October 23rd, 2007
09:31 AM ET
12 years ago

Rangel: Giuliani 'embarrasses us'

Watch Wolf Blitzer's interview with Rep. Rangel.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - New York Rep. Charlie Rangel, a prominent supporter of Hillary Clinton, sharply criticized Republican presidential frontrunner Rudy Giuliani's personal life Monday, highlighting the fact that the former New York City mayor and his wife have each been married three times.

"Two people, six spouses. It's a little complicated if you're not religious, especially if you're running against a Mormon," Rangel told CNN's Wolf Blitzer in a reference to Giuliani's chief rival, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. For the record, Romney has only been married once.

"I think America has to look at all these things, and there are enough moles on this man that embarrasses those of us who have sought public life," the 19-term New York congressman added. "When we get involved in public life, it means we're in a goldfish bowl. It would seem to me, with all the breaks the mayor had, being involved with his personal problems, he would thank God he's gotten as far as he did go without making the politicians get involved in his personal life."

Rangel brushed aside the notion that criticizing Giuliani's personal life exposes Hillary Clinton to similar criticism. The former first lady’s own marital troubles have been well documented.

"You can say it over and over and over again. This woman got married [and] stayed married [to] the same husband. When they had problems, she stuck with him. You tell me what in her personal life is something she should be ashamed of, and I want to talk about it."

Contacted by CNN, Giuliani spokeswoman Maria Comella said, "This kind of ugly, personal attack isn't even worth a response."

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soundoff (264 Responses)
  1. Paulina Gilbert San Diego California

    Yeah baby! Good for Charlie Rangel – some truth being told. Giuliani's personal life, with 3 different wives has given me some discomfort. He seems to have an undiscipled approach toward needing a woman next to him and the behaviour he showed in dumping his last wife and then marrying this new one was distasteful. Not the actions of a thoughtful, smart man. But actions of a lust-driven idiot. I also have concerns that this woman he married is a classic gold-digger. Don't doubt for one moment that she set her cap for this man – and he fell for it hook, line and sinker. I would NOT want this woman in such a powerful position as first lady next to the President. We have too much to put right and too much to lose to have a lust-driven fool and a gold-digger wife as the next President and first lady. God save us from such a terrible fate. We've already had 8 years of nonsense and idiocy. Please God we get someone with some intelligence in the White House for the next 4 – 8 years. Good for Charlie Rangel for telling the truth.

    October 25, 2007 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  2. Jessica-San Antonio, Tx

    Charlie Rangel, YOU ARE WRONG. I'm not voting for Rudy Giuliani and i still think you are wrong. It shouldn't matter how many times he was freaking married. AT LEAST he was married to these women and didn't SCREW around their backs. AT LEAST he had enough dignity to be with them and only them while he was married. What are you living in the old days or something? THIS ISN'T THE 1800'S ANYMORE! Where everyone thought it was wrong. We are living in the 21st century. EVERYBODY GET DIVORCED. What would you do if you didn't want to be with your wife anymore? Would you still stay with her if she disgusted you? I think not. I THINK YOU NEED TO LAY OFF THE DISCUSSION OF DIVORCE AND START TALKING ABOUT MORE IMPORTANT THINGS.

    October 25, 2007 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  3. J.Strong, Pleasanton, Tx

    That was very stupid on your part Hillary. Getting Charlie Rangel to say crap about Giuliani? What about your own checkered past? Just because Rudy was married 3 times doesn't mean anything. So he got tired of his 1st and 3nd wives. WHO CARES!! But you? YOU stayed with a man who has cheated on you at every opportunity he has had. And you say that "You forgive him and you love him" WHAT A LOAD OF CRAP. You are only with that lowlife to benefit yourself. Admit it, your still with Slick Willy just for the election. Admit that if you weren't running for president that you would have kicked him to the curb a long time ago. Who cares if Giuliani has had 3 wives. YOU are the embarrasement here because YOU are still married to a man who has cheated on you time and time again. YOU ARE AN EMBARRASSMENT TO ALL WOMEN IN THIS COUNTRY. Here's some advice, before you open your mouth or look down on someone...REMEMBER your own national record of being a cheating husband supporter. THINK BEFORE YOU ACT. Throwing those blows are childish, especially if it attains to you as well. I'M A WOMAN AND I AM ASHAMED FOR ALL THE OTHER WOMEN IN AMERICA. HEAR THIS..DON'T VOTE FOR HILLARY JUST BECAUSE YOUR GLAD THAT WE HAVE A WOMAN CANDIDATE. YOU WOULD BE VOTING FOR ALL THE WRONG REASONS. VOTE FOR SOMEONE WHO IS GOING TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE NOT FOR SOMEONE WHO LIKES TO JUMP THE FENCE. WE NEED A STRONG PRESIDENT...AND HILLARY? YOU ARE NOT THAT PERSON.

    October 25, 2007 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  4. M Frost, Atlanta GA

    Liberals constantly whine about how neo-cons "scare the hell out of them." What scares the hell out of me is the abortion-on-demand, dope smoking, merlot gulping, everything is George Bush's fault, pro-illegal alien, "give me a hand out," self-absorbed, self-centered liberals that are taking this country toward ruin.

    October 25, 2007 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  5. D Paris, Bloomington, IL

    Seriously, I know that it is not Hillary's fault what her husband did while he was in office, but STILL, Can anything be said about someones marriage (Marriages) from the Democratic side?

    October 25, 2007 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  6. Max, Boston, MA

    Contacted by CNN, Giuliani spokeswoman Maria Comella said, "This kind of ugly, personal attack isn't even worth a response."

    I'll keep that in mind when Giuliani inevitably makes an ugly, personal attack. Politics is politics. Even though the number of times he's married is insignificant to me, Giuliani's going to need a better response to this pseudo-issue than "Responding is beneath me".

    October 26, 2007 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  7. Kenny, Sacramento, CA

    Rangle's comment maybe over the top: granted. However, at the same time, the reality of it all is in the fact of what he said. Rudy, if you guys remember, dropped out of the senatorial race in 2000 because by all accounts, Hillary, a first timer in seeking an elected office was going to walk all over him to victory, though he blamed his withdrawal on his health. Then, Boom! September 11 happened. I don't 'know in the USA, when going to some funerals of those (fire fighters) you did little to save by getting their equipments to work in unison, makes you a hero! Rudy is now an America mayor, or so the media likes to say, due to his roll in the killing of our innocent firemen! Have you ever wondered why the NY Fire Department are anti-Rudy?
    This guy is not fit to be a council man of any american city, talkless of having the nomination of his party for the presidency. Reality is, if nominated, he will not win, as collectively, Americans are not stupid.

    October 26, 2007 03:30 am at 3:30 am |
  8. Steve Mantua, NJ

    How many Presidents have been elected following a divorce? Answer: NONE! And Guliani's been through two. Face it the man's personal life is a mess. Eventually somebody (Republican or Democrat) was going to go to that well. That said, I think Rangel should have risen above the fray and left the personal attacks to the Republicans.

    October 26, 2007 04:05 am at 4:05 am |
  9. Jeff, Sioux Falls, SD

    Sadly, this election will probably come down to Clinton and Giuliani. My vote will be wasted (again) because I won't be able to vote for who "I want" but rather use it to vote "against" someone, Clinton! GO HUCKABEE!

    October 26, 2007 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  10. Carla, MI

    Hillary shouldn't be ashamed??? Really? Well I'm pretty ure she has embarrassed every other woman who has been cheated on. Hillary should have stood up for herself and not let her husband control her. If she does get elected I wonder which man she'll let run the presidency.

    October 26, 2007 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  11. Nataki A. , Wash., DC

    Give it to them Mr. Rangel!! Republicans are blind to the damage that their party is doing to American values, economic, and the environment.

    October 26, 2007 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  12. Kevin, Ft. Thomas, KY

    Regardless of party politics and which party has more sexual or moral indiscretion, I am just a staunch believer in keeping one's personal life out of politics. FDR's wife was possibly a lesbian, JFK was allegedly sleeping with numerous women including Marilyn Monroe, Abraham Lincoln's sexuality has been called into question but at the end of the day, they are three of our greatest presidents of all time and their personal life has no bearing on that. That being said, Giuliani would be a terrible president because of his policy and track-record and not because he cannot hold down a marriage.

    October 26, 2007 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  13. Cliff Richmond, VA

    Rangell has a lot of nerve.

    His own party has a drunkard murderer and a homo pimp.

    Surprise! they're both from Taxatusetts

    October 26, 2007 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  14. Joyce

    Giuliani is frightening more than embarassing– at a recent speech he said that Democrats are stupid for considering diplomatic talks with the heads of middle eastern countries, and that "you can't treat those people like human beings- you have to ostracize them." He also called for more "aggressive questioning" (i.e. torture), and used the word "terror" every third word. Are we really going to allow our fear of terrorism lead this country into another 4 or, god forbid, 8 years of "1984"?? Whatever happened to the America where we respected human rights and civil liberties? I want a world where our phones aren't tapped, we don't go to war to support oil moguls, global warming is acknowledged, cronyism is a bad memory, and the U.S. stops alienating the rest of the world. Please realize the danger before it is too late and DO NOT let Rudy Giuliani become our next president.

    October 26, 2007 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
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