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)

    If anyone is unfit to be President it this creep, Rudy Giuliani. This cretins didn't learn a darn thing from the first attack on the trade towers and stuck his command post right there. This vile, despicable, unsanitary prevaricator ought to win the GOP nomination so that his sordid past can be laid out for all America to see. It will assure a Democratic victory.

    November 2, 2007 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  2. Bob, NY, NY

    What may I ask foreign policy experience does Rudy Giuliani have? He cannot by any means claim being Mayor of NY gave him this experience and just because he runs his own international consultanting firm is meaningless. Anything Rudy knows about foreign poilicy is based on what he has read, who he knows, or what he has made up. His challenging anyone particularily a sitting US Senator on experience is laughable at best.

    November 2, 2007 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  3. Rob

    Liar Liar!

    November 2, 2007 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  4. Dazed and Confused


    November 2, 2007 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  5. bless, NY

    Sorry Giuliani! You are a looser anyway. Republican will be very stupid thinking you can win in 08. You are trying to play tough and scare people.You can't even be a good husband. How can you run the country? Cheater....

    November 2, 2007 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  6. Mark Columbus, Ohio

    So now the media is trying to get both the frontrunners flip-flopping in order to make news. Got something else to report on?


    November 2, 2007 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  7. Mark, San Diego, CA

    "Foreign policy experience to me means . . . being a law enforcement official. . ."

    Huh? Haven't we suffered long enough by having one idiot-in-chief for eight years? Do we really need a successor to this title?

    November 2, 2007 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  8. Patrick, Cape May NJ

    Hey Rudy,

    What foreign experience do you have?
    How are you going to question Senator Biden, the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, on foreign experience? You were the mayor of New York City!!! How do we know that you can deal with foreign diplomats or discuss foreign policy?

    Biden makes a great point in the debate that you, like George W. Bush, don't have the foreign experience to be President of the United States. How do you respond? You make a joke about Biden's 20-year old plagarism accuasation and then say he doesn't have the experience either.

    You did not address the issue at hand that you are not qualified and if you actually did talk about your foreign experience, I would have respect for you.

    IT'S A FACT.

    Concerned citizen

    November 2, 2007 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  9. Sue in Michigan

    And why are the Democrats not all over this? This is typical Republicanism-slander, then deny. Bush does it daily, Cheney does it..and the Dems sit back and let them "flip flop" to their heart's content, while a Democrat can't even change their mind from a decision made years back without being called names. Stop this madness!

    November 2, 2007 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  10. Sue, Midland, MI

    And Guiliani has foreign policy experience because...?

    November 2, 2007 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  11. Mrs. America

    To me, "flip flop" means to change one's position, like on an issue. In this case, it sounds like Giuliani just plain couldn't remember what he had said. That's troubling.

    November 2, 2007 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  12. Lev Klinemann, Redondo Beach CA

    I think Biden said it best himself "all you hear at a Giuliani speech is a noun, a vowel and 911".

    Giuliani was horrible, is terrible and will be disastrous (Bush on steroids).

    ...oh yeah, he reminds me of Nosferatu...I have a feeling he wants my blood.

    Rudy, take Judy, just go away and live in your own fantasy world.

    November 2, 2007 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  13. Dan, Illinois

    Giuliani flip that's a shock...

    November 2, 2007 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  14. Kathy, Syracuse, NY

    When it comes to foreign policy, Rudy Guiliani is just Dick Cheney with a New York accent. Like Cheney, Rudy is a paranoid megalomaniac.

    Only a fool would believe that Rudy will "keep us safe" unless your idea of safety is electing someone who wants to ignite World War III (or WWIV, according to Rudy's foreign policy advisor, one of the founding fathers of neo-conservatism, Norman Podhoretz) by pre-emptively bombing Iran. It's worked so well for us in Iraq.

    November 2, 2007 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  15. Jeff from Jersey

    The only foreign policy experiences Rudy ever had were on the NYC subways and foreign policy,actually everything he says is foreign,even to him.He is a disaster waiting to happen.

    November 2, 2007 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  16. Tom Dedham, Mass

    Posted By Sue in Michigan : November 2, 2007 6:28 pm

    No fan of Rudy here at all Sue, but Mitt Romney a leading Republican (you may have heard his name) is called a flip flopper for changing his stances over a matter of years, not seconds, minutes, venues or polls like Hillary is allowed to do.

    I am a fan of Biden as well and he forgot more that Rudy knows, but certain people get to flip flop and that "certain people" is Hillary and her alone. I believe she is a Democrat.

    November 2, 2007 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  17. Sarah

    This guy is actually a little scary.

    To think that I will be forced to vote for him if Hillary gets the nomination is frightening.

    But actually, they're not really very different.

    November 2, 2007 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  18. DEE, Nashville, TN

    What do you expect from a guy who flips flops wives too?

    November 2, 2007 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  19. Kate McCulley, Somerville, MA

    His comments keep getting more and more ridiculous!!!!

    Biden has FAR AND AWAY more foreign policy experience than any other candidate! He's the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee! He's been to Iraq seven times (I believe), more than any other candidate! He's been in the Senate for 35 years!!

    Wake up, America - the Mayor of 9/11 has no clothes!

    November 2, 2007 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  20. david houston texas

    for the life of me, I cannot see this face involved in our nation's security. If it wasn't for the 9/11 event, this man would fit the guber section.

    November 2, 2007 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  21. Baoli New York NY

    All Politicians are Flip Floppers. What did you expect ? Have you seen my new flip flops? They are Red White and Blue in color, and named Democrats !

    November 2, 2007 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  22. erika morgan black dimond wa

    A politician's job is to bring his constituents concerns to the opposition in such a way that he can convince the opposition of the sanity and reasonableness of his constituents point of view. A diplomat's job is like the politician's, but he convinces another government of the saneness and reasonableness of America's position and shows them how supporting our stand will benefit the other country.

    Of late we have had far too little of either politicking or diplomacy, and this has gotten us into quite a pickle. The "cowboy bullying" of the EXECUTIVE DECIDER has delivered fear that foments deep-seated hatred.

    Biden on the other hand has been a consummate Statesman and wise sage, offering choice in diplomacy, including the pros and cons. A reasonable debate is possible. It occurs to me that in order to have a reasoned debate you have to have folks who are smart enough to possess reason. nuf said.

    November 2, 2007 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  23. K. Mansfield, NY, NY

    Could Giuliani be more transparent, shallow or obviously void of any redeeming qualities? I suspect he will prove that he can.

    November 2, 2007 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  24. Charles in Orem, Utah

    I think Rudy can be excused on this one. To tell the truth, I hardly ever noticed Biden, either.

    November 3, 2007 02:15 am at 2:15 am |
  25. Karen,ny

    Rudy knows quite well that Joe Biden is a much better candidate then himself and he must be intimidated by him. Joe has much more experience then Rudy and that is a FACT.

    November 3, 2007 07:28 am at 7:28 am |
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