July 24th, 2007
03:38 PM ET
10 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
soundoff (54 Responses)
  1. Eric, District of Columbia

    Were'nt the conversation topics determined (in part) by those who submitted questions? If we accept that as the case, then should Guiliani not then fault the questioners for raising the spectre of terrorism? THus, given the context of the debate, if there were not any questions asked about terrorism, then a candidate would have to have pushed their answer toward such subject matter. Does Guiliani presume that all candidates must also sing the same note he keeps piping over and over? Can Rudy scare us into voting for him? Is it still 2004? Does he have a stance on anything but "staying on the offensive"?

    July 24, 2007 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  2. Craig, Indianapolis IN

    my lord, giuliani is a joke. what have you said about acutal terrorism policy, sir? Nothing, except that we should be scared of it, and that the Democrats will get us all killed.

    for a one trick pony, your trick is pretty lame.

    July 24, 2007 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  3. Will - Miami, Fl (former 82nd Abn Paratrooper)

    Why no terror talk? Becuase you weren't there you war-mongering con-man!

    Is there a terrorist threat in the world? Yes

    Are you prepared to be the President simply because you were near the attacks on 9/11? NO

    You are a RAT! You come from a family of RATS! Go away and let us focus on picking a REAL PATRIOT to be or president.

    July 24, 2007 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  4. John Thomas, Edina, MN

    LOL It's becoming more and more painfully obvious that Julie Annie has NOTHING but 9/11 to run off of. No substance, just 9/11. The islamofacistterroristkillerdangerousbomberpeople hate our freedumz! Vote for Julie Annie!!

    Oh, wait, RON PAUL '08

    July 24, 2007 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  5. Pen,Austin,TX

    Of course Giuliani talked about terrorism...that is all he ever talks about...ever. Please people, don't buy into the one-note, fear-mongering platform.

    July 24, 2007 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  6. John Schaaf, Long Beach, Ca.

    I guess if I was having a problem with my own parties right-wing base, with my multiple marriges, dysfunctional family, my stance on social issues, and my problem with my signature issue as "The Nations Mayor", with my placement of the cities 'Emergency Crisis Center' in the World Trade Center against my own experts advise, and my inability to address the issue of compatible communication sytems after the first World Trade Center bombing in 1993, I would be looking to make up issues as well. Puh-lease!

    July 24, 2007 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  7. AA, Illinois

    Here we go again. Giuliani is smart in that he is using the currently successful gameplan of using "scare tactics" to try to sway voters to beleive that he is the only one that can save us from everything. The only problem is that there is a time when you have to realize that only so much can be done about outside factors (terrorism, etc.) and some of that effort should be re-directed to other issues that are just as, if not more important (at least on a daily basis), to citizens such as health care, education, family, economy, etc.

    If saying that no one mentioned "islmic terrorism" is the only negative he has regarding the respective platforms of the democratic candidates, then he might want to consider looking in to some of the other issues beside terrorism

    July 24, 2007 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  8. Mark, Philadelphia, PA

    The one hit wonder should worry about his own campaign. Did he realize that last night's debate was driven by the public's response and questions the public was interested?Seems all he can do is create hype around an issue that the public knows about already and are waiting for this Republican administration to provide a coherent, reasonable and thoughtful response to terrorism rather than just scare tactics with words. The Republicans led us into an unnecessary war and now are trying to back track rather than focusing on Afghanistan and Al Queda when they should have...maybe we'd be having a different terrorism discussion had any Republican Senator or Congressional Representative had a back bone...

    July 24, 2007 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  9. Sarah, Birmingham, AL

    It's about the only thing Guiliani can talk about... so he just continues to harp on it... Do you really want a President with such little depth...? And I'm a Republican.

    July 24, 2007 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  10. Michael

    Rudy Giuliani is in no postion to attack anyone. Giuliani should look at his own record, the fact how he flip flops all over the place on abortion. Giuliani also said that he hates abortion yet has made several donations to Planned Parenthood. How can Giuliani say that he hates abortion and then donate to a place that supports it? As far as terrorism goes Giuliani was a failure on 9/11, just look at the complaints from the 9/11 firefighters. Giuliani is trying to play politics by trying to use fear with terrorism in order to gain votes for Republicans but the American people aren't buying it anymore. We already saw the lies about Iraq which had no WMD and had nothing to do with the horrible events of 9/11. I think Giuliani fears Hillary Clinton the most because he knows she will tough on real terror threats and has the experience to know how to properly deal with them. Giuliani isn't exactly high on the moral list, he has been married and divorced something like 3 times. If Giuliani can't even get things right with his own family and flip flops on abortion then how can he be trusted to be President? The answer is he can't.

    July 24, 2007 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  11. Michael - Stamford, CT

    Giuliani also seems to forget that last nights Democratic Presidental debates with CNN and You Tube were questions being asked by the American people and those running for President were trying to answer questions that were asked of them by the American people so he needs to stop trying to play politics with fear. I have no respect for Giuliani.

    July 24, 2007 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  12. Brendose, Oceanside CA

    Rudy, no one is listening to your 9/11 speech anymore, give it a rest!!! You just can't debate on any other issues because without 9/11, you wouldn't even be considered a presidential candidate.

    July 24, 2007 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  13. William, New York

    Perhaps the reason is that the Democrats still have the decency not to resolve to scare tactics for constituents' control?

    While the security of the country is clearly a very important issue, it should be considered from the point of view of threats from both within and outside.

    I doubt anybody in America is going to wave their hands and claim that terrorist threat is not a concern. However, it is not the only issue to consider, and some might say, not the most important, either.

    Mr. Giuliani might as well ask CNN why such questions were not presented to the debatees, because it is unlikely that nobody submitted them.

    July 24, 2007 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  14. Jeff, Savannah, GA

    Rudy, I saw you speak at a Town Hall meeting in Savannah and you did not once use the word "Iraq" – isn't that a pretty important topic to this country?

    July 24, 2007 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  15. Connie, Tn.

    Giuliani wants to another "fear" President. That's the only plan he seems to have – more of the same. We need to go in a different direction and try to reconcile with the rest of the world.

    July 24, 2007 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  16. ggalant

    Don't you think Rudy's going overboard? a href="http://www.newsgroper.com/rudy-giuliani/2007/07/20/americas-mayor-is-steam-pipe-explosion-free/">News Groper had Rudy sum it up perfectly.

    July 24, 2007 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  17. Ryan, New York

    That's funny. I'm concerned that Giuliani doesn't mention anything except Islamic terrorism when he speaks.

    If this is the only topic that he knows, maybe he'd be better off joining the military rather than leading it as Commander-in-Chief.

    July 24, 2007 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    Obviously all intelligent candidates are aware of terrorism. The difference is that the Democrats have more to talk about than the typical fear-mongering of terrorism that Republicans use for votes.
    Funny, Republicans come to my beautiful city in almost complete secrecy

    July 24, 2007 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  19. William Wolfram, NY,NY

    We are all quite aware of the terror threat. I tend to doubt the leadership qualities of those who use terrorism to continually frighten the public.

    July 24, 2007 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  20. Jeff, Columbia SC

    Earth to Rudy: We the People have had enough of the Executive Branch taking away our freedom under the constitution by constantly waving the bloody shirt of "Islamic terrorism." We're perfectly aware that the USA is a magnet for terrorism, but King George, Darth Cheney and Fredo have simply used its existence as a means to get whatever they want, and to smear all who disagree with the label "soft on terrorism."

    Since the nation is just as unprepared now as it was on September 10th, 2001, and the Federal government is both unwilling and incapable of doing anything about it, perhaps the questions submitted to the Democratic nominees simply reflect the fact that the country has moved on. We're stuck with the world situation the Bush gang created, and we're just going to have to wait until they're gone before we'll have any chance at change.

    July 24, 2007 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  21. Matt

    Oh yes Rudy, why no terror talk? Why don't they speak about terror on how they let their city get attacked by terrorists, and somehow it makes them eligible for President...oh wait, thats you!

    July 24, 2007 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  22. Patrick, New York, NY

    Rudy is a joke. Hey Rudy can you talk about anything other than terror. It seems like thats all he can come up with. Give me a break, this guy is the one who put the security building inside the WTC after the 93 bombing!

    July 24, 2007 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  23. Tom Dedham, Mass

    It's just a bumper sticker, a slogan to get people to be scared and vote for these mean Republicans that actually want to admit it's reality.

    Stop trying to scare people, 9-11 was an inside job, multiple embassy bombings, the first world trade center bombing, USS Cole, Madrid, Scotland, England among others were all just "criminal acts" done by spurrious bad people.

    July 24, 2007 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  24. Nik Green

    Mr. Giuliani is on very shaky ground when it comes to talking about terrorism: his Mayoral office misled New Yorkers as to the extreme dangers from the toxic dust fallout from the 9/11 attacks, to the extent that thousands of people are now suffering chronic and severe illnesses, including mesothelial cancers; several hundred have died already, including a number of members of the FDNY and NYPD.

    If anything, Giuliani's office's actions have exaggerated the toll of the attacks, and could result in more premature deaths during the coming decade than what happened on the day of 9/11 itself. The dangers from breathing such a dense atmospheric suspension of sub-micron particles of asbestos, PCBs, mercury, lead, cadmium and other toxic elements and compounds were well-known to his office (and other officials), and any action taken by Giuliani and company in lying to, or misleading New Yorkers as to the safety of the air and water should be regarded as criminal negligence and gross dereliction of duty. People should be charged for multiple counts of manslaughter at the very least, and that includes not only Giuliani and his complicit officials, but also parties in the White House (James Connaughton et al) who ordered the EPA to lie about the dust, even altering the scientific data gathered on the toxicity/content of the dust to make the situation appear much safer than in reality.

    This issue must be raised by the mainstream media in the coming election campaign, but to date, virtual silence still reigns. If the American public were aware of this scandal to just 5% of the extent they know about, for example, Paris Hilton's antics, Giuliani would never again be regarded as the "hero of the 9/11 attacks, but instead, one of the villains.

    July 24, 2007 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  25. Sean, San Diego

    Rudy still playing 9/11 card!

    July 24, 2007 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
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