September 17th, 2007
10:46 AM ET
12 years ago

Giuliani on Clinton: 'What she did was just plain wrong'

Giuliani speaks with NASCAR Nextel Cup driver Kenny Wallace Sunday before the start of the Sylvania 300 auto race at the New Hampshire International Speedway.

LOUDON, New Hampshire (CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani Sunday continued his defense of Gen. David Petraeus and explained to reporters why he launched his Web advertisement criticizing Sen. Hillary Clinton for not denouncing a ad attacking him.

"[My] motivation was to stand up to her and to stand up for a very, very good general," the former mayor of New York City said. "What she did was just plain wrong. Sometimes there are things that are just wrong. It was wrong for her to attack the integrity of a commanding general in a time of war. It's not the right thing to do."

Giuliani's Web advertisement attacked Clinton and portrayed her position on the Iraq war as inconsistent and her remarks as disrespectful toward Petraeus.

The advertisement also denounced the liberal group for their advertisement against the general and called on Clinton to do the same.

When asked by CNN if his advertisement would introduce more mudslinging into the campaign, Giuliani responded, "How come you're not asking that about Why don't you ask that about Hillary Clinton?"

"I didn't attack an American general," he added. "I am raising a point about an American politician, not about an American general and I think I have every right to do that."

Rudy Giuliani spent Sunday at the New Hampshire International Speedway for the NASCAR Nextel Cup-Sylvania 300. This was the second time the presidential hopeful attended a NASCAR event.

Amidst cheers for celebrity drivers Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Jeff Gordon, were cries of "Rudy, Rudy!" as he walked through the stadium signing autographs, taking photographs and shaking hands.

One supporter walked up to him and said, "See you in 2009." A few seconds later, Giuliani said to another fan, "Tell him '08 just in case. When he shows up in '09 it won't do us any good."

- CNN New Hampshire Producer Sareena Dalla

Filed under: Hillary Clinton • • New Hampshire • Rudy Giuliani
soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. Mike, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    Republicans PLEASE PLEASE nominate Rudy so the democrats can take the white house a lot easier! PLEASE so it for us! People like rudy and george bush are gifts that keep on giving to the democrats everytime they open their mouths!

    September 17, 2007 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  2. Ron Nebraska

    That really is an excellent point made earlier. Moveon is doing very similar to what Coulter. Limbaugh, Hannity, and the other right wing nut jobs do every day. So I guess moveon is just trying that fair and balanced thing conservatives love so much.

    September 17, 2007 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  3. Tricia M Charlottetown PEI

    Poor Rudy he shouldn't have spent so much time at Ground Zero. It's obvious all the toxins he inhaled has done serious damage to his brain!

    September 17, 2007 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  4. Larry Mangum, Durham, NC

    The Bush/Cheney Administration has "attacked" many American Generals who did not, and still do not, agree with their "failed" policies. So Rudy, get on with some serious issues and quit trying to act like "super" patriot. Maybe you can only "attack" because you have no "real answers" or solutions–other than your halloween costume will be an American Flag with a red "S" across your chest. We've heard that type of crap for 7 years now and there is NO DIFFERENCE between you, Cheney and Bush.

    September 17, 2007 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  5. Nate, Minneapolis, MN

    Shocks me to read that Rudy didn't serve NYC before 9.11...Seems to me he took our biggest cities crime, murder, rat and illiteracy rate down. Also strikes me that as far as National Defense, the Clinton Administration didn't serve us...or should we blame 9.11 on Bush too?

    September 17, 2007 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  6. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Giuliani makes me chuckle. This guy doesn't have the slightest idea how he got in this race other than 9/11. He doesn't need to raise a point about an American politician, we need to know what his point is as politician, or does he have one. Remember, GWB, was president during 9/11 not Giuliani and many brave Americans responded to 9/11.

    September 18, 2007 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  7. Charlene Childs, Bangor, Maine

    MoveOn's campaign against Guiliani is simply a call for accountability. Unfortunately it is easier for Guiliani to throw stones than to admit he has been capitalizing on a national tragedy rather than acting to prevent the next one.

    The MoveOn campaign states the following:

    Newsday reported earlier this year that, "Rudolph Giuliani's membership on an elite Iraq study panel came to an abrupt end last spring after he failed to show up for a single official meeting of the group, causing the panel's top Republican to give him a stark choice: either attend the meetings or quit".

    Giuliani later said that he couldn't participate in the group because of "time constraints." A close look at his financial records shows that those time constraints actually consisted of a series of speeches that he made millions of dollars on.

    This is not mud-slinging, it's an unfortunate reality.

    I think calling Mr. Guiliani on his hypocracy rather than once again turning a blind eye to the continued pocket-lining going on in the Republican party is a necessary reality check to keep the American people from making another serious election mistake.

    September 19, 2007 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
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