September 19th, 2007
08:00 AM ET
13 years ago

Giuliani, in ad war

A new Giuliani ad says the former New York City mayor is's "worst nightmare."

WASHINGTON (CNN) – The liberal advocacy group announced Tuesday it is expanding its Iowa television ad attacking GOP presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani to national cable, a move that follows the former New York City mayor's release of a radio ad blasting the group and calling himself its "worst nightmare."

The MoveOn ad, which began airing in Iowa Monday, slams Giuliani for leaving the bipartisan Iraq Study Group after two months. The ad argues that he “has always been a big fan of George Bush’s war in Iraq. Yet when Giuliani had the chance to actually do something about the war, he went AWOL."

Giuliani's radio ad released Tuesday does not address MoveOn's claims, but instead calls the organization "the most powerful left wing group in the country" and says the organization is attacking the New York Republican because they “know Rudy is a Republican who can beat Democrats. And they know, no matter what they say, Rudy will never ever back down."

Soon after Giuliani's ad was unveiled, MoveOn announced it would expand its ad nationally on CNN. The organization also argued that the former mayor's ad "demonstrates that he can't answer the basic charge leveled against him: that he betrayed the public's trust when he went AWOL from the Iraq Study Group to take on high-fee speaking engagements.”

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

Filed under: Iowa • • Rudy Giuliani
soundoff (136 Responses)
  1. Steve

    "... '' and Democrats in general know that 'America's mayor' could quite possibly become 'America's President' in January 2009."

    Only if every other candidate drops dead. Who wants a 9-11 exploiter who's been many times? Whose kids dislike him immensely? Who has zero views of his own...he just attacks everyone else?

    This guy couldn't get elected if he was running against O.J. Simpson.

    "Can you say "Reagan Democrats"?"

    Reagan Democrats were moderates, Thomas, old boy. There are no far-right religiously crazed, anti-Constitutional, homosexual-hating homosexual Democrats that I'm aware of.

    Nice try. I know folks like you are getting desperate, 'cause I imagine fascists like this bunch won't be back in power for quite a while.

    It's the Repubs that're going to experience defections by the millions in '08. Even an alcoholic can tell, this is the Republicans' SECOND big chance at running the country, and AGAIN they blew it.

    September 19, 2007 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  2. Carl, Houghton, MI

    Rudy eats this stuff up. He loves picking a fight which will highlight his strength and opposition to an EXTREME Left Wing group. And he won't back down from their nonsense. Talk about a primary boost! Thank you, George Soros.

    September 19, 2007 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  3. Brent, Norfolk, VA

    Not only does the ISG have low national approval ratings, but one of its main conclusions (apart from wanting negotiations with Iran and Syria) is a recommendation for a troop surge...a position that is clearly against. So, in effect, is criticizing Giuliani for not staying on a panel that produced recommendations that their own group dosagrees with.

    September 19, 2007 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  4. Chris, Middletown, CT

    Can you imagine the liberals who don't know that George Soros is behind all the attack ads from MoveOn? Are you really that dumb...or just so angry about the war that facts are irrelevant? I read so much of these postings and wonder what is going through your heads? I wanted to ask that a general intelligence test be implemented before you are allowed to vote – but then the Democrats would only pull single digits. It seems as though the disenfranchised voters now have internet access in their houses....thanks Netzero...thanks for nothing

    September 19, 2007 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  5. RSS Fairfield Ct

    OOPS....the Iraq study group was recommending the surge, which moveon is denouncing Guiliani for not attending a group that recommended something they opposed.....WOW!

    September 19, 2007 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  6. Luis Chang, Oakland, CA

    I love these republicans getting angry and voting for Rudy in the priamaries. We need Rudy against Hillary or Obama or Edwards.

    September 19, 2007 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  7. sully, Fredericksburg, VA
    You mean the Petraeus/Betrayus folks???
    What are these people like 12 years old??
    Oh.... they are???

    September 19, 2007 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  8. christian, selden, ny

    Rob, Phoenix, AZ

    GOOD GRIEF, what PROOF do you have that hillary is mean?? like that wasnt a vague statement..

    September 19, 2007 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  9. Bob, Woodinville, WA

    To Steve:

    I am glad the economy is a 'wreck'. Historically low unemployment. Historically high home ownership. Very strong stock market. Very low interest rates. Hope this 'wrecked' economy never gets 'healthy'.....

    September 19, 2007 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  10. Bill, Streamwood, IL

    Rudy is calling himself MoveOn.Org's "worst nightmare!?" Someone should tell him the Sopranos are over and Tony is dead.

    By the way he goes on about himself, one might think that HE scored those points for Notre Dame in that movie "Rudy."

    Honestly, Rudy Giuliani sounds and looks as threatening as my kid's Elmo doll when it demands, "Tickle my feet."

    September 19, 2007 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  11. Bob, Seattle, WA

    The 'world' seems to be starting to Bush and the U.S. in a different light. Have you been listening to France and Germany lately. They are finally taking the proper U.S. side and now those once 'politically correct' Euros who were once worshipped by the likes of John Kerry et al, who wanted Bush and the U.S. to act more European, are now finally jumping on the U.S. band wagon sounding the alarm against the fanatical Ahmadinejad and the radical Islamist terrorists who can be counted on to act irrationally at just the time that rational action is required. Hold on to your shorts. They man soon be 'blown' off.

    September 19, 2007 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
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