect his own city! What a disgrace, to allow your population to be attacked, and then act like some kind of hero in the absolute face of your failure. Disgusting slime ball that embodies all that is wrong with america!

    This is the most anti-american politician ever...after McCain, Palin, Bush and Cheney!

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

    Who cares what Guilani thinks, says or does. Washed up has been that is just trying to get himself a position in Washington, so he can bleed the taxpayers dry.

    October 22, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  12. Stupid is as stupid does

    Hey Gulliani,

    Guess the GOP had you sling some mud since the baracuda has been trown back in the water. Guess what, people don't care when they lose their house. Let's get to what's imprtant, shall we?

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

    Whatever! This is a new day and the old days of "smear as the center" of a campaign is over. The American people have evolved. Get to the real issues, my cable just got cut off for goodness sake.

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

    He says "liberal" like its a bad thing..??

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

    Is it just me or is it like nails on a chalk board when this man speaks?

    October 22, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  16. Micheal Sean O'Brien

    Rudy.., you have become a 'joke'. Mike in Montana

    October 22, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  17. deborah, WV

    These guys are truly scary! I took a blogger's advice and googled
    " PNAC and John McCain and I was floored! Please look for yourself.

    October 22, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  18. Democrat for McCain

    Rudy! Rudy! RUDY!

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

    McCain was tested ..sure..and was caught by the Viets!

    October 22, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  20. Kish from Britain

    How dare this pig that couldnt win his party nomination with all the hype he had, come out and snort all these rubbish.............PATHETIC

    October 22, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  21. Carla4Obama

    He really needs to go and sit down before he has a heart attack, he is so CROOKED! No should should listen to anything this man has to say on of the biggest CROOKS in history!

    October 22, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  22. Mike in Ohio

    Rudy is living up to his reputation as one of the nastiest people in politics. Figures they would roll him out at this stage of their desperation.

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

    Rusy has no morals whats so ever. He has a big mouth and an empty head.
    OBAMA*BIDEN

    October 22, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  24. Frank G

    Another audition for the FoxNews Channel?

    October 22, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  25. former gop

    By the way, I know hard core right-wing republicans who won't vote for McCain because they're afraid of Palin becoming president.

    You can do all the robocalls you want. Even if you got Jesus himself to record a robocall, you're not going to relieve people of their fear of a Palin presidency.

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