March 23rd, 2010
10:10 AM ET
5 years ago

Rudy Giuliani says Obama can't fool him

 Rudy Giuliani takes aim at President Obama.
Rudy Giuliani takes aim at President Obama.

(CNN) - Sitting in the stands above a rain-soaked field at Yankee Stadium Monday, Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said the president is not making good on his promise to make jobs the number one priority of his administration.

While guest-hosting CNBC's "Closing Bell," Giuliani said of the president that "jobs is not his No. 1 priority. He wouldn't have passed this bill if jobs was his No. 1 priority. He would've spent the last year working on jobs. My No. 1 priority when I was mayor of New York City was bringing down crime. I know what a No. 1 priority is – so he can't fool me that jobs is his No. 1 priority."

Giuliani went on to criticize House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Congress saying, "This was an ideological act by the Congress yesterday, not a sensible health care decision."


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soundoff (136 Responses)
  1. chill

    Rudy, hard as it may be for you one-track Repubs to grasp, it is possible to work on two things at once.

    March 23, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  2. BobH

    The healthcare bill does increase jobs, and also makes it easier to hire workers by lowering the burden on providing healthcare for them. More to the point, Obama spent considerable time on ARRA and other bills aimed directly at improving the economy and protecting jobs. All current economic indicators show that he was successful at curbing job loss and supporting those who were unemployed– despite Republican claims to the contrary. He also passed the largest tax reduction for the middle class in history.

    Rudy Giulliani takes full credit for reducing crime in NY (his "No. 1 priority") despite the fact that crime went down in urban areas coast to coast– not just in NY.

    March 23, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  3. David

    I guess he is right. I am ideological opposed to rationing health care by peoples ability to pay which is what our health system is based on. Now maybe more people can actually get coverage.

    March 23, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  4. Mary Kuiphoff

    Actually, though I am not in favor of the health bill nor the job that President Obama is doing, if it will take as many people to implement and birddog the health care iniatives, there should be lots of new jobs... everyone will just be working for the government.

    March 23, 2010 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  5. Geoff

    I stopped caring about anything Giuliani says the minute he said "There were no domestic terror attacks while Bush was in office."

    March 23, 2010 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  6. The Fabians

    I wouldn't worry too much about this Administration, though it is a historic(which I ain't happy, which is odd), I say let him fool the people, he didn't fool me. And there is a lot of time and who knows, some people are comparing this to other programs like Medicare, Social Security or Medicaid but Social Security was different in many ways so I think Medicare is probaby best comparison.

    I say who cares! This President is gonna down by the numbers, and this will have a long lasting impact and I for one, could not have been so happy for finally, letting people learn the HARD way, :)

    Is good for you, some psychologist also argue, healthy! :)

    March 23, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  7. Video Guy

    I guess its hard to fool a fool

    March 23, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  8. maf

    Blah, Blah, Blah Rudy. You and your party have nothing to fight for or against other than anything the Dems put forward. You have no idea whether the health care bill will work or not but you have all staked your political careers on its failure. Shame on you!

    March 23, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  9. Tenees

    Guliani shut the hell up!! Obama doesn't just have one priority he has multiple priorities. Who are you trying to deceive just because you don't agree with him. Stop condemning and start learning how to support each other even when you don't agree at times.

    March 23, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  10. Dem from AZ

    The republican noise machine comes in all sizes and shapes. He is just doing the status quo of what Republicans are use to doing when a Dem is in office.

    March 23, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  11. Beverly - NYC

    Sour grapes, from someone who could get elected dogcatcher in NY. Republicans can't have it both ways. You were invitied to bring your ideas to the party, instead Republicans wasted the summer with fake birth certificates, deathers, tea bagging, and two pieces of blank paper in large binder clips. Republicans won one seat in Mass. and let the "victory" go to their heads, daring Democrats to pass the bill without their help, well they did. Now the children want to pout because they didn't go to the party where everyone had fun.

    What I see with all this complaining are Republicans rightfully running scared, how can they possibly sell their NO votes as a good thing. If I bragged to my boss at an annual review how little I did, I would be out on my buns. Of course the 19% who still identify as Republicans will eat your BS with a spoon. The Independents you now want to woo may have a tougher time swallowing this mess.

    The President , Nancy Pelosi and the Democratsgot it done, PERIOD.

    March 23, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
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