July 24th, 2007
03:38 PM ET
11 years ago

Giuliani on Democratic debate: Why no terror talk?

Giuliani campaigned in California Tuesday.

(CNN) - Republican presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani charged his Democratic counterparts of being soft on terrorism in last night’s debate.

"I am becoming increasingly concerned that the Democrats don't mention the term 'Islamic terrorism' during their debates,” he told reporters at a campaign stop today in Riverside, California. “I almost get the sense that they are debating as if there isn't an Islamic terrorist threat to this country.”

Giuliani was speaking at a fundraiser in San Fransisco last night and didn’t get a chance to watch the debate, but was able to review transcripts this morning.

Giuliani, who served as New York's mayor during the September 11th attacks, has made leadership on terrorism a primary theme of his presidential campaign.

- CNN's Mark Norman

Filed under: Rudy Giuliani
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  1. Kim, Dallas, TX

    Naivity is definitely a curse to our country. Why else would we be in such a mess now. We have a president that used 911 as a catalyst to go to an unnecessary war in Iraq when the real terrorist threat has always been in Afghanistan. Are we any safer now under the Republican rule of threat? Has Osama bin Laden been taken care of? Or have we been weakened by the present government? I am very discouraged to hear this fear mongering still present when it obviously lead our country astray with GW, Cheney, Rumsfield, Rove, Libby, Wolfowitz, etc. (you need to look up the ties these men had before 911, Project for a New American Century). Let's not be naive and willingly fall into fear leading again. Let's know what these men stand for. If Guiliani were a "safer" more terrorism informed person, maybe things would be different in NYC today. And I think it's about time we focus on our needs as a country and not fund all of our dollars overseas for a war we simply cannot win. I fear what fear can do to lead our country...I agree that it's too Hitler!

    July 26, 2007 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  2. Rick, Chicago Illinois

    Tom – Dedham, Mass ... there's other issues important to the American people besides the "fear will get us reelected" campaign motto over and over again like a skipping record.

    FEAR wont work THIS time buddy!

    July 26, 2007 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  3. Tom Dedham, Mass

    If you ignore it and die, nothing else will really matter, will it?

    I care about many other issues as well, but two biggies that got scant coverage (also ILLEGAL immigration) are in the top 5 don't you think.

    Wouldn't want to put them on the spot, eh CNN?

    Let's just ignore it, they will go away once Hillary takes office, because we will be so loved again.

    July 27, 2007 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  4. Rick, Chicago Illinois

    Tom – Dedham, Mass ..

    The terrorism issue was flogged to death in previous Democratic debates, and since their views probably haven't changed on the subject, why have them repeat themselves?

    I, personally, refuse to live my life in fear – especially if it will only serve to get a republican elected.


    We know what happened last time that stuff worked. We got four more years of King George.

    As Patrick Henry put it: "Give me liberty or give me death!"

    Perhaps Rudy should be answering a different question, like ...

    Why do the firefighters hate him?

    Where were the radios they needed during the 911 evacuation attempt that could have save dozens of their lives?

    Or why the hell did he insist on putting the Emergency Control center IN THE TOWERS that had already been attacked previously – after being told that a more remote Brooklyn location was safer?

    Funny how when you check the blogs, everyone ELSE supports Rudy – except for the people who actually LIVED IN NYC during his watch.

    They tend to dislike the guy intensely.

    July 27, 2007 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
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