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. Mike D. in San Diego

    Now I've seen some politicians rewrite history to make themselves not appear at fault, but this takes the cake. Congratulations Mr. Giuliani on fulfilling George Orwell's prophecy. Just to refresh your memory there were 2 major terrorist attacks under Bush...9/11 was one. The other one was the terrorist attack that Bush/Cheney and company perpetrated on thousands of innocent people in Iraq.

    January 8, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  2. Jane/Seattle

    OOps! Sorry CNN! You had the first one. Thanks.

    January 8, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  3. Independent in Florida

    I've lost nearly all respect for Giuliani. He was a hero, he was seen as someone who could lead and relate to the people. Now he's just attempting to rewrite history as many others in the Republican Party have been doing in the name of partisan politics. What possible good could come from following in the footsteps of self-important and occasionally delusional people like Cheny and Palin, who've already made it clear they couldn't lead during their terms but felt qualified to criticize others in positions they'd either failed at or never reached? Giuliani's chosen to put his party before his country. This is sad....

    January 8, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  4. Jason

    Of course he says such nonsense, that's all Repubs do. Forget about the truth, lie about the facts, scare the citizens into goose stepping down the streets. It's called history, check out Germany circa 1924.

    January 8, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  5. Bill

    ignorance is bliss.

    Stupid.

    January 8, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  6. me

    I think that is a pretty epic memory laps!

    January 8, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  7. Vinny

    Crazy?!...

    January 8, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  8. Peter E

    Exactly how is the December bombing any more Obama's fault than Bush's? Obama has not changed our security procedures in any way from Bush. He used the same intelligence agencies, and even the same TSA that Bush set up. In fact, Obama even increased defense spending from Bush. So whatever system failed in December, it was exactly the one Bush set up for us!
    Oh, and for the record, Bush was the one who released hundreds of detainees from Guantanamo without trial, including Yemeni terrorists!

    January 8, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  9. CitizenAJ

    This from the man who could only campaign on the September 11th attacks thinking that would catapult him into the white house. Everytime a republican speaks now, they sound ignorant and attack their fellow citizens as being unpatriotic. Why would you come on national T.V. and make the comment he made? The republicans try to win elections by scaring an uninformed majority into thinking that their political opponents are soft on security and sympathetic to terrorist. If this line of campaigning works as it did when Bush ran against Kerry, may God help this nation.

    January 8, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  10. Jeff

    I think I speak for hundreds of millions of people around the nation who wish they didn't, rudy. but they did. it happened. we've learned a lot, and made some mistakes as well.

    January 8, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  11. gmau

    Anthrax??? This guy's shameless.

    January 8, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  12. AG

    Are the hosts at ABC's Good Morning America so useless that Giuliani's comment was not challenged on the spot? They need George Stephanopoulos to make a blog comment.

    Is CNN's John King just as useless to not know 9/11 occurred during Bush's failed presidency?

    For Fox (News?) to give Dana Perino a total pass is no surprise form the Republican Channel.

    American news becomes more and more useless every day.

    January 8, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  13. Chris

    Wait...the worst terror attack on US soil ever and now they are denying it.....sound like Iran denying theslaughter of Jews and Christians in WWII

    January 8, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  14. Jeff

    Does being oversexed and dressing in drag make someone delirious and have memory loss? Just wondering.

    January 8, 2010 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  15. usualone

    How are the naysayers such as Giuliani,, Matlin, and Dana Perino going to respond to Mr. Stephanopoulos's comments? I guess they figure there are enough uneducated people out there who will believe their comments. Giuliani is another one who should disappear from the public eye. He only causes troubles. He doesn't have the decency to be quiet. There must be some Republicans out there with intelligence. Once in a while one may go out in public and will make a thoughtful, intelligent statement. They certainly are a rare breed.

    January 8, 2010 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  16. Molly Weasley

    It's one thing for little George to mention this in his blog. Why didn't he ask Giuliani this question DURING THE INTERVIEW?

    Not journalism at its finest.

    January 8, 2010 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  17. caron

    It is so sickening - it really makes you almost hate the republicans.

    January 8, 2010 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  18. JP

    Is this guy serious? How is what just happened any different from what happened with the shoe bomber? That happened about 7-8 years ago, I thought. I suppose this has NOTHING to do with politicization and fear mongering.

    January 8, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  19. Limbaugh is a liberal

    Oh, and I see the recession starting in 2001-2002 is somehow Clinton's fault, but the recession of 2008-2009 is NOT Bush's fault? Great logic! Hypocrites!

    January 8, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  20. Charlie O

    So President Bush attack occurs 8 months after he takes oath and he inherited it. Obama's take place a liitle less than a year and it is his fault ROTFLMAO

    January 8, 2010 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  21. Clint, Wa.

    Send out the men in white suits with a straight jacket, this guy is crazy.

    January 8, 2010 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  22. Striker

    I...what?

    January 8, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  23. kr

    These people remember only what they want to remember and spread multiple lies about the truth.

    January 8, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  24. Rich Muzio

    Somewhere it must be written in a Republican strategy paper: "The best offense is LIE." So many of them seem to have embraced this tact, I find it hard to believe that their misstatements are from ignorance.

    January 8, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  25. Darren

    News Story: Memory loss runs rampant in GOP...

    January 8, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
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