August 7th, 2007
05:22 PM ET
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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. rada, houston. tx

    he can't even get his daughter to support him… how in the word he is the only one that can beat HRC…

    August 7, 2007 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  2. Rose Hillrose, Chicago, IL

    Aha aha aha, Rada from houston. tx:

    That was a cold, low-blow. Guiliani has a dysfunctional family that refuses to support his presidency – his daughter leading the charge.

    August 7, 2007 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  3. Arseface

    London ENGLAND? What? Rudy couldn't get an American paper to listen to him?

    August 7, 2007 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  4. IV, Dallas

    Hillary and Obama are on terrible terms with each other. I'm not so sure they'd run together, after all the attacks they've thrown back and forth.

    Granted, John Kerry and John Edwards were the same way back in 2003. Who knows?

    August 7, 2007 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  5. Independent Voter, TN

    Not a Giuliani supporter, but I seem to recall when he was in the NY Senate race against Hillary, he was leading at the time he withdrew. He can certainly argue that he could beat her in the presidential election based partly on the fact that he was beating her in NY in 2000 and also the fact that she has such high unfavorable ratings with much of the electorate.

    I would grant him (and anyone else that said the same thing) that this would be a formidable ticket.

    August 7, 2007 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  6. Afroz, Northern California

    So now he’s psychic? ……good to know

    August 7, 2007 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  7. Rose Hillrose, Chicago, IL

    I think a Clinton/Obama ticket is a far-fetched non-starter. Obama should have played the Kerry/Edwards respect for the others campaign in order to build trust and confidence. Obama's desperation ruffled enough of Clinton's feathers and she will stop the itch by dissing Obama.

    August 7, 2007 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  8. Pat, huntington town, ny

    FYI – polls here in NY show that Hillary would beat Rudy and she'ld get all of NY's electoral points. Don't diss on our Senator! We know better about Guiliani than anyone else in this country – don't be fulled by his post 9-11 photo op politics. He's nothing of substance, and only made of smoke and mirrors!

    August 7, 2007 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  9. Bob McCool, San Antonio, TX

    Giuliani is so much better that Hillary or Obama. No one I know likes Hillary. I would imagine that not even Hillary likes Hillary. All she wants is power. She just intimates that she's gonna do this, gonna do that, but never mentions how or why. Now as far as Obama is concerned, he spends way too much time attacking Hillary. Plus, he went from Jane Fonda to Dr. Strangelove in a week. He's another John Kerry, and no one wants that now.

    August 7, 2007 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  10. Geoff, Austin, Texas

    Objectively (I don't know who I like yet) Giuliani has the strongest showing in Texas, and can likely pull New York. That's two out of the three most populous states. Plus the Clinton/Obama ticket will also be weak in the South. Don't be surprised if he beats Clinton in the general election. Some polls have suggested however Obama as the presidential candidate could beat Giuliani.

    August 7, 2007 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  11. Tommy Ates, Austin, TX

    If a Republican tells me to vote for a certain Democratic candidate, it's probably a good idea NOT to heed the advice.

    That's why I will be voting for Barack Obama.

    August 7, 2007 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  12. Henry W, Milwaukee

    It makes you wonder a little... we haven't even had the first primary and already several candidates/pundits have called out Clinton~Obama. Why? Why would republicans Guiliani and Gingrich want to reinforce this ticket? Are these two just trying to get headlines or is there something else?? IS Clinton-Obama the strongest ticket?

    August 7, 2007 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  13. Heather, IL

    i'm glad independant voter brought up a good point – guiliani practically handed hillary her senate seat on a silver platter. this entire race has been set up from the beginning – as long as a CFR candidate gets the nom, they don't care who wins!

    Ron Paul is the ONLY candidate capable of defeating the CFR globalists (Democratic AND Republican!).

    The Revolution is only just beginning.

    August 7, 2007 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  14. Julie, Atlanta, GA

    Riiiiiiight. Thanks for the prediction, Rudy...Can we also count on you for winning lottery numbers?

    Give me a break...And while you're predicting, MAYOR, don't you dare misunderestimate John Edwards.

    August 7, 2007 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  15. Augie Rincon, California

    Michael Savage predicted this months ago!

    August 7, 2007 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  16. john Smith, Phoenix, AZ

    Clinton/Barack. Can you say Master Slave? Never happen.

    August 7, 2007 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  17. Tony Nazar, Wilton, ME

    Republican pols love to tell the Democrats how to run campaigns, who to nominate and what the party should stand for.

    Then they turn around and demonize that which they hope they've created in the minds of the voters.

    I really think Rudy better watch out, a horse named Petraeus is closing on the outside. I predict a Petraeus/Webb ticket. That's right – Webb. Two military types, one from each party. It's sooooo red, white and blue, sooooo Yankee Doodlish. It'd be like having a Bud car and a Miller car come in first and second at Talladega.

    August 7, 2007 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  18. Kevin, Seattle WA

    Yeah....only if the Dems. really want to loose. Clinton will have a hard enough time without Obama. Add him to the mix and no matter who wins the GOP nod, will win.

    August 7, 2007 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  19. Jon S. Ann Arbor, Michigan

    And the irony is that the Republicans have no chance of having a diverse ticket – the Presidential candidate is assured of being a white, middle-aged at least, male. Maybe they will "throw a crumb" to diversity, but the GOP seems highly unlikely to make such a choice.

    That pretty much assures the Republicans will lose the Presidential race in '08.

    August 7, 2007 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  20. MS Johnson City, TN

    If Democrats came up with a Hillary/Obama ticket, it would take an act of God to beat them.

    Luckily, that act of God has a name – Ron Paul!

    August 7, 2007 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  21. Greg, Phoenix, AZ

    He is exactly right about being the only Republican who has a chance to win the election in 2008.

    Don't know if I agree with his prediction about Hillary and Obama though. Given her extremely high negative ratings and the fact that she is one of the most polarizing political figures in recent history, I don't know if I would just call the race hers at this point.

    August 7, 2007 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  22. eddie, miami florida

    "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..."

    since when is new england a state?

    August 7, 2007 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  23. Richmond, VA

    Giuliani has so many skeletons in the closet that Hillary must be PRAYING he gets the Republican nomination. Who else tells his wife he is cheating on her, and going to divorce her, at a press conference? No wonder his kids hate him, Giuliana is SKETCHY.

    August 7, 2007 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  24. Allan, CA

    Actually, my prediction is a Clinton-Giuliani ticket. Hillary Clinton and Rudy Giuliani's daughter.

    On a serious note. Children who dislike their parents so much they plan on voting for the other guy, should tell us all we want to know about Mr. Mayor. His kids are stuck with him as their father. They have no choice. America on the other hand does. Please do not pick this blowhard.

    August 7, 2007 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  25. tetvet68, New York, NY

    In Giuliani's dreams.......
    Obama is THE LAST PERSON that Hillary Clinton would want as a running mate.
    That would be the best possible ticket that the Republican party could hope for.

    August 7, 2007 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
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