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
soundoff (54 Responses)
  1. John Schaaf, Long Beach, Ca.

    You censored that?

    July 24, 2007 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  2. John Schaaf, Long Beach, Ca.

    CNN, never mind. Must have been a glitch in the system.

    July 24, 2007 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  3. Frank Thomas, Chicago, IL

    Rudy Guiliani is shamefully using fear and September 11th as a tactic to get votes. This is typical fear-mongering at its worst. Terrorism is nothing new and it's certainly not going to go away with Guiliani in office. He is a blatanant opportunist getting rich of 9/11, taking in millions in speaking engadgments on the topic, and pretending to be a hero when the real heros died that day, many of which would still be here had Guiliani effectively managed the city's emergency resources prior to and on 9/11. Meanwhile, families and survivors continue to suffer while Rudy fills his pockets with money. Guiliani is a well-known and widely disliked bully who announced the divorce of his wife on television before she even knew. He is a flip-floppping, money-driven opportunist who will use terrorism and fear to weasel his way into the white house, and then make the country even less safe by selling off American security, resources and technology to anyone with a big enough checkbook. He will stand for big corporations and big oil at the expense of working Americans, will drag the Iraq war into more years of blood and loss, and will continue to erase our civil liberties. I hope that voters get the whole story on Rudy Guiliani, especially from the nations firefighters that are outspoken about and against his running for president. American's must see through the lies and spin that will be a product of Guiliani's campaign, thanks in-part to the employment of Karl Rove's henchmen. This country cannot afford to have a person like Rudy Guiliani in the white house, especially after 8 years of George W. Bush.

    July 24, 2007 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  4. Daniel SLC, UT

    Rudy should move to Iraq and never be allowed back into the USA.

    July 24, 2007 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  5. bprosserme

    Because the Democrats don't get it! They childishly ignore proof over and over again. They'll believe in evolution and that they came from apes, but they do not believe what has been demonstrated to them very clearly.

    Why? It does not fit into their agenda. It does not suit their play for the presidency.

    July 24, 2007 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  6. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    Perhaps the Democratic candidates don't believe that invading and occupying Islamic countries, or unconstitutional surveillance of citizens, is the best way to defend the homeland against terrorists. As Poppy might say, "wouldn't be prudent."

    July 24, 2007 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  7. erika morgan black dimond wa

    Giulliani has hitched his tail to a falling star. Buddy no-one is afraid enough of the Huns of any stripe to shake in fear before the hallowed whatever, and sell out their soul.

    July 24, 2007 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  8. Jennifer, Evergreen Colorado

    It's interesting that Guliani, a candidate who has ONE issue and one issue only would express distress that the democratic candidates failed to mention 'islamic terrorism' in their debates. When will the politics of fear run its course? Why is it okay for the Republican candiates to continue to run on a platform of fear and terror without any concern or attention on domestic issues? I am relieved that the Democrats have chosen to focus on politics of change rather than fear. Shame on you Mr. Guliani...it's time to move forward as opposed to living and running on 'glories' long passed.

    July 24, 2007 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  9. MS Johnson City, TN

    They did not say it because there was no such thing as "Islamic terrorism". Terrorism does not have a religion and no religion including Islam condones terrorism. Must you continue to show your ignorance?

    It seems to me that you and Osama Bin Laden must have learned about Islam from the same mullah. I don't expect you to read and understand Qur'an. But at least you should have read the 9-11 report before you challenged Ron Paul!

    July 24, 2007 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  10. RM, Chicago, IL

    Giuliani is a "one trick pony" in this presidential field. All he can do is talk terror to scare up some votes. How long will this shallow candidate continue to lead the Republican field!?

    July 25, 2007 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  11. John Peterson, Fountain Valley, CA

    Guiliani just keeps getting more ridiculous every time he opens his mouth. Islamic terrorism? It seems that he's only trying to incite fear and hatred towards "muslims." Ridiculous. He almost makes me ashamed to be a republican.

    July 25, 2007 03:06 am at 3:06 am |
  12. Diane McAllister, Portland Oregon

    Does Rudy have anything else to talk about? He placed the command center at ground zero. I don't think he should campaign on how he wuld keep the country safe, since he could not keep New York safe after 1993. I want to hear about health care, education, student loans, medicare programs; all that have been ignored or cut because of terrorism. I won't vote for any person that campaigns on fear, that's to Hitler.

    July 25, 2007 05:27 am at 5:27 am |
  13. Dan - Baltimore, MD

    I wonder the same thing. It's like their sticking their heads in the sand about it. Shouldn't the voters be informed of how their next president will deal with one of his or her greatest responsibilities – protecting the safety and well-being of American citizens? Guess there are just too many legislators in that field who don't think about the chief executive responsibilities of the president.

    July 25, 2007 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
  14. Anonymous

    Is that the ONLY thing Giuliani talks about? Does he realize that there is more to being president than yelling about terrorists? Just shut up Giuliani! The candidate of fear.

    July 25, 2007 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  15. Todd, Virginia

    One reason might be that the candidates weren't forced to answer carefully crafted questions by political talking heads and others with specific agendas. Instead they were forced to answer, with a palpable lack of comfort at times, questions crafted by real Americans concerning issues that matter to the masses.

    No one has forgotten about the terrorist threat, but since that seems to be the only issue Republicans and the White House are usually able to bring up (despite overwhelming data that what they've been doing in the Middle East just isn't working) it was refreshing to hear a candidate put on the spot about any one of a dozen other issues that most Americans struggle with on a daily basis.

    I'll be watching the Republican debate coming up and can't wait to see how they handle the same straightforward, and sometimes uncomfortable, questions that YouTube Nation will no doubt have ready to fire as well the "all business" approach of moderator Anderson Cooper who I think did an excellent job of keeping the Dems in line and "on task", so to speak, rarely allowing them to stray in their responses without finally forcing an answer to the original question before moving on.

    I hope this format is here to stay!

    July 25, 2007 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  16. DMW, Roeland Park,KS

    One issue Guilini...boring!

    July 25, 2007 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  17. Billy, Baltimore, MD

    Um... The entire SECOND HALF of the debate was about the war in Iraq. And if you listen to the conservatives, like Mr. Giuliani, Islamic terrorism and the war in Iraq are one in the same.

    I happen to disagree with that characterization of the war, but the Republicans here are trying to have their cake and eat it too.

    You can't say that the war in Iraq equals the War on Terrorism out of one side of your mouth and then, out of the other side of your mouth, say that the Democrats didn't discuss terrorism – only the war in Iraq!

    Well, you can... But it's dishonest and lame. Good try, Rudy.

    July 25, 2007 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  18. Vienna, VA

    because we all are tired of republicans scaring the american public from this so called terrorist threat and trying to steal the votes. Why don't Giuliani ask himself that howcome NYC and Washington DC vote overwhelmigly democratic while the naive people living below the mason dixon line and Rudy Giuliani are the only ones scared of this "terrorist threat" which they won't even be a target of if it exists. Bombing the whole world in to submission is not going to make us safer. 4 years into this stupid war should make anyone realize that.

    July 25, 2007 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  19. Pete, T.S. FL

    “I am becoming increasingly concerned that the Democrats don’t mention the term ‘Islamic terrorism’ during their debates,”

    Judy; could it be that AMERICA as a whole is tired of you and “W” spouting the same old crap. Domestic terrorism such as deceit, lies and abuse of power are what AMERICA fears far more than anything. You and “W” keep linking Iraq and 9/11 which is an absolute lie. Yes; AL Qaeda is now in Iraq thanks to “W”, however they account for about 1 percent of the bastards that fight our troops and foreign fighters make up another ½ percent.Our troops are being killed by the Iraqi civil war!


    July 25, 2007 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  20. Jeff, Harrisburg PA

    Its one thing to constantly harp on terrorism and quite another to ignore the issue completely. He raises a valid point, effectively dealing with the terrorist threat is one of the most important issues facing us today. I'm very discouraged that the democrats completely ignored the issue.

    July 25, 2007 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  21. Joe Detroit MI

    Whether your Repub or Dem Dont be Naive enough to say that Islamic terrorism does not exsist, 98% of terrorist are Muslim, thats a fact, Does that Mean all Muslims are terrorist? no but it does mean most terrorist are Islamic. Jihad does have a religion and the Terrorist have declared Jihad agaisnt the US

    July 25, 2007 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  22. Mary, Beaver, PA

    9/11/01 was the best thing that ever happened to this fear-monger, and I find his milking the issue disgusting!

    July 25, 2007 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  23. Tom, Mission Viejo, CA

    Personally I don't find Guiliani a good candidate. That said, he brings up a very valid point of contention.

    The Democratic candidates have said much of their opposition to the war but have been silent on their views as to handle the threat of terrorism. This is like saying nothing of the Cold War in the election of 1980.

    The growing threat of terrorism by Islamic fascists has been growing steadily since the 1960s. Sept 11th wasn't the debutants ball for these militants. The Western world had decided to ignore this terrorism and it didn't stop. So what are they to do but ramp up their activities?

    First it was hijacking planes and demanding prisoners to be released. Then killing Oylmpic athletes. Then blowing up airplanes with missles. Then using homicide bombers in markets. Then blowing up whole buildings, attacking tourists, military ships, and discoteques. And we did nothing. So they used hijacked planes and crashed them into buildings. Luckily we stopped a plot to down a number of airliners over the Pacific Ocean.

    Oh, but all these series of events are not important enough to capture our attention? Would Sept 11th be the last attack by Islamic fascists?

    Doing nothing is a stance, but its not an answer.

    July 25, 2007 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  24. Jennifer, Houston, TX

    I watched the debate, and I don't remember any questions about terrorism. Maybe they should have worked it in on their answers to the question from the snowman, or the guy with the gun...

    Hey, Joe from Detroit...where did you get the 98% of terrorists are Muslim data? Since you say that it's a fact, I assume that you can point me to your source?


    July 25, 2007 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  25. Tom - Dedham, Mass

    Liberals call it fear mongering, the rest of us call it reality.

    This issue is a litle more important than Obama trying shove sex education down my 6 year olds throat.

    No fan of Rudy and I DO NOT support him, but he asks a valid question.

    July 26, 2007 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
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