June 6th, 2007
01:44 PM ET
10 years ago

Storm's wrath strikes Giuliani

A radar image taken as the debate kicked off Tuesday night shows the strength of the storm over Manchester.

A map shows the amount of lightning strikes in Manchester, New Hampshire during the first half hour of the debate.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - So just how was bad was the weather Tuesday night outside the GOP debate site in Manchester, New Hampshire?

CNN Severe Weather Expert Chad Myers sends along this radar image of the Manchester area just as the debate was kicking off. It indicates the strongest part of the storm happened to be centered right over Manchester just as the Republican hopefuls were making their opening statements.

Watch Video: Giuliani's abortion answer zapped by lightning

Weather Services International, Inc. reported several instances of lightning strikes throughout the debate, the effects of which could be heard a few times when some of the candidates' microphones went in and out as they were speaking.

In a particular case of bad timing, lightning struck just as Giuliani was responding to recent comments from a Catholic bishop likening the former New York City mayor to Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor who condemned Jesus to be crucified.

As his microphone buzzed in and out, Giuliani joked, “For someone who went to parochial schools all his life, this is a frightening thing that’s happening right now.”

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soundoff (72 Responses)
  1. Rick, Las Vegas Nevada

    You guys are IDIOTS. There was a storm out side with Lightning. THATS ALL! I would have more belief in your Idiotic Religion beliefs if it actually happened during clear skies, with no signs indicating of any storm what-so-ever.

    June 6, 2007 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  2. Tom Seibel, Menlo Park, CA

    Faith when you are a kid = believing in Santa Claus

    Faith when you are an adult = believing in organized religion and "God"

    June 6, 2007 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  3. C. Gates San Diego CA

    If Guiliani is such a great Catholic, why has he been devorced? Flip Flop flip flop. Why has'nt the American voters said "we are sick of you people just saying whatever the group of people you are speaking to likes to hear, SPEAK THE TRUTH!!!" I will not watch any debates, or TV related political stuff, because they have lied too many times. I am done!

    June 6, 2007 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  4. Richard Astoria, NY

    The lightning strike was a bit of LUCK for Giuliani- the timing kept him from having to really field another awkward abortion question. Instead, he got a chance to be self-deprecating and charming. His abortion question was the lightest bit of the night- now it's just the topic of gentle humor. God did Rudy a favor by playing his straight man at the best possible moment.

    June 6, 2007 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  5. Brian, Hattiesburg MS

    I was very glad to see that the majority of respondants are levelheaded and reasonable. I expected to see a million replies trying to interpret lightning as a sign. Props to the person who asked "So what does god mean when a tornado strikes a church?" Leave your superstitions at home, along with your voter registration card (Just Kidding!) 🙂

    June 6, 2007 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  6. Jessica, Nashua NH

    God does not cause lightning, static electricity does. The lightning would have struck whether he was there speaking or not. PRO-CHOICE

    June 6, 2007 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  7. mike morgan terre haute IN

    I guess some jokes are just hard to take. Have any of you heard of sarcasm?

    June 6, 2007 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  8. Steve, Carson City, California

    This is really wierd, of all the candidates only Rudy is best known for Sep 11 and to be struck by lighting in the middle of an abortion question involves phenomenal odds.

    No doubt there's Divine Intervention here, a message has been delivered and Rudy better heed it.

    June 6, 2007 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  9. Thomas Claire Fargo, ND

    Abortion does belong to the women along with all the emotional, physical, and spiritual consequences I agree. No one has the right to tell a woman not to murder. Those who are pro-life can only inform, not legislate. 😉 No matter if it was God or weather, it's funny. To dispell some of your theories on weather, the Bible does state that God sends rain, floods, "whirlwinds", etc.

    June 6, 2007 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  10. Malkntnt, Minneapolis MN

    Anyone who is arrogant enough to believe that God would speak through the weather, should seek professional help. What makes you believe that you could ever know the will of God?

    June 6, 2007 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  11. patt, Atlanta, GA

    I am a Democrat and personally against abortion but if you listen to what he said you would not make these comments. He said he was against abortion but the government should not force the decision on the woman. Everyone including women deserves the constitutional right of making their own choice without your negative comments.

    June 6, 2007 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  12. Matthew Peoria Illinois

    What fools-
    That God is "scaring" Rudy or "punishing" him for his beliefs is outrageously childish.

    June 6, 2007 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  13. Ronnie Sheehan....Brooklyn, NY

    Every child is made in the image & likeness of
    God and every abortion destroys the image of God.
    Pontius Pilate washed his hands of the blood of
    the innocent and supported the crowd's right to choose!
    This is exactly Giuliani's position. Wake up America!

    June 6, 2007 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  14. Misgana, Denver CO

    Lets make sure I understand...it is not okay to have an abortion because it is murder, but it is okay to wage an unfounded war, and cause hundreds of thousands of innocent deaths through collateral damage. This is why I am no longer a republican. I can't stand hypocracy.

    June 6, 2007 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  15. Tim, Temecula, CA

    So mocking is their tone, some of the dismissive comments here remind me of when Edward G Robinson & Co. made the golden calf in The Ten Commandments even after they had witnessed all of God's Miracles.

    I think maybe the prospect of God's existence is too frightening for some people, like when Moses was afraid to look upon the face of God.

    But, God loves us, and wants us to succeed in carrying out his plan. In the meantime, we have the free will to excel or to get into trouble or to stray and return to the path to a healthier world. In many cases, this is the reason for strife in the world.

    June 6, 2007 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  16. James, Santa Rosa, CA

    Who cares? Instead of worrying about this, CNN needs to be more concerned about their poor and inadequate prime-time coverage of the GOP Debates. What I found interesting was that the whole GOP Debate was conducted under false pre-tenses. Fair and Adequate time was Not given to each of the GOP Presidential Hopefuls. McCain, Giuliani, and Romney were given 10 extra minutes each. I thought Debates were supposed to give all the candidates equal time to answer every question. Clearly, CNN needs to learn how to better conduct a debate than the hodge-podge mess they threw together last night. All the Producers and Executives in charge of last night’s show should be ashamed of themselves, including Wolf Blitzer. The questions he chose to ask the Candidates, were for the most part, ridiculous. For example, he asked, “How do you feel about the Military’s Don’t ask, don’t tell policy about homosexuals serving in the Armed Forces?”. There are far more important questions to asked of the Presidential Hopefuls than that….How about fixing or proposing an alternative solution to Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid? How would they fix the public school system in america? How about increasing the Minimum Wage enough so that it can keep pace with inflation?. Most importantly, I would ask these candidates when are the Troops going to come home?

    June 6, 2007 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  17. Ron, San Diego, Ca.

    Going back to the storm's wrath, God has indeed sent plague, disease, pestilence, famine and catastophe to punish man. And just because no one has bothered to update the Bible does not mean God's wrath has also ceased.

    That lightning was meant not just for Giuliani, in one powerful stroke God has sent His message to the millions of viewers out there. Are we listening?

    June 6, 2007 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  18. Tiffany, Phoenix, Arizona

    It has nothing to do with Giuliani at all, but it has everything to do with Sep. 11. Our leaders have led us into a path of REVENGE and we are spilling the blood of our sons and daughters along with blood of the innocent.

    God chose Giulani as his medium and the message that he sent is very clear. WE MUST PUT AN END TO THIS WAR!!

    June 6, 2007 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  19. Paul, New Orleans, LA

    why does CNN delete the post about who won and had all the Ron Paul support!?

    June 6, 2007 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  20. Bev, Kansas City, Kansas

    Guiliani isn't telling us the truth about 9/11 and WTC-7 being blown up like he stated to Jennings. Ron Paul is the winner of 3 Debates and is the only man who can be trusted. His voting record proofs this.

    June 7, 2007 01:53 am at 1:53 am |
  21. J. Munoz, Grover Beach, CA

    God is never mocked.

    June 7, 2007 02:18 am at 2:18 am |
  22. Drewe, Stockton, Ca

    Its amazing how some people are so blind or ignorant to not realzize a sign when it comes down to strike them. What a hypocrite Guilianni is to say he is against abortion but believes women have the choice. How can i respect anyone who cant even stand up for what HE BELIEVES! Abortion is murder and nobody has the choice or right to take life but God. If that wasn't a wake up call for Rudy than I dont know what is. Whether you have faith or not, we all know right from wrong and have the duty to stand up for what is true and good. To sit back and not say antyhing or not stand up for something is the same as agreeing with it. My poor children will have to grow up in this very lost and liberal society and I pray they have more sense than the rest of the world. We're all going to be judged one day and i sure hope Im in good terms with God. God works in mysterious ways and has a sense of humor, but Rudy better not test him. Gods signs are clear if you open your eyes and he couldnt have been more clearer with Guilianni! The people we vote for reflects our character and we have the obligation to ourselves to vote our conscience...I cant do that if i vote for someone who believes murdering innocent babies is okay! Sorry im not like the rest of the world! Sending my prayers to all the sadly mistaken and misguided.

    June 7, 2007 02:30 am at 2:30 am |
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