January 8th, 2010
12:37 PM ET
5 years ago

Giuliani says no 'domestic terror attacks' under Bush

Rudy Giuliani said Friday that the United States was not subjected to domestic terror attacks when he was in office.
Rudy Giuliani said Friday that the United States was not subjected to domestic terror attacks when he was in office.

(CNN) - Echoing recent comments from former Bush administration officials, Rudy Giuliani defended former President George Bush's record on terrorism Friday, saying the country was not subjected to domestic terror attacks when he was in office.

"We had no domestic attacks under Bush; we've had one under Obama," Giuliani said on ABC's Good Morning America.

Democrats and other political observers were quick to question Giuliani's comments, wondering how the former New York City mayor would classify the attacks of September 11, 2001, as well as Richard Reid's attempted shoe-bombing in late 2001.

"Giuliani seems to have forgotten about the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks and shoe bomber Richard Reid," ABC's George Stephanopoulos, who conducted the Giuliani interview, wrote on his blog.

Giuliani's comments are similar to those of former White House Press Secretary Dana Perino and former Dick Cheney aide Mary Matalin, both of whom have said in recent weeks no terrorism attacks occurred under Bush.

"We did not have a terrorist attack on our country during President Bush's term," Perino told Fox News last November.

In December, Mary Matalin - a former senior adviser to Vice President Dick Cheney - made comments that seemed to place the 9/11 attacks under President Clinton's watch. "We inherited a recession from President Clinton and we inherited the most tragic attack on our own soil in our nation's history," Matalin a CNN analyst, told John King on CNN's "State of the Union" last month.


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  1. jerry

    My gosh, he really didn't say that did he? He must be taking lessons from Palin.

    January 8, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  2. Michael

    Now September 11 was NOT a terrorist attack?
    Do these people even have a working definition of terrorism anymore, or has it just become a catchword for anything they want it to mean in a given phrase?
    Republicans are behaving like Big Brother in Orwell's novel: they will spew the most specious and self-contradictory nonsense in every direction; they don't seem to realize Americans do not have to go along with everything they say! Until they have total control and are able to punish dissention with torture (as Cheney & Giuliani would probably love to), we are not going to uncritically accept their doublespeak.
    Mr. Giuliani, lying through your teeth may ingratiate you with GOP power-loonies, but the public is still your boss.

    January 8, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  3. Cheryl

    If you never admit you make mistakes, how do you fix them?
    These so-called leaders like Giuliani are not interested in solving the country's problems. They're only playing games. They aren't here to serve the people, their only agenda is to keep getting re-elected into a privileged and powerful lifestyle.

    January 8, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  4. ck

    i clearly remember george bush standing on the rubble of the WTC after the 9/11...as our acting president. and also remember the bush administration inheriting valuable intel that they ignored which ultimately lead to the attacks. i remember the infamous shoe bomber. and the the anthrax attacks. i also remember the corporate terrorists of AIG, Enron and the like. things were actually much more dangerous for americans under bush. how easily the republican party forgets their faults and unpatriotic actions.

    January 8, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  5. brandy pappas

    As usual Giuliani has his head up in you know what. The Republicans had the biggest attack on our soil with 9/11. Who was
    in charge then. It wasn't Clinton, it was Bush. Republicans always want to take credit for what is good and when they screw up as they did the whole 8 years they want to blame someone else. Maybe you
    should get some real men in your Party.

    January 8, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  6. Try Again Rudy...

    Guilliani is a clown. He didn't forget about 9/11, while he was pushing his failed presidential campaign. He is hoping that we will forget about the fact that 9/11 happened on Bush's watch. He's plum crazy if he thinks we're going to forget the worst attack EVER on this country and the fact that we lost nearly 3,000 lives.

    Try again Rudy, that dog just won't hunt. The reasons George W. Bush is listed as the 7th Worst President Ever are many, and newsflash, 9/11 is on the top of that list. We will never forget.

    January 8, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  7. AJNY

    Wow; that's a relief.

    I had this really bad dream where terrorists flew planes into the twin towers and the Pentagon, and crashed a third one in Pennsylvania. But the worst part? In retaliation, Bush went off and invaded Iraq!!

    January 8, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  8. Hot Dog

    This man is stupid. It makes no difference wether it is a Democratic or Republican president that is in office when terrorist decide to attack. The point is that terrorist hate America regardless of what political party holds the office of President. Any notion that one political party is better at providing security over the other is foolishness.

    January 8, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  9. Steve/Houston,TX

    Giuliani should really go sit in a corner somewhere and shut up! I mean really....

    January 8, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  10. racist

    I wonder what wacky weed in NY he's smoking! LOL! Where were those buildings that were destroyed in 2001? Oh yeah, NYC, your home town! LOL! What a nut job!

    January 8, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  11. Wisco

    We've known for some time that Republicans have their own reality.

    January 8, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  12. Catherine

    Wow – that is simply unbelievable. An Guiliani was the mayor of New York during the Sept. 11th attacks, and he doesn't remember who was president?

    January 8, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  13. rudyidiotboy

    and all his sanity slips in front of millions!

    January 8, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  14. joe

    No terrorist attacks under Bush?! Hmmm..... Was the World Trade Center – the LARGEST terrorist attack on this country under not on Shrub's watch? As I recall, it was at least eight months after Shrub took office. What about Richard Ried – the shoe bomber. Was that also not on Shrub's watch? How can these people so blatantly distort the facts and keep a straight face? When I was a kid, my parents would have called this lying.

    January 8, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  15. Steve Fedder

    Unless of course you count 9/11.

    January 8, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  16. Jacq

    Republicans lie so much,it's no even funny

    January 8, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  17. Centrist

    The gloves need to come off NOW. Enough giving Bush, Cheney and the GOP a pass for failing to prevent Sept 11, as well as the domestic DC sniper and anthrax attacks. Dems need to adopt teh Rove strategy – attack your opponents percieved strengths. The GOP failed to keep America safe and should NEVER be allowed to forget this.

    January 8, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  18. Limbaugh is a liberal

    Sure, no domestic ones. That's because Bush served up thousands of our soldiers directly to terrorist attacks in Iraq where we had no way to prevent such attacks. If you were a terrorist, would you go through the pain of trying to go through airport security to get to America, or would you rather just walk among Iraqis right up to Americans, un checked and just detonate? Geez, hard decision.

    January 8, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  19. Jacq

    Republicans lie so much,it's no even funny,where's Joe Wilson when you need him

    January 8, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  20. Phillip Bunn

    Rudy Giuliani is a moron. He needs to have an affair with Sarah Palin and the two of them give birth to the missing link that will complete the Darwinian theory of evolution.

    January 8, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  21. Andrew Steiner

    From a pathological or sociological perspective... isn't it amazing how the GOP elite attempt to re-write history? Everyone knows that there are failures in every administration, Republican or Democrat... but to wash their hands clean of any errors in stewardship and leadership from 2001 to 2009... is just fascinating. Incredulous and disgusting... but fascinating. Shame, shame, shame.

    January 8, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  22. Jane/Seattle

    CNN: I rather liked the first comment I made that you chose not to put here! Mr. 911 is a shameless pandering Hack!

    January 8, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  23. Thomas, Illinois

    Rudy? Are you stoned or stupid?

    January 8, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  24. Unenrolled in Massachusetts

    Why can't our politicians speak truthfully?

    January 8, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  25. Bernadette Capossela

    Wow Giuiani and Cheney are something else. No terror attacks on Bush's watch.??? Did anyone REALLY expect personal responsibility from either of these clowns?. Next they will be saying that someone other than Cheney shot the lawyer and someone else MUST have cheated on Giuliani's wife.

    January 8, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
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