July 10th, 2007
03:49 PM ET
9 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. Pixie, Murfreesboro, TN

    LOL it's good to see the professed adulterer "disappointed" in Vitter's choice to um, commit adultery. Bravo.

    It's amazing how when it is something like adultery or multiple divorces, that it is a "private matter" yet if a loving gay couple wants to marry, well that's call for a Constitutional amendment. What utter BS. If this crowd truly cares about the sanctity of marriage, they will make ADULTERY a crime. Put your money where your mouth is rather than giving it to a prostitute.

    July 10, 2007 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  2. Rex, Toledo, Ohio

    "Some people are flawed"

    Rudy knows this first-hand.

    July 10, 2007 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  3. Will - Miami, Fl

    Sort of the way you dissapointed the firefighters huh Rudy??

    July 10, 2007 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  4. Bud

    Typical Republican hypocrites.

    July 10, 2007 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  5. Joe Phoenix, AZ

    Vitter is a law-breaker and we are a nation of laws. He should be deported.

    July 10, 2007 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  6. Trish, Melbourne, Florida

    And if anyone should know about disappointing people it would be Rudy. What a hypocrite.

    July 10, 2007 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  7. Kane, New York, NY

    Agreed. Let's not forget that Vitter is vehemenently anti-gay marriage, saying that is ruins the sancitity of marriage. I think hiring a ho is ruining the sancitity of marriage a little more than two people of the same sex who might actually appreciate it.

    July 10, 2007 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  8. Jon, Hawthorne, New York

    It seems like a lot of people disappoint him. Bernard Kerik, for one, his ex-wife, maybe even his children (who no longer speak to him). I wonder who's next. Maybe the American public if he is not elected President.

    July 10, 2007 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  9. Troy, Freehold, NJ

    Umm, hypocrite much, Rudy?

    Didn't we get to see the spectacle of you wanting to move your mistress into the mayor's mansion while your *wife* still lived there? And you are disappointed in the actions of someone else?

    Pot call kettle black.

    July 10, 2007 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  10. Providence, RI

    Rudy is an example of fear mongering. He THINKS he can pull victory in 2008 election by fear mongering! Do you know Rudy dressed up as a drag queen, and marched on the street of New York in during gay pride? Do you want your leader to dress like a drag queen? Do not get me wrong. I am not anti gay or anti drag queen, but I do not want my Preseident to dress up, like a drag queen, like Rudy did. Is it conservative? Do you call Rudy a conservative when he lives with bunch of males?

    July 10, 2007 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  11. Patrick, Chicago, Illinois

    Hypocrisy 101, the only divorced candidate ever elected President in American history was Ronald Reagan. I have a hard time comprehending how a three time divorced man w/ an estranged relationship w/ his children can be elected President

    July 10, 2007 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  12. Victor, Lake Mary, FL

    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.

    July 10, 2007 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  13. Sean, New York, NY

    Maybe it's not his fault. Perhaps if people were allowed to do what they wanted with their bodies... like prostitution, it wouldn't be so bad.

    What year are we living in? Is this a free country? If someone wants to sell their body for sex, how is that illegal?

    If it were legal, it could be regulated, safe, and discrete. The industry works fine in Nevada.

    Maybe it's not his problem as much as America's problem for not legalizing the oldest profession.

    July 10, 2007 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  14. Patsy Madison, TN

    I do not feel that Rudy has a stand on this issue. He has committted the worst of the worst with his former wives and children.

    July 10, 2007 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  15. Kevin, Norfolk, Va

    I wonder if this is one of thoes "family values" republicans? Man, i am always amazed at how hypocritical conservative republicans can be. Personally, i dont care what my leaders do at night, as long as they make sure we all have jobs to go to in the morning.

    July 10, 2007 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  16. Chris Pensacola, FL

    So will Vitter resign. Who wants an adulterous senator? Come on Republicans from his state, call him out! I'm glad he mentions God and I'm glad his wife forgave him. We should forgive him as well, however, he doesn't deserve to serve the people any longer. He might be more useful in the private sector. It's your decision LA citizens.

    July 10, 2007 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  17. OxyCon, Philly PA

    Thrice married philanderer, who's 2nd wife had to get a restaining order in order to keep his mistress away from their children, is "disappointed" in his Southern Regional Chair for having an affair on his wife with a prostitute.
    Of course, when you're Rudy Giuliani you have a long history of hiring felons with Mafia ties, cocaine dealers, bigots and now, philanderers.
    You can see what a Giuliani cabinet would look like alot clearer now.

    July 10, 2007 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  18. American, Baghdad, Iraq

    "Typical Republican hypocrites."

    Guess what, they're all hypocrites, Republican, Democrat, Independent, Libertarian...let's not be naive.

    "America is the home of the hypocrite..." – Violent Femmes

    Ain't it the truth?? I'm a proud American, but we've got a lot of learning to do. Our partisanship is pitting us against each other and the politicians at the top are exploiting our myopia.

    July 10, 2007 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  19. David Hill

    Vitter called on President Clinton to resign after having an extramarital affair. Vitter should resign now that he has had an extramarital affair. Or is he a hypocrit?

    July 10, 2007 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  20. Eric Holly Springs, NC

    How does he know that God forgave him for his infidelity, his lying, and the deceit of his family....are these the type of people who should lead others??

    July 10, 2007 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  21. Jeannie in Sacramento, California

    Earth to Victor of Lake Mary, Fl... it's not that Democrats are squeaky clean. We're all flawed because we're human. The problem is the continued hypocrisy of conservatives regarding this issue. It's an abomination when a loving and committed gay couple want to marry and a constitutional amendment is in order , but it's a mere "disappointment" when a Republican commits adultery. I cringe at the thought of Newt Gingrich sleeping around on his wife while prosecuting Clinton for dishonoring the Oval Office with a lie about oral sex. Then there's King George commuting Libby's sentence on a quid-pro-quo favor, scared that Libby might get bored in prison one day and take pen to paper to write the great Bush expose. The hypocrisy is mind-boggling!

    July 10, 2007 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  22. Ed, Watertown, MA

    Good staffing. Giuliani has also added Norman "Bomb Iran" Podhoretz to his staff, joining Rudy's choice of a Cocaine Addict as South Carolina Chair and a user of hookers as Southern Campaign Chairman.

    Let's see, coke, hookers and thuggery. Hmmmh? Is Rudy running for the Gangsta RAP-ublican nomination?

    July 10, 2007 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  23. Kim, Midland MI

    Well, other than a few white lies, mostly when I was a child – YES, VICTOR, I AM SQUEEKY CLEAN. And a heck of a lot of people I know and associate with are and they are liberals. We don't lie, don't cheat, don't commit adultry or think about committing adultry, don't kill, disrespect my parents, take G-d's name in vain or any of the other top 10.

    What a bunch of excrement – it's getting harder and harder to paint all liberals with the sin brush, isn't it? And in case you didn't know, there are a heck of a lot more sins than the 10 commandments? How about not thinking about buggering children? Or not lying to a Federal Grand Jury?

    Get the picture, hypocrites? There are a heck of a lot of people who don't break any of the commandments. As far as the conservatives seem to be concerned, it's all about forgiveness, unless or until it's someone they don't like committing the sins, then THEY BRING UP JUNK FROM MORE THAN 10 YEARS AGO.

    July 10, 2007 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  24. Cindy, SI, NY

    Kerik, Joe Bruno, Vitter...Rudy sure knows how to pick friends and allies.

    July 10, 2007 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  25. Pete, Tampa, FL

    My God–and I'm not addressing Dubya when I say that–it seems that all these self-righteous republicans spend most of their time spreading their messages by hopping from one bed to another.

    July 10, 2007 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
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