August 7th, 2007
05:22 PM ET
15 years ago

Giuliani predicts Clinton-Obama ticket

Giuliani predicted a Clinton-Obama ticket Tuesday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The presidential nominations for each party won’t be determined for at least another six months, but former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani is already predicting which candidates will ultimately compose the Democratic ticket: Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama - in that order.

Giuliani told the Daily Telegraph, a London newspaper, on Tuesday that he thinks Clinton will win the nomination and choose Obama as her running-mate because he "has had such a good showing and it's going to be very hard for her to deny him a place on the ticket."

Giuliani, who holds moderate stances on hot-button social issues such as abortion rights and gun control, also told the Telegraph he is the only GOP candidate who can beat Clinton in the general election.

"If you want to defeat Hillary Clinton, I would be the best person to do that because I can make this campaign nationwide," he said. "We can build it to have a chance of winning in New York and in New England and in California and Oregon – these are states where Republicans haven't even had a campaign for a long time."

Giuliani made the comments while campaigning in Iowa Tuesday.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, a potential GOP presidential candidate, also predicted a Clinton-Obama ticket last week.

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

soundoff (65 Responses)
  1. John Austin - Dallas, Tx

    Giuliani is going to have a very tough time raising the necessary money to stay in contention for the GOP presidential primary. I really doubt if the evangelicals are going to contribute to his campaign; he is pro-abortion and he has been married three times. The Catholics are not too happy with him as well. Hillary would destroy him.

    August 7, 2007 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  2. James, NY, NY

    Two words "Who Cares". How about you tell us what you plan to do that is better then the Democrats and stop spinning the whole Clinton-Obama ticket.

    Americans what to see some change for the better in the government, not predictions who will be on the other parties ticket.

    August 7, 2007 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  3. Edward, Los Angeles, CA

    I don't know about a Clinton-Obama Ticket...two strong characters...I don't think Obama will like being the number two "man" on the presidential ticket...

    August 7, 2007 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  4. James, Newport KY

    It will probably be Clinton/Richardson because he can win the Hispanic vote.
    Clinton already has the black vote. In any event, Rudy won't win, he pulled out of the New York Senate race, he'll lose the Presidency. Voting for a winner is not as good as voting for your principles.

    August 7, 2007 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  5. Gurman Bal, San Ramon, CA

    As a diehard Democrat, I am hoping that there is NO Hillary-Obama ticket.

    Al Gore tried to be a pioneer by picking Joe Lieberman, a Jew, as his VP. The result was that Gore lost every single state in the South, including his home state of Tennessee and Clinton's home state of Arkansas. I am convinced that crude anti-Semitism was a factor here.

    Parties should only select 'high risk' candidates when the election is unwinnable. Thus, Walter Mondale's choice of Geraldine Ferraro as VP was smart. Although Mondale lost to Reagan, the Democratic Party made huge inroads in the female vote due to their historic selection of Ferraro.

    Gore's selection of Lieberman was disastrous because the election was his to win and choosing a candidate whose religion would draw fire created unncessary risk. Lieberman also was a terrible candiate, essentially chumming it up with the villainous Dick Cheney in the VP debates. Cheney, a man whose entire existence is owed to govt. service mumbled that the govt. "had absolutely nothing" to do with his massive financial gains at Halliburton...and Lieberman chuckled.

    I respect Barack Obama and violently detest GOP racists Romney and Graham for posing with the Obama-Osama-Chelsea's Momma signs. But to give the always vicious GOP a 'target rich ticket' of a woman and a black man is to commit political suicide.

    August 7, 2007 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  6. Lyons Steve

    The chances of Guiliani winning New York is zilch, as well as California.
    California Dreamin' on such a winter's day.
    Guiliani's even worse than Reagan record of non-family values would make even a religious extremist blush in shame.

    August 7, 2007 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  7. Doug, Atlanta

    I don't think the Clintons have a history of making nice with those that try to defeat them.

    August 7, 2007 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  8. Marcela, Novato CA

    Rudy Gulliani is so hot on morals and values and can't even make it to his sons highschool graduation. Some values!!!

    August 8, 2007 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  9. John, Long Island, NY

    This man is a joke. All he cares about is himself. Do you think he cares about the American people? If he cant support his household, he cant really support his White House ( if he ever is elected). I am surprised that the American people are quite gullible, seeing that they have been duped from 2000-2004.

    August 8, 2007 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  10. Kyu Reisch, Radcliff, Kentucky

    What a joke, Giuliani intermeddled for Dems business, even he couldn't handle his own family affairs. Giuliani said he is the best person to beat Hillary, hahaha, what about NY Senator race? Was he afraid of Hillary or busy with love affairs? Rudy is a braggart.
    Obama needs the time to learn more about political systems, even not qualified for VP right now. He has to grow up at Capitol Hill for another decade and then he will be better. I would like to see Obama and Rice in 1016. People are interested in Hillary's runningmate, me too, but I am sure Hillary will select the best one who can row the boat with her smoothly.

    August 8, 2007 03:07 am at 3:07 am |
  11. Mike, HI

    Bob "McCool":

    All she wants is power.

    And what does Giulani want, exactly?

    [Obama]’s another John Kerry, and no one wants that now.

    But people want another Bush now? A less friendly-looking, sleazier Bush, nonetheless.

    Why is Giulani saying he's the only one who can beat Clinton? The only GOP candidate right now that can best Clinton in every field, including the war, is Ron Paul. Giulani has the same chances of beating Clinton as Romney or someone like Huckabee.

    August 8, 2007 06:16 am at 6:16 am |
  12. Anonymous

    Who cares what Rudy thinks? Who is he?

    These guys running for office are puppets.

    Unless CNN's so called "lower tier candiates" start getting some play, the US will go right along with what it's doing now -> Ignoring the people and putting you into economic slavery.

    August 8, 2007 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  13. Will, Canton, OH

    So tired of Dem's calling this their dream ticket and the GOP hoping Hillary is nominated because she has those high disapproval ratings and tired of the media hyping them like there is no one else in the race. The media controls us like mice in a maze. so ridiculous.

    August 8, 2007 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  14. Todd, Malibu, CA

    George Bush is OUR president. Anything is possible.

    August 28, 2007 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
1 2 3