Giuliani: Biden has 'never been bright'
August 15th, 2012
03:41 PM ET
2 years ago

Giuliani: Biden has 'never been bright'

(CNN) – Rudy Giuliani on Wednesday questioned Joe Biden's "mental capacity" to lead, delivering a blistering attack against the vice president's competence one day after Biden made a controversial remark on the campaign trail.

"I mean, this guy just isn't bright. He's never been bright. He isn't bright," Giuliani, a Republican, said on CNBC. "And people think, `Well, he just talks a little too much.' Actually, he's just not very smart."

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Giuliani also slammed Biden in an interview on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight."

On Tuesday, the vice president stirred controversy when he told a Virginia crowd that Mitt Romney's vision for Wall Street reform would reduce regulations and put people "in chains."

"(Romney) is going to let the big banks once again write their own rules, unchain Wall Street," Biden said at a campaign event in Danville. "He is going to put y'all back in chains."

Romney's campaign quickly seized on the comment–they called it a "new low" in the campaign–while some conservatives on Twitter accused Biden of using racial undertones.

The vice president later Tuesday clarified the remarks at a campaign event, suggesting his comments were in reference to House Speaker John Boehner's use of the word 'unshackled' in talking about Rep. Paul Ryan's House budget proposal.

"I'm using their own words. I got a message for them," Biden said. "If you want to know what's outrageous, it's their policies and the effects of their policies on middle class America. That's what's outrageous."

Obama's deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter also attempted to dispel the controversy around Biden's statement Tuesday, reiterating the fact that Republicans have called for the "unshackling" of the private sector from regulations in recent months.

"Since then, the Vice President has often used a similar metaphor to describe the need to 'unshackle' the middle class," Cutter said in a statement. "Today's comments were a derivative of those remarks, describing the devastating impact letting Wall Street write its own rules again would have on middle class families."

But a number of conservatives said his language went too far. Twitter quickly lit up with criticism of his comment, and coverage of the incident dominated the political news cycle for much of the day.

Giuliani, who ran for president in 2008 and flirted with another White House bid this cycle, argued the vice president's remark was more than a gaffe or slip of the tongue–but an alarming indicator of Biden's intelligence. Calling him a "laugh line on late night television," the former mayor said he's never "seen a vice president that has made as many mistakes" or "said as many stupid things."

"I mean, there's a real fear if, God forbid, he ever had to be entrusted with the presidency, whether he really has the mental capacity to handle it," Giuliani said.

– CNN's Ashley Killough contributed to this report.

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soundoff (67 Responses)
  1. drake mallard

    Giuliani is the loser here

    Firefighters’ radios failed to work back then when they responded to the bombing of the world trade center, and they failed to work again, years later, on 9/11. Even if the inadequate fire department radios worked on 9/11, they were not connectible in any way to the police department radios or police department communication of any kind, even though the city had obtained additional radio frequencies from the federal government in 1995, specifically to make that kind of communication possible. Mayor Giuliani’s failure to do anything about the primitive fire department radios meant that on 9/11 fire chiefs had no idea that police helicopters were predicting the collapse of both towers long before they fell.

    August 15, 2012 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  2. v4865

    Gulliani is a joke ..what if someone made. fun of the eay he speaks...sound like a RETARD TO ME..with his head just sitting on his shoulders
    it should be up his ass...GET OFF JOE .....YOU LOST GET OVER IT

    August 15, 2012 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  3. 1twinswin

    Giuliani said later "and don't forget 9/11."

    August 15, 2012 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  4. tor5

    Speaking of “not very smart,” I guess Rudy thinks no one will remember his enthusiastic endorsement of Sarah Palin when she was on the McCain/Palin ticket. Fact is, Biden knows more about policy issues than Romney or Ryan or Rudy will ever know, and he knows how to talk to real people. Biden is a huge help to Obama’s reelection, and that’s why Rudy is trying to cut him down.

    August 15, 2012 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  5. Let's Talk About Bright

    Rudy's still bitter about his stalled campaign against Hillary Clinton for one of New York Senate’s seats and his "start with Florida" laughable 2008 campaign for the White House, one he made sure to drop-out of before he got shellacked even in New York State. He wasn’t even able, not even after the 9/11 attacks, to overturn New York City’s voter approved term limits for mayors (this was left for his successor, billionaire Michael Bloomberg, to achieve).

    Hey Rudy! What've you been up to lately?

    This past spring found Rudy in Serbia working as an advisor for Aleksandar Vucic’s failed mayoral bid. Vucic some time ago was minister of information to none other than Slobodan Milosevic and author of the Information Law that banned criticism of the government. Running for president on the same ticket as Vucic was Tomislav Nikolic, known as “Toma the Gravedigger”, also a former member of the Milosevic regime, who a few weeks after being elected publicly denied that any atrocities occurred at Srebrenica.

    Joe Biden is the Vice President of the United States while you're out promoting these guys.

    I guess we all can't be as bright as Rudy!

    August 15, 2012 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  6. Kris Craig

    Anyone who has followed Joe Biden's career knows that what Giuliani's comments are a load of crap. Biden is highly intelligent and engaged. If you assume he's unintelligent simply because he's not one to practice self-censorship very much, then you are in fact the one who is unintelligent.

    Besides, isn't this kinda like the pot calling the kettle black? Giuliani is the one who made the brilliant decision to locate his disaster coordination headquarters right in the middle of the part of the city most likely to be attacked (WTC), particularly since it had already been attacked once before. He's a Republican who was once known for dressing-up in drag, apparently not realizing that this wouldn't play so well with the right-wing base.

    I would surmise that Biden's IQ is noticeably higher than Giuliani's. If the two of them were ever to play chess, Biden would mop the floor with him and you know it.

    August 15, 2012 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    "I mean, this guy just isn't bright. He's never been bright. He isn't bright," Giuliani, a Republican, said on CNBC. "And people think, `Well, he just talks a little too much.' Actually, he's just not very smart."

    Just who isn't bright and who talks too much is a matter of opinion Mr Giulliani!!!!!

    August 15, 2012 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  8. Dave

    Giulani calls a zipperhead a zipperhead. Boo. Hoo. Hoo. Now all the soroscrats rush to the pathetic Biden's aid.

    August 15, 2012 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  9. Stellar12

    "I mean, this guy just isn't bright. He's never been bright. He isn't bright," Giuliani, a Republican, said on CNBC. "And people think, `Well, he just talks a little too much.' Actually, he's just not very smart."

    Just who isn't bright and who talks to much is a matter of opinion Mr. Giuliani.

    August 15, 2012 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  10. vic , nashville ,tn

    Rudy’s best joke ever

    August 15, 2012 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  11. pete

    oh, i don't know rudy. he was bright enough not to be bangin another woman while still married to his wife. you being from the party of family values and all. maybe you and newt could collaborate on a book about "brightness".

    August 15, 2012 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  12. Nix the Food Stamp President

    I totally agree with Rudy. Biden has never been too bright and God forbid something happened to Obama. Its not that he is just verbally challenged but just a little slower than most of the crowd.

    August 15, 2012 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  13. Lynda/Minnesota

    Going for the ratings boost, CNN? (One ought to be shocked, really, how low media journalists have come in respect to themselves and their own reporting.)

    For what it is worth, I'll take Joe Biden any day over Guiliani and what has become of the once great Republican Party.

    August 15, 2012 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  14. Strategic Bob

    Bill,

    Speaking of Bernie Kerik, one can't help but wondering what old Bernie had on His Honor the Mayor that resulted in his otherwise inexplicable rise from bodyguear/chaufeur to Director of Investigations for the NTC Dept of Corrections only 3 months after being assigned tothe protective detail. (see the Wikipedia bio on Kerik for a more complete view of his rather strange work history, including a 5 month stint as the Interim Minister of the Interior in Iraq under George W. Bush's monumentally incompetent L. Paul Bremer).

    Giuliani may have been effective as mayor in the months after the 9/11 attacks but he has been an off-key Johnny One-Note ever since.

    August 15, 2012 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    Joe Biden is the f bombing idiot of all time.

    August 15, 2012 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  16. Strategic Bob

    Corrected spelling – please delete the first one

    Bill,

    Speaking of Bernie Kerik, one can't help but wondering what old Bernie had on His Honor the Mayor that resulted in his otherwise inexplicable rise from bodyguard/chaufeur to Director of Investigations for the NYC Dept of Corrections only 3 months after being assigned to the protective detail. Infidelity? Cross-dressing? Cross-dressing infidelity? Gender bending? Financial improprity? I can't help but feel that it had to be something. (see Kerik's Wikipedia bio for a more complete view of his rather strange work history, including a 5 month stint as the Interim Minister of the Interior in Iraq under George W. Bush's monumentally incompetent L. Paul Bremer).

    Giuliani may have been effective as mayor in the months after the 9/11 attacks but he has been an off-key Johnny One-Note ever since.

    August 15, 2012 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  17. Jim Hahn

    Isn't that the pot calling the kettle black?

    August 15, 2012 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
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