August 7th, 2007
10:49 AM ET
11 years ago

Don't call her 'Obama girl'

Watch CNN's Mary Snow report on Caroline Giuliani's support of Sen. Barack Obama.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani may not be able to count on support from his own daughter, reported Monday.

On his daughter Caroline's Facebook profile, the self-described liberal was a part of a group that supports Illinois Sen. Barack Obama's presidential bid. After emailed her about it, she immediately left the group, the web site reported.

But a spokeswoman for Caroline said her action didn't mean that she is supporting Obama, or any other candidate in particular. "Before the presidential campaign got underway, Caroline added herself to a list on Facebook as an expression of interest in certain principles," Joannie C. Danielides said in a statement. "It was not intended as an indication of support in a presidential campaign and she has removed it. Caroline is not commenting on the 2008 election."

While many of the other candidates' entire families have been visible on the campaign trail, Giuliani's children have yet to make an appearance. His son, Andrew, said he will not help the campaign because he wants to concentrate on becoming a professional golfer, The New York Times reported in March.

Since his very public divorce from his second wife and his marriage to Judith Nathan, Giuliani's relationship with his children has been strained. Giuliani stopped going to his children's events, missing Andrew's high school graduation and Caroline's plays, the Times also reported.

Giuliani talked about his daughter at a campaign stop in Clear Lake, Iowa on Monday.

"My daughter I love very much," Giuliani said. "I have great respect for her, and I’m really proud of her. And I don’t comment on children because I want to give them the maximum degree of privacy. I think children in situations like this deserve to have the maximum degree of privacy. And the best way to preserve that is, except to point out that you love them and care about them and you’re very, very proud of them, just don’t comment about it."

UPDATE: Andrew Giuliani tells ABC News he supports his father's presidential bid and thinks he would be a "great president."

On his sister's support of Obama, Andrew Giuliani said "I love my sister very much and I respect her opinions. "One of the great things about our parents is they've always encouraged us to see the world for ourselves."

–CNN Associate Producer Lauren Kornreich

Related: "Obama girl" and "Giuliani girl" duke it out


soundoff (98 Responses)
  1. Jon, Sacramento ~ Ca

    Mike ~ Staatsburg, NY

    writes, "Gotta love those Republican family values! How many wives do these yutzes have between them, 22 for the 7 Republican candidates? Their own families hate their guts.

    Anything for power."

    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
    You resemble an oddly cynical slice of society. Because conservative candidates support "traditional family values" doesn't mean THEY are perfect. And yes many get divorces! GASP.

    EVERY party (dem, repub, green, etc) has elements of hypocrisy – so why when the shouting and finger-pointing when a republican has been divorced? I don't recall Rudy thumping the Bible on anyone or blasting other candidates on the marital issues.

    The hypocrite in this whole situation actually is the person who rips Rudy but warmly accepts Hillary and Bill (who has had more women accuse him of sexual harrassment than the total number of spouses/ former spouses of the entire Republican field!)

    You're analysis is correct – The Clintons – anything for power.

    August 7, 2007 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  2. Afroz, Northern California

    Its quiet sad that we've come to a time when fathers try to mend their relationships with their offspring just to look good in the eyes of the public. It seems as though his kids are being deprived of the basic right of freedom to speak and think what they believe, and in turn they are being forced to show alliance to a man who seems to have little to do with their lives when the public isn’t watching.

    August 7, 2007 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  3. Greg, Phoenix, AZ

    God, our media has hit bottom and is drilling right through.

    Hear that Anderson Cooper will be doing a story about how Chelsea Clinton has refused to shop at her parents' favorite deli and the Democratic strategists our doing everything they can to prevent it from becoming too big of a story.

    GREAT job, guys, keep up the good work!

    August 7, 2007 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  4. Mike, Staatsburg, NY

    Jon ~ Sacramento, CA

    "You resemble an oddly cynical slice of society. Because conservative candidates support “traditional family values” doesn’t mean THEY are perfect. And yes many get divorces! GASP."

    Strrrrrrrrrrrrike 1!

    Next time Bill or Hillary run for office ON A FOUNDATION of so-called "traditional family values," knock yourself out in calling them hypocrites. Unfortunately for you, it's the bible thumpers on the other side with 3 ex-wives a piece, kids getting nailed for illegal posession of prescription drugs, drunk driving, winding up in rehab, etc.

    When you RUN ON family values, the least you can do is have your own family in order.

    P.S. Bill and Hillary have been married, what, 35 years? Have an educated, from all indications balanced and decent child? How many women Bill has slept with is Hillary's problem, not mine, and note that it's not the Democrats trying to make government so small it fits in your bedroom.

    Try again.

    August 7, 2007 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  5. Bethesda, MD

    CNN has hit rock bottom. It is widely known that CNN is no longer a standard for good-quality, objective journalism, and this article proves it. I'm proud to say I'll be going to BBC for my news from now on.

    August 7, 2007 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  6. Jon, Sacramento ~ Ca

    Mike ~ Staatsburg, NY

    "How many women Bill has slept with is Hillary’s problem, not mine, and note that it’s not the Democrats trying to make government so small it fits in your bedroom."

    I see... you're more upset because a conservative candidate DIVORCED their former spouse rather than cheating with dozens of women??? A divorce somehow invites your charge of hypocrisy but repeated infidelity "is none of your business".

    And you can't see how ridiculous you sound?

    You might want to call a striiike on my argument – but you're not even in the game!

    August 7, 2007 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  7. Touley, Lowell MA

    No candidates can top Mitt Romney for family values.

    August 7, 2007 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  8. Dan, Tx

    Giuliani and Clinton are pretty similar on the social issues. They both have things to hide, but at least the election won't be about gays, gun laws or abortion, because they agree on those issues.

    August 7, 2007 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  9. enko, fords, NJ

    Touley, Lowell MA -

    No candidate can top FlIP FLOP Romney on Hypociry – touche!!

    August 7, 2007 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  10. todd greenwell, san diego, ca

    i so very much don't care.

    August 7, 2007 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  11. Philip, Carbodnale KS

    JV in Bostan MA.

    We need to find Jesus? I didn't realize he was hiding.

    August 7, 2007 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  12. Mike, Staatsburg, NY

    Jon ~ Sacramento, CA

    "I see… you’re more upset because a conservative candidate DIVORCED their former spouse rather than cheating with dozens of women???"

    Strrrrrrrrrrrike 2!

    Not only did Giuliani have an open, very public affair with Judith Nathan – now the THIRD Mrs. Giuliani – but he had another affair while married to his second wife, whom, by the way, he cheated on his FIRST wife with.

    That might be strike 2 and strike 3 for you, all in one post! LOL

    Not only that, but he had the class and decency to announce his separation from Ms. Hanover at a press conference... before even telling her!

    So, you want to talk about "family values?" Yay? Nay?

    I didn't think so.

    August 7, 2007 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  13. Kathe Oakland CA

    I don't know. How do you become so busy and important that you don't go to your child's graduation. No matter what, your child should come first whether they are 9 mos old or 60 years old. Giuliani, a man who does not respect his own children's needs and he is predicting who will be ticket for President and he is best shot at beating Clinton??? Oh NO, weak, weak, weak.

    August 7, 2007 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  14. Jon, Sacramento ~ Ca

    Mike ~ Staatsburg, NY

    I never suggested Rudy has never made any mistakes. Rather I asked you to point out where he attacked other candidates on their marriage. The guy's been divorced – twice. BFD.

    Again, the irony here is you will support a candidate whose spouse was sued for sexual harrassment (paid the accuser $750,000 – lost his law license), accused of sexual harrassment by Kathleen Willey (democratic constituent), accused of Rape by Juanita Broddrick, and lied under oath to a grand jury (AND THAT'S THE SHORT LIST OF ACCUSERS).

    Your reply is... but Guiliani has been divorced twice!

    LMAO. Uh huh – you just keep those moral blinders bolted in place, Mikey. I'm sure Hillary has the highest negative ratings because of "the vast right wing conspiracy". But hey good news – when the bank starts to foreclose on your house, Hillary will save you!

    August 7, 2007 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  15. Mary, Mountain View, CA

    College Student in PA,

    Actually it's pretty easy to reject an invite into a group. All you have to do is click the "Reject" button. I'd imagine a lot of students get friend and group invites. Most students aren't that desperate to accept every invite that comes their way (I reject most stuff). Guiliani's daughter probably didn't think that anyone in the media would be looking at her Facebook when joined an Obama support group. A lot of students don't realize that.

    August 7, 2007 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  16. Anonymous, CA

    I personally know both of Mr. Giuliani and Ms. Hanover's children and can tell you that they are both very kind, intelligent human beings that are trying to lead the most normal lives possible despite the very public situations that they have been through because of their parents. Please do not insult them when you can only base your opinions of them on what you see or hear from the media.

    Try to leave Mr. Giuliani's children out of this election. They have very little to do with him in or out of the political spotlight and only stand to be further negatively affected by upcoming events.

    Thank you.

    August 7, 2007 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  17. Carol, New Paltz, New York

    To Jon in Sacramento – I think you have the blinders on, Jon. Believe it or not, we Democrats were not happy with Bill Clinton's peccadillos – however, his actions certainly did NOT rise to the level of impeachable offenses (pretty laughable when you think of the criminal acts going on right now in this administration). We are also aware of the frailty of human beings – we all make mistakes, and divorce does not make you a bad person. However, as Mike said, when you run on a platform of Family Values and try to ram your supposed morals down everyone's throats (and try to legislate things that have no business being legislated like the morning-after pill and birth control) you can be damned sure that we will point out the hypocrisy. And the way he handled his divorce from Donna Hanover was just disgusting and cowardly. Giuliani is a morally corrupt opportunist who was NOT loved in NYC while he was mayor and who, as one reporter commented, would be far worse than Bush if elected President.

    August 7, 2007 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  18. Bob Lansing, Michigan

    This is probably all a publicity stunt to gain Rudy a little media attention. I think the guy is a complete fake. He claimed during the debate on CNN that he was a "Survivor" of 9-11. That moron was in his office during the attacks – he came out afterwards to do the showmanship BS. I didn't see him covered in dust and debris with 3rd degree burns on him. He's no survivor, he's just another blow hard politician and a totallitarian at that.

    August 7, 2007 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  19. Brian, Durham, NC

    So it's "news" that a 17 year old product of a broken home (which is now the majority of American families) doesn't like her father's politics?

    This is as bad as calling 911 to report underage drinking in your own bar. (Get it?)

    I absolutely love the attacks in Rudy's infidelity.

    Just goes to show you that cheating, lying under oath, and war is perfectly acceptable behavior... if you're a Democrat.

    August 7, 2007 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  20. Touley, Lowell MA

    enko, fords, NJ

    I don't call it flip flop. I call it "learning experience". For example. Today is good, but tomorrow is gonna be better.

    August 8, 2007 04:29 am at 4:29 am |
  21. Jon, Sacramento ~ Ca

    Carol – New Paltz, NY

    You wrote,
    "however, his actions certainly did NOT rise to the level of impeachable offenses (pretty laughable when you think of the criminal acts going on right now in this administration)."

    Can you please tell us which law the President has specifically broken, when he was charged with the crime(s), and what court this action is being taken?

    Then you wrote,
    " and try to ram your supposed morals down everyone’s throats (and try to legislate things that have no business being legislated like the morning-after pill and birth control) you can be damned sure that we will point out the hypocrisy"

    Are you really THAT clueless?? Rudy is the ONE candidate that doesn't ram his "moral issues" down everyone's throat. Rudy is the ONE republican that is Pro-Choice and Pro gay marriage. Rudy probably won't win the nomination because he's too liberal!

    But hey... he calls himself a Republican so he MUST be a "hypocrite", right?

    August 8, 2007 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  22. Jim, Alna, ME

    Not by Slate – facebook is a major source for them. Usually they say "unnamed social networking website", though.

    August 8, 2007 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  23. T Henson

    Dispicable! What a traitorous wench, to support Obama while her own father runs for president. This is a prime example of America's loss of family values. I don't care if she is a member of the GREENBACK party, when a member of your family makes a play, you back it up! And to African American voters I say this, just because Obama is black doesn't mean he is going to give a damn about you when he gets in office.

    August 9, 2007 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
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