July 10th, 2007
03:49 PM ET
12 years ago

Giuliani on Vitter: 'Some people disappoint you'

Giuliani, right, and Sen.Vitter in New Orleans on June 30, 2007

Watch Giuliani respond to the news of Vitter's link to the D.C. Madam.

(CNN ) - Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani called Senator David Vitter’s apparent connection to the D.C. Madam “a personal issue”, but admitted that “some people disappoint you.”

Vitter, a Louisiana Republican, has endorsed Giuliani and serves as his southern regional chair. The two appeared together two weeks ago in New Orleans. Vitter admitted in a statement that his phone number was in the records of an escort service run by Deborah Jeane Palfrey.

Giuliani was asked about the admission after a town hall meeting in Concord, New Hampshire on Tuesday morning. He noted he had not spoken to Vitter and that “it’s too early to tell” if he will leave the campaign position. ”I believe it’s a personal issue,” he said. “We’ll have to hear from Senator Vitter.”

Last month, Giuliani’s South Carolina chairman resigned after he was indicted on drug charges. Giuliani insists he should not be judged based on the behavior of certain individuals associated with his campaign or mayoral administration.

“If you look at all the people I’ve appointed, a thousand or so, sure, some of them have problems,“ he said. “The vast majority were outstanding. You couldn’t accomplish the things I’ve accomplished without outstanding people. Some people are flawed, but the percentage is no greater than other people would have encountered. People look at this in the big picture.”

Giuliani said his record “came about by having mostly good people. And some people disappoint you.”

In his statement, Vitter said, “This was a very serious sin in my past for which I am, of course, completely responsible. Several years ago, I asked for and received forgiveness from God and from my wife in confession and marriage counseling."

- CNN Political Desk Managing Editor Steve Brusk

Filed under: D.C. Madam • David Vitter • Rudy Giuliani
soundoff (44 Responses)
  1. Kingchunga Rockvile MD

    These Republicans are so hypocritical it's laughable. Keep in mind wingnuts, it isn't Democrats who are always talking about family values, morality and God. Our candidates aren't moral enough to be president but their's commit the same sins (or worse), get caught, come to Jesus and all is foregiven. How gullible can you be? There should be a movement to remove the wingnuts right to vote. They've demonstrated their inability to exercise that right responsibly. If it were up to them our government would be made up of Jimmy Swaggart, Ted Strickland, Jim Bakker, Duke Cunningham and Newt Gingrich, good loyal god loving patriotic Americans all.

    July 10, 2007 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  2. Jay - Lake Charles, LA

    Am I really the first Louisianian to comment on this....? Wow. That's depressing.

    To answer Kevin from Norfolk, Yes, Vitter is one of "those family values Republicans". In fact he is the first Republican elected to the Senate from this state since Reconstruction, and now I imagine, the last for some time to come.

    Impropriety and ethics aside, I think this only adds to the monumnetal problems facing the state as it is. We did not need William Jefferson's supposed wrongdoing, nor do we need this from Vitter. We are fighting an uphill battle in Washington to properly address serious ongoing needs after Katrina and Rita. The Bayou State's legacy of corrupt politicians already cripples needed credibility on The Hill, and, at this point, those in office serving this state have far more on the line than their political reputations. We are a good, hard working people, but obviously a people with bad judgement when it comes to our elected officials. Sadly, we as a state will likely pay a far greater price in the long run for his actions than he will.

    I've spoken with the senator face to face on many occaisions. I will likely have many new things to ask him about next time I have the opportunity.

    July 10, 2007 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  3. Patrick Denver, CO

    Rudy is "dissapointed" in Vitter only because Rudy was smart enough not to PAY a hooker to have an extramarital affair...Rudy got his action for free!!! How much more of this Republican hypocracy is America willing to take???

    July 10, 2007 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  4. Greg , Meadville, PA

    Now all that's left to see, is which Republican HYPOCRITE will be nominated to lose the next presidential election!!!

    July 10, 2007 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  5. Pixie, Murfreesboro, TN

    Gee..I bet everyone here who is bashing Rudy is squeaky clean, huh? Has everyone here never broken one of the 10 Commandments? Gee, the liberals out there, particularly the ones on this site, are so quick to bash Republicans but very quick to defend Democrats. I’m sure Bill Clinton wouldn’t have a problem with Vitter either.

    Yeah and how many liberals, democrats, independants are puffing out their chests and claiming to be Strong Moral Leaders who want to "defend traditional marriage"? We could care less what the man does in his bedroom or the bedroom of his paid prostitute, it's the hypocrisy of claiming to support strong, traditional values, and run as a family man when he has skeletons like these in his closet.

    July 10, 2007 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  6. DJ, Los Angeles

    Good quote by the Violent Femmes.

    That makes 2 sinister characters working with Rudy...the SC treasurer who was dealing cocaine (large amounts by the way) on the side, now this jerk who is paying a hooker while attacking the left as being immormal.

    The reality is that these chumps are just the few that have been caught. I'm sure there are dozens more that have not.

    July 10, 2007 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  7. John, CA

    What about the other guy working on his campaign who was arrested for molesting kids? Can we afford a president who cant even judge the characters of people who work for him! Just imagine what his administration would look like...drug dealers and sexual deviants

    July 10, 2007 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  8. Robert, Tempe, AZ

    So while that wasn't the best of moves by Vitter, it seems as if Giuliani could not be any stupider. Does he seriously think that people just completely forgot about his adultery? I just...don't understand it. It's not that I'm mad at him for being a hypocrite really. It's just...that either he is that colossally stupid, or he thinks the public is. Either way, it's infuriating.

    July 10, 2007 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  9. Bubba, Swainsboro GA

    I repeat, Rudy's unelectable and an adulterer. Who cares who represents him?

    July 10, 2007 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  10. Jhon

    Everyone is flawed...not just Rudy and Vetter. No one is perfect and Rudy never professed to be. And besides, cheating on his wife is different from cheating by hiring a prostitute (which is illegal in DC and most of America). Such audacity to finger just the Republicans as being hypocrites! There are hypocrites on both sides!

    July 10, 2007 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  11. Tony, Woodbridge, VA

    Vitter was a co-author of the Federal Marriage Act and was a staunch supporter of Bill Clinton getting impeached and yet he cheats on his wife and everything's ok. Just because you say it was a sin that God forgave you for committing doesn't mean you're not a hypocrite in every sense of the word.

    July 10, 2007 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  12. Lee, Charleston, SC

    Don't forget about Rudy's disappointment w/ Thomas Ravenel (State Treasurer of South Carolina & state chairman for Giuliani's presidential campaign):

    Indicted on cocaine charges last month-



    July 10, 2007 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  13. Outraged Political activist

    I can’t believe these republicans. Not just the ones in office who change hats based upon who receives the butt end of the deal, but even the ones on this site (Victor). All the "bashers" of republicans just want to see justice.

    If you’re going to impeach a president for receiving sexual favors from a secretary than be upset when a senator spends $2 million on a hooker, oh excuse me “escort service”.

    If you’re going to be mad at the fact that Bill lied about sex, just like any other married man would, then be mad when any president lies. If it was about principals then the rules apply to everyone.

    Republicans started this game, but they become upset when democrats begin to participate.

    July 10, 2007 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  14. Frank, Somerset, NJ

    "Personal issue"!?! I'm no lawyer, but I thought soliciting sexual acts from a prostitute is illegal in the greater D.C. area. I can't believe that Sin. Vitter is going around saying, "It's all cool everybody, no need to look any further into this, I've talked to my wife and God, and they've forgiven me. Just go about your business and give me my personal space." I think he still needs to go in front of 12 of his peers and explain to them what he's been up to, and then after they've decided how they feel, he can go back to his constituency and explain things to them as well.

    July 10, 2007 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  15. James, Newington, CT

    Americans tend to hold the Republicans, especially Conservative Republicans to a higher standard. This actually makes sense, if you think about it.

    Conservative Republicans advocate societal principles which are more aligned with the Bible than anything else, quite honestly. So, when a Conservative Republican falls into sin, such as adultery, we should expect that Americans will want to rip into that politician.

    However, while Conservative Republicans have a moral obligation to live a blameless life, in light of the political / social positions they take, let's all keep in mind that they are still human and still subject to sin and failure.

    Personally, I am heart-broken to find out about what Senator Vitter did. I think he did a magnificent job, helping to defeat the immigration reform bill recently. He has done a magnificent job on other legislation too. So, it is disappointing to see this news, however, I do think in this instance, we should be graceful to him in our rhetoric. He sinned, yes. He repented, yes. He genuinely is humbled by this humiliating experience with the media reports.

    Since we all, as humans, are subject to fall into sin if we are not prudent, we should think about the turmoil that he is personally enduring right now. I praise God that I've never done such wickedness, however, I can't imagine how bad he must feel right at this time.

    I agree, Giuliani is an immoral man and as a Conservative Republican I do not support him at all. I can't understand any American supporting him, quite honestly. I also can't imagine Newt Gingrich running for President either, considering all of his marriages / re-marriages and adulteries. Is this the kind of moral majority he's advocating?

    I pray that Senator Vitter can overcome this time in his life.

    July 10, 2007 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  16. Outraged Political Activist

    To answer you question Mr. Anonymous I don’t care what my politician does behind closed doors as long as it’s not illegal. As long as they do a good job concerning what he or she was elected for.

    Affairs happen, go to counseling and move on. But condoning prostitution, rape and sexual harassment are different.

    July 10, 2007 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  17. Mrs. America

    I certainly have to agree with the person who brought up gays and the sanctity of marriage. I'd say heterosexual cheaters ruin a lot more marriages than the gay couple who lives down the street.

    July 10, 2007 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  18. Mary, Beaver, PA

    Those who oppose gay marriage on the grounds that they are protecting "the sanctity of marriage" should wake up and look at themselves and the world around them. Do you know or have you known of heterosexuals who cheat on their spouses, who have a line of divorces to their credit, who have several families as a result of multiple marriages, who annul a previous marriage and bastardize the children from it in order to have a church wedding with their latest fling? Let's face it: Homosexual couples can't make the institution of marriage a bigger joke than some heterosexual couples have already made of it. In fact, by indicating that marriage is a desirable institution, gays might actually make it attractive to those heterosexuals who use coupling as a great indoor sport. As for the Conservative Republicans who preach about the sanctity of marriage and then prove themselves liars and hypocrites by their own adulteries: You talked the talk, so you better walk the walk. Otherwise, shut up and stop throwing stones while living in your own glass house.

    July 11, 2007 07:31 am at 7:31 am |
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