December 22nd, 2007
08:05 AM ET
12 years ago

Giuliani sees doctor before returning to trail

Giuliani was released from the hospital Thursday

(CNN) Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani saw his personal physician again Friday before returning to a campaign schedule that included an evening fundraiser.

"Every test was normal," campaign communications director Katie Levinson told CNN in an email exchange. "Enough," was her response when a CNN reporter asked her to characterize those tests.

She did respond "no" when asked if Giuliani's treatment included any prescription drugs.

"I feel great. I feel terrific,” Giuliani told reporters as he headed into that fundraiser in Rochester, New York.

He is scheduled to campaign Saturday and Sunday in New Hampshire.

Asked in the early evening whether Giuliani had gone to the doctor or to any medical appointments Friday, a campaign aide in New York declined to answer. At one point, when asked whether the campaign would detail any medical tests the mayor had received, the aide joked to a CNN reporter "put away your black helicopter."

Later, in response to questions from CNN, Levinson, who was traveling with the candidate, said: "He went to see his primary care physician this afternoon around 2 p.m. for a follow up. He got there at 8 pm or so last night and it sounds like it they just wrapped up today..."

The "last night" reference was regarding a Thursday night appointment in New York after Giuliani was released from an overnight hospital stay in St. Louis.

He was hospitalized after experiencing what the campaign described as flu like symptoms including a severe headache and discomfort. Giuliani's doctor in New York recommended his plane return to St. Louis and that the Mayor receive medical attention.

- CNN Chief National Correspondent John King

Filed under: Rudy Giuliani
soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. Mario Uy Streamwood IL

    The last time Giuliani ran for office, he had a prostate problem...and Hillary won.

    If this is any harbinger...I'd bet Hillary will win.

    I'm taking bets.

    December 21, 2007 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  2. Blanca DeBree, Fond du Lac, WI

    Now if the doctor could only give him a brain...

    December 21, 2007 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  3. William, Annapolis, MD

    Get used to this degree of obfuscation, cover-up, and arrogance if this charlatan gets elected as President. Thank God it will probably never happen–far too many scandals, far too much baggage.

    December 21, 2007 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  4. Rory, Savannah GA

    How is this news?

    December 22, 2007 01:24 am at 1:24 am |
  5. RonPaulForTheLongHaul

    Who cares about Giuliani? He's a lame duck. A straw man. An empty suit. A corrupted individual.

    CNN ignores the Ron Paul freight train to their own detriment. Everyone but the media can see and feel the revolution!!

    December 22, 2007 02:06 am at 2:06 am |

    Actually, my cousin is a nurse at that Hospital. She was there when Rudy was getting discharged.

    Even got a picture with him, I'm told.

    But what she told me was, just after Dr. Thompson signed the discharge orders, the the good doctor told Rudy: "Remember, we don't raise our hands when we're told to, and we don't wear any hats, unless they're our own."

    December 22, 2007 02:28 am at 2:28 am |
  7. c. bukowski

    I agree, Rudy will make an excellent president. Wish him well this holiday season.

    December 22, 2007 02:33 am at 2:33 am |
  8. Maeve

    Oh Poor Rudy! Boo Hoo!

    Who doesn't get a "severe headache and discomfort" every time they look at this guy and imagine him in the White House?

    December 22, 2007 04:28 am at 4:28 am |
  9. Lorenz, Queens, Ny

    my money is on the same terrible stomach virus i caught – it's all over NY

    December 22, 2007 04:37 am at 4:37 am |
  10. RB, from the bay state

    Thus starts his slow roll down the hill.

    Nothing like a little drama when your campaign is falling apart at the seams.

    This time next month his bid will be just a memory

    December 22, 2007 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  11. Lou, Williamsburg, VA

    William, Annapolis, MD:

    I am not a fan of either, but what you said about Giuliani, is POSITIVELY TRUE of Hillary as well. Neither should occupy the WH.

    December 22, 2007 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  12. Jo, ATL GA

    Lou, Williamsburg, VA:

    Your lack of knowledge of Politic is %$***#.

    The reason why they are both on top of the polls is because they cover issue that affect the common man.

    Unfortunately you are not on. Baggage will not feed your policies will. Either one of them is the best for the country at this time after it has being destroyed by the so called evangelicals.

    We are better of when people like you are turned off from politics.

    December 22, 2007 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  13. FORMER New Yorker Cape Coral FL

    It's nothing trivial, I hope.

    December 22, 2007 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  14. Aaron, Sterling VA

    Is a man getting a check-up really news worthy? I mean, the media must thing the Earth will implode if it doesn't have a story about Giuliani each day. It's ok media, you CAN ignore him for 24 hours and nothing bad will happen.

    December 22, 2007 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  15. John Pittsburg, Kansas

    Hmmm,being a registered nurse, I would almost have to wonder if our good mayor had some cardiac tests run. Yes, I would give a lot to see exactly what scripts were written for this presidential candidate.

    December 22, 2007 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  16. J. Dean, Juno Beach, FLORIDA

    With Giuliani's past and present history about his political and business dealings, and his current highly questionable health crisis, we can joyfully close all chapters about his presidential hopes. We expect that Giuliani now will have enough time to educate himself about HOW TO RESPECT WOMEN AND HOW TO TREAT MEMBERS OF HIS FAMILY. Good luck Major Giuliani. Now you can go back to your real profession as a WHEELER-DEALER.
    Republican from Florida.

    December 22, 2007 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  17. Charles, NY

    Here's to all you people who use this occasion as an opportunity to bash Giuliani. Get a life! Since when does an individual's health scare warrant a slew of personal attacks?

    December 22, 2007 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  18. Daniel, NY

    A series of 7 general election polls released yesterday has some bad news for Giuliani, who is very weak in red states like Virginia and Kentucky and is not particularly competitive in his home-tate of New York. Full roundup of all 7 polls here.

    December 22, 2007 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  19. Grover W.

    Maybe the lies and half-truths of his Political life are catching up to him. Surely we can find better men than this to lead this Nation.....

    December 22, 2007 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  20. Brad, Stockton, CA

    "Every test was normal?" How can this be? Apparently the doctors forgot to perform tests for mental illness.

    December 22, 2007 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |

    Actually, my cousin is a nurse at that Hospital. She was there when Rudy was getting discharged.

    Even got a picture with him, I'm told.

    But what she told me was, just after Dr. Thompson signed the discharge orders, the the good doctor told Rudy: "Remember, we don't raise our hands when we're told to, and we don't wear any hats, unless they're our own."

    December 22, 2007 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  22. Chris, Middletown, CT

    Its sad when people attack the only moderate candidate....and hold up either a right wing nutjob....or a socialist against him....Giuliani is the only fiscal conservative...and social liberal running (Ron Paul supporters...he's a the whole message....not bits and pieces) – anyway – Hillary supporters ignore the fact that she voted for the war....funded the war...flip flops on every issue from healthcare to war to illegal immigration....and the Clinton Excuse Machine rolls in high gear....she's a Saul Alinsky socialist....Giuliani is the only choice....70% of Americans (in any party...and the unaffiliated) describe themselves as "moderate" – again...Giuliani is the only moderate...(don't take marital or child rearing advice from him...and everything will be fine....)

    December 22, 2007 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  23. Fred Greenwich CT

    I can't imagine having a president and first lady who have six marriages between them. America deserves better.

    December 22, 2007 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  24. David - Oregon City, Oregon

    I understand Rush Limbaugh, Michael Reagan, Ann Coulter, Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham have made comments lately about how Mike Huckabee supporters are blogging their web sites.

    How dare true American conservatives that do not have a Talk Show to spread propaganda across America merely blog the web sites of America’s most elite Talk Show Hosts. How dare those little people that supported and raised the rating of those elite Talk Show Hosts now disagree with them.

    Well, they (elite Talk Show Hosts) have made it big by making millions of dollars from their sheep-people. But most of America now know a confidence game when they see it, as the elite Talk Show Hosts try to put down their non-preferred candidates just because they are not Wall Street or Washington power broker approved.

    December 22, 2007 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  25. Cable King Pittsburgh PA

    We've made great strides in treating the sick. However, no hospital can cure Guiliani's immorality.

    December 22, 2007 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
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