November 2nd, 2007
04:55 PM ET
15 years ago

Giuliani flip flops on Biden?

Giuliani was critical of Joe Biden's foreign policy experience Friday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani Friday criticized fellow White House hopeful Joe Biden for a lack of foreign policy experience and later denied making such an accusation.

The Republican front-runner was interviewed by South Carolina radio host Andy Gobeil. “You would say Sen. Biden doesn’t have foreign policy experience?” Gobeil asked.

“Has he ever been in the State Department? Has he ever been an executive?” Giuliani replied. “It’s one thing to speak about what you want or even pass laws about it, it’s another thing to actually do it. Foreign policy experience to me means being an ambassador, being in the State Department, being a law enforcement official, dealing with foreign countries.”

At an event later Friday morning, Giuliani denied saying Biden, a Democrat who is the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations committee, lacked foreign policy experience.

“I didn't mention foreign policy,” said Giuliani. “I said Joe Biden fit into the category along with Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, and they were all questioned about this at the debate, but he wasn't, and here is the situation. They have in a very strange way – they have never run a city, never run a state, never run a business. Never run anything.”

Responding to Giuliani's criticisms, Biden said in a statement, "Today’s comments come from a guy—Rudy Giuliani—who said Dick Cheney, the architect of Bush's failed policy in Iraq, was a great choice for vice president and who recommended the now discredited Bernie Kerik to be Secretary of Homeland Security."

"Once again, Rudy has demonstrated his complete lack of knowledge of U.S. foreign policy," Biden added.

- CNN Political Producer Xuan Thai

Filed under: Joe Biden • Rudy Giuliani
soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. swing voter alan St Louis MO

    Whan an IDIOT but I will vote for him before I vote for Master of flip flooping Clinton. Give me Obama or Biden please.

    November 3, 2007 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  2. Jay, Edgartown, MA

    Rudy has no foreign-policy experience.

    and Biden has no executive experience.

    November 3, 2007 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  3. Karen,ny

    BUSH had no experience at all and he got in. It is not what you know it is who you know. That is WRONG!!!

    November 3, 2007 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  4. christian, selden, ny

    what a flip flop!!! i mean i can see people saying one thing 10 yrs ago and changing there view today, but to flip flop within a day or two from an interview is just pathetic!!! plus he looks like a gopher in this picture lol

    November 3, 2007 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  5. ZackaryQuack

    CNN's own polls show that a majority of Americans do not trust Hillary, Rudy is going to win by default..

    November 3, 2007 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  6. Dan (Baltimore, MD)

    Joe, sitting in on meetings of the foreign relations committee is not real foreign policy experience. Endless pontificating and discussion with no actionable consequences may be a funny joke, but it is not foreign policy experience.

    As mayor of NYC where the UN is located, Rudy met with countless diplomats and as the leader of his security advising business, Rudy has been to over 50 countries and has studies their security situations and lifestyles. Being boarded up in DC all the time ensures that Biden could never have the foreign policy experience that Rudy has built. Sorry, Joe you're not presidential material. Though that might be bad news for you, it's great news for our country.

    November 3, 2007 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  7. Veronica Bloom, Jacksonville, FL

    Boy, can this guy lie!!!

    November 3, 2007 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  8. Suzanne Ostrowski , Coeur d' Alene, Idaho

    Its time to release the 9/11 interview
    with Rudy Giuliani which is supposed to
    be sealed untill after the election.
    He is telling his base that President
    Clinton should have seen the signs,
    because he certainly did. But his interview sounds more like he didn't
    know anything.

    November 3, 2007 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  9. Ron Nebraska

    Oh God, please save our country from such idiotic, shallow, lying people such as Rudy and the brain dead people who support him! Amen

    November 3, 2007 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  10. Chris, Middletown, CT

    I can't wait until he is election to get this over with (liberals....concentrate on your excuses as to why Hillary didn't guys are always so creative...) also – Kennedy said "ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country" – what are all loving more entitlement programs...I don't get have all changed from hard those with a hand out

    November 3, 2007 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  11. Dan, Saint Louis, MO

    As a Republican, I'm sickened by the prospect of Giuliani. This guy is the biggest conman of them all. He has a very undistinguished record. Before 9-11, he was very unpopular and his term was almost unanimously seen as a failure. Then, after 9-11, he somehow became the hero. The fact is, our country was briefly united and had a lot of goodwill towards everyone in New York and he was at the right place at the right time. He did nothing to earn it.

    Look at his record. Raised taxes, instituted new taxes, was proud to make New York a sanctuary for illegals, supports gay marriage and abortion, won't have a Roe litmus test for judicial nominees, married his cousin, married his mistress, doesn't get along with some of his kids and one of his closest advisers is a Catholic priest who is widely known to be a child abuser. Great guy. He'd restore honor and dignity to the office alright. To me, he's more of Democrat than a Republican, but he's very unaccomplished by either party's standards.

    November 4, 2007 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  12. Chris, Middletown, CT

    Dan....or you could actually research his record....??

    November 5, 2007 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  13. Patrick, New York, Ny

    Chris the sad part is everything Dan said is pretty much true as a Republican I too will not vote for this fraud.

    November 5, 2007 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
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