November 8th, 2007
12:25 PM ET
15 years ago

Giuliani on Kerik: 'I made a mistake'

Watch Giuliani discuss Kerik Thursday in Dubuque, Iowa.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said Thursday he made a "mistake" in not thoroughly vetting former New York City Police Commissioner Bernie Kerik.

But the Republican presidential frontrunner argued voters should instead focus on his entire mayoral record when evaluating his candidacy.

"I think voters should look at it, and what they should say is in that particular case I made a mistake," Giuliani said during a press conferred in Dubuque, Iowa. "I made a mistake in not clearing him effectively enough, and I take the responsibility for that"

"But when you balance that mistake against all the successes that we had and the reality that you make some mistakes and you make some correct decisions, I think the overwhelming record is a record of great success," the New York Republican added..

Giuliani's comments come the same day federal prosecutors are expected to indict Kerik on charges of tax fraud, corruption, and conspiracy counts.

Related video: Watch Giuliani discuss Kerik

Related video: Will Kerik be a problem?

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

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soundoff (84 Responses)
  1. FT Doylestown, Pa.

    Judgement is The MOST IMPORTANT thing a President should have.......

    3 WIFE's.....?
    Ex Priest (child molester)married him to 2nd wife,long time friend...still working for Rudy...?
    Made NYC a Sanctuary City....?
    Recommended Bernie Kerik for Head of Home land Security....?
    NOW Kerik is INDICTED.....?
    RUDY for President ....??????????????????

    November 8, 2007 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  2. Mr. Plow, Tucson, AZ

    so either he knew about his buds mob ties and kickbacks (which we all know is the reality even though he will claim stupid (not too hard to do), girlianni is probably working hard to squash his own ties).... or he is a total moron who could not see the obvious, even though he was a federal prosecutor, riiiight. there he is.... your next crossdressing nominee who will claim to not even realize his bud was accepting side money and favors... but somehow has the integrity and/or smarts to run this country. good luck america.

    maybe he really is oblivious to it because the mob kept him busy by sending him new fancy dresses to wear on his trips to minnesota bathrooms.

    November 8, 2007 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  3. Ashley foxworth,ms

    Yet another reason we should be for Romney. Mayor RG is one mistake after another. Its time we back someone who can learn from thier errors and make adjustments not just say oops another mistake.

    November 8, 2007 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  4. LB

    All the media seem to have lost sight of the fact that Giuliani not only hired Kerik as Police Commissioner and recommended him as Homeland Security chief. He also made him a Senior Vice President of Giuliani Partners. The connection is much stronger than suggested in Thursday's accounts. Their relationship should be examined further.

    November 9, 2007 01:47 am at 1:47 am |
  5. Rocco, Wellington, FL

    Vote for this man will be NUT Job # 2

    November 9, 2007 05:32 am at 5:32 am |
  6. Chris, Pensacola FL

    Yeah, how is it exactly Giuliani is in the national poll lead? What are options? Do you either want Rudy or Giuliani for president? Hmm, two choices of the same person.

    Dude, NO ONE is voting for this guy. I'm seriously starting to think that polls are rigged to sway public opinion. Hopefully, people will vote with their hearts and minds and NOT public polls and popularity.

    November 9, 2007 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  7. RuthieM

    Yeah he made a mistake all right, just like the mistake the American people will be making if they put this slimeball fake in the white house!

    November 9, 2007 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  8. Rick, Chicao Illinois

    Roger, IL,

    "How many admit that they made a mistake? At least he didn't try to cover it up."

    The only reason why he didn't try to cover it up was because he couldn't – which is the same reason he's apologizing.

    The point is, he shouldn't have made the consciously-planned "mistake" in the first place – especially when he was warned PREVIOUSLY about Kerik's mob ties.

    Nice try at dodging the point kid. IT WASN'T A MISTAKE!

    Please move from Illinois. You're giving people like ME a bad name – they might think that ALL of us are as mindless as yourself.

    November 9, 2007 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  9. Rick, Chicago Illinois


    "But the guy was elected by New Yorkers, so obviously they liked him."

    Try again!

    This is the same guy who everybody HATED as of 9/10. And it's funny how New Yorkers who lived through his tenure cant stand the guy eh?

    "He did a LOT of great stuff for NYC – cleaned up a lot of its mess. Crime was lower in NYC than Columbus, Ohio a few years ago."

    And yet people STILL hated the guy? Hmmm .. and why might that be?

    At what cost did he "clean up" crime? By publicly supporting rouge cops with itchy trigger fingers? Like the ones who gunned down an UNARMED Amadou Diallo when they fired at him 41 times? A New York Times poll in April of 2000, in the wake of the police shooting of Patrick Dorismond, found that 50% disapproved of Rudy's handling of crime.

    50% is a pretty high number dontchathink?

    You might want to check out http:/

    Now tell me, is the any other Rudy positive that you have that I cant tear down?

    November 9, 2007 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
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