October 10th, 2007
08:32 AM ET
14 years ago

After sparring on stage, Giuliani, Romney find common enemy

The two fierce rivals for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination do not disagree on everything.

DEARBORN, Michigan (CNN) – Turning their attention away from their fight over taxes and spending, GOP presidential candidates Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney found a common enemy at Tuesday’s debate: Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton.

Giuliani, who makes Clinton a frequent target on the campaign trail, accused Clinton of trying to “put a lid on our growth."

Poking fun at Clinton’s proposal for a $5,000 bond for newborns, he said it would come “with her picture on it.”

Giuliani said, “I challenged her. She has backed off that. She has a new one today. This one is, she's going to give out $1,000 to everybody to set up a 401(k).The problem is, this one costs $5 billion more than the last one.” (CNNPolitics.com: Romney, Giuliani spar during Thompson's debate debut)

Making it clear he expects Clinton to be the Democratic nominee, Romney said, “I can't wait to talk about the fact that I spent my life in the economy. I understand how jobs come and why they go. I know how to get a health care plan not just talked about, but actually implemented. I know how to make sure that we keep our taxes down and our spending down. I know how to help American companies do business around the world and stop those foreign companies from coming in here unfairly. I can't wait to debate with her, because I've done it. She's just talked about it."

–CNN Political Desk Managing Editor Steve Brusk

Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Michigan • Mitt Romney • Rudy Giuliani
soundoff (65 Responses)
  1. Monty, Columbia MO

    What is Giuliani going to run on as a campaign theme if Hillary doesn't get the nomination? The guy doesn't even know how much a gallon of milk costs nowadays and he'd like to run the nation?

    October 10, 2007 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    Most politicians suck. Hillary is really really bad. Ron Paul is the only canidate for the american people this year.

    October 10, 2007 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  3. Luc, Margate FL

    Giuliani was affraid to run against Mrs Clinton in 2000 for the senate and now he is take crefit for 9/11 and his Fire and his police departement could not communicate with each other because he did not care to spend money to buy new radio for them
    Go Mrs clinton you are the best

    October 10, 2007 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  4. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Giuliani and Romney better get some business about them 'cause Hillary is kicking their you know what. I suggest they use their media time talking about their political platform instead of using it to give Hillary free media paid for by them. Hillary is very smart, she always brings the focus back to her political platform. She makes these guys look like dummies.

    October 10, 2007 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  5. Paul Dallas TX

    Chris in Middletown CT,

    I find your comments offensive. How dare you call me stupid for being a democrat. Stupid are those who continue to support George Bush who is a tyrant and should be tried for war crimes. Stupid are those who continue to let religion run this world. Religion has caused nothing but destruction since the beginning of time. Look at history! If proves that people kill people because of a different faith. Queen Mary did it for years. She almost killed her own sister because she was not Catholic. Stupid are those who continually ignore science. Scientist every day prove that eveolution is no longer a theory but the pope will never allow anyone to believe that. Stupid are those who call others stupid because they have a different opinion. You should grow up. You live in Connecticut! It's not like your little measly 7 electoral votes will make much of a difference anyway. You might want to consider moving...your state has voted democrat since 1992.

    October 10, 2007 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  6. Greg, Bellingham, WA

    I'm just glad they've finally stopped talking about their religion. WHO THE HECK CARES? You're running for public office, not the town Deacon.

    I don't care if you worship the Holy Widget! Go for it! It has nothing to do with the economy or foreign policy. And if you take your social/moral cues froma 2000 year old book, then you need help. Morality is not a religious thing, it's a human thing.

    And regarding Guliani's track record with divorces... SO WHAT! Nobody's perfect. In fact this just shows that he's a regular person. And that's refreshing in contrast to all the Holier-than-Thou conservative types that tout their moral higher ground and then solicit sex, steal money, and take bribes.

    But I'm voting democrat anyway!

    October 10, 2007 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  7. joseph, austin, Tx

    How is hillary any good at debating. Its easy to debate something when your only answer is to raise taxes, and increase the nanny states power. what a thinker, if there was diarria in chica(jessica) Hillary would impose sanctions to regulate the diarria and raise taxes to ensure noone would have to suffer with diarria agian.

    October 10, 2007 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  8. Richard Tabuteau, Atlanta, GA

    I wish my party wasn't a pack of pathological losers. The fact that Republicans beat up on Hillary is not a testament to her strength. Instead, it's reflection of her weakness in a general election. Republicans understand how to win by any means. Us Democrats operate in Happyland where we believe that the most vilified women in modern American history can become president.

    October 10, 2007 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  9. Pat, Salem VA

    Romney and Giuliani both got it wrong...our common enemy is the dictator sitting in the Oval Office at present!!! Make no mistake about it!!!

    October 10, 2007 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  10. Pat, Salem VA

    By the way...have any of the Presidential hopefuls on the Republican slate of candidates checked their flies lately? They all appear to be missing a set of a vital part of their anatomies!

    October 10, 2007 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  11. J. Hudacko Bayonne NJ

    Rudy doesn't need to use 9/11 to prove he has leadership skills. His transformation of NYC while he was mayor was nothing less than astounding. Top that off with his graceful and commanding leadership skills during our country's worst crisis in current history. Why is everyone so afraid of a strong leader that speaks his mind and has a proven track record of getting the job done? He has my vote.

    October 10, 2007 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  12. Mr. Coffey, Raleigh NC

    They want Hillary because she will have a low voter turnout. She isn't the candidate everyone is fighting for. She is the candidate the Dems think will win. So much for passion. Her rating is 48% unfav, 48% fav, 4% undi. The Repus need a lower voter turnout and voter apathy to win. They will tear her down on Iraq. Neither Romney or Giuliani has a dog in the hunt. She voted for it and is now against it. Don't forget the Iran vote either. If we bomb Iran during the general, she is really in trouble over that vote...again. Her line of "i'm experienced because i've made mistakes" ain't gonna fly too well.

    October 10, 2007 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  13. concerned about r miami fl

    J. Hudacko of New Jersey, get it right man, you must be lisper like RG, it is difficult to understand someone who can´t even utter few words, don´t waste your vote, you don´t deserve it, haven´t you been tortured enough this 6 1/2 years?

    October 10, 2007 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  14. Le Anh, Orlando, FL

    Romney hit the nails on her head! All were Hillary Clinton's talks. She took credits where Bill Clinton did well, crackled when it was hard to reply, coquettishly said "I'll talk to him tonight",.... she had it both worlds, changing the roles between a man's or a woman's when needed. She said what evryone wants to hear but who will pay her programs' costs?
    I am also interested to know if any candidate when wins the election, keeps costs down by restricting the current rule, that costs several hundred millions, to keep the ex-presidents's pockets full even though they earn millions on the speaking circus? It will help the health care initiatives.

    October 10, 2007 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  15. Tom Albuquerque, NM

    I qoute, "I see world different from Clinton"

    This is the headline on the CNN site. I recommend remedial English. Specifically, the use of the adverb.

    Correct sentence: "I see THE world DIFFERENTLY from Clinton."

    It is unclear if the uneducated at CNN made this or it is a direct quote from Mr. Obama. I hope the former and not the latter.

    October 13, 2007 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
1 2 3