January 8th, 2010
12:37 PM ET
4 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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soundoff (301 Responses)
  1. Jamie Hall

    Ummmm...huh?

    January 8, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  2. Katherine, California

    Typical Republican. Keep repeating the same lies and eventually your sheep believe you. But the rest of us who are paying attention don't buy it.

    January 8, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  3. NC

    How can any of us forget September 11.

    January 8, 2010 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  4. Tony in PA - ex republican

    These people are delusional. How can anyone take them seriously with comments like this. I dont look at democrats with rosey glasses but, these people are insane if they think the masses can't see through them. Guiliani, Perino, and Matalin degrade themselves by trying to insult the public's intelligence with this political tiger trap.

    January 8, 2010 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  5. The Man

    This reflects and embodies the culture of RNC. They have their own realities. Not only did the September attacks happened during Bush's term, but it happened on his second term, which means he inherited from himself. That's a reality.
    It's really sad to think the lost lives of Americans are used as propaganda by a polictical party.

    January 8, 2010 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  6. Justin

    Guiliani cannot be serious! Bush had the biggest terrorist attack while he was in office. 9/11!!!

    January 8, 2010 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  7. Max

    Gonna go out on a limb and say King didn't challenge the blatant falsehood either. King and Stephanolpoulis are 2 reasons why the media is irrelevant. You deserve to be the last place cable news outlet.

    January 8, 2010 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  8. Jordu

    I think this is a good example of how the Republicans will say ANYTHING to get elected. If a Republican politician tells me that we are in 2010, and he/she is up for election, i am first going to double check my calendar.

    January 8, 2010 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  9. Joe

    Bleeding heart conservatives (those that have a heart, that is) always stretching the facts to points of outright lies. Seems they would realize lying and pointing fingers is not the way to get things done. That is one major reason they have lost the majority in congress and the White House. They just don’t get it!

    January 8, 2010 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  10. harold

    Except for the attack on 9/11. Where does this Rudy fellow live?.. On the Moon or Mars?...All the warnings and flight school antics by the terrorists on 9/11 were ignored...You could call it.....stupid.. or something more nice maybe?

    January 8, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  11. Dyan, Minnesota

    This is an outright lie on the part of the Republican party, and shame on CNN and any other media outlet that doesn't call them on it! The WORST terrorist attack on this country happened nine months AFTER Bush took office. If the underwear bomber is called an attack, then so is the shoe bomer and that happened under Bush.

    I realize that new outlets are owned by corprorations who are biased in favor of Repubicans, but this is outrageous!

    January 8, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  12. Milton Williams

    The right-wing wako's believe Americans as a whole are ignorant and have short memories. The BS they put out just amazes me!

    January 8, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  13. Matt

    Historically on the right there have always have been deniers of historical facts, most notably the Holocaust deniers.

    January 8, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  14. lake

    9/11, shoe bomber. George Bush president for 8 months.
    Its was Clinton fault he left this plot on Bush.
    Christmas Bomber. Obama president for 11 months.
    Rudy, Mary did Obama inherit this attack from Bush.
    like he inherited two wars?

    January 8, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  15. Mr. Buckles

    Tool.

    January 8, 2010 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  16. Moderate

    No domestic terror attacks under bush? I am amazed at this new spin? Wasn't he in NY on 9-11? 3,000 people were killed there and another group at the pentagon in DC? What about the plane that went down in Penn? Is he just pretending or really that stupid??

    January 8, 2010 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  17. Russ in Benton Ar

    Giuliani, and the Republicans have no idea what the word "truth" means.

    January 8, 2010 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  18. GP

    GS already stated it, but... yeah, that little thing called the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks: domestic attack. The shoe bomber? Domestic attack. And those planes originated in the United States! Flight 253 originated in Amsterdam. Maybe they meant HW?

    Don't tell lies to keep terror in the media conversation. Shut up, get working, stop terror. Then let's resolve our world of other problems before you start wasting everyone's time and the news hole with mudslung crap.

    January 8, 2010 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  19. jafs3

    Cheney/Bush mantra: If you keep saying a lie over and over it will be the truth.

    January 8, 2010 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  20. JerseyDevil

    What is this insanity?? Are the Republicans really resorting to the 2+2=5 Method? No truth, no accurate history, ..This is truly a scary occourance. Please do not vote these maniacs into power ever again..Jeesh 9/11 never happened now? What's next?

    January 8, 2010 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  21. rfk

    Actually they are technically correct; 9/11 and the shoe bomber occured when Dick Cheney was president.

    January 8, 2010 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  22. pelli

    9/11: 1) terroist attack 2) in the United States

    January 8, 2010 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  23. bryan

    Are you kidding? maybe they took the attention away from Afghanistan and going into Iraq so they could harvest some of those poppy fields for personal use...they are absolutely crazy with not taking responsibility for anything...

    January 8, 2010 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  24. Abbie Koahl

    Idiot Republicans!

    January 8, 2010 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  25. Tina, NC

    The Republicans are always trying to rewrite history.

    January 8, 2010 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
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